Whilst searching for a great pic I knew I had of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass during construction it led me on a search into the history of the hole.  

The definitive description of how it came to be appears on the TPC Sawgrass history section.

Pete Dye had noted that there were no more than 18 inches of elevation above the waterline anywhere on the property. Lakes were created not only for strategic play of a hole, but also for fill that was needed to create the contours of play and the first "stadium" mounding.
An unexpected by-product of the lake construction was the island green at the 17th hole. What was originally designed as a small pond near the green continued to be dug for the valuable sand base found in that area. After the excavation work, nearly all of the area around the green was surrounded by water. Now it is perhaps the most famous par-3 in the world. Dye credits his wife, Alice, with the concept of building an island green after she saw the construction site one day.



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