PGA TOUR pro Brad Faxon, who was raised in Rhode Island, was a consultant to Gil Hanse when TPC Boston was redesigned in 2007.
1. I think one of the first keys, one of the most important things at TPC Boston, is getting off to a fast start. The first four holes are very scoreable. You start with a short par 4, then a reachable par 5, a drivable par 4, and then you have a not-too-long par 3. Getting off to a quick start is important.
2. Just as important as a fast start is a fast finish. Like the first four holes, the last four holes are shorter holes. No. 15 is a short par 4, No. 16 is a short par 3, No. 17 is a very short par 4 and then No. 18 is a reachable par 5 with a new green this year. Really, I think the first four holes and the last four holes are keys to a good round there.
3. The meat of the golf course is in the middle of the round. Those holes are very long and it’s very important to be in the fairways on the longest holes out there because the hole locations will be very difficult to get close to if you are hitting it out of the rough on those long par 4s.
4. The best part about the TPC Boston and the Deutsche Bank Championship is the variety of winners they’ve had. Most of the credit for that should go to the architect. All kinds of styles have won there.