The California Swing features some of the best courses the PGA Tour visits every single year. Which one stands out among them all is hot debate. According to GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers, Pebble Beach is the overarching favorite.
Almost 70% of the teachers voted for Pebble Beach as their favorite of the next four Tour stops.
“If you don’t vote for Pebble, the golf gods will make your coffee creamer curdle daily,” said Joe Hallet of the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
Placing second behind Pebble was Riviera Country Club with 29%, leaving just 2% of voters choosing Donald Trump’s Doral and zero voters picking PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.
Those are the courses the Tour will visit, but for TPC Scottsdale, the venue the Tour just left, the teachers adore the scene for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
45% of the teachers think the 16th hole and the party that comes with it is awesome. 51% say it’s okay for one week a year, leaving just four percent hailing it as annoying. That’s good standing for a February stop on Tour.
Not long from now the Tour will make its yearly stop at Augusta National where the best male golfers in the world will compete for the green jacket. Lydia Ko, the No. 1 female golfer in the world, would love to have the same opportunity, telling GOLF.com it “would be awesome” to have a female Masters.
Unfortunately, the Top 100 teachers don’t agree it would be a good thing.
Just 55% of them voted they would like to see a Women’s Masters. Sorry, Lydia. Maybe one day.