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Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)
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Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic headlined Travelin' Joe Passov's wish list of dream courses.

5. The Tour moves from Hawaii to the continental U.S. this week for the Humana Challenge in Palm Springs. We all know that the PGA Tour season now officially starts in October, but what is the unofficial, real-world start of the PGA Tour season.

VAN SICKLE: The obvious answer for people who don't actually like golf that much but do care about Tiger (hey, that's a majority of the media!) is Torrey Pines, where Tiger will open his season. I'd say this week at the Hawaiian Open. Second choice, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

GODICH: It has to be the Honda. The Tour heads east, and the buzz officially begins about the Masters.

LYNCH: Whenever Tiger shows up to play.

PASSOV: The Sony (fka Hawaiian) Open has been an early-season, full-field staple since I was a kid, so I could argue for that. Realistically, though, it's the Farmers (fka Andy Williams San Diego Open) at Torrey Pines, the first tournament of the year where Tiger and Phil are in the same field.

RITTER: I think Torrey kicks the season off -- great field, sweet course, fun event -- but the Florida swing kicks it "in," because that's when everything begins building toward the Masters.

SENS: If you go by fan interest, it's when Tiger first tees it up at Torrey. But to me it started a few weeks ago, when I heard that syrupy Masters theme song seeping from my TV.

BAMBERGER: Same as forever: the Masters. The PGA Tour marketing department can't fool all the people all of the time. In mid-April, the flowers come up, screen windows come down, the clubs come out and we watch the Masters. Everything before that is foreplay.

6. Our own Travelin' Joe Passov has just named his Top 10 Wish List Courses. What course is No. 1 on your wish list? (Fill in your own Top 100 Courses Pegboard on and share it with your friends on Facebook.)

PASSOV: I said it three years ago and I'll say it again: Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog tops my list. Admittedly, I've played some pretty decent tracks in my travels, but this is Pete Dye's favorite of all of his designs -- and all of those holes that are practically sunk into the Caribbean Sea look really enticing.

BAMBERGER: I look forward to playing the Cabot courses in Canada, but the No. 1 course on my wish list is the one I am designing now. It's on an oceanfront, windswept parcel on a remote island with a friendly native population and the tightest Zoysia-grass fairways you've ever seen. No rough, unraked traps, no tee markers, no cart paths, fast greens, fast play, open-air clubhouse. When the course is ready I will raise a flag.

LYNCH: National Golf Links. Then Oakmont. Then the West course at Royal Melbourne. I strolled around that beautiful property with Tom Doak 10 years ago, but we didn't have time to play it. I've never been so miserable leaving a golf course. Well, I have, but not for the same reasons.

GODICH: Augusta National. I don't think this requires any explanation.

VAN SICKLE: Merion was No. 1 on my list but I played it last year and it was every bit as good as advertised. Now I've got a tie between every course at the Bandon Dunes resort and Ben Crenshaw's Sand Hills. National Golf Links right up there, too.

SENS: Bethpage Black. Every time I try to book a last-minute tee time, a computerized voice tells me to fuhgeddaboutit.

Congrats to Jimmy Walker, whose thrilling Sony Open win came too late for our roundtable. The Tour Confidential roundtable continues Monday on our new weekly show hosted by Jessica Marksbury. Tweet her your questions @Jess_Marksbury.

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