Inside the course: TPC Boston

August 26, 2012
PGA TOUR Staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Thomas G. Brodeur
Original architect Palmer Golf Design (2001)
Course remodel Hanse Golf Course Design (2006-present, changes are ongoing)
Number of TOUR events as host venue 10 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 37th (out of 51 courses) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,304 (2009-present)
  7,207 (2007-08)
  7,415 (2003-06)
Par value: 71
Grass Bentgrass (tees, fairways, greens); Kentucky bluegrass, fescue (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11.5 feet
Sand bunkers 53
Water hazards 2
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Course record
Player
Vijay Singh
Mike Weir
Year
2006
2008
Round
3rd
1st
Finish
2nd
2nd
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Greg Chalmers 16 2011
Brandt Snedeker 16 2011
Andres Romero 8 2010
Robert Allenby 16 2006
Jonathan Byrd 11 2006
Kevin Stadler 3 2005
GarrettWillis 11 2003
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
This par 4 has been dramatically changed. Its bunkers on the left have been removed and replaced with chocolate drop mounds sporadically placed on the left side of the fairway covered in natural fescue grasses. These mounds don't look too dangerous until you hit it there. Players will find themselves -- even with a good drive -- with an approach shot of upwards of 200 yards into a relatively small green.
2011: 0 eagles, 37 birdies, 217 pars, 81 bogeys, 13 double bogeys, 4 others.
Easiest Hole
This par 5 finishing hole will undoubtedly be controversial. Players can choose to carry two bunkers in the middle of the fairway and leave themselves a chance to reach the green with a fairway wood. Or the longest hitters can carry the right fairway bunker around 320 yards, giving themselves a mid-iron approach for a chance at eagle. The players choosing to lay up on their second shot will still need to avoid a pot bunker in the center of the fairway in order to score well. There will be plenty of birdies, bogeys, and heartbreak on this finishing hole.
2011: 19 eagles, 165 birdies, 143 pars, 23 bogeys, 2 double bogey and 0 others.
TPC Boston2011 rankings Last nine years
Hole Par Yards Avg. score Rank Avg. score Rank
1 4 365 3.923 13 3.901 14
2 5 542 4.733 16 4.733 17
3 3 208 3.165 2 3.047 10
4 4 298 3.653 17 3.868 15
5 4 466 4.122 5 4.169 2
6 4 465 4.142 4 4.109 7
7 5 600 4.744 15 4.804 16
8 3 213 3.082 6 3.129 5
9 4 472 4.003 9 4.145 4
10 4 425 3.932 12 4.020 11
11 3 231 3.153 3 3.166 3
12 4 461 4.057 7 4.072 8
13 4 451 3.986 10 4.121 6
14 4 495 4.233 1 4.188 1
15 4 421 3.898 14 3.963 12
16 3 161 3.031 8 3.054 9
17 4 412 3.969 11 3.906 13
18 5 528 4.5 18 4.565 18
Course origins
The TPC Boston project started as a 600-acre parcel of land, and 155 acres were deeded to conservation trusts by the development partnership. The deeded conservation land connects to conservation land managed by the Norton, Mass., and Mansfield, Mass., Land Preservation Societies. The facility has 3,800 linear feet of wooden bridges crossing the 250 acres of wetlands found throughout the site. Four acres of land were provided to the Massachusetts Golf Association to be used for an on-site headquarters. Allied golf associations are also headquartered in the same building.
Additionally, the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund and the Ouimet Museum are housed in the golf association building. The golf course site was formerly used for charcoal production for the jewelry, brick and iron industries, as well as lumber for ship construction. More recently, parts of the property were used as a gravel mine for the construction of nearby Route 495. The golf course opened for play June 28, 2002.
Since 2006, the course has been undergoing competitive modification to enhance strategy and visual interest. The original tournament length of 7,415 yards has been reduced to the current 7,304 yards. -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
TPC Boston Norton, Mass. 2003-present

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