PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA Asked to explain The Yards, a 12-hole course that can also be a nine-hole or 15-hole course and sits barely a mile away from the first tee at the TPC Stadium Course, owner/developer David Miller pauses.
“If the TPC Stadium Course and Topgolf had a love child, it would be The Yards,” Miller says, laughing at his own description.
He’s not wrong – and that’s a good thing.
That’s the goal of The Yards, to reconfigure the notion of a conventional golf course with clever design, exceptional conditioning and an emphasis – a heavy one – on fun. It’s golf as we know it but not necessarily as we’ve seen it presented.
If you’ve been to Pinehurst and played the Cradle or if you’ve been to Bandon Dunes and played the Preserve (the short courses at the respective resorts), it’s easy to understand the allure of something smaller, like an aperitif to a full day of golf.
The Yards can be that for golfers, many of whom have made the trip to play the TPC Stadium Course or its sibling, the Valley Course at Sawgra...
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