Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium

Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium. Photo: Edward Kliszus
Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium. Photo: Edward Kliszus

Golf at the Players Stadium Course and the World Golf Hall of Fame is a perfect pairing. The Players Stadium course sets the standard for perfection. Designed by architects Pete and Alice Dye, it opened in 1980. Its stadium concept features large mounds where seating can be constructed for audiences to view each hole with a birds-eye view in seated comfort. This great course has Par-72 and 7,256 yards. You may recall the 18-year-old Tiger Woods defeating Trip Kuehne in the August 1994 US Amateur event.

The famous 17th hole at the TCP Sawgrass. Photo: Edward Kliszus
The famous 17th hole at the TCP Sawgrass. Photo: Edward Kliszus

 

This week, every inch of the grounds, fairways, roughs, and greens look like they were coiffed with hand tools and combs. In 2021, I took a turn on the course and managed to score a single bogey on the famous Island Green 17th hole, considered one of the most challenging holes on the course. This par 3, 137-yard favorite lies on a small lake, and those who meet the challenge receive an engraved rectangular medallion to display on their golf bag.

Thursday, March 10, I attended to catch the action. 46 of the top 50 players in the official world golf ranking tee it up this week.

Here’s the roster:

Tee No. 1

  • 6:45 a.m. – Adam Schenk, Kramer Hickok, Lee Hodges
  • 6:56 a.m. – Charley Hoffman, Harold Varner III, Will Zalatoris
  • 7:07 a.m. – Kevin Streelman, Maverick McNealy, Roger Sloan
  • 7:18 a.m. – Sungjae Im, Martin Laird, Richy Werenski
  • 7:29 a.m. – Cameron Champ, Matt Jones, Francesco Molinari
  • 7:40 a.m. – Erik van Rooyen, Garrick Higgo, Ryan Palmer
  • 7:51 a.m. – K.H. Lee, Adam Long, Kevin Tway
  • 8:02 a.m. – Sebastián Muñoz, Dylan Frittelli, Jimmy Walker
  • 8:13 a.m. – Joel Dahmen, Brian Gay, Corey Conners
  • 8:24 a.m. – Lanto Griffin, Gary Woodland, Keith Mitchell
  • 8:35 a.m. – Ian Poulter, Pat Perez, Jhonattan Vegas
  • 8:46 a.m. – Henrik Norlander, Hank Lebioda, Taylor Pendrith
  • 11:50 a.m. – Brian Stuard, Harry Higgs, Brandon Hagy
  • 12:01 p.m. – Keegan Bradley, Andrew Putnam, Cameron Young
  • 12:12 p.m. – Russell Henley, Mackenzie Hughes, Thomas Pieters
  • 12:23 p.m. – Ryan Brehm, Kevin Kisner, Jason Day
  • 12:34 p.m. – Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Dustin Johnson
  • 12:45 p.m. – Scottie Scheffler, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele
  • 12:56 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas
  • 1:07 p.m. – Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose
  • 1:18 p.m. – Marc Leishman, J.T. Poston, Zach Johnson
  • 1:29 p.m. – Si Woo Kim, Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson
  • 1:40 p.m. – Charl Schwartzel, Denny McCarthy, Tyler McCumber
  • 1:51 p.m. – Brendan Steele, Emiliano Grillo, Matthew NeSmith

Tee No. 10

  • 6:45 a.m. – Brian Harman, Russell Knox, Beau Hossler
  • 6:56 a.m. – Kyle Stanley, Tommy Fleetwood, Wyndham Clark
  • 7:07 a.m. – Aaron Wise, Doc Redman, Mito Pereira
  • 7:18 a.m. – Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson
  • 7:29 a.m. – Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen
  • 7:40 a.m. – Joaquin Niemann, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith
  • 7:51 a.m. – Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm
  • 8:02 a.m. – Sam Burns, Abraham Ancer, Paul Casey
  • 8:13 a.m. – Tom Hoge, Tyrrell Hatton, Brandt Snedeker
  • 8:24 a.m. – Lucas Glover, Shane Lowry, Matthew Wolff
  • 8:35 a.m. – Peter Malnati, Alex Noren, Anirban Lahiri
  • 8:46 a.m. – Scott Piercy, Nick Watney, Hayden Buckley
  • 11:50 a.m. – Chris Kirk, Lee Westwood, Matt Fitzpatrick
  • 12:01 p.m. – Cameron Tringale, Sam Ryder, Matt Wallace
  • 12:12 p.m. – James Hahn, Chesson Hadley, J.J. Spaun
  • 12:23 p.m. – Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch, Jason Kokrak
  • 12:34 p.m. – Cam Davis, Branden Grace, Carlos Ortiz
  • 12:45 p.m. – Sepp Straka, Robert Streb, Bubba Watson
  • 12:56 p.m. – Lucas Herbert, Brendon Todd, Chez Reavie
  • 1:07 p.m. – Stewart Cink, C.T. Pan, Patton Kizzire
  • 1:18 p.m. – Luke List, Seamus Power, Kevin Na
  • 1:29 p.m. – Brice Garnett, Adam Hadwin, Danny Lee
  • 1:40 p.m. – Troy Merritt, Scott Stallings, Doug Ghim
  • 1:51 p.m. – Joseph Bramlett, Stephan Jaeger, Sahith Theegala

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. Thunderstorms and lightning ended play for a few hours, and visitors were required to evacuate.

Golf Hall of Fame Tower. Photo: Edward Kliszus
Golf Hall of Fame Tower. Photo: Edward Kliszus

To make the most of the rest of the day, we headed to the Golf World of Fame. For golfers and golfing fans, the World of Fame is a unique museum located on the grounds of World Golf Village.

Bob Hope Golf Memorabilia at the Golf Hall of Fame. Photo: Edward Kliszus
Bob Hope Golf Memorabilia. Photo: Edward Kliszus

Twenty-six international golf organizations support its exhibits and purpose. Inductees include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Bobby Locke, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Ben Crenshaw, Tiger Woods, Betsy Rawls, Ayako Okamoto, and Susie Maxwell Berning, just to name a few.

The main floor hosts a large exhibit dedicated to Bob Hope, and his history in golf with presidents and other world leaders. Clips of his films and extensive USO service were provided.

The history of golf dates back centuries with exhibits of original clubs and balls presenting viewers with a sense of timelessness in the sport. Here are pictures of some of the displays:

President Dwight Eisenhower's golf cart. Photo: Edward Kliszus
President Dwight Eisenhower’s golf cart. Photo: Edward Kliszus


The next time you’re near St. Augustine, bring your clubs to the TPC Stadium Course, and depending on the weather, you may decide to make a stop at the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Edward A. Kliszus

Edward A. Kliszus

Performer, conductor, and educator Edward Kliszus began his musical studies at the age of 5 and has since been deeply involved in the fine, performing, and literary arts. He is a long-time and current member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). He studied trumpet performance and music education while attending the Manhattan School of Music and was a student of Mel Broiles, principal trumpet of the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His post-graduate studies at New York University focused on trumpet and piano performance, music composition, and analysis of composer Elliott Carter's 1974 work Brass Quintet. He was music director and conductor of the New Jersey based Union Symphony Orchestra for 15 years and has performed at Manhattan's West Village venue Monologues and Madness. He currently focuses his artistic and creative endeavors on writing, music composition, piano jazz, and as a critic for TheFrontRowCenter.com and OpeningNight.Online. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University, Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and Bachelor of Music from Nyack College.

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