Torrey Pines (North), La Jolla, Calif. The much shorter sibling (by nearly 700 yards) to the South, this 1957 Billy Bell Jr. design boasts a handful of scenic holes on the front nine, but bland bunkers, equally vapid greens and an utterly forgettable back nine sink the North to the bottom.
2 of 7TPC Louisiana
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La. There's many things to like about New Orleans, but the TPC Louisiana — home of the Zurich Classic since 2005 — is not one of them. It's a less-than-scintillating, flat Pete Dye track with most of the master's gambits, but little of the magic.
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Liberty National, Jersey City, N.J.
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TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Tex. Since the legendary Byron Nelson passed away in 2006, PGA Tour players have abandoned his tournament in droves, mostly due to the forgettable design, that despite multiple renovations and name changes, has failed to inspire.
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Redstone Golf Club (Tournament), Humble, Tex.
6 of 7TPC Heron Bay
TPC Heron Bay in Coral Springs, Florida (retired) Even Mark McCumber's friends and colleagues couldn't quite explain, let alone defend, his design of this course. McCumber's creation witnessed six editions of the Honda Classic, from 1997 to 2002. Level and treeless, with little water, but dishing out 119 huge, lip-less bunkers made for a numbingly repetitive test. As defending champion in 1999, Vijay Singh called it "a little boring." The next year, Davis Love III acknowledged, "It's a flat piece of land and no matter what you do, it is going to be a pretty flat golf course and until stuff gets built up around it, there's not much view..." Mark Calcavecchia opined, "It's not Pebble Beach by any stretch." Calc, you got that right.
7 of 7Brackenridge Park
Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Tex. (retired) Although "Brack" now sparkles with a renovation that harkens back to its 1915 A.W. Tillinghast origins, when it hosted multiple Texas Opens in the 1950s, it was the saddest of sad tracks. At 6,185 yards, it proved a puny test for qualifier Mike Souchak when he captured the 1955 Texas Open, setting a PGA Tour low-scoring record of 27-under 257 in the process. The layout was so grass-poor that players teed off from rubber mats. The year before, Chandler Harper closed with three 63s to take the title. Brackenridge hosted its last PGA Tour event in 1959.
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