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GolfPass Grass Guru – Bay Hill Champion Course

The Arnold Palmer Invitational • Bay Hill Champion Course

Hole 17 • Par 3 • 219 yds

By Eric MacPherson

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is at another quintessential Floridian Golf Club, Bay Hill. Another week of beautiful white sandy bunkers and tons of water in this Players Championship tune up.

What can be said about Bay Hill? For one, it’s a gorgeous course, improved on by one of the best to ever play. Bay Hill is an extremely fun course, with an absolutely gorgeous bunker on Hole 17. If I lived in this neighborhood, but somehow lacked the funds to join, this is the hole I would walk on and play over and over. A giant beach bunker on a nice par three, this is a dream hole to build in your backyard. I’d grab a cooler and a beach chair and practice hitting bunker shots well into the night. 

I’ve said it before, I love a good beach bunker, especially in a warm place like Florida. Beach bunker in North Dakota? Cool. Beach bunker in Florida, 100 times better. The 6th hole with drives over the water will be much more fun to watch, but remember we like the sand here, and it doesn’t get much better than 17. 

The Arnold Palmer Invitational will have great play on a fun course, and is the perfect appetizer to the Players Championship. We are definitely rolling full steam ahead in the PGA Tour season. If only it wasn’t 20 degrees in NYC, and I could get out on the course. That would be the perfect, but if I can’t get out and play, this is the next best thing.

Cover Photo: Jason Brown //

Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass. Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a beautiful crisp morning, would be teeing it off instead. Shoot Eric a message at

Eric MacPherson