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Players' Picks: Top 10 PGA Tour Courses

Our survey of more than 80 tour pros reveals the tracks they most enjoy playing each year
PHOTOS: The 10 worst PGA Tour courses

January 2012
When Golf World set out to identify which courses players liked and disliked most on the PGA Tour, we opted to set aside many of the categories that have become synonymous with the Golf Digest ranking process, and instead let these busy elite golfers simply award a 1 to 10 score, with 10 being best. Even with this condensed form of evaluation, the 81 players polled often agonized over scores and even changed a few to ensure consistency. In short, they put their heart, soul and minds into our year-long process and as evidenced by the top 10 courses, they simply love older courses that do not fight the land and which reward intelligence as much as they benefit brawn.

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Augusta National GC

1. Augusta National GC (Augusta, Ga.)

Tournament: The Masters; Designers: Alister Mackenzie and Bobby Jones; Rating: 8.96
Anonymous pro comments: "Best we play on a yearly basis." ... "Only reason it's not a 10: too manicured, too many [Tom] Fazio changes." ... "It was a 10 when Jack won in 1986, but they've added too much length." ... "I think the course is too gimmicky, yet there's no other tournament in the world I would rather play in."
Stephen Szurlej

The Complete List:

1. Augusta National GC (Augusta, Ga., The Masters)
2. Harbour Town GL (Hilton Head Island, S.C., The Heritage)
3. Riviera CC (Pacific Palisades, Calif., Northern Trust Open)
4. Pebble Beach GL (Pebble Beach, Calif., AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am)
5. Colonial CC (Fort Worth, Tex., Crown Plaza Invitational)
6. Muirfield Village GC (Dublin, Ohio, The Memorial)
7. Shaugnessy G&CC (Vancouver, B.C., RBC Canadian Open)
8. Aronimink GC (Newtown Square, Penn., AT&T National)
9. Innisbrook Resort - Copperhead (Palm Harbor, Fla., Transitions Championship)
10. Congressional CC (Bethesda, Md., AT&T National)
11. TPC Sawgrass - Stadium (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., The Players)
12. Firestone CC - South (Akron, Ohio, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational)
13. Spyglass Hill GC (Pebble Beach, Calif., AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am)
14. Quail Hollow Club (Charlotte, N.C., Wells Fargo Championship)
15. Sea Island Resort - Seaside (St. Simons Island, Ga., McGladrey Classic)
16. Ridgewood CC - Composite (Paramus, N.J., The Barclays)
17. Plainfield CC (Edison, N.J., The Barclays)
18. East Lake GC (Atlanta, Ga., Tour Championship)
19. Monterey Peninsula CC - Shore (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am)
20. Waialae CC (Honolulu, Hawaii, Sony Open)
21. Mayakoba Resort - El Camaleon (Riviera Maya, Mexico, Mayakoba Classic)
22. St. George's G&CC (Etobicoke, Ontario, RBC Canadian Open)
23. TPC Southwind (Memphis, Tenn., FedEx St. Jude Classic)
24. TPC Deere Run (Silvis, Ill., John Deere Classic)
25. TPC River Highlands (Cromwell, Conn., Travelers Championship)
26. La Quinta CC (La Quinta, Calif., Humana Challenge)
27. PGA National - Champion (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Honda Classic)
28. TPC Scottsdale (Scottsdale, Ariz., Waste Management Phoenix Open)
29. TPC Boston (Norton, Mass., Deutsche Bank Championship)
30. Cordevalle GC (San Martin, Calif., Open)
31. Torrey Pines - South (La Jolla, Calif., Farmers Insurance Open)
32. Doral Resort - TPC Blue Monster (Miami, Fla., WGC-Cadillac Championship)
33. Bay Hill Club & Lodge (Orlando, Fla., Arnold Palmer Invitational)
34. Greenbrier Resort - The Old White TPC (White Sulfer Springs, W.Va., Greenbrier Classic)
35. Sedgefield CC (Greensboro, N.C., Wyndham Championship)
36. PGA West - Arnold Palmer Private (La Quinta, Calif., Humana Challenge)
37. Montreux G&CC (Reno, Nev., Reno-Tahoe Open)
38. Walt Disney World Resort - Magnolia (Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Challenge)
39. TPC Summerlin (Las Vegas, Nev., Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals For Children Open)
40. Glen Abbey (Oakville, Ont., RBC Canadian Open)
41. Trump International GC - Championship (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Open)
42. Redstone GC - Tournament (Humble, Tex., Shell Houston Open)
43. The Plantation Course At Kapalua (Kapalua, Hawaii, Hyundai Tournament of Champions)
44. PGA West - Jack Nicklaus Private (La Quinta, Calif., Humana Challenge)
45. TPC Louisiana (Avondale, La., Zurich Classic of New Orleans)
46. Cog Hill G&CC (Lemont, Ill., BMW Championship)
47. Walt Disney World Resort - Palm (Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Challenge)
48. Torrey Pines GC - North (La Jolla, Calif., Farmers Insurance Open)
49. TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas (Irving, Tex., HP Byron Nelson Championship)
50. TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks (San Antonio, Tex., Valero Texas Open)
51. Ritz-Carlton GC - Dove Mountain (Marana, Ariz., WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship)
52. Liberty National GC (Jersey City, N.J., The Barclays)
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