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PGA West Stadium Course is back in the desert rotation

PGA West Stadium Course is back in the desert rotation

In January 1987, golf architect Pete Dye was feeling like a high-profile producer whose pet project was about to take a first bow on Broadway.

Dye followed up his 1980 debut of the spectacular TPC Sawgrass in Florida, built for the Players Championship, with an even more diabolical layout, fashioned in the boonies of the Coachella Valley, 30 miles east of downtown Palm Springs.

They called it the PGA West Stadium Course, and it was opened in 1986 to put an entire housing and golf development on the map. As "Stadium" implied, it was expected that thousands would watch PGA Tour golf there for decades to come.

The Stadium course oozed drama. It was stunning in its...

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