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2017 PGA Tour: Valspar Championship Course Overview
- Updated: March 6, 2017
This week’s Valspar Championship at Copperhead, is located at the absolutely gorgeous Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, FL. Previous champions include Jordan Speith, Charl Schwartzel, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk, Gary Woodland and Kevin Streelman. Dustin Johnson is coming off back-to-back wins and with a handful of talented players playing solid golf at the moment, the Valspar Championship should be a competitive tournament.
Watch out for the “Snake Pit” on the final three holes.
Below is the course breakdown hole-by-hole:
Hole 1: It opens up with a double-dogleg par-5. The placement of the second shot will be a major factor in order to set up an opening birdie opportunity.
Hole 2: If the opening par-5 on the first hole was difficult, the second hole is another challenge in itself.
With a water hazard hugging the left side of the fairway, and trees that will block your vision on the fairway — unless you’re Phil Mickleson of course. The ideal drive is to stripe the ball down the right side of the fairway, leaving you with a good 2nd shot opportunity to make birdie on the tough elevated green.
Hole 3: In order the have success on this hole and walk away with birdie, accurate shots are required.
The longer hitters in this course will do well on hole 3 simply because of the water that limits your average hitter. The second shot is key to walking away successful on this hole. The green bordered by sand is key for ball placement as the green is similar to a wavy rollercoaster.
Hole 4: Distance is key when it comes down hole. With bunkers in front of the tee shot, playing safe distance shots will be key until players dial in one this challenging par-3.
Hole 5: One of the toughest par 5’s on the whole PGA tour. This narrow uphill par-5 is lined by trees on both sides of the fairway. Setting the challenge aside with an average of only 15% birdies made on this
hole from last year’s event. This hole is also one of the most beautiful holes on the PGA tour. Take in the beautiful scenery and breathe for this is one tough fucker.
Hole 6: With the luxury of a downhill shot, players will be able to send bombs down the fairway.
However with the fairway slanting left in to a group of trees, accurate shots are necessary in order to have a good look on the long second shot ahead. Keep in mind this hole accumulated more bogeys
than any other hole.
Hole 7: The easiest hole out of the 18. A straight drive is essential in order to leave ones self with a clear second shot to a shallow, sloping green.
Hole 8: With the green being deep and narrow on the par-3, and the combination of bunkers to the left and right. Trees also obstruct the green making it a very tricky approach.
Hole 9: This challenging uphill par-4 won’t be easy for any player on tour. The placement of bunkers lined down the fairway calls for well placed tee shots. With an elevated green, players will be called to club up for their approach shot.
Hole 10: With accurate tee shots needed, this 445 yard par-4 is home to bunkers on the left and right side of this challenging sloped green.
Hole 11: The bunker placed in front of the green. This hole gives challenge to those who want to make the green on their second shot on this 575 yard par-5.
Hole 12: the easiest of any par-4 on the course. Usually the tee shot is executed by either a fairway wood or longer iron leaving it short of the pond. Short irons will be crucial for the second shot, as this is one of the smaller greens surrounded by bunkers throughout this course.
Hole 13: The narrow green requires accurate club selection in order to get the tee shot close. Hole 13 is the most challenging par-3 in my opinion because it takes finesse to keep your ball from going for a swim, and keeping it from the right side of the green.
Hole 14: Surrounded by a large bunker hugging the left side of the green, and another green with lots of curvature. Accuracy is needed in order to have a great outcome on this difficult par-5.
Hole 15: The right club length is needed to birdie this challenging par-3. The green is bunkered on both the right and left side of the green.
Hole 16: With water stretching the entire length of the hole, hole 16 is a complete mind fuck for some players on tour. A well-positioned tee shot sets up a long second shot to a wide green.
Hole 17: With bunkers and trees surrounding the hole, the long par-3 with a very tight green and it makes a birdie a good score to walk away with on this hole.
Hole 18: With the most perfidious green on the course. Striping the ball accurately will be key in order to have a clean look at the green on players second shot.
With this being said, the Valspar Championship should be a very exciting event to watch and be sure to check back later on for our PGA DFS picks of the week.