What all factors are responsible for the success of a PGA Tour by making it prestigious than others? Is it the Prize money, or Strength of field or FedEx Cup Points or the quality and texture of the Course? The answer is all of the above!
A well maintained, professional golf course has an impact on your mind. It encourages focus because you’re compelled to play well on a beautiful course. A good, professional golf green would offer you challenges and force you to improve your game. There’ll be sand traps, difficult holes, and other such variations that would force you to use every inch of your skill. Being challenged will only improve your overall game.
Here are following the 10 best PGA Tour courses, listed just for you:
Pebble Beach GL (Pebble Beach, Calif.)
This is simply one of the most beautiful golf course with a great mix of holes. Yes, it’s bit pricey. But any true golfer can practically count off the holes by memory, especially the tiny and terrific par-3 seventh and the majestic par-5 18th — two of the most iconic waterfront holes in the game. Pebble Beach, which hugs the rugged California coastline and features cliff-side fairways and sloping greens on the water, has been the site of five U.S. Open championships (No. 6 is coming in 2019) and is the annual host of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It’s a must-play, at least once.
Kapalua Plantation Course
Perhaps no course elicits as much annual golfer envy as the Plantation Course at the Kapalua resort on the Hawaiian island of Maui. While many of us are huddled around the fire in January, a lucky few PGA Tour golfers who won an event in the previous season head to Hawaii to play in the Tournament of Champions. The par-73 course, one of the earliest designs from the expert team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, sits high on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains and offers dramatic ocean views from just about every hole. And it can really make you feel like a pro when you bomb a drive on the downhill 17th and 18th holes.
Even in the shadow of Pebble Beach, this relentlessly-challenging course is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. design has one of the finest opening stretches anywhere, with five holes that climb up and down the dunes along the ocean. The views of the ocean disappear as the course climbs into the natural beauty of the Del Monte Forest, but the challenge remains. Spyglass is one of the three courses used each year in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and many visitors to the Monterey Peninsula even prefer it to Pebble.
Harbour Town Golf Links is one of the oldest stops on the PGA Tour, having hosted the RBC Heritage since 1969. The course, built by Pete Dye and reworked by Jack Nicklaus, puts a premium on finesse, shot-making and strategy. It’s a perennial favorite among PGA Tour players when the RBC Heritage rolls into Hilton Head every year.
TPC Sawgrass is the home of PGA Tour headquarters, and its Stadium Course has hosted the Players Championship annually since 1982. This Pete Dye design built in Florida swampland is noteworthy as being the first true Stadium Course, with a layout created to improve the on-site fan experience. It’s the site of the annual Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event, and tests the world’s best players with tight fairways, hard and fast greens and hazards lurking everywhere. Bring some extra balls.
The host of the Fall Series’ RSM Classic, the Seaside Course is one of the three championship 18-hole golf courses at Sea Island, the Georgia resort that’s also a home to many PGA Tour pros. Built in the Scottish links style, the Seaside Course is surrounded by tidal creeks, dunes, salt marshes and the Atlantic Ocean. This is where Bobby Jones practiced during his Grand Slam season of 1930 and where Davis Love III learned the game from his father. The golf ties and traditions run deep in Sea Island.
Old White TPC
Old White was the first of the 18-hole courses at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, designed by C.B. Macdonald and opened for play in 1914. Today, the course (and sprawling resort) plays host to the Greenbrier Classic. The annual PGA Tour stop was canceled in 2016 due to severe flooding, but the course has been reborn. Old White has now re-opened after a comprehensive restoration that included the rebuilding of every green complex on the course.
Torrey Pines South
This is the nation’s foremost municipal golf course, outside San Diego balances its challenging nature with dramatic coastline views every year at the Farmers Insurance Open. The course is named after the rare tree that grows only on this stretch of coastal cliffs that are popular among hang-gliders. Much like Bethpage Black in New York, Torrey Pines is a true public golf facility, not a resort, and is immensely popular with California-bound golfers. Torrey Pines is the beautiful site of one of the most memorable battles in golf’s history–the 2008 U.S. Open.
There’s something about Bay Hill that makes a golfer’s heart beat faster. The King’s course in the Orlando area is a testing layout that hosPGAts the Arnold Palmer Invitational each March. Lengthy and visually intimidating, Bay Hill is open to outside play by guests of the Bay Hill Club & Lodge who want to tackle its array of bunkers, lakes and forced carries. Palmer simply loved to tinker with this gem of a course spread across 270 acres along the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes.
The Copperhead Course at Innisbruck is the course of choice for the Valspar Championship – an event held in March as part of the PGA Tour’s ‘Florida swing’. The scenery is often more reminiscent of the Georgia foothills and Carolina sand hills than your typical Florida terrain. But it’s the Lawrence Packard-designed course that keeps them coming back.