Top 10 TPC Courses

Top 10 TPC Courses

TPC San Antonio
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Adam Scott returns to the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio this week to defend his 2010 Valero Texas Open title. The two-year old layout is one of 16 public/resort TPC courses that you can play. These tracks may have been designed for Tour players, but they’re also resort courses that are open to the public. Here are the 10 best TPC courses that you can play:

1. TPC Sawgrass – PLAYERS Stadium (FL) – Unveiled in 1980 and designed by Pete Dye, the first-ever TPC remains the best, with its famous par-3 17th island green. It’s ninth on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play rankings.

2. TPC Stadium Course at PGA West (CA) – Another Dye design, this time in the desert, remains one of the toughest tracks in the country and is 46th on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play rankings.

3. TPC Blue Monster at Doral (FL) – The centerpiece of South Florida’s best golf resort, the watery, heavily-bunkered Monster has hosted the PGA Tour every spring for the past 50 years.

4. TPC Scottsdale – Stadium (AZ) – Home of the raucous par-3 16th hole during the annual PGA Tour stop, this is classic desert golf.

5. TPC Harding Park (CA) – Renovated in 2003, this legendary San Francisco muni has hosted the PGA Tour, President’s Cup and Champions Tour events over the past five years.

6. TPC Deere Run (IL) – Vijay Singh, Kenny Perry and Steve Stricker have captured the John Deere Classic over this hilly, rock-studded, D.A. Weibring-designed track.

7. TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks (TX) – This Greg Norman design features narrow fairways, bold bunkering and sits just 20 minutes north of The Alamo and Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio.

8. TPC Myrtle Beach (SC) – This former Senior Tour Championship site sports a scenic, hazard-filled Tom Fazio/Lanny Wadkins design and superb conditioning.

9. TPC Tampa Bay (FL) – Speedy, heavily contoured greens and fairways slashed with wetlands energize play at this long-time Champions Tour venue.

10. The Old White TPC (WV) – The newest member of the TPC network, and host of a PGA Tour event this July, is part of The Greenbrier, a 2010 Golf Magazine Premier Resort Platinum Award winner.