PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- When THE PLAYERS Stadium Course debuted in 1982, it was unique in the world of golf, having been built with the spectator in mind. In many ways, it was way before its time, but improvements were still needed over the past 25-plus years to maintain the excellent fan experience.
Recent improvements include significant mounding work done as part of the course renovation between the 2006 and 2007 events, and then there were further mounding changes around No. 2 green and No. 3 tee before the 2010 event and around No. 18 green for the 2011 event.
Toward that goal of continual improvement, THE PLAYERS Stadium Course has undergone additional changes for the 2013 event:
- Complete redesign of the mounding surrounding No. 7 green, turning this into one of the best spectator areas on the course (also right next to the new permanent restrooms and Wine & Dine on 9)
- Totally restaged practice range area featuring a new traffic flow as well as a spectator area on the driving range itself and new staging that will allow better use of the hill for fans to see their favorite players warm up.
Also, through a comprehensive review with agronomy and rules officials, seven areas were identified where foliage was blocking fan viewing opportunities and were not material to tournament play, so those areas were moved or scaled back to allow for better views:
- Left side of No. 1 green near the cart path - palmettos removed to open viewing area
- Left side of No. 2 fairway - removed palmettos to open view of hole from tee shot
- Left side of No. 6 tee - removed palmettos to allow spectator viewing behind and left of tee
- No. 9 approach - selectively removed landscape hedges to open view from fairway to green and from green back to fairway, also cut back some limbs that were blocking veiws
- Right side No. 10 green - removed palmetto clump to open view of green from right side of fairway
- No. 14 Green - removed palmettos to increase viewing area behind green
- No. 16 Fairway - removed palmettos to open views from treed area golfers left of the landing area