PGA Tour professionals are spoiled. First things first: They are incredibly gifted athletes and they work extremely hard at their craft. But when it comes down to it, they also get to play some of the best golf courses in the world — courses that you and I can only dream of playing — and they get paid handsomely to do so.
However, PGA Tour pros simply do not like some of the courses out there. In an anonymous poll conducted by Sports Illustrated and Golf.com, players responded to the question, “What’s the worst course on the current PGA Tour schedule?” And the pros gave these seven courses the highest percentages of the votes.
4. (tie) Waialae Country Club – 4%
Tournament: Sony Open
It’s hard to imagine not enjoying a golf course located in Hawaii, but 4% of the surveyed golfers said that Waialae Country Club was their least favorite course on the PGA Tour schedule. One of the most common complaints about the annual site of the Sony Open: It plays too easy for PGA Tour pros. If you ask us, though, there are definitely worse places to play a round of golf.
4. (tie) TPC Sumerlin – 4%
Location: Las Vegas
Tournament: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin is a fairly new course (built and established in 1991). Despite its challenging layout and excellent amenities, the site of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open garnered 4% of the poll’s votes. It remains unclear why TPC Summerlin landed on this list, but if we speculated, it could have something to do with it being too similar to other TPC courses around the country.
4. (tie) PGA National (Champion Course) – 4%
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Tournament: Honda Classic
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus recently redesigned the PGA National Champion Course. But judging by its inclusion on this list, not everyone is a fan of his work. The course’s most well–known feature is the “Bear Trap,” and it is quickly gaining a reputation for being incredibly difficult and unforgiving.
4. (tie) TPC San Antonio – 4%
Location: San Antonio
Tournament: Valero Texas Open
PGA Tour legend Greg Norman designed the TPC San Antonio. And it consistently ranks as one of the worst courses on the annual schedule. The biggest complaints associated with the site of the Valero Texas Open involve the course’s greens and overall distance. As one anonymous Tour pro put it: “The greens need to be blown up.”
3. Torrey Pines – 10%
Location: La Jolla, California
Tournament: Farmers Insurance Open
According to one of the 50 PGA Tour pros interviewed for this survey, “There are no bad courses. Except for Torrey Pines.” The fact that Torrey Pines resides in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas in the U.S. doesn’t make up for the course’s inconsistencies. As one tour pro put it, “… Some really nice holes like 2 and 3, and then there are dogs like 6 and 7. That trend gets repeated throughout.”
2. TPC Louisiana – 12%
Location: Avondale, Louisiana
Tournament: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
The second-most hated course on the PGA Tour schedule is the TPC Louisiana located on the outskirts of New Orleans. The course features a whopping 103 bunkers, multiple mounds, and tough greens. Golf pros widely consider the site of the Zurich Classic to be one of the most unforgiving courses on the PGA Tour schedule due to the aforementioned bunkers.
1. TPC Four Seasons Resort – 14%
Location: Irving, Texas
Tournament: AT&T Byron Nelson
The TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas was redesigned in 2008, yet golfers still widely consider it the worst course on the PGA Tour schedule. Of the 50 PGA Tour pros interviewed, 14% said this was the worst course on tour, even though it’s connected to a Four Seasons resort. According to one anonymous tour pro, Las Colinas is, “the worst course we play on tour. It doesn’t reward a good shot. Just terrible all around.”