I'm not clear why this story on the TPC Sawgrass's $25 million renovation is making the rounds now, but it is.
Even if golf's fifth major remains in March, the PGA Tour has drawn up plans to make it the premier tournament by weatherproofing the TPC at Sawgrass, moving 65,000 tons of dirt to allow spectators better views and installing technology so fans can know what's going on no matter where they are
Still the fifth of four majors. Sorry, continue.
The cost for the ambitious project, including a Grand Mediterranean style clubhouse, is estimated at $25 million. Work is expected to begin after The Players Championships is held in March in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The larger locker area will create more space for the annual locker room rain-delay interviews.
The most dramatic renovation is sub-air pumps beneath each green that can remove 42,000 gallons per hour, allowing the putting surface to drain in minutes. Dirt beneath the fairways will be replaced with sand that drains faster, and the fairways then will be sod anew with high-quality Bermuda grass.
That will allow the course to all but guarantee firm, fast conditions even on rainy days.
No mention if the $25 million includes a switch to copper irrigation piping.