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Players' Picks: The 10 Worst Tour Courses

Our survey of more than 80 tour pros reveals the 10 courses they least like playing each year on the PGA Tour (EDITOR'S NOTE: This survey was compiled in 2012 and does not take into account changes made to Liberty National since it last hosted the PGA Tour in 2009)

PHOTOS: The 10 best PGA Tour courses

January 16, 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 bottom 10 courses, they clearly do not love modern designs stretched to maximum yardages with features contrived to take away any kind of risk taking and heroic play.

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Kapalua Plantation

No. 10 (43 overall): The Plantation Course at Kapalua (Kapalua, Hawaii)

Tournament: Hyundai Tournament of Champions; Designers: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw; Rating: 6.07
Anonymous pro comments: "Really well-designed on a horrific piece of land" by one player who also noted, "any other architects wouldn't have been able to pull it off." ... "Impossible to walk the place, so it fails on that point." ... "Love the finishing holes," and in particular the 15th-18th where "great risk-reward shots" present players with "fun options." ... "It's all about the wind."
Donald Miralle

The entire ranking:

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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