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The Perfect Putter’s Top 3 Greens in Golf

The Perfect Putter’s Top 3 Greens in Golf

As you might have guessed, around here, it’s all about the greens. Therefore, it’s probably obvious that the putting surfaces play a major role in separating which courses we like and which courses we love. Join us to take a look at three of the courses that have the beauty and rich history to put them at the top of the list.

 

 

Augusta National Golf Club

What hasn’t already been said a thousand times about the most iconic and revered golf course in the United States. The very first sign of spring is when we start counting the days for the Masters (admit it, you do it too).

 

Designed by Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie, Augusta National officially opened for play in 1933. The following year (1934), the first playing of the Masters would occur. Today, this tradition reigns on as the best players in the world are put to the ultimate test of nerves every April as they vie for the coveted Green Jacket.

 

Fast speeds, severe undulations, and immaculate conditions hallmark Augusta National’s world-famous greens. It was in 1981 when Augusta National made the decision to convert their putting surfaces from Bermuda to bent grass. Their extraordinary level of difficulty make for a tournament truly unlike any other.

 

Pebble Beach Golf Links

The host of five U.S. Open Championships and one PGA Championship (1977), this Jack Neville and Douglas Grant design sits perfectly at Carmel Bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean on California’s coast. Its location makes for among the most majestic and memorable sights on the planet.

 

Beyond its spectacular beauty, Pebble Beach also holds many of golf’s most significant moments in it’s storied history.

 

It’s next scheduled major will be the 2019 U.S. Open.

 

Poa annua, the prominent grass on the west coast golf courses, covers the greens at Pebble Beach. Holing putts on poa annua depends on three critical factors: speed, strike, and a little good fortune. All must be completely dialed in for you to find any success with the flatstick.  

 

List of U.S. Open winners at Pebble Beach:

1972 Jack Nicklaus

1982 Tom Watson

1992 Tom Kite

2000 Tiger Woods

2010 Graeme McDowell

 

TPCSawgrass

Home of THE PLAYERS.

 

Drama is on full display each May in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on Pete Dye’s masterpiece. While every element of your game must be firing on all cylinders for any chance of hoisting the crystal trophy, there’s a key emphasis on putting that simply can’t be overlooked. Case in point, this mega-clutch par save for 2014 champ Martin Kaymer during the final round:

 

Covered with Bermuda, these greens are fast, undulating, and one careless mistake could cost you big time if you’re not careful. Big changes are on the way, however, as TPC Sawgrass will undergo a major renovation on the greens mere days after THE PLAYERS in 2016. The Miniverde Bermuda greens will be replaced with Tifeagle Bermuda.

 

When Sawgrass is mentioned, it doesn’t take long for that infamous number 17 to enter the conversation. No doubt that this is one of the most electrifying holes in all of golf. After all, who can forget this.

 

 

Thank you for reading and we hope you agree that all of these courses are truly “better than most.” Hope to see you around the putting green soon.

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