TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course

4.6626647059 4.7 stars from 5 (84)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7215 yards
  • Slope: 155
  • Rating: 76.8
  • Layout

  • 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082, Saint Johns County
  • (904) 273-3235
  • (904) 285-7970
  • tpc.com/tpc-sawgrass

Year built: 1981
Architect(s): Pete Dye (1981)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
The PLayers 72 7215 yards 76.8 155
Blue 72 6661 yards 73.9 146
Blended 72 6402 yards 72.3 143
White 72 6103 yards 70.9 137
White (W) 72 6103 yards 78.6 155
Green 72 5019 yards 65.3 125
Green (W) 72 5019 yards 72.1 135

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 84 Reviews
5 stars:
53
4 stars:
21
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

75 out of 83 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Mixed Bag"


CABGx7's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Top of the Line: The course is simply beautiful. Course conditions superb. A forecaddie appears to be automatically provided - and that is a good thing though it was unexpected. Ours (Chris) was cordial, witty, knowledgeable and very helpful. Only downer was the couple of dozen or more unrepaired ball marks on every green. They did not affect play on the excellent greens but were unsightly. I can't imagine that being a normal condition.

Not so Good: Despite the bragging in the welcoming email concerning warm-up and practice facilities, the provision of two bags totaling about 20 balls for the three ig seems a tad stingy considering the almost $900 in green fees. The turf on the practice tee was poor to non-existent (the course had hosted a junior tournament in the morning and that presumably created torn-up turf as an exception to the rule for this fine golf course. The course is a cart path only facility and not particularly well designed for that practice. It contributes significantly to the abysmal pace of play. Take a caddie and walk if you can.

Bad: Course was clearly overbooked with a delayed start and an pathetic pace of play - 5 hours, 45 minutes. We waited on every tee except those following par threes and on virtually every shot into the greens. So did the group in front of us.

Awful: I have had the good fortune in the 65 years I have played this wonderful game of experiencing everything from the sand greens and buffalo grass fairways of the rural Dakotas to the pristine conditions of the Augusta National and European links. My son and grandson-in-law have not yet been so blessed. I brought them to Sawgrass as a once in a lifetime experience. Given our 1330 tee time, we each fully expected to spent several hundred dollars following our round on clothing and other memorabilia for ourselves, friends and relatives who will never get the opportunity to see Sawgrass. Much to our dismay and my disgust, we found the proshop closed when we completed our almost six hour round. Given the half dozen or more groups still on the course I cannot comprehend the business mindset of a destination golf course which would allow this to happen (and given the readily acknowledged slow pace of play, it must happen on almost a daily basis). To compound the disappointment in being unable to make the anticipated purchases there was the need to get cash to tip the unexpected but appreciated forecaddie and the only ATM was inside the proshop. When confronted with the prospect of their forecaddie being stiffed the proshop staff agreed to allow the tip to be paid a credit card transfer but would not allow the purchase of goods.

It is a shame that the last memory of a special occasion colors all that came before. Despite the delightful golf experience, discussing TPC Sawgrass will always be a Jekyll and Hyde experience. I had hoped to show my son and grandson-in-law a class act. It did not happen.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Players Stadium Course continues to get better"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is actually the fifth time I've played the Stadium Course and I like more each time I play it. Some of that might have to do with the changes that have been made over the years. Much of it is due to learning the nuances of this course and how best to play it. This is classic Dye in every sense. Know where to hit it and most importantly, where to miss and when to take your medicine, and you can post a good score out here. As for the most recent round of changes – the lake between 6 and 7 and the drivable par-4 12th – I'm on board. I understand after player feedback the 12th will be tweaked before next year's PLAYERS, which will make it a better risk-reward hole. As for the experience, summertime is actually a great time to play it because green fees are less, around $250, and the course is in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"TPC Sawgrass....Bucket List for all!"


u446789528's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

A small hiccup with the starter but the caddies fixed it with little problem. I should have walked if only to hear the caddies chat...they were exceptionally knowledgeable and very humorous. The clubhouse is phenomenal and the "Munchkins" were very gracious host. Staff is awesome and just plain nice. Worth every penny I paid for the stadium experience.The course and a par on 17 were simply awesome!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course. A must play!"


tejones's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

A challenging course with nice amenities to enjoy before and after the round. Not worth $500 but close.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



ctgolfer82's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Bucket List Course that Lives up to the Hype"


JustHaveFun's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/17/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Perfect day at TPC Sawgrass. The course was immaculate. Having played it 100+ times on video games it was even better in person. The new renovations are fantastic. #12 is now a great hole. Almost every hole is memorable. I couldn't imagine a better golf experience. I obviously had my playing partner record my tee shot on 17. Haven't felt more pressure over a shot in my life. The course is much more than just the island green, but that was still a uniquely special hole. I can't recommend this course enough. My playing partner said it is on the same level as Pebble Beach. Go here!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Amazing experience!!!"


Rhj26's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/12/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Wow is the best word to describe my experience at TPC Sawgrass! My husband and I went to play a round of golf in December for the first time and have been back multiple times since. When we drove up it was absolutely gorgeous, I had heard they did construction so I am not too sure what it looked like before. One thing they offer that I found exceptional was valet service! The parking lot is a bit of a walk and I think it really makes TPC stand apart from other golf courses we have played! Valet guy was so nice and gave us a lot of information since it was our first time there. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming! The course is definitely difficult, but so worth it. We will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Stadium Course closed until November 2016"


svonjax's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

The Stadium course is getting new greens, Practice Area, Parking Lot, new Main Drive up to the Clubhouse and some other changes.

It sure will be a diferent look.


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course!"


Jbb1408's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

We happened to catch the Stadium Course on an extremely windy afternoon. So needless to say it was really tough sledding out there.

This course is not a wide open bombers course. It's a strategic and accuracy driven course. Even from the blue tees, it's not scary long...but you have to hit the fairways! Fairways is the key to playing well here. You can attack greens with short irons if you hit the fairways. If you don't hit fairways...you're hitting out of pine straw, sand, out from under trees, or a thick rough...or maybe even dropping cause you hit the water.

But the experience is great. Great staff up front, AWESOME practice facilities (make sure to hit a few shots out of the sand bunker onto the range...you'll need a few of those shots for your round), and just an overall beautiful property.

I'd recommend getting there 2 or 3 hours early, eating lunch on the patio, browse the clubhouse/locker room, putt and chip, then hit a bucket...and get after it.

We walked and our caddies were okay. They were both young, and took pride in their job...it was just a tough day on everyone with the windy conditions.

This is not a course that will wow you with views like a Pebble or Whistling Straits, so don't expect that. That would be my only complaint...is that they charge the same rate as those places, but the course doesn't have a huge wow factor. It's just a really skinny, challenging course. 16, 17, and 18 are 3 of the coolest holes you can play in the US...so really soak those in. Enjoy!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun and memorable"


CLaw1185's avatar
Hartford Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Having watched this tournament for many years, and actually attended, I was extremely excited to get a chance to actually play it the course. We stayed on the property and the staff at both the hotel and course make it extremely easy and fun to get around, enjoy the property and ensure you get where you need to get too. Very reassuring.

The only disappointing element was only getting a small bag of balls to warm-up with on the range. I was hoping for unlimited, but I got over it quick. We rode in carts, but had the mandatory fore-caddie, who was great and and nice to have.

As far as the course itself, it was memorable. Seeing each hole in person, as I have for many years on TV was awesome. Some of the tee shots were more intimidating in person than on TV, such as the two par 5's on the front nine, 2 & 9. The conditions were great, and each hole had a different element that really distinguished each from one another.

16, 17 & 18 were definitely the highlights however. The tee-shot on 16 is critical, 17 is a simple wedge or 9-iron, but still intimidating. The green is huge, it's just very helpful to be on the proper level. 18's tee shot is great. The clubhouse in the background, lake to the left and trouble right. A really cool experience.

The property itself is massive, as is the clubhouse. It was a great experience that I can't wait to do again. I played terrible, so I'm excited to get back again, but spending the weekend with my Dad in one of golf's most recognizable spots was pretty cool.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/31/2017

The Stadium Course is the host of the PLAYERS, yes .


Commented on 12/02/2016

Dumb question maybe but this course is different from the players championship? Like there is the stadium course and the dyes course?

I am looking to play the stadium course the course with the island green...


"fantastic"


rockadoo22's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played it with my friend and absolutely loved it.The forcaddie,Jason,was phenomenal.He new every blade of grass on the golf course and was a great guy.We played the white tees which was challenging enough.Course was in great shape and greens were smooth and fast.You sure can get in a lot of trouble if you don't have your A game,which fortunately I did.The 3 signature hole,16,17,and 18 I played in double bogey,par,par,which was exciting but I/m glad I hit 17 and 18th greens in regulation.Pricey,but worth it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Only go to say you have played 17."


Jane5641591's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Fore Caddy great helpful and good at reading greens.Pro shop and clubhouse staff v pleasant and accommodating.Other than that very disappointing.definitely not worth the money other than to check off bucket list to say you have played 17.Course has had a lot of water recently so will give it the benefit of the doubt.Not being able to get carts on course at any point really detracts from the experience.Clubhouse very nice and sitting on patio with view of 18 wonderful (only hole that looks like it does on TV).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Great Experience!!!!"


rdbuchan87's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Every golf enthusiast needs to play this course at least once. It was a fantastic experience! From the practice range to the 18th green, it was an unforgettable round. Price is definitely steep, but worth it for an avid golfer who watches the Players every year and wants the full tour experience. Course was in great shape, but you can tell it gets a lot of rounds on it. I would recommend taking a forecaddie as they really help with the sight lines and finding your ball in the deep rough (sinks right to the bottom every time). Truly an unforgettable experience and I would definitely return someday!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pick another one for your Bucket."


u000001824269's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Most horrible set up to enjoy this beautiful course. They have cart path only rule year round (even in this Florida heat) and maintain 6" inch rough for the public. Twice as long than pros play and greens were grainy and inconsistent. Took a group of 20 out on last Sunday and no one enjoyed. Two people left after just 7 holes with possible heat stroke. I can't believe they insist on cart path only when the course was dry and firm. Continually had to bring a number of clubs all the way across the fairway - then you could barely advance the ball - if you even found it in the rough.

It's a shame, as this is on so many players bucket list - and rightly so. The course is amazing, it's just not a User Friendly atmosphere. The marshal would tell us we weren't keeping up with the group in front. Well duh - they were a 3some. Pace of play would have been so much quicker if it wasn't cart path only. It's a resort course and that's where they make their money. Why wouldn't they make it more enjoyable for all of us poor schmucks that pay for this place to operate and make it more difficult when the Pros play here??? This is my 3rd time playing and I've had the same experience every time. No more.

Play somewhere else and enjoy relaxed golf, not worth the money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Fun"


Hititgogetit's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was great, is a fun course, not as difficult as might think, value not good other than saying you been there did that, harbor town the same, cart girls awesome, club house ls like a museum, very nice, staff friendly


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic experience!"


bryansniezek's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This has been my favorite course to watch the PGA play for as long as I can remember, and was my #1 course on my golf bucket list. I finally had the opportunity to play the Stadium Course, and it did not disappoint. While I wasn't a fan of the price for 18 holes ($250), you're really paying more for an experience rather than a round of golf.

This course demands very well placed tee shots. Anything that ends up in the rough can be crippling to your score. #16, #17, #18 are the bread and butter of the course, and are the most exciting 3 holes. On the day we played, they had the pins in position #3 aka Sunday Championship locations. Very difficult to go flag hunting.

After our round, we asked about a replay rate, and the staff was able to out us on the Valley course for $50 per person!

It was likely the only time I'll ever play Sawgrass, mostly due to the price ($250-$450), but I walked away with more memories after that round than any round of golf I've ever played. What a remarkable experience! An absolute must on any golfer's bucket list.

As far as the course, they had punched the greens and fairways 3 weeks prior to our arrival, but you couldn't tell. The fairways and greens were in pristine condition.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"One of the best finishes in golf"


GolfFan33's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

There are obviously a lot of high hopes coming into a day at TPC Sawgrass...and the facility did not disappoint. The day starts with an impeccable clubhouse and a great practice facility. Like many golfers, I grew up playing the course a thousand times on video games before I finally made it to the track. The entire day is enjoyable, and you'd be hard pressed to find 3 better finishing holes. I made a classic bogey on 17...first tee shot in the water, then stiffed the next one. Go figure.

Worth it for any golfer to enjoy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth Every Penny"


jantkaczyk's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

What a birthday present! Terrific service, beautifully appointed facility from locker room to pro shop. Course was in superb condition and our fore caddie knew the course well and gave us top-notch advice. One of my best golf experiences to date.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Ctbulldawg's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/18/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I have had several chances to play the TPC Sawgrass but work always got in the way. After playing it in a Golf Channel AM Tour event, I was happy that I finally got to play. It is a great layout with a lot of variety in hole design and playability. You do not realize on tv how challenging a driving course this is....it is truly a "hit to a spot" course rather than "grip it and rip it". Of course the 17th and 18th are the highlight holes but there are many other memorable ones out there and a lot more variety of shots around the greens than you would imagine.

A great facility compliments the course and extremely friendly and helpful staff round out the experience. I know that it is pricey but it is worth the cost.....once.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bucket list"


Chris1625930's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

One of those bucket list courses. Get a caddy and walk to soak in the history. Price was steep unless billed from hot deal. Must play!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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