PGA West Stadium Course
|Location||La Quinta, California,
|Operated by||PGA Tour TPC Network|
|Tournaments hosted||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (1987)
Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (1995–96)
|Designed by||Pete Dye|
The PGA West Stadium Course was designed by Pete Dye and is viewed as the sequel to the TPC at Sawgrass. It was inspired by the Scottish links-style courses and at one point was considered one of Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses in America.
The PGA West Stadium Course is part of the Tournament Players Club network of courses operated by the PGA Tour, and is branded as the TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST. It hosted the tour's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 1987, and the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Senior PGA Tour in 1995 and 1996.
The PGA West Stadium Course has hosted many important golf tournaments and is considered one of the most challenging courses in America.
- Skins Game – 1986–1991
- Bob Hope Chrysler Classic – 1987
- PGA Club Professional Championship – 1990
- PGA Tour Qualifying School Finals – 1986, 1988, 1989, 2002, 2006 & 2008
- Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf – 1995 & 1996
The course is featured in the Disney attraction Soarin' Over California at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California and EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The "Palm Springs" segment was actually shot at golf complex. The Santa Rosa Mountains (California) are nestled against the golf course and can be seen easily in the segment.
The PGA West Stadium Course has long been known as the course that was too tough for the professionals. In 1987 it made its first and only appearance as a PGA Tour venue in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. After creating a challenging course setup in what is normally one of the PGA Tour's easier tournaments, the tour pros refused to return in 1988 successfully signing a petition to get it removed as one of the host courses.
However, the TPC Stadium course plays to an easier course rating than other courses played in the tournament. The Stadium course plays to a rating of 76.1 whereas SilverRock Resort plays to a rating of 76.3.
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- "Worth Your Money This Month: PGA West (Stadium Course)". Golf Magazine. January 11, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
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- "SilverRock Resort". SilverRock Resort. 2010 SilverRock Resort. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST – official TPC site
- TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST – official PGA WEST site