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2023 Charles Schwab Challenge PGA Preview – Colonial Country Club

2023 Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club

Greetings, DFS Army! It’s Josh Thomas here, (@dfsupnorth) and It’s time for a deep dive into the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club! Colonial, located in Fort Worth, Texas, is a classic Perry Maxwell design and home to golf legend Ben Hogan. The course has hosted an event since 1946, making it the longest running host on the PGA Tour! Let’s unpack what we can expect from the tournament and how it might shape our DFS strategy.

The Course:

The Colonial Country Club, famously known as “Hogan’s Alley,” presents an exciting challenge for the golfers competing in the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge. This par-70 course stretches out over 7,209 yards, marked by its narrow fairways, small greens, and emphasis on precision and shot-making.

The layout includes three Par 3s, three Par 5s, and 12 Par 4s, which demands a fine balance between power and finesse. Weather conditions, particularly the wind, can play a significant role here, and players’ adaptability to these factors will often make or break their rounds.

Historical Design

Colonial Country Club holds an illustrious place in golfing history. Designed by Perry Maxwell and John Bredemus in 1936, it has been the host of the Charles Schwab Challenge since 1946, making it the longest-running non-major PGA Tour event held at the same venue.

This course is steeped in tradition and has maintained much of its original design throughout the years. The renowned hole 5, also known as the “Horrible Horseshoe,” remains a test of a player’s fortitude and strategy. This stretch of holes (3, 4, and 5) are often considered the toughest trio on the PGA Tour.


Tournament Set-up: 

Colonial Country Club

Par: 35-35–70

Yardage: 7,209

Stimpmeter: 12-13

Average Green Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Total Property Acres: 154
Acres of Fairway: 24
Acres of Rough: 65
Number of Sand Bunkers: 84
Number of Water Hazards: 4
Number of Holes Water is in Play: 6

Greens: A-4 bentgrass .100”
Collars: Bermudagrass .275”
Approaches: Bermudagrass .350”
Tees: Tifway bermudagrass .350”
Fairways: Tifway 419 bermudagrass .350”
Rough: Bermudagrass mix 3”


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Important Statistics

At Colonial, specific statistics stand out as crucial to success:

    1. Strokes Gained: Approach – With small greens, a premium is put on precise approach shots. Players who excel in this statistic tend to perform well at Colonial.
    2. Driving Accuracy – The narrow fairways require players to be accurate off the tee. While distance can be advantageous, keeping the ball in play is often more critical. That being said we’ve seen lots of long hitters have success here, as they’ve been forced to club down and find fairways. Tony Finau being the most significant one that comes to mind.
    3. Par 4 Scoring – Given the 12 par 4s on the course, players who score well on these holes typically have a good week.
    4. Scrambling – Due to the challenging nature of the greens, players will miss greens in regulation, making scrambling a key statistic.

These key stats can serve as a starting point for evaluating a golfer’s potential success at Colonial. When building DFS lineups or making predictions, consider each player’s current form, tournament history, and how their skill set aligns with these crucial areas.


DFS Winning Strategy

Golfers with Historical Success at Colonial

Strokes Gained Total based on last 5 tournaments here: 

Jordan Spieth: 41.92 SGT (4 straight top 10’s)

Tony Finau: 33.4 SGT
Justin Rose: 31.03 SGT
Emiliano Grillo: 20.73 SGT
Collin Morikawa: 20.1 SGT

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Strokes Gained Total based on last 5 tournaments:

Scottie Scheffler: 43.94 SGT 

Tommy Fleetwood: 27.79 SGT
Tony Finau: 27.44 SGT
Eric Cole: 25.86 SGT
Viktor Hovland: 25.8 SGT


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Weather looks about as perfect as it can this week. No real rain or wind in the forecast. 70s/80s all day, about perfect golf weather.

Final Thoughts:

The 2023 Charles Schwab at Colonial Country Club is shaping up to be a thrilling and rigorous tournament. By understanding the course’s unique characteristics and tailoring our DFS strategy accordingly, we can put ourselves in a prime position to succeed. I will break it all down for our VIPs with my weekly PGA Cheatsheets! Good luck this week!