Inside the course: TPC Deere Run

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TPC Deere Run isn't quite like any other course on TOUR.
July 08, 2012
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Paul F. Grogan
Original architect D.A. Weibring (1999)
Course remodel PGA TOUR Design (2007)
Number of TOUR events as host venue 13 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 40th (out of 51 courses) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,183 yards (2000-2002)
  7,193 yards (2003-2006)
  7,268 yards (2007-2008)
  7,257 (2009)
  7,258 (2010)
Grass Bentgrass (tees, fairways, greens); Kentucky bluegrass (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 feet
Sand bunkers 78
Water hazards 3
Course tour Click here
Course record
Paul Goydos
Player Hole Year
Troy Matteson 7 2010
Rocco Mediate 7 2010
Woody Austin 3 2000
Greg Chalmers 7 2004
Jay Delsing 7 2005
David Gossett 12 2004
Mark Hensby 3 2004
Matt Kuchar 7 2005
Brad Lardon 7 2002
Shigeki Maruyama 3 2005
John Rollins 7 2004
Willie Wood 16 2004
Course origins
The land's past includes Native American settlements, farming operations, and, most recently, was home to one of the top horse and cattle breeding programs in the country. John Deere history, Quad City history, and the property's history all intersect on this 385-acre parcel of land. Erskine Wilson was building his stone house on this land at the very same time a man living 70 miles upstream named John Deere was starting his plow company, at the very same time the communities that would become the Quad Cities were incorporating. The signature hole at the TPC Deere Run is the 16th and is named "Mother Earth." Views like the ones from the 16th tee represent the types of features that have drawn people to the property for centuries. Archeological evidence indicates Native Americans settled and lived on the property as far back as 5,000 years ago. To Native Americans the land is a living being called Mother Earth, who cares for all her children by providing food, shelter, beauty and a place for contest and play. The early inhabitants enjoyed many sporting activities. Games ranged from lacrosse, which was played in the summer on the large grassy expanses on the property, to snow snake races in the winter where a crooked stick called the "snake" was thrown down a steep hill as each player attempted to send his snake the farthest. The 16th hole is dedicated to these early inhabitants, to pay tribute to the spirit of respect and competition they first brought there. -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Crow Valley CC Bettendorf, Iowa 1972-1974
Oakwood CC Coal Valley, Ill. 1975-1999
TPC Deere Run Silvis, Ill. 2000-present

TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., is the host of this week's John Deere Classic. Here's all you need to know about the course.