Why does 137 yards and a little bit of water strike fear into the hearts of the world’s best players? We reveal the magic behind the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass

Ask any non golf fan to name one golf hole and the most popular answer will surely be the 17th at Sawgrass.

But how did the famous island green hole come into existence and just what makes so tricky for professional and amateur players alike? 

We lined up an all-star cast, including the man who worked on the construction of the Florida golf course with Pete and Alice Dye, to explain the magic behind this short par 3…

The story of the 17th at Sawgrass

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Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. Steve is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Hybrids: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Irons: TaylorMade Stealth 5-A Wedge Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 54 and 58 Putter: Sik Sho Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Handicap: 11.3

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