TPC at Sawgrass; Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; No. 17, 137 yards
Arguably the most famous island green in golf, this hole will surely be the site of more dramatic moments at this year's Players Championship.
2 of 6Fred Vuich/SI
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (Ocean); Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; No. 9, 157 yards
Pete and Alice Dye first saw this granddaddy of island greens in 1946, and it inspired the creation of their now-famous hole at nearby Sawgrass. A generous bailout area makes it less fearsome than its offspring, but it might have been just as infamous if World War II hadn't canceled the 1939 Ryder Cup scheduled here.
3 of 6Joel Riner
Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort; Coeur d'Alene, Ida.; No. 14, 218 yards
The enchanting 14th at Coeur d'Alene tempts with a 15,000-square-foot green framed by scores of red geraniums, a pair of bunkers and a handful of conifers. Oh, and it's surrounded by one of North America's most beautiful lakes. No unnatural strips of land here providing ingress and egress — just a floating island green that's reachable only by a six-passenger boat. Hit the green and two-putt for par and you earn an award certificate on the ride back.
4 of 6Apple Tree Resort
Apple Tree Resort; Yakima, Wash.; No. 17, 180 yards
Winding its way through a Washington Delicious apple orchard, this aptly named layout waits until the 17th to reveal the best of the bunch. This sweet one-shotter plays to an apple-shaped green guarded back-left by a bunker that resembles a leaf. The entire green complex connects to dry land via a stem in the form of a 50-foot walk bridge. You can take a bite out of this apple for less than $50.
5 of 6Evan Schiller
PGA West (TPC Stadium); La Quinta, Calif.; No. 17, 168 yards
Pete Dye was skeptical about replicating his Sawgrass island green in the desert, but colleagues, the developers and Deane Beman convinced him otherwise. Backdropped by mountains, the hole differs from its Florida cousin in that it's lined with rocks, rather than railroad ties, it's longer by 30 yards and its green is significantly larger.
6 of 6Man O' War
Man O' War; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; No. 15, 173 yards
The Daily Double at Man O' War occurs at holes 14 and 15, which may be golf's only back-to-back island greens. Both are vast and gently contoured. Each calls for no more than a mid-iron, and more often a short-iron. The holes are more fun than they are frightening. But if you're hitting it crooked, you may have to phone the pro shop for more balls.
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