The TPC Golf Clubs concept originated in 1979 with the development of the TPC Stadium course at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl, outside Jacksonville. Deane Beman, the PGA Tour Commissioner at the time, hired Pete Dye to design a permanent host facility for THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP. The venue set the standard for PGA tournament golf with its fan friendly stadium features, the design elements for for the quality of a tournament layout, and the clubhouse and practice facilities, consequently the TPC brand was born.
Today, there’s more than 30 TPC clubs, resort, daily fee, and private, designed by the top architects of the game including Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Arthur Hills, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Hale Irwin. The clubs are rarely stand alone, and include either a resort or residential development communities. In addition to meeting the TPC design standards, the clubs meet today’s environmental standards, with many earning the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certification.
As we profile and discuss only public access golf courses across America, here’s the current list of TPC Golf Clubs you can play:
1. TPC Blue Monster at Doral, one of the better finishing holes perennially on the PGA Tour, an original Dick Wilson design, part of the 90 holes of golf at the Doral Resort, now a Trump owned facility on the west side of Miami.
2. TPC at Deere Run in the Quad Cities area, the venue for the John Deere Classic, a design by D. A. Weibring.
3. TPC at Harding Park, essentially a muni in the San Francisco area, originally designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting in 1925, but was renovated to TPC standards, and is today an occasional PGA Tour venue, that hosted the President’s Cup in 2009.
4. TPC Las Colinas just east of the DFW Airport in the Irving/Las Colinas area, and affiliated with the Four Seasons resort, the course was originally designed by Jay Morrish in 1982 who collaborated with Ben Crenshaw and Byron Nelson, and was renovated in 2002 by D.A.. Weibring and Steve Wolford.
5. TPC Las Vegas, a Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd design, one of the more expensive layouts in Las Vegas, but a first classic experience, and excellent routing.
6. TPC Louisiana is located just south of downtown New Orleans across the river, was designed by Pete Dye, who created a tour standard layout on essentially flat river bottom land.
7. TPC Myrtle Beach, a Pete Dye design in the golf mecca that Myrtle Beach has become, once the Champions Tour venue, and a standard for upscale golf in Myrtle Beach.
8. TPC Old White Greenbrier located in White Sulphur Springs, WV, the Old White course was the first of three courses at the Greenbrier, designed by C.B. MacDonald and Seth Raynor in 1914, but has been updated to meet the TPC standards.
9. TPC San Antonio, your must stay at the J.W. Marriott here to play either the Oaks or the Canyons layouts here, Greg Norman and Pete Dye designs respectively.
10. TPC Sawgrass, the original venue, a Pete Dye design with the most notorious closing stretch of holes including the world famous island 17th, don’t mist the Valley course here, a Dye design as well.
11. TPC Scottsdale home of the famous 16th, a par 3, where thousands of fans camp out around the bowl shaped hole cheering the shots, was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, be sure to include the Champions course here as well.
12. TPC Tampa Bay on the north side of Tampa Bay, a Bobby Weed and Chi Chi Rodriguez design in 1991, routed through an upscale residential community.
13. TPC Stadium Course at PGA West one of Pete Dye’s more diabolical designs, so tough in fact that the PGA Pros won’t play the course, and it’s no longer a Tour venue, but has been host to the Q-schools qualifiers.
14. TPC Treviso Bay in Naples, a Champions Tour Event venue designed by Arthur Hills and Hal Sutton.