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The TPC at Sawgrass: What to Know About the Players Championship Golf Course

The TPC at Sawgrass is one of the big reasons why the Players Championship is such an important stop on the PGA Tour.

By Adam Pockross

The 2024 Players Championship is one of the most important golf tournaments of the year, right up there with the British Open, the U.S. Open, the Masters, and the PGA Championship. With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Players, it's an especially important stop on the PGA Tour this year.

There's a number of reasons why the tourney (which is being broadcast on The Golf ChannelNBC, and Peacock) is so important. For one, the Players boasts one of the top fields in golf, seeing as it's only for the highest ranked players on the Tour, with no amateurs, and no club pros (as the Major Opens allow for) invited. It also offers one of the biggest purses in golf, clocking in at $25 million this year.

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But perhaps more than all that, it's the prestigious and challenging golf course where it all takes place, and where it's taken place for the last 42 years: the TPC Sawgrass.

What to Know About the TPC Sawgrass Golf Course Where the Players Championship Is Held

A view of the 17th hole at the players championship

As we’ve come to expect, yet again The Players Championship will be held at the illustrious Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course at the Tournament Players Club Sawgrass (TPC Sawgrass for short) in the Jacksonville, Florida area of Ponte Vedra Beach.

The tournament was first imagined by Deane Beman, the PGA Tour's second-ever commissioner and former four-time winner himself, who ultimately wanted the Players Championship to be the tour's flagship event, and the course to be player-owned. He eventually found a spot that most folks thought was nothing but 415 acres of swampland in the north-eastern corner of Florida, for which he paid exactly $1 in January 1979. That check is now on proud display inside the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass.

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The tournament has been held there since 1982 (the inaugural Players Championship was at the  Atlanta Country Club), so all that history is a big part of the reason it’s such an iconic course. But they don't play on history, they play on one of the world's best kept golf courses.

While every hole along the beast of a 7,245-yard course presents its own unique challenges and awe-inspiring views, the signature hole is no doubt the 17th hole, a legendary par-3 with an intimidating “Island Green,” even though it's notoriously short at just 137 yards. It might seem like just an easy pitching wedge away, but the 17th hole has stymied pros since the early ‘80s. Surrounded by a dynamic par-five 16th and one of the most challenging finishing holes on the tour in the waterlogged 18th, the final three holes can contend with the best of the best as far as trouble spots, including Amen Corner at Augusta (home of The Masters). 

How to Watch the Players Championship

Scottie Scheffler pumps his fist in the air on the 18th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship

From March 14 through 17, the Players Championship can be caught live on The Golf ChannelNBC, and streaming on Peacock.





Comcast Business is a Proud Partner of the Players Championship, in addition to Optum and Morgan Stanley.

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