One of the guilty pleasures of golf fandom is watching The PLAYERS Championship every May, where the stars of the PGA Tour frequently find their hands full on the tough TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.
The Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open is Thursday through Sunday at the Dye’s Valley Course, which poses its own challenges.
Dye’s Valley has water in play on nearly every hole and gnarly Bermuda rough that can eat a ball that’s just inches off the fairway. It’s not uncommon for amateurs playing the course to lose balls despite seeing them enter the rough.
There’s no island-green par 3 but Dye’s Valley features the 227-yard par-3 11th hole, perhaps the hardest one-shotter on either course with water all the way down the right side and behind the green.
Last year’s winner, Gavin Coles, shot 6 under for four rounds. Granted, Dye’s Valley plays to a par 70 for the pros (it’s a par 72 the rest of the year), but it’s rare for winning scores on the tough Web.com Tour to be that high.
Want to see for yourself? Each round of tournament is on Golf Channel from 2-5 p.m. ET.