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PGA Golf Returning to Potomac Golf Course

New Name, New Features for Revamped Course



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    After a four-year absence, professional golf will return to Potomac, Md. in October. The PGA Champions tour will hold its final major tournament at a course golfers used to dislike so much, they refused to play it.

    Jay Haas doesn't remember too much about the TPC Avenel course. He just remembers his fellow golfers criticizing its design.

    "Some of the guys played it a few times and weren't crazy about some of the holes out here," he sais.

    Famed golfer Greg Norman said the ninth hole should have been blown up with dynamite. Although that didn't happen when the course closed in 2007 for renovations, a lot was changed, including the course's name.

    It's now called TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Michael Sullivan is the course's general manager and says they narrowed fairways, elevated tee boxes and moved greens.

    "Not only did we set out to do some work on the golf course, we created 11 acres of wetlands and 15 acres of forest," Sullivan said.

    The new course won a certification from the National Audubon Society for its environmental changes. The Senior Players Championship will be held Oct. 7-10.

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