Tour Players' List of Best and Worst Courses...and Why You Should Ignore It

Not sure if you saw it, but Golf World recently published a list of golf courses that PGA Tour players like playing the most...and the least.

What jumped out at me was the sometimes wild divergence between what pros like and what we mere mortals are likely to enjoy.

For instance, the pros love playing at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C.; it was their second favorite after top pick Augusta National.

It's a great golf course, to be sure, but one whose sharp doglegs, overhanging tree limbs, and microscopic greens can be absolutely brutal on everyone but the most skilled shot shapers.

Conversely, the pros ranked the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Golf Course near Tucson, Ariz., -- where they just finished playing the Accenture Match Play Championship -- almost dead last (51 out of 52).

If you went by that, you'd miss out on what the consumer-minded editors of Golf Odyssey said is, "a strategic game that is both fun and a scenic treat...No matter what you think of Dove Mountain's putting surfaces [which were improved due to earlier tour complaints], there's no dispute over the quality of the layout from tee to green. "

Other notables that "regular golfers" might have ranked higher:

TPC Scottsdale (pros rank: 28 out of 52)
Torrey Pines, South Course (pros rank: 31 out of 52)
The Greenbrier, Old White Course (pros rank: 34 out of 52)
Kapalua Resort, Plantation Course (pros rank: 43 out of 52)

Have you played PGA Tour courses that you loved...or hated? How would you rank them? Please share your comments below.

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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