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      TPC Sawgrass - Dye's Valley

      Course Par Value: 70 • Course Yardage: 6,847

      Designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed and player consultant Jerry Pate, Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass is the sister track to the world-famous THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Opened in 1987, Dye's Valley Course is scheduled to host the Web.com TOUR Championship in 2013.

      The Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass has had its share of legends competing on its fairways. The golf course has hosted prestigious events like the Senior Players Championship, the NFL Golf Classic, and the final stage of Senior Qualifying School. The Dye's Valley also hosted the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by Planters in 2010 - 2012.

      Boasting perfectly manicured surfaces and water on every hole, Dye's Valley was ranked No. 24 in Golfweek's 2011 rankings of "Best Courses You Can Play" in Florida.

      With the same standards of excellence found at The Stadium Course, but a quieter, unassuming feel, Dye's Valley Course rounds out a complete experience at TPC Sawgrass. Many players welcome the "respite" of this golf course after a round on The Stadium Course, which was built to test the fortitude of PGA TOUR professionals.

      Seasoned and casual golfers can benefit from the design of this golf course with wider fairways and larger greens. This is still a challenging golf course as water comes into play on 14 holes. There is even a chance for the long hitters to potentially reach some of the par 5 holes in two

      HOLE PAR YARDS
      1 4 408 The 408-yard par-4 opening hole, which plays as No. 10 for the members at Dye's Valley, is guarded on the right by water for the duration of the hole. Sight lines from the tee create a desire to play up the left side, which brings some difficult rough into play. The green is protected by bunkers short left and deep right. It played as the course's sixth toughest hole in 2013.
      2 3 229 One of the toughest par-3s the Tour players see all season, this 229-yard gave up nearly three times the number of bogeys or worse than it surrendered birdies. The bunkers are more visually intimidating than green-protecting but water bordering about half the putting surfaces makes this long tee shot very intimidating. No. 2 was the fourth most difficult hole at Dye's Valley in 2013.
      3 4 363 The shortest par-4 on the opening nine, placement off the tee is the name of the game on this 363-yard hole. Players can hit just about any club they wish off the tee but need to find the fairway or else risk water left and uneven lies in the rough to the right. The green, which drops off severely to the left and back, is tiny but inviting to wedges from the fairway. This hole was the third-easiest par-4 in last year's event.
      4 4 409 The 409-yard fourth features two different potential teeing areas offering a pair of feels for the dogleg left. From the elevated teeing area, all of the hole's hills and valleys are visible before a tee shot which needs to favor the right center of the fairway against a left-sloping fairway. From the lower left position, a more aggressive line can be taken without risking the tee shot bouncing left and into the water. A long, thin bunker protects the left side of this multi-tiered green. No. 4 played as the seventh toughest hole in 2013.
      5 3 203 This 203-yard par-3 is the second one-shotter on the Valley course and doesn't have near the intimidation factor No. 2 possesses. Water isn't in play on this hole -- one of few on the course that offers that luxury -- but a front-left or back-right pin position can offer some interesting second shots for a misplayed tee ball. No. 5 was the course's No. 8 ranked hole in last year's event.
      6 4 402 This 402-yard par-4 gave up the second most birdies among par-4s stretching over 400 yards in the 2013 event. Competitors can be aggressive and attempt to cut the dogleg or lay up to the right and play conservative. The kidney bean-shaped green wraps around a bunker that protects much of the left side. This hole played as the ninth-toughest in last year's event.
      7 5 559 The first par-5 the players face is the course's longest hole at 559 yards. A fairway bunker protects the left side of the fairway off the tee and water runs on that side for the length of the hole. An undulating green allows for some very tricky pin positions especially on the left and back-right, with a bunker protecting any flags placed in the latter position. No. 7 played as the tougher of two par-5s at Dye's Valley last year, surrendering the same number of eagles as double and triple bogeys (eight).
      8 4 499 The 17th, a par-4 for the members but a par-5 this week, stretches to 499 yards. Water again protects the left side of the fairway, but is not in play around the green. One of the course's flatter putting surfaces awaits long approach shots on this hole, which was the second-toughest at Dye's Valley in last year's event.
      9 4 421 A well-placed tee shot is the key to the ninth hole at Dye's Valley. Water guards the left side of this 421-yard dogleg left with a fairway bunker on the right, ready to collect any long tee shots played too conservatively. After navigating the tee shot, players can set their sights on a green that, while relatively unguarded, can offer a number of tricky lines on birdie bids. The ninth played as the 12th toughest hole in the 2013 Web.com Tour Championship.
      10 5 558 Dye's Valley's easiest hole last year, the par-5 10th hole measures 558 yards. It takes nearly 300 yards of carry to cover the bunker left of the fairway but doing so gives a player a great chance to reach the green in two. Another bunker on the left guards the landing zone for lay-ups and a large third bunker makes access to the back right of the green difficult. A total of 11 eagles were landed on this hole a year ago, making it a great opportunity to gather momentum to start the back nine.
      11 3 171 With Nos. 1 and 3 playing as the back nine's two easiest holes in 2013, this offers a key opportunity for players to maintain momentum. At 171 yards, this hole plays much shorter than its back nine counterparts, but a multi-level green protected on the left by a U-shaped bunker makes pinpoint accuracy off the tee a must to take advantage of another scoring opportunity.
      12 4 354 No. 12 is the most straight-away of the three short par-4s at Dye's Valley. This 354-yard hole offers a generous fairway flanked by bunkers on either side. Hills and bunkers around a tiny green can impact sight lines, especially with a back-left pin spot. Players can bomb it and chip up to the green or lay back with an iron or hybrid to a comfortable distance. Both strategies can work, as the 12th played as Dye's Valley's third-easiest hole in 2013.
      13 4 403 Though measuring 403 on the scorecard, the tee-to-green distance on this sharp dogleg left par-4 is significantly lower. Bombers off the tee can attempt to cut the dogleg, which could leave them well under 100 yards into this green, but also brings some big numbers into play with a misplaced drive. Water guards the left side up through the dogleg with hills and rough to the right. The hole's lone bunker is short and right of the green and becomes a major factor for players who miss drives to the right.
      14 3 158 Though not an island like No. 17 at the Stadium Course, the 158-yard par-3 fifth hole is a peninsula green with water short, right and long. Players cannot afford to drop shots on this tricky little hole with a very tough closing stretch looming.
      15 4 445 A very difficult closing stretch begins with the 445-yard par-4 15th, which was the third-toughest hole on the course a season ago. Distance control with the drive is the name of the game as missing left or right in the wrong spot could be disastrous. Water runs the right side for the length of the hole and will be a major concern on approaches to the green.
      16 4 326 A reprieve on the brutal closing stretch, No. 16 is a 326-yard par-4 that gives big hitters a chance to go for the green of the back tee. The pin isn't visible from the teebox with a large bunkered hill blocking sight lines to the green. Players who lay up anywhere in the left-to-right sloping fairway will have plenty of room to play their approaches into a green that sits above the fairway and drops off into a collection area behind.
      17 4 503 The toughest hole on Dye's Valley in the 2013 event was this 503-yard par-4, the longest two-shotter on the property. Trees line the right side of the fairway, making finding the green in regulation from that side a difficult prospect. Even a good drive will leave most players a long iron or hybrid into this narrow green, protected by a bunker short and right.
      18 4 436 The difficult closing stretch is completed by an 18th hole that played as the fifth toughest at Dye's Valley a year ago. The landing area in the fairway is generous but a large green featuring multiple levels awaits approach shots. An accurate second shot is the key on this closing hole, with water just off the right side of the green and three-putts waiting for anyone who finds the wrong level with their approaches.