Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TPC Work Is on Course; Golf Tracts Have New Names: The Players Stadium, Dye's Valley

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TPC Work Is on Course; Golf Tracts Have New Names: The Players Stadium, Dye's Valley

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

In addition to a new clubhouse and a new date for The Players Championship, there will be new variations on old names for the two courses at the TPC at Sawgrass.

How do The Players Stadium and Dye's Valley grab you?

Those are the names the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course and Valley Course, respectively, will be known as once the Stadium Course reopens in November for resort play. The Stadium Course has been closed since March for an $8 million renovation project, with the Valley Course remaining open.

Along with the course renovation has come the construction of a new clubhouse, which is gradually taking form and progressing on schedule, thanks to a relatively dry spring and summer. The clubhouse, barring delays, will open in April, one month before the 2007 Players Championship is played May 10-13.

The reason behind the name changes is to further link the Stadium Course with the PGA Tour's premier event, The Players Championship, and to pay homage to architect Pete Dye, who designed both courses and has been an integral part of the current project.

PGA Tour Golf Course Properties chief operating officer David Pillsbury said the six months of near-flawless weather have been "uncanny." TPC at Sawgrass superintendent Fred Klauk said it has been the driest summer in the 22 years he has held the job.

"I think Pete Dye has some serious strings up above, and he's pulling them," Pillsbury said. "We started this project only a few months ahead of hurricane season, and it's been unbelievable how great the weather has been. We're keeping our fingers crossed, but everything is right on schedule at this point."

The last few teeing areas on the back nine will be grassed between this week and the beginning of October. Remaining after that will be the grassing of spectator mounds on the back nine and behind the practice area. …

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