In choosing the 10 coolest courses on the PGA Tour, I looked for outstanding strategic architecture, beautiful scenery and the course having a unique identity.
All three courses of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am made the list. The Monterey Peninsula is just an outstanding landscape for a course.
The Greenbrier and Riviera are examples of terrific architecture. Pin placement can change the strategy of an entire hole.
What I specifically avoided were courses that seemingly presented the same challenge over and over again.
An example of that would be Atlanta Athletic Club, hazards on both sides of the fairway for tee shots, hazards surrounding every green. This type of layout makes the holes seemingly blend together and lacks any sort of strategic options on how to play them.
I limited the selection to courses that currently appear on an annual basis.