The Island Green: Haunts Pros and Captivates Fans

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – MAY 9: during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 9, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption ***

The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, often referred to as the “Island Green,” is more than just a challenging par-3; it’s an iconic image in professional golf.

Designed by Pete Dye, the hole features a green isolated on all sides by water, except for a narrow strip of land connecting it to the fairway. While the distance from tee to green is a mere 137 yards, making it reachable with a short iron for most pros, the psychological pressure and ever-present wind make it a daunting test.

Even the best golfers in the world can struggle to find the green, with swirling winds and a small target area leading to watery graves for many a tee shot. This risk-reward scenario keeps fans on the edge of their seats, while a successful shot onto the green is always met with a roar of approval.

The 17th hole’s drama extends beyond just a single round. During The Players Championship the 17th hole often plays a pivotal role in determining the champion.

So, this week while you are watching the TPC Sawgrass, keep your eye on the 17th hole. It’s a guaranteed source of excitement and a testament to the strategic brilliance and theatrical flair that can be found in golf course design.