TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm
|Location||Potomac, Maryland, U.S.|
|Elevation||270 feet (80 m)|
|Established||1986, 32 years ago|
|Operated by||PGA Tour TPC Network|
|Tournaments hosted||Booz Allen Classic (formerly Kemper Open, 1987–2006),
Quicken Loans National (2017)
|Greens||Penn A1 / A4 Bentgrass|
|Designed by||Ed Ault, Tom Clark,
& Ed Sneed (1986);
& Jim Hardy (2007)
|Par||70 (formerly 71)|
|Length||7,139 yards (6,528 m)|
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm (formerly TPC Avenel) is a private golf club in the eastern United States, located in Potomac, Maryland, a suburb northwest of Washington, D.C. After a major renovation to both clubhouse and course, the clubhouse reopened in late 2008 while the course reopened on April 28, 2009.
Originally opened thirty-two years ago in 1986, the course was roundly criticized for poor design in its early years. It was also plagued by years of flooding and drainage problems and by various turfgrass issues which affected the greens and often produced less than satisfactory tournament conditions. As a result, many top professionals stayed away, and the Kemper/Booz Allen tournament became unofficially relegated to "B" event status.
In the summer of 2005, Dewberry and Davis land surveying crews were regularly seen taking measurements across the facility, sparking rumors that the long criticized course would finally be reconfigured. Confirmation came in 2007, when a $32 million golf course and clubhouse renovation commenced in an effort to bring back a tournament to the Washington D.C. area. The renovation covered the entire course, which has been reshaped into a new 7,139-yard (6,528 m) course at par 70 with Rock Run Creek being expanded and cleaned up.
The controversial sixth hole (conceived as a weak copy of the 13th at Augusta National) was changed to a straightaway long par-four with the green now short and left of the creek. The par-3 ninth (famously maligned by Greg Norman, who suggested the original be "blown up with dynamite") was rebuilt with a new green up on a hill near the old practice green. The old 10th and 11th holes have been combined into the new tenth, a long par-five playing around the restored creek feature. The old 12th is now the 11th, with the old par-five 13th (another popular target of player angst) eliminated and replaced by a new, uphill par-three 12th and a short, par-four 13th.
In addition to the golf course, the project also included a new practice facility and short game area, and clubhouse renovations.
In November 2015, the 7th and 16th greens were renovated to flatten contours and provide additional hole locations in anticipation of hosting the Quicken Loans National in 2017. Additionally, small improvements were made to a number of holes, including creating bent grass chipping and collection areas around the 3rd, 4th, and 18th greens, widening the 5th and 6th fairways, and flattening the front portion of the 13th green to create additional hole locations. Finally, the on-deck putting green was quadrupled in size from 1,500 square feet (140 m2) to over 6,000 sq ft (560 m2).
|Black||74.0 / 140||440||619||225||440||365||484||452||467||201||3693||560||470||168||360||299||490||412||222||465||3446||7139|
|Gold||72.2 / 134||415||570||210||379||336||449||420||435||175||3389||532||420||161||324||278||440||390||190||426||3161||6550|
|Blend||71.7 / 132||400S||570G||185S||440B||336G||422S||383C||415S||155S||3306||532G||378S||161G||360B||278G||490B*||390G||170S||401S||3160||6466|
|Silver||M: 69.9 / 127
W: 76.5 / 149
|Copper||M: 68.5 / 122
W: 74.7 / 145
|Par||4||5||3||4||4||4||4||4||3||35||5||4||3||4||4||4 / 5*||4||3||4||35 / 36*||70 / 71*|
|Ivory||M: 65.4 / 115
W: 70.1 / 132
|TPC||74.0 / 133||393||622||239||435||359||520||461||453||166||3648||374||147 / 165||472||524||301||467||415||195||444||3339 / 3357||6987 / 7005|
|Back||72.0 / 129||376||584||185||408||340||447||422||409||150||3321||349||136 / 156||413||503||275||458||401||181||425||3141 / 3161||6462 / 6482|
|Middle||70.0 / 123||362||553||162||342||328||410||396||394||136||3083||314||125 / 140||403||481||239||418||391||156||4000||2927 / 2942||6010 / 6025|
|Forward||68.1 / 115||310||437||127||294||234||338||279||281||118||2418||280||100 / 125||363||370||208||351||292||118||318||2400 / 2425||4818 / 4843|
- Kemper Open from 1987-1999
- Kemper Insurance Open from 2000-2002
- FBR Capital Open in 2003
- Booz Allen Classic in 2004 and 2006 (moved to neighboring Congressional in 2005)
- Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in 2010
- Neediest Kids Championship presented by Under Armour in 2012 and the Mid-Atlantic Championship in 2013
- Quicken Loans National in 2017
In 2006, the tournament ended on Tuesday due to persistent storms in the D.C. area. It was the first time a Tour event had been played on a Tuesday since 1968. The conclusion of the final Booz Allen Classic was not televised.
In 2007, Tiger Woods announced his new tournament, the AT&T National, was to be played at neighboring Congressional Country Club. When it was preparing to host its third U.S. Open in 2011, there was speculation that TPC Potomac could serve as a replacement venue for 2010 and 2011. However, the tournament was held in Aronimink Golf Club instead, as the club "sees how the reconfigured course played and how members responded to it before considering hosting major tournaments."
In 2010, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship was moved from Baltimore Country Club in Timonium to the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. The renovated TPC Potomac received many positive reviews from the players during the tournament.
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
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- "Senior Players Championship goes to Potomac for 2010". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "TPC Potomac to hold 2017 Quicken Loans National". PGA Tour. Retrieved 2015-05-17.