There were a few concepts in mind that Beman wanted for the course that was now going to host THE PLAYERS Championship. • First, it would be the permanent home of THE PLAYERS, and it would be owned by the players. • Second, the course and surrounding areas would be built with spectators in mind. It would be the first true “Stadium Course,” designed and built to improve the overall on-site fan experience. • Third, prior to the construction of the TPC, nearly all great tournaments were played on outstanding layouts that were private clubs where the average fan rarely had a chance to play. The TPC would be a course of great design and character that would be accessible to all golf fans.
The first “stadium” design course and seating wasn’t necessarily the most comfortable! I was on 18 when Jerry Pate won and pushed Beman in the lake! They had railroad ties and grass seating around the course and if the grass was a little damp you had wet grass stained pants! It’s come along way baby!!!
Deane Beman and Vernon Kelly in the clubhouse earlier today talking about our 40th Anniversary. #legends#TPC40Behind the scenes with the legends who started it all, Deane Beman and Vernon Kelly. #TPC40 ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Anniversary of 'Groundbreaking Day!' February 12, 1978 is the day Commissioner Beman literally "broke the ground" with a shovel and created TPC Sawgrass. A formal ceremony was held with construction beginning and Beman hitting a ceremonial first shot...(or two). "I didn't hit that one very well, so I took a mulligan. I hit the second shot right on the screws." - Commissioner Deane Beman. #TPC40 Learn More: tpc.com/tpc40/... See MoreSee Less
Picture this: 415 acres of Florida swampland and woods. That's what PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman saw and made his dream a reality. Beman wanted a permanent host for the then-named 'Tournament Players Championship' that would be owned by the players themselves. He originally was hoping for Sawgrass Country Club to be the host but they wouldn't sell believing that the players would never finance a site. Beman then looked across the street and bought those 415 acres of swampland for $1. TPC Sawgrass celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020. #TPC40 Learn more: bit.ly/37mcx7r... See MoreSee Less
Cheers to a wonderful 40 years and so much more to come
40 years later, adjust for inflation... I’ll buy that swampland off of you for, let’s say $10? Ok, I see you’ve made some improvements, let’s double it... $20
Thank you Deane Beaman!
What great memories! ⛳️
That’s pretty amazing.
I flew over it a few times when they were building it. :)
Jerome and Paul were visionary’s and knew selling this “swampland” would make their adjoining properties more valuable. There’s a great documentary on the struggle Beman had with Jack and Arnie over the purchase and in the end Beman won out! Landmark for Jacksonville!!!
The Fletchers were instrumental in the Ponte Vedra Area. Great people as well!
Probably one of the smartest deals of all time.
Thank God for the Fletcher family. Win Win for both parties.
See you next feb
Nice Photo Shop job putting the new Clubhouse in the background! 😎
crazy town Brandon Musso
Michael McNeill Anthony Widener that’s crazy!! $1!!!
Melissa Woodruff Calloway
Great memories Pat Kelly Alan Auld Iain Campbell Alastair Mccall
1st-The permanent home of THE PLAYERS.
2nd-the first true “Stadium Course,” designed and built to improve the overall on-site fan experience.
3rd-accessible to all golf fans.
Golf Course Architect, Pete Dye, helped Commissioner Deane Beman create the course he dreamed of. #TPC40
Picture this: 415 acres of Florida swampland and woods. That's what PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman saw and made his dream a reality. Beman bought those 415 acres of swampland for $1-TPC Sawgrass celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020. #TPC40