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53 Professional Golf Courses You Can Play

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We get emails from subscribers all the time, telling us how much more fun it is to watch a professional golf tournament on TV at a course they've played.

I totally agree - not only is it an extra thrill to see a course I know on TV, but when I get to play a course that's hosted televised golf before, I always find myself thinking about shots I've seen over the years from that course's particular tournament.

So in light of all that, I wanted to give you a one-stop guide to all the public-accessible and resort courses you're going to see on TV over the upcoming golf seasons for the three major U.S.-based tours: the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour and the LPGA Tour.

If you're a fan of professional golf courses like we are here at Golf Vacation Insider, you're going to love this list:

PGA TOUR (2015-16 season)

COURSE: Silverado Resort (North Course) – Napa, Calif.


DATES: Oct. 15-18, 2015

NOTES: A relative newcomer to the Tour schedule, the North Course represents the sterner test of the recently renovated Silverado's two 18s.

El Camaleon Golf Club – Playa del Carmen, Mexico

OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Nov. 12-15, 2015

This Greg Norman design, hewn out of coastal jungle, has been the site of some intense finishes in its short tenure on the PGA Tour schedule.

Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course, Plantation Course)

RSM Classic

Nov. 19-22, 2015

Originally designed by Harry Colt and Charles Alison, the Seaside Course has been updated by Tom Fazio in recent years to give both resort guests and professional golfers a pleasant ride (Kevin Kisner won this year's tournament at 22-under par). The Rees Jones-designed Plantation, which hosted one of the event's rounds for the first time this year, plays second fiddle.

The PGA Tour made its annual visit to Sea Island just a couple weeks ago, with Kevin Kisner winning the RSM Classic

Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course) – Naples, Fla.

Franklin Templeton Shootout

Dec. 10-12, 2015

Tiburon boasts two Greg Norman designs on site, both known for stacked-sod bunkers and little to no grass rough of any kind - sand and water are the principal hazards.

Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes – Orlando, Fla.

PNC Father-Son Challenge

Dec. 10-13,2015

Another Norman course, this flat, walkable 18 winds along Shingle Creek at the "headwaters of the Everglades."

Kapalua (Plantation Course) – Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Jan. 7-10, 2016

The previous year's Tour event winners gather to take on this exciting early Coore & Crenshaw design on the island of Maui, where many of the year's longest tee shots will be hit down the ski-slope-like 17th and 18th fairways.

PGA WEST (TPC Stadium Course, Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course) – La Quinta, Calif.

CareerBuilder Challenge

Jan. 21-24, 2016

Two of this event's three host courses are public. The TPC Stadium Course replaces the Palmer Private Course as the final-round site for the first time in many years, and we will be watching the pros get swallowed up by Pete Dye's hellacious bunkers.

Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course, North Course) – La Jolla, Calif.

Farmers Insurance Open

Jan. 28-31, 2016

Along with Bethpage Black, Torrey Pines is one of two municipal venues on this year's Tour schedule, its Rees Jones-redesigned South Course yet again testing players in late January.

TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) – Scottsdale, Ariz.

Waste Management Phoenix Open

Feb. 4-7, 2016

TPC Scottsdale's status has been elevated by some recent renovations, not that many of the 20,000 rabid fans, who pack into the stadium seating around the short par-3 16th hole, will notice or care.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course – Pebble Beach, Calif.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Feb. 11-14, 2016

What praises can be sung of Pebble Beach that haven't already been sung? Not many. For its part, Spyglass stuns with its seaside first five holes before heading into the forest to deal out a lot of punishment for the rest of the round.

PGA National Resort (Champion Course) – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The Honda Classic

Feb. 25-28, 2016

Long, narrow and with water seemingly at every turn, a round at the Champion is a true indication of what kind of game it takes to play the PGA Tour. Beware the Bear Trap.

Trump National Doral (Blue Monster Course) – Miami, Fla.

World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship

Mar. 3-6, 2016

The Donald asked Hanse to turn the Blue Monster into a Monster again, and Hanse came through - in the two years since the course was renovated, the winning scores have come in at single digits under par, which hadn't previously happened at Doral since 1985.

Half of the intrigue of the 18th at Trump National Doral's Blue Monster is that you and I can play it. (Trump National Doral)

Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course) – Palm Harbor, Fla.

Valspar Championship

Mar. 10-13, 2016

A new coat of grass and rebuilt bunkers will greet players this year at Innsbrook, but little about the straight-shooting Larry Packard layout, long a Tour favorite, will be different, architecturally speaking.

Bay Hill Club & Lodge – Orlando, Fla.

Arnold Palmer Invitational

Mar. 17-20, 2016

Annie's place keeps getting refined, and the pros and visiting amateurs alike keep coming back. Why wouldn't they, when they could run into a golf legend in the 19th hole?

Coco Beach Golf & Country Club – Rio Grande, P.R.

Puerto Rico Open

Mar. 24-27, 2016

The former Trump International Golf Club has reverted to its original name after some financial turmoil. It serves as an "opposite-field" Tour venue this year, while the biggest names duke it out for the WGC - Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas.

Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course) – Humble, Texas

Shell Houston Open

Mar 31-Apr. 3, 2016

The annual Masters tune-up returns to this Rees Jones layout, where the Tour seeks to replicate the sort of turf conditions some of the field will face the following week, in the hopes of attracting more big names.

Harbour Town Golf Links

RBC Heritage

Apr. 14-17, 2016

The Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus collaboration where the Golden Bear first cut his golf course sign teeth has been associated with PGA Tour golf since it first opened in 1969. The tight, tree-lined layout is a great test of tact, rather than brute power.

JW Marriott TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course) – San Antonio, Texas

Valero Texas Open

Apr. 21-24, 2016

This Greg Norman/Sergio Garcia collaboration normally ranks in the bottom half of Tour courses according to the pros, but there is no denying the fun and novelty of the par-3 16th hole, with a bunker in the middle of the putting surface.

TPC Louisiana – Avondale, La.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Apr. 28-May 1, 2016

Known as the best-eating week of the year on Tour, the course itself gives a representative taste of Pete Dye's own favorite ingredients - extensive mounding, pot bunkers, waste bunkers, and plenty of water.

TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Course)

THE PLAYERS Championship

May 12-15, 2016

The preeminent built-for-tournament-golf-viewing venue stands the test of time, providing a big challenge to the best golfers in the world and plenty of bucket-list experiences to the rest of us. How can you call yourself a golf connoisseur without taking on the island-green 17th at least once?

TPC Four Seasons Resort – Irving, Texas

AT&T Byron Nelson

May 19-22, 2016

This layout played as a par-69 last year due to torrential rains. Here's hoping the weather cooperates a little more this year.

The Greenbrier (Old White TPC) – White Sulphur Springs, W.V.

The Greenbrier Classic

July 7-10, 2016

After a number of weeks at private layouts, the Tour returns to West Virginia tycoon Jim Justice's pride and joy, a layout that Lester George reinvigorated a few years ago, back into the vision C.B. MacDonald originally had in the early 20th century.

Grand National Golf Club (Lake Course) – Opelika, Ala.

Barbasol Championship

July 14-17, 2016

Grand National had a strong first showing in 2015 as an opposite-field host venue. Once again, it will sit opposite the Open Championship. You can play it for well under $100 most times of the year.

Royal Troon Golf Club (Championship Course) – Troon, Scotland, U.K.

The Open Championship

July 14-17, 2016

Royal Troon returns as host for the first time since 2004. We can be sure of two things: the Postage Stamp par-3 eighth will confound some players, and the winner will be better-known than Todd Hamilton was a dozen years ago.

Glen Abbey Golf Club – Oakville, Ont., Canada

RBC Canadian Open

July 21-24, 2016

The golf course's future is in doubt (its owner evidently wants to plow it under and sell it for real estate), but for now, the Toronto-area Jack Nicklaus design will host Canada's national championship yet again.

Olympic Golf Course – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Olympic Men’s & Women’s Golf Competition

Aug. 11-14, 2016

One of the longest golf course development sagas is all but finished, and the countdown begins until golf returns to the Olympics. We wish they were playing match play, but we're excited nonetheless to see what transpires.

TPC Deere Run – Silvis, Ill.

John Deere Classic

Aug. 11-14, 2016

Relegated to opposite-field status because of the Olympics this year, the field will nevertheless be full of birdie-makers. Deere Run is one of the more reasonably-priced TPC courses, with rates topping out below $100 most of the year.

Bethpage State Park (Black Course) – Farmingdale N.Y.

The Barclays

Aug. 25-28, 2016

Back on golfers' bucket lists ever since Rees Jones Open-Doctored the course back into prominence, it will host the first PGA Tour Playoffs event for the first time since 2012. Expect fairly high scores and massive crowds to fill your TV screens.

CHAMPIONS TOUR (2016 season)

Hualalai Golf Club – Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii

Mitsubishi Electric Championship

Jan. 19-23, 2016

Hualalai is one of Hawaii's most peaceful retreats - what better place to kick off the laid-back Champions Tour schedule than at this oceangoing Jack Nicklaus design?

Omni Tucson National Golf Club (Catalina Course) – Tucson, Ariz

Tucson Conquistadores Classic

Mar. 18-20, 2016

The Bruce Devlin/Robert Von Hagge-designed Catalina Course hosted a number of PGA Tour events, including Phil Mickelson's first win as an amateur in 1991. Marco Dawson won the first Champions Tour event held there in 2015.

Fallen Oak Golf Club at Beau Rivage – Biloxi, Miss.

Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Apr. 1-3, 2016

This Tom Fazio design is a few miles north of its parent Beau Rivage casino resort. When it's not hosting the Champions Tour, it serves as an upscale amenity for resort guests, with green fees reaching toward $400 at times during the year.

Big Cedar Lodge (Top of the Rock Course, Buffalo Ridge Course) – Ridgedale, Mo.

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

Apr. 24-26, 2016

This two-man event has received some added attention in the last couple years as the Nicklaus-designed par-3 Top of the Rock Course has been added to the rotation. The Buffalo Ridge course is a Tom Fazio design.

Harbor Shores Golf Club – Benton Harbor, Mich.

Senior PGA Championship

May 26-29, 2016

With a couple holes skirting the banks of Lake Michigan, Harbor Shores is one of Jack Nicklaus' recent success stories, with a wild set of greens.

University Ridge Golf Course – Madison, Wisc.

American Family Insurance Championship

June 24-26, 2016

A new event on the Champions Tour schedule, the American Family Insurance Championship will bring professional golf to this Robert Trent Jones-designed course, regarded as one of the best in academia.

University Ridge should provide a broad-shouldered test for the Champions Tour this June. (Instagram/uridgegolf)

En-Joie Golf Course – Endicott, N.Y.

DICK’S Sporting Goods Open

July 8-10, 2016

Another former PGA Tour host site given new life by the over-50 set, En-Joie is one of the most wallet-friendly professional golf courses anywhere, with green fees topping out at $64 on summer weekend mornings.

Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship Course) – Angus, Scotland, U.K.

Senior Open Championship

July 21-24

Surely the track nicknamed "Carnasty" will be a little less wild and wooly than it was for the under-50s in 1999, but it will still take a lot of patience and mettle to bring home the trophy.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Poppy Hills Golf Course – Pebble Beach, Calif.

Nature Valley First Tee Open

Sept 16-18

One of professional golf's unique events, this tournament's format brings together Champions Tour players with accomplished junior golfers from around the country in a pro-am format. We always try to catch some of the action from this event, in order to watch the confluence of past and future.

LPGA TOUR (2016 season)

Ocean Club Golf Course – Paradise Island, Bahamas

Bahamas Classic

Feb. 5-8

Tom Weiskopf designed this scenic layout that has been named one of the best in the Caribbean by the major golf publications (and our own experience).

Wildfire Golf Club – Phoenix, Ariz.

JTBC Founders Classic

Mar. 19-22

With courses by Faldo and Palmer, this JW Marriott-adjacent facility will provide a stern test of late-winter golf for women's golf's best this year.

Aviara Golf Club – Carlsbad, Calif.

Kia Classic

Mar. 26-29

For the fourth straight year, the Arnold Palmer-designed Aviara will host the Kia Classic, which is becoming known as one of the most prestigious events on the LPGA schedule.

Westin Mission Hills Resort (Dinah Shore Tournament Course) – Rancho Mirage, Calif.

ANA Inspiration

Apr. 2-5

The island-green 18th hole gets all the press at this Desmond Moorhead-designed major championship site. We recommend against jumping in the pond if you win your match, though - a plush victory robe will not be waiting for you.

Ko Olina Golf Club – Kapolei, Hawaii

LPGA LOTTE Championship

Apr. 15-18

Ko Olina, designed by Ted Robinson, is regarded as the best course on the island of Oahu. This will be its fifth year hosting the LOTTE Championship.

Kingsmill Resort (River Course) – Williamsburg, Va.

Kingsmill Championship

May 14-17

You may know Kingsmill's River Course primarily as a former PGA Tour stop. But it has been an LPGA stop in recent years, having seen a number of dramatic finishes recently, in eluding a nine-hole playoff where Jiyai Shin outlasted Paula Creamer.

Once a regular PGA Tour Stop, Kingsmill Resort's River Course has become one of the LPGA Tour's most popular host venues.

Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club (Bay Course) – Galloway, N.J.

ShopRite LPGA

May 29-31

The LPGA is fun to watch because it visits a number of venues that are too short by modern standards. Seaview's classic Donald Ross-designed Bay Course is one of these - at around 6,300 yards, it gives the ladies all they can handle with a combination of wind and firm turf.

Trump Turnberry Resort – Ayrshire, Scotland, U.K.

Women’s British Open

July 30-Aug. 2

This will be the world's first chance to see the changes made to the Ailsa Course by Donald Trump & Co., including the reinvention of the par-4 ninth into a cliff-hanging long par three. We will be DVRing this one.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill (Senator Course) – Prattville, Ala.

LPGA Classic

Aug. 27-30

Though the Judge Course is best known for its massively elevated first tee, the Senator Course is a fun layout in its own right, with a more open feel and huge putting surfaces.

Tiburon Golf Club – Gold Course

CME Tour Championship

Nov. 19-22

The only course to appear twice on our list, this Greg Norman course will be hard-pressed to supply as much late-Sunday drama as it did this year, when Cristie Kerr outdueled the field on the back nine to win the season-ending event.

Please share your playing experiences at professional golf courses below in the comments!

Dec 01, 2015

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Chad's avatar
Chad wrote at 2016-11-10 20:14:03+00:00:

Just played Torrey Pines again. Amazing course. It's got to be one of the most accessible top-tier courses around. Always in good shape, although it's best played around tournament time of course. Anyway, it's one of my favorites.<br/> Chad<br/>

Jon B's avatar
Jon B wrote at 2015-12-04 17:33:42+00:00:

I did notice for the Women's US open you didn't list Cordevalle.

I'm playing there beginning of March (after pebble and spyglass).

Also, TPC Summerlin (if you stay at an MGM property in Vegas they can get you a tee time).

Mike's avatar
Mike wrote at 2015-12-02 21:18:50+00:00:

I've also been blessed to play nine of these courses plus the following US Open Courses: Winged Foot West, Oakmont, Merion, Inverness, Pinehurst # 2, Pine Needles and Atlantic City CC - Can't wait to retire!!

Tim Gavrich's avatar
Tim Gavrich wrote at 2015-12-01 23:15:41+00:00:

Jeff--<br/> We only included courses on the major tours' schedules for 2016. Erin Hills hosts the U.S. Open in '17, so we will update this list next year.<br/> --Tim

Jeff's avatar
Jeff wrote at 2015-12-01 23:08:25+00:00:

Why isn't Erin Hills on the list? The US Open doesn't count?

Bill Brandenburg's avatar
Bill Brandenburg wrote at 2015-12-01 21:40:53+00:00:

I've been blessed to play a number of the above plus, Augusta, Muirfield US and Scotland, the old course at St Andrews. All the Kohler courses, Firestone. TPC at Houston, Marion and a number of others. So many courses and so little time.

jim's avatar
jim wrote at 2015-12-01 21:17:09+00:00:

bruce - do you have google??? they're all there - not hiding; e.g. www [dot] enjoiegolf [dot] com

Jeff's avatar
Jeff wrote at 2015-12-01 19:39:44+00:00:

Google??? It's a great new tool.

Pat's avatar
Pat wrote at 2015-12-01 19:31:08+00:00:

Silverado in Napa was host to Tour events from 1968-1980. Winners include some obscure names: Barber, Casper, Crenshaw, Miller, Nicklaus, Watson, among others.

bruce's avatar
bruce wrote at 2015-12-01 17:19:42+00:00:

You got all these nice courses listed, but no information on when they

are open for Public Play and no idea of what they cost to play. Also

no contact information for the courses. A tease, which needs much more

presented for someone to be able to actually use the information.

Tim Gavrich

Senior Writer

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for Golf Advisor and the Managing Editor of the Golf Vacation Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.