Broadcast to nearly 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages, PGA tours have no shortage of exposure. In fact, today marked the beginning of the PGA tour stop at the TPC River Highlands in breathtaking Cromwell, Conneticut. While we could talk about Charley Hoffman and how he's topping the leaderboard at -9 or how Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson are hot on his heels with their respective -8 and -7, we're going to talk about what's captured our attention -- the course itself.
If you were at the opening ceremonies of the Travelers Championship this morning, you surely would have heard soothing bagpipes emanating through the cool early air and across the dew-ridden landscape of the TPC River Highlands. The setting for the Travelers Championship is an all-too-fitting throwback to the ancient game founded in Scotland and a reminder of the original course architect, R.J. Ross, cousin to legendary architect Donald Ross.
The course was ranked 41 out of 51 by the PGA tour in 2011 in terms of course difficulty, likely having something to do with its landscaping. TPC River Highlands boasts five water hazards, not to mention 119 sand bunkers (yikes!).
From this picture, there is no mistaking the course's use of a variety of grasses. In fact, Bentgrass is utilized on the tees, fairways, and greens; Kentucky Bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue are used in the rough.
There's no mistaking that this is a gorgeous course. Turn on the TV and check out the TCP River Highlands in the next few days! You won't regret it! If you'd rather, watch the video at the top of this blog for an overview.