TPC Four Seasons
The Byron Nelson Championship is now played on one course at Irving in Texas but up until 2008 was duly hosted by that course and Cottonwood Valley nearby. Both are tree-lined courses where the easiest holes have been the two reachable par fives. Generally the courses place a premium on accurate driving and sound approach play and the large undulating greens make birdies difficult to record.
The TPC Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas, to give it its full name, has a sting in its tail, with the final 3 holes including 3 of the 5 most difficult. The run includes the par 4 15th that is above average in length, the tricky par 3 17th and the dog-leg par 4 18th, which was recently toughened with a new lake alongside the fairway. The only relief comes at the par 5 16th, one of just two pars 5 on a course with a par of 70.
This is an event and course that rewards accuracy from tee to green. Most of the players in the payout places since the one course format was adopted ranked more highly for driving accuracy than driving distance. However, the event has produced several shock winners, though the average price of the winner has come down over the last three years when the event was won by well fancied players, Jason Day and Jason Dufner.
In the last three years the winning score has been 10, 3 and 11 under so the tournament is not renowned as a birdie fest. The par 5s will present plenty of eagle and birdie opportunities but it is bogey avoidance rather than hot putting that will be key alongside accuracy from the tees and fairways.