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PGA Tour Player Bucket List Courses: Situation (Mostly) Normal

Michael Whitmer polled around 100 PGA Tour players about their bucket list courses and for the most part, they named all of the usual suspects.

Naturally, there were some who refused to answer (no Bubba, shocking I know!) and several who understandably said their bucket list spare time would be spent somewhere else other than a golf course.

Those who have never played in the Masters often said Augusta National, and those who have never played in an Open Championship at the Old Course frequently included St. Andrews. Not surprisingly, private clubs that don’t host PGA Tour events were named the most, led by Pine Valley, Cypress Point, Seminole, San Francisco Golf Club, and the exclusive designs on Long Island: National, Shinnecock Hills, Maidstone, Friar’s Head, Sebonack. Two players — Matt Kuchar and J.J. Henry — said The Country Club in Brookline.

“I’d love to do all of Long Island properly, and play them all as the members play them,” said Geoff Ogilvy (his list: National, Crystal Downs, Pasatiempo). “We see these courses in such ridiculous setups.”

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Top 3: Augusta, Pine Valley, Cypress.

It's a shame we never get to see the latter two on TV as well.

Also, it's a dead horse but it'd be nice to see The Country Club get another Open.
09.1.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGW
Why does Geoff Ogilvy make so much sense?
09.1.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Instead if Bubba, it should be BORING, BORING.
09.1.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBob Black
Instead of the reality dribble the Golf Channel feeds us on a regular basis, why can't they have a show where the premise to travel around to great golf course and the host and someone else play there?
09.1.2014 | Unregistered Commenterscall1968
I am playing Seminole next week and am hugely excited. Been told members are fine and that the course has handled the summer well.

Pine Valley, I understand, is just extraordinarily difficult for members, let alone pro's - I was told this by a PGA pro who had visited and did not understand quite why it was so mythical. Cypress Point looks stunning.

Augusta, as well, looks fabulous, although I struggle to remember the members tee's.

Of all of them, I woud like to play Shinnecock, if only to say that I had played a links course on all continents.
09.1.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Center Cut,

Thanks for the second hand info on Pine Valley.
09.1.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Friend
@ Louis - Apologies - I do not get to play American courses that often. I asked what it was like and his words were along the lines of that the members were very friendly, it was discrete to the point of hidden, and it was exceptionally difficult for a course and day playing with no weather. He is a club pro, so his game is probably around the one handicap mark - if he tells me it's tough I believe him.

I'm not sure that this makes for an experience that I would favourably remember orone I would want to queue up for - I always wanted to play Carnoustie and when I did, I got blown all over the course by bitter Nor'Easterly that froze my hands. The Old Course was great fun, Pebble was a joy.

Would'nt it be great to have an anonymous survey of the worst courses ever played, the real stinkers?

If you have ever played the Nicklaus course at St Mellion, you could start there as a reference point.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Like how Phil said he's played most or all of them.

My list is more of a journey. 1) after playing Cape Kidnappers in NZ, i'd Iove to sample ALL of Doak's courses.

2) Play the few "lost" Ross courses that still exist in their original layouts (East Glacier in MT was a favorite of Hogan when he passed through)

3) Play the great Northern Ireland links...the famous and not so famous. Drink lots of Guiness with Shepards Pie to boot.


4) Throw a round (or 10!!) of DiscGolf with the studs who live and play around the Charlotte NC and Austin TX areas.

That should last me until I'm pushing up daisies.

Golf's a neat pastime eh?! Diff strokes for diff folks!
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
Playing the 'rota' at Bandon would have to be a bucket list in itself for anyone who appreciates interesting and challenging golf (& travel). Pacific Dunes is tremendous and I look forward to a return trip to see Old McDonald and the new par 3 loop.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Simmz
ol Harv

Geoff Ogilvy makes so much sense because he grew up caddying at Royal Melbourne.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
@CenterCut: Thanks for the tip! Lol heroin beer. That's what we called the big portions at Calgary Flames games...2or3 and you're off your tree.

Goez strait tooo da brayn.

I'd also like to play in Death Valley on a Monday and then somewhere way high up in South America by Thursday...Uruguay or somewhere guerrillas won't shoot me at first sight.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Perhaps your friend had it mixed up with Gaines County Golf Course in Seminole, Texas? I understand that mixup happens quite frequently.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
"He grew up caddying at RM". Explains it all.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
I'm with Ogilvy. I have only played Friar's Head and long to play the rest. It has to be the greatest concentration of great golf in America.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
I love these lists. I would pick Cape Kidnappers, the Bandon Dunes rotation, and Royal Melbourne.

But I want to support Geoff Ogilvy. I have blessed to be able to play Cypress a number of times in my life, through no good works of my own (the lesson is, make the right friends in 5th grade). It is unbelievably great, but the unexpected factor is how nice everyone there has been, especially Jim Langley (RIP), what an example he provided.

My point is not to brag but to use this as a reference point to support Geoff Ogilvy. In my mind, Pasatiempo is my favorite course in that area, everybit as good as Cypress as a layout and I believe better than Pebble. Obviously the conditions are not the same (Cypress vs. Pasatiempo), but it is tough to compete with a course that has had at the most 18 other players on the days I have played.

For those of us without private course connections, Geoff Ogilvy is brilliant in choosing this course. No trip to that area is complete without including Pasatiempo.

No, I can't help get you on :)
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigsy
IMO, it's fine to have a list of places that you want to play but it's a tragic mistake to get too wound up about 'checking off' courses just because they're on some list somewhere.

I've played half a dozen or so of the courses mentioned above but when I think about the rounds that I've enjoyed the most they weren't on those courses -- they were on the 'capped landfill' course with friends I hadn't seen for a couple years; on the out-of-the-way no-name course that we played on the drive from Glasgow to the big name courses, etc.

People who use golf as some sort of status symbol are destined to go unfulfilled.
Golf is only meant to be a small part of one’s life, centering around health,
relaxation and having fun with friends/family.

Ran Morrissett
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
Pine Valley was a great experience. And honestly, if you're hitting your driver straight and a decent distance, its not nearly as hard as people say. However, the 5th hole at PV is the hardest par 3 you will ever see in your life, hands down.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentergolfboy
Thanks almighty Dali Peterson. A side of you we've never heard before. A true renaissance man.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Ross
I meant that for people who say its difficulty takes away from the experience/enjoyment of playing.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentergolfboy
@Alex, or

In either case, thanks for your interest in my comments.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
Carl, I'm so disappointed. I just re-read your post and realized that wasn't you being so poetic, it was Ran. That makes more sense now.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Ross
Losing your respect hurts me almost as much as gaining it did. J/K, I didn't care about either.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
How come you guys don't come at play my course Riviera? It's fun and just all and bring $650
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentermike Y
Phil says he has played all that he wants to. Such a phoney.
He is so full of crap his eyes are brown.
09.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
What an believable stupid comment. Of course he has played all the courses he wants to. He just picks up the phone and is invited anywhere he want to go for the last 20 years.

09.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterjohnK

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