Inside the course: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge

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The sixth hole at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge offers both a spectacular view and a tough test.
August 17, 2008
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Original architect Jack Nicklaus (1999)
Course superintendent Joshua T. Heersink
Number of TOUR events as host venue 4 (including 2008)
Course ranking Ranked 13 (out of 30) in difficulty on the Champions Tour in 2007
Yardage history 7,120 yards (2005-2006)
7,183 yards (2007-present)
Grass Perennial ryegrass; Poa annua (tees, fairways, rough); Poa annua (greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10-11 feet
Sand bunkers 115
Water hazards 4
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Course record
Player
Scott Simpson
Tom Jenkins
Year
2006
2006
Round
2nd
3rd
Finish
T3
T3
Holes-in-one
There have been no aces recorded during Boeing Classic competition at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
2007 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 426-yard 4th
No. 4, known as "Twin Firs", sets up for a stunning downhill tee shot. With two fir trees and fairway bunkers guarding both sides of the fairway and a creek cutting across the fairway at the bottom of the hill, a solid tee shot is a must. The heavily guarded green with bunkers in the front, to the right and behind the green makes proper club selection imperative.
2007: 0 eagles, 39 birdies, 125 pars, 53 bogeys, 12 double bogeys and 3 others.
Easiest hole in 2007
The par-5 554-yard 1st
No. 1, called "Southern Descent", is a fantastic starting hole. With bunkers coming into play on each shot, accuracy is at a premium. A well-placed second shot on the left side of the fairway allows for a clear approach to this guarded green. Proper club selection sets up a strong birdie opportunity.
2007: 2 eagles, 97 birdies, 120 pars, 11 bogeys, 2 double bogeys, 0 others.
TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (2007)2007 rankings Last 3 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 5 554 4.629 18 4.544 18
2 4 410 4.009 11 4.069 6
3 4 439 4.095 5 4.113 3
4 4 426 4.203 1 4.159 2
5 4 475 4.06 10 4.079 4
6 3 207 3.086 7 3.060 8
7 4 375 3.978 12 3.930 12
8 5 529 4.875 15 4.693 17
9 3 207 3.155 3 3.187 1
10 4 353 4.073 9 4.075 5
11 4 462 4.159 2 4.062 7
12 4 426 4.134 4 4.057 10
13 3 210 3.086 7 3.040 11
14 4 431 3.802 16 3.838 14
15 5 590 4.918 14 4.795 15
16 4 380 3.957 13 3.918 13
17 3 211 3.091 6 3.059 9
18 5 498 4.74 17 4.730 16
NOTES: The most-difficult hole in 2007 was No. 4 with an average score of 4.203 after No. 9 was the most difficult the previous two years.
• No. 1 remained the easiest, with a scoring average of 4.629. It was the easiest the previous two years at 4.551 in 2005 and 4.450 in 2006.
• In 2007, of the top 15 players in the starting field of 78, only David Eger made birdie all three days on No. 1, while on No. 9, Bob Gilder was the only player in the top 15 to make more than one birdie on the ninth hole during the event. Gilder made birdies on both Saturday and Sunday.
• This par-72 course requires 36 strokes on the front nine and 36 on the back for an even-par score. Last year the front nine played to a 36.09 average while the back took 35.961 shots on average.
Course origins
Opened in June of 1999, the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, a Jack Nicklaus-designed course, has earned numerous accolades since its opening. In 2002 it was certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and was also recognized that year by Golfweek as one of the top 100 modern courses. It was also ranked as one of the top TPC courses in the country.
Last year, TPC Snoqualmie Ridge provided one of the biggest Champions Tour highlights of the season. Denis Watson won the tournament with an eagle on second playoff hole (No. 18) in a record seven-man playoff. The playoff also included R.W. Eaks, Craig Stadler, Joe Ozaki, Dana Quigley, David Eger and Gil Morgan. Morgan, Quigley, Eger and Ozaki were eliminated after first playoff hole.
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Snoqualmie, Wash. 2005-present

For the fourth consecutive year, the Boeing Classic will take place at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Wash. (near Seattle). Learn more about this scenic course. MORE ON THE BOEING CLASSIC: Inside the field

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