Inside the Champions Tour course: TPC Twin Cities

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July 18, 2008
Jamie Batey, Special to PGATOUR.COM
Fast Facts
Original Architect Arnold Palmer and Tom Lehman (1999)
Number of Champions Tour events as host venue 8 (including 2008)
Course Ranking Ranked 26 (out of 30 courses) in difficulty on the Champions Tour in 2007
Yardage History 7,100 yards (2001-present)
Grass Southshore creeping bentgrass (tees, fairways), L-93 creeping bentgrass (greens), Kentucky bluegrass (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11.5 ft
Sand Bunkers 77
Water Hazards 14 holes
Course Tour Click here
Course Record
Player
Don Pooley
Tom Purtzer
Year
2003
2005
Round
2nd
1st
Finish
T10
1
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year Player Hole Year
Tom Purtzer 8 2005 Tom Jenkins 13 2005
Bruce Lietzke 4 2001 Graham Marsh 4 2001
2007 Rankings
Toughest hole
A cavernous bunker dominates the landscape of the par-3, 209-yard 13th and guards the front and right portions of the putting surface. Many players will select a three or four iron from the tee.
2007: 0 eagles, 22 birdies, 145 pars, 62 bogeys, 3 double bogeys and 0 others
Easiest hole
The par-5, 582-yard 18th provides the widest fairway on the course, inviting many players to go for the green in two. The putting green is moderately sloped and has two tiers, but is one of the shallowest greens on the course.
2007: 13 eagles, 112 birdies, 75 pars, 24 bogeys, 4 double bogeys, 4 others
TPC Twin Cities
2007 rankings
All years (2001-present)
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 426 3.914 10 4.018 9
2 4 388 3.974 9 4.083 6
3 5 546 4.681 17 4.665 18
4 3 177 3.017 5 3.041 8
5 4 418 3.991 7 3.973 11
6 5 571 4.819 14 4.867 15
7 4 318 3.767 16 3.871 14
8 3 204 3.043 4 3.110 4
9 4 456 4.172 2 4.276 1
10 4 379 3.901 12 4.002 10
11 4 402 3.841 13 3.920 13
12 5 593 4.810 15 4.761 17
13 3 209 3.198 1 3.200 2
14 4 423 4.082 3 4.157 3
15 4 437 3.905 11 3.964 12
16 4 387 3.996 6 4.081 7
17 3 184 2.987 8 3.094 5
18 5 582 4.599 18 4.782 16
NOTES: Of the 30 courses played in 2007 on the Champions Tour, TPC Twin Cities was the 5th easiest.
The 13th hole was ranked as not only the most difficult hole of TPC Twin Cities but also the 34th (out of 120) hardest par 3 on the Champions Tour in 2007.
The 18th hole was ranked the 24th easiest par 5 out of all of the courses played on the Champions Tour in 2007.
Course origins
What once was a peaceful sod farm is now a championship golf course. The TPC Twin Cities was transformed by course architects Arnold Palmer and Tom Lehman from a flat landscape into one of Minnesota's premier golf course designs.

Palmer and Lehman sculpted over five million cubic yards of earth, created 27 bodies of open water, planted over a million wildflowers and restored several natural wetlands. The end result is a golf course that will challenge the best players in the world. -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Bunker Hills GC Coon Rapids, Minn. 1993-2000
TPC Twin Cities Blaine, Minn. 2001-present

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