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.