Built in 1991, the Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay was designed by PGA TOUR Chief Architect, Bobby Weed, and player consultant Chi Chi Rodriguez (1992 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee).
TPC Tampa Bay is distinguished by crumpled contouring set amongst serene live oaks and cypress trees. TPC Tampa Bay proudly hosted a PGA TOUR Champions event for 21 consecutive years. Marquee events have included:
- GTE Suncoast Classic: 1992-96
- GTE Classic: 1997-2000
- Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am: 2004-11
- Encompass Insurance Pro-Am: 2012
- PGA TOUR Champions Q-School, Final Stage: 1994, 2021
Environmental Leadership in Golf Award
Florida Golf Magasine
Best Courses in West Central Florida, No. 5
Best Places You Can Play, 4.5 Stars
When Weed initially surveyed the land that would become TPC Tampa Bay, he chose a horse as his all-terrain vehicle, as the golf course routing would have to work with (and not against) treacherous wetlands, cypress heads, lagoons and alligators.
TPC Tampa Bay would be designed with wide fairways, large greens (averaging 6,400 sq. ft.), plenty of water and great conditioning.
The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning have their name for a reason. America’s “Lightning Capital” is the site of frequent thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes.
To counter, Weed hauled hundreds of thousands of yards of dirt. This fill was strategically used to contour TPC Tampa Bay and ensure that the golf course had sufficient drainage for heavy storms. The extra dirt was also utilized to build spectator mounds.
With great wildlife variety and keen environmental management of this natural setting, TPC Tampa Bay is just one of two area courses to be named as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
30 years after opening, Weed’s layout remains a stern test for the world’s best players, while simultaneously being enjoyable for members of all skill levels.
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