Inside the course: TPC Southwind

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Durrance II/PGA TOUR
A scenic shot of the beautiful 11th hole at this week's host course -- the TPC Southwind.
June 05, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course superintendent Jim H. Thomas
Original architect Ron Pritchard (1987)
Par value 70
Number of TOUR events as host venue 23 (including 2011)
Course ranking Ranked 11 (out of 52) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2010
Yardage history 7,244 (2009-present)
  7,239 (2007-'08)
  7,244 (2005-'06)
  7,103 (2004)
  7,030 (2003)
  7,006 (2002)
  7,030 (2000-'01)
  7,006 (1989-'99)
Grass Zoysiagrass (tees, fairways); Bermudagrass (greens, rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11.5-12 ft
Sand bunkers 94
Water hazards 10
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Jay Delsing
Bob Estes
Year
1993
2001
Round
4th
1st
Finish
T8
Won
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Alex Cejka 4 2010
Billy Mayfair 8 2010
Will MacKenzie 8 2010
Jim Carter 8 2004
Michael Allen 4 2004
David Peoples 8 2003
Joel Kribel 11 2003
Willie Wood 4 2003
Bob Estes 14 2002
Joe Ogilvie 8 2001
Ted Tryba 8 1998
Kevin Wentworth 4 1998
David Berganio Jr. 11 1997
Kawika Cotner 4 1995
Gil Morgan 4 1992
Lanny Wadkins 4 1991
Dillard Pruitt 4 1990
2010 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
A slight dogleg to the right off the tee with a large tree on the right side of the fairway that comes into play. The left side of the fairway is lined by spectator mounds.
2010: 0 eagles, 37 birdies, 288 pars, 121 bogeys, 8 double bogeys, 1 other.
Easiest Hole
An uphill par 5 that is reachable in two. The green is small and well guarded with bunkers. Could be the hole that decides the championship because a birdie (or better) is likely.
2010: 14 eagles, 221 birdies, 184 pars, 30 bogeys, 5 double bogeys and 1 other.
TPC Southwind2010 rankings Last 21 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 434 4.095 10 4.090 11
2 4 401 3.974 15 3.917 16
3 5 554 4.774 17 4.738 17
4 3 196 3.11 7 3.092 10
5 4 485 4.226 1 4.290 1
6 4 445 3.91 16 3.935 15
7 4 482 4.171 4 4.097 9
8 3 178 2.993 14 2.990 13
9 4 457 4.068 11 4.109 5
10 4 465 4.138 6 4.100 6
11 3 157 3.097 9 3.100 8
12 4 406 4.156 5 4.100 7
13 4 472 4.064 12 4.000 12
14 3 239 3.193 2 3.274 2
15 4 395 4.011 13 3.955 14
16 5 530 4.547 18 4.588 18
17 4 490 4.18 3 4.192 3
18 4 453 4.108 8 4.178 4
Course origins
After the 2004 St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind closed to undergo an extensive golf course and clubhouse renovation. On the course, all the greens were reconstructed, and turf was changed from bentgrass to Champion Bermudagrass. Many of the fairways were narrowed and recontoured. The fifth hole was changed from a par 5 to a par 4. The par-3 eighth was completely reconstructed.
During the renovation, there were 11 new tees added, 15 new bunkers, three new bridges constructed, three ponds enlarged, four creeks stabilized and over 125 trees planted on the course. In an effort to increase the environmental impact positively, 19 acres of native grass were added to the rough. Overall, the course yardage increased 200-plus yards and now plays as a par 70 for tournament play.
The par-3 11th is considered to be a smaller version of the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass but with its own uniqueness. The 165-yard hole requires a short iron over water to a small island green. Prior to being a golf course, the property was a dairy farm with two grain silos and a windmill, which are still existing on the property. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
TPC Southwind Germantown, Tenn. 1989-present
Colonial Country Club Cordova, Tenn. 1958-'88
This week's Kodak Challenge hole
HOLE: The par-3, 239-yard 14th at TPC Southwind
LAST YEAR: The 14th played to a stroke average of 3.193, with players recording 0 aces, 52 birdies, 289 pars, 90 bogeys, 23 double bogeys and 1 other.
DESCRIPTION: This hole requires a long iron or wood tee shot. An elevated tee and a full carry over water to a severely undulated green is hard enough, but it's also protected by water on its entire right side. In short, it's a very difficult par 3, set among a natural amphitheater. (Click here for tour)

The TOUR will be in Memphis, Tenn., this week for the St. Jude Classic. Learn more about the host, TPC Southwind.

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