Saturday, September 13, 2014

TPC Sawgrass: A Summer's Day

TPC Sawgrass is fortunate to have many talented employees.  Please enjoy the video that was produced by Alex Abbruzza, Assistant Golf Professional.

The video illustrates the dynamic activities that take place at TPC Sawgrass every day.


A Summer's Day Time Lapse of TPC Sawgrass. from TPC Sawgrass on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

THE PLAYERS Stadium: Greens Aerification

Last week on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, the agronomy team was able to perform a number of cultural practices during our one day closure. During the closure, the greens were vertical mowed, aerified, top dressed, and fertilized. These practices will help reduce thatch, relieve soil compaction, reduce grain, and in turn, create a better playing surface for THE PLAYERS. After these practices, and a few days of sunshine, the greens have almost completely healed.


Getting started on the Gauntlet
The agronomy team blowing after the cores have been removed


Greens broom in action

Monday, September 1, 2014

TPC SAWGRASS ANNOUNCES DYE’S VALLEY COURSE WILL RE-OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 23















             PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – TPC Sawgrass announces the Dye’s Valley Course will officially re-open to member, Marriott Sawgrass Resort and public play on Tuesday, Sept. 23, after a significant seven-month infrastructure replacement project – its first enhancement since opening in 1987.
The project has yielded improved playing conditions through the installation of a new irrigation system; reconstruction of all green, tee, and green-side bunker complexes; replacement of fairway turf; expansion of the drainage network; as well as the performance of timely maintenance practices aimed at preserving the exceptional quality and tournament conditions for years to come. In addition, the original square footage of each green was recaptured during the reconstruction process before the putting surface was sprigged with TifEagle Bermudagrass. The fairways and tees were both planted with Celebration Bermudagrass, while the rough remains 419 Bermudagrass.


The course re-opens directly following the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship played on Dye’s Valley Sept. 18-21, 2014 in which 50 PGA TOUR cards will be awarded for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
A hidden golf gem at TPC Sawgrass, the improved par-72, 6,847-yard Dye’s Valley course was originally designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed and consultant and PGA TOUR player Jerry Pate. PGA TOUR Design and Construction Services, Inc. has managed the project to ensure the integrity of the original Pete Dye/Bobby Weed design has remained intact.
"Dye's Valley is an extremely challenging course and was a great test of my game last year," said 2013 Web.com Tour Championship winner Chesson Hadley. "I was proud to win on such an esteemed course and am sure the renovations will only heighten its reputation."


Corridors of mature oak, pine and palm trees frame undulating Bermuda fairways and large manicured greens, with challenging water hazards throughout the layout – adding to the course’s exceptional beauty as well as its challenge. Golfers will continue to enjoy use of TPC Sawgrass’ world-class forecaddies from September through May on Dye’s Valley Course, access to the renowned onsite Instruction & Performance Center, featuring the TOURAcademy TPC Sawgrass teaching facility and TaylorMade Performance Lab fitting center, as well as the Club’s magnificent 77,000 square foot Mediterranean Revival-style Clubhouse featuring an array of upscale dining and hospitality amenities.
            Historically, Dye’s Valley has seen its share of competition by some of the world’s greatest players. In 1988, Billy Casper won the Senior PLAYERS Championship on its fairways, while in 1989, former U.S. Open Champion Orville Moody shot a course record of 64 in the third round of the Senior PLAYERS to outplay Charles Coody and Gary Player. Dye's Valley also hosted the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by Planters in 2010 - 2012. Past Champions include Russell Henley, Gavin Coles and David Mathis. Additionally, in 1994, 18-year-old Tiger Woods competed in qualifying rounds of the U.S. Amateur Championship on Dye’s Valley before garnering his first of three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dye's Valley Infrastructure Renovation Update - Greens Construction and Grow In

Over the last 7 months Dye's Valley has undergone a major infrastructure renovation that replaced the entire irrigation system, installed a new pump station, rebuilt all greens and resurfaced all fairways and tees.  The course officially opens to the public on September 23rd but not before hosting the 2014 Web.com Tour Championship.  With the Championship beginning in just 14 days we wanted to recap some of the work that has been completed this summer.

Greens Construction and Grow In
 Demolition of the greens began on March 3rd when the course closed.  
Sub Grade
Gravel Layer
Installed Greens Mix 
 Sprigging began on May 28th and was completed by June 15th. 
Sprigging greens.
 Slicing in greens sprigs.
 Sprigs after 14 days. 
 First mow after 21 days.
 Green after 6 weeks.
Green on August 31st. 

Dye's Valley Infrastructure Renovation Update - Fairway Regrassing

Over the last 7 months Dye's Valley has undergone a major infrastructure renovation that replaced the entire irrigation system, installed a new pump station, rebuilt all greens and resurfaced all fairways and tees.  The course officially opens to the public on September 23rd but not before hosting the 2014 Web.com Tour Championship.  With the Championship beginning in just 14 days we wanted to recap some of the work that has been completed this summer. 


Fairway Regrassing
 1st step was apply herbicide to the fairways.

 2nd step was to cultivate the surface with aerators and verti-cutters.

 3rd step was to clear all plant material using a street sweeper. 

 Fairway sprigging machine. 

 Fairway sprigging machine. 

 Fairway sprigs.

Sprigs sliced into fairway.

Sprigs beginning to establish.

After several mows.

August 31st

Dye's Valley Infrastructure Renovation Update - Infrastructure Renovation

Over the last 7 months Dye's Valley has undergone a major infrastructure renovation that replaced the entire irrigation system, installed a new pump station, rebuilt all greens and resurfaced all fairways and tees.  The course officially opens to the public on September 23rd but not before hosting the 2014 Web.com Tour Championship.  With the Championship beginning in just 14 days we wanted to recap some of the work that has been completed this summer. 

Infrastructure Renovation

New wet well installation. 

 New intake pipe.

Pump station installation. 

 New pump station

 HDPE pipe.

 HDPE pipe welding.

 HDPE pipe.


 HDPE pipe installation.

Lateral installation. 

Lateral installation.

New irrigation running.