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TPC Southwind - the 11th hole

TPC Southwind – GolfPass Grass Guru

WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational • Hole 11 • Par 3 • 162 yds

Off the heels of the spectacular Open, we are thrown right into a WGC event at TPC Southwind. What TPC Southwind lacks in course originality and layout, we make up with in the field. Why not grab the best players at the moment and put them at a course they can chew up? That’s what we’ll see this week and is a great bounce back following the Open. Nobody wants a cast of characters immediately following a major. You’ll want to ease back in. TPC Southwind and a small but impeccable field does just that. Perfect for right before the homestretch of FedEx cup playoff tournaments.

Now being a rather bland course in terms of bunker remembrance it was hard to pick a favorite. Last week, the course spoiled us. This week, the field spoils us. Can’t win em all.

Hole 11 at Southwind is the residence of this week’s bunker(s).

The two hotdog bunkers directly behind the green take the prize. Hole 11 is an island green and these two safety sausages in the rear are much better than the small bunker in the front. These angelic kielbasas of bunkers help all those balls running through the green stop short of the water. I like the placement of them, the break in between them, and the shape of them. They are very solid bunkers. I’m writing this, staring at an overhead of the course and can’t pick another bunker that remotely challenges these. And I guess that’s why these guys win.

A fun hole on a rather lacking course with a couple of great bratwurst of bunkers is just what we need. It’s only that much better that we have the best field to play it. And if you are seriously in need of more golf or can’t deal with small fields, than go watch the Barracuda Championship. Which is actually pretty fun to watch with it being a Stableford, alright I convinced myself. I’m going to watch that too. See if anyone can come close to Charles Barkley’s all time low score of -93. That would require some serious tanking. It’s at Montreux Golf Club, which looks better than Southwind, but still a long ways from cracking any sort of list especially the most impressive one, Eric’s courses he dreams about.

Cover Photo: Keyur Khamar  /  pgatour.com

Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass (hello Huggy Bear). 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 crisp morning, would be teeing it off. Shoot Eric a message at eric@golfpass.co or check out his other blogs here.