Punch Shots: The five best public golf courses on the 2015-16 PGA Tour schedule

Twenty-four PGA Tour events will be staged on publicly accessible golf courses during the 2015-16 wraparound season, including events on multiple courses where at least one is public (like the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am) as well as international, co-sanctioned events (like in Malaysia, China and Scotland). Our definition of "public" means courses that are available at the very least by staying on the property, which includes places like Bay Hill and TPC San Antonio.

So there are plenty of courses throughout the U.S. where you can test your game on the same track as the pros. Whether you decided to tee it up from the tips is up to your group -- and whether the pins are as severely tucked will be up to the mood of the superintendent, but we're guessing they'll be a little more getable.

Among the members of the Golf Advisor editorial staff, we offer our five favorites of the ones we've played. A little wrinkle in the schedule this year: Bethpage Black returns to the schedule, but this time as a FedEx Cup Playoffs host, not a major venue (the New York muni will host its next major, the PGA Championship, in 2019).

We're curious which courses on the schedule you're most itching to play, as well as any favorite experiences you've had thus far on a PGA Tour venue.

Watch Matt Ginella name his top public courses on the 2015-16 PGA Tour schedule

Brandon Tucker's five favorite PGA Tour venues to play

1. Kapalua Plantation: You're in Maui with views for miles, and the jungly layout is by far the most interesting on the island from start to finish.

2. Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines: The course was entirely re-grassed just in time for Hilton Head's fall golf season, plus a brand new clubhouse keeps this classic relevant with today's top resort experiences.

3. AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio: I love the setting out here, which is so beautifully Texas Hill Country. The shaping is great (even if it makes for tough bunker shots), and it seems like more and more tour players are coming around to this Greg Norman design, too.

4. Copperhead at Innisbrook: There's nothing flashy about the Copperhead. It's just an all-around excellent layout on some unexpected hilly, wooded terrain near Tampa, Fla.

5. North at Silverado: Silverado is going in front of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass because it's playable, classic, and the weather is almost always sunny and humidity-free at this fantastic, low-key resort in wine country.

Jason Scott Deegan's five favorite PGA Tour venues to play

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links: If you catch a sunny California day with only a tuft of wind to tussle your hair, there is no better place to be than Pebble Beach.

2. Spyglass Hill: If the routing returned to the ocean for a two-hole finale like Pebble Beach does, imagine how much more revered Spyglass Hill would be. It might not be the bridesmaid on the Monterey Peninsula anymore.

3. Kapalua Plantation: It's not my favorite Coore-Crenshaw design, but it has to be the most scenic one I've played.

4. Bethpage Black: It's such a coveted tee time for non-New Yorkers because it's so hard to get. That makes every round feel special. If you actually play well, that's something to brag about forever.

5. Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass: The legendary status of playing the island-green 17th is a one-shot synopsis of your golf career. Were you good enough when the moment came?

Mike Bailey's five favorite PGA Tour venues to play

1. The Old White TPC, Greenbrier Resort: It just celebrated its 100th anniversary, and this classic Charles Blair Macdonald-designed course has never looked better. Macdonald modeled several holes after European classics, and every hole is memorable.

2. TPC Louisiana: This is sort of like Sawgrass Lite, a Pete Dye layout (with gators, 120 acres of sand and water) that's a little easier than the Stadium Course and a lot cheaper green fee. One of the unsung gems of the TPC Network.

3. Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston: Formerly Redstone, this huge Rees Jones design is a collection of really good holes, even if they are spread out too far. The 18th with water off the tee and the approach is one of the toughest on tour. Plus it might be among the best two or three conditioned courses on tour.

4. TPC Deere Run: This is a real sleeper. Former PGA Tour player D.A. Weibring designed this course along the natural rolling terrain along wooded ravines of the Rock Rock River. Once the site of an Arabian horse farm, the course has an easy, natural feel to it, but there's still plenty of challenge.

5. TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course: The pros tear up this Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf design, but its very player-friendly, recently renovated design is why I love it. Generous fairways and one of the most fun finishing stretches around, including the par-5, risk-reward 16th and drivable 17th, mean matches can turn on a dime.

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