Inside the courses: Humana Challenge

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The PGA West Arnold Palmer Private Course is one of three courses being played in 2012.
January 15, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The PGA TOUR will play the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation at three different courses. Learn more about these venues:

Fast facts
Original architect Jack Nicklaus (1986)
Course superintendent Robert J. Durkee
Number of PGA TOUR events as host venue 4 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 49 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Par value 72
Yardage history 6,951 (2009-present)
Grass Bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); Bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass, Poa trivialis (greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10 ft
Sand bunkers 66
Water hazards 4
Course tour Click here
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Greg Owen No. 7 2010
Chris Couch No. 7 2010
Briny Baird No. 7 2009
John Senden No. 3 2009
Nicklaus Course2011 rankings Last 3 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 374 3.802 11 3.791 11
2 4 414 4.04 3 3.953 6
3 3 177 2.984 6 2.880 7
4 5 538 4.349 18 4.429 18
5 4 443 4.008 4 3.966 4
6 4 406 4.063 2 4.047 2
7 3 140 2.778 13 2.736 13
8 5 509 4.706 14 4.568 15
9 4 410 3.921 8 3.864 8
10 4 412 3.802 11 3.819 9
11 3 191 2.984 6 2.984 3
12 4 403 3.698 15 3.725 14
13 5 528 4.508 17 4.524 16
14 4 375 3.921 8 3.798 10
15 4 415 3.865 10 3.785 12
16 5 530 4.587 16 4.450 17
17 3 204 2.992 5 2.955 5
18 4 455 4.206 1 4.118 1
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
PGA West (Palmer) La Quinta, Calif. 1987-1994, 1998-present
Classic Club Palm Springs, Calif. 2006-2008
Bermuda Dunes Palm Springs, Calif. 1960-2007, 2009
Indian Wells Indian Wells, Calif. 1960-2004
La Quinta La Quinta, Calif. 1964-1986, 1988, 1991-1992, 1994-1995, 1997-1998, 2000-2001, 2003-2008, 2010
Tamarisk CC Mirage, Calif. 1960-1963, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005
Thunderbird CC Palm Springs, Calif. 1960-1962
El Dorado Palm Springs, Calif. 1961-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989
SilverRock La Quinta, Calif. 2008-2011
PGA West (Nicklaus) Palm Springs, Calif. 2009-present

PGA WEST (NICKLAUS):

Fast facts
Original architect Arnold Palmer (1986)
Course superintendent Gregory K. Hrycyk
Number of PGA TOUR events as host venue 23 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 50 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Par value 72
Yardage history 6,924 (1988-1994)
  6,931 (1998-1999)
  6,950 (2000-2001)
  6,930 (2002-present)
Grass Bermudagrass overseeded with perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); Bermudagrass overseeded with Poa trivialis (greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 100
Water hazards 5
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
David Duval
Year
1999
Round
5th
Finish
WON
Holes-in-one
There have been seven aces recorded at the PGA West - Palmer Course.
Player Hole Year
John Mallinger No. 3 2009
Paul Claxton No. 5 2008
Corey Pavin No. 3 2006
Kevin Sutherland No. 17 2001
Stuart Appleby No. 12 1999
Stewart Cink No. 12 1999
David Edwards No. 17 1998
Palmer Course2011 rankings Last 13 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 426 3.95 8 4.005 7
2 5 514 4.322 18 4.448 17
3 3 180 3.005 5 2.972 8
4 4 396 3.854 12 3.888 11
5 3 233 3.211 2 3.209 1
6 5 562 4.412 17 4.523 15
7 4 439 3.98 7 4.038 6
8 4 358 3.603 14 3.740 13
9 4 461 4.005 5 4.150 3
10 4 453 4.246 1 4.161 2
11 5 512 4.432 16 4.324 18
12 3 207 3.121 3 3.060 5
13 4 447 4.055 4 4.093 4
14 5 569 4.774 13 4.725 14
15 3 156 2.874 10 2.935 10
16 4 364 3.869 11 3.879 12
17 3 130 2.91 9 2.968 9
18 5 543 4.467 15 4.521 16
Course origins
PGA WEST and the Arnold Palmer Private Course, set at the foot of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains say "Welcome Back" to the 44th Annual Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. The challenging course officially opened October 26, 1986 as the second of five championship courses at PGA WEST, a spectacular master-planned country club community in La Quinta.
In the fall of 1999, PGA WEST opened the sixth course, designed by Greg Norman, an additional practice facility and a new, full service clubhouse. The Club at PGA WEST currently features two handsome golf clubhouses and a state-of-the-art Health & Racquet Club surrounded by tennis courts of all three surfaces. The uniquely designed fairway homes at PGA WEST offer unparalleled views of breathtaking mountains, fairways and lakes, elegant amenities and a level of sophistication and comfort that are the hallmarks of fine California lifestyles.
In 1987 the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic came to PGA WEST on the TPC Stadium Golf Course which has the distinction of being the first new course added to the tournament rotation since 1971. The following year the Classic moved to the Palmer Private Course. The Palmer Private Course also is noted for hosting the PGA Club Professional Championship in 1996 and the 1997 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
The Arnold Palmer Private Course measures 6,950 yards from the tournament tees, 5,995 yards from the regular tees and is rated 74.6 and 68.9 respectively. According to Arnold Palmer, he designed the exciting course "for every caliber of golfer to play and enjoy." -- Source: PGATOUR.COM

PGA WEST (PALMER):

Fast facts
Original architect Lawrence Hughes (1959)
Course redesign Damian Pascuzzo (1999)
Course superintendent Timothy D. Putnam
Number of PGA TOUR events as host venue 39 (including 2012)
Par value 72
Grass 328 bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways); Tifdwarf bermudagrass/perennial ryegrass, Poa trivialis (greens); Bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 102
Water hazards 5
Course tour Click here
Holes-in-one
There have been three aces made at La Quinta CC.
Player Hole Year
Esteban Toledo No. 3 2000
Scott Hoch No. 7 1997
Ray Stewart No. 3 1995
Course origins
The flagpole at the first tee is the official flagpole from the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. It was given to La Quinta Country Club by the Novotny family in memory of Frank Capra.

La Quinta Country Club recently completed a new club house, practice facility, and maintenance building. -- Source: PGATOUR.COM
La Quinta2011 rankings Last 21 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 382 3.795 14 3.860 14
2 4 434 4.134 2 4.173 1
3 3 202 3.126 4 3.028 6
4 4 384 3.906 10 3.951 11
5 5 516 4.559 16 4.576 17
6 5 527 4.339 18 4.488 18
7 3 168 3.008 8 2.995 8
8 4 389 4.134 2 3.993 9
9 4 399 3.866 13 3.903 13
10 4 405 3.961 9 4.044 5
11 5 543 4.386 17 4.665 15
12 3 202 3.063 5 3.154 3
13 5 547 4.701 15 4.625 16
14 4 469 4.228 1 4.161 2
15 3 206 3.031 6 3.066 4
16 4 454 4.024 7 4.017 7
17 4 421 3.874 12 3.991 10
18 4 412 3.89 11 3.950 12

LA QUINTA CC

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