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I was thinking, if I could pick where the majors are held in a given year, where would I choose?

Obviously Augusta is a constant.

For the US Open, I would probably go with Oakmont. But the old Oakmont with all the trees. Alternates would be Olympic (same older version with all the trees), Oakland Hills

The Open--I know most people would go St. Andrews, but I always likes Turnberry, with Royal St. Georges as alternate.

PGA--this was the hardest. Bellerive really impressed me recently. Atlanta AC has had a couple strong tournaments but-- Whistling Straits has had 3 fairly epic PGAs.


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Clearly I'm in the minority that doesn't see Pebble as the major venue.

The Open - St Andrews all day long (although it is a terrible course for spectating) & Carnoustie (the exact opposite in terms of spectating)

US Open - Oakmont, Winged Foot - proper US Open courses where they aren’t scared to set it up like a US Open.

PGA - Umm...I’ll come back to you.


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US Open - Shinnecock and Pebble. Bethpage works too, the people's course.

Open Championship - I thought that Royal Portrush was wonderful. Always like the Old Course. Turnberry is overrated.

PGA - nothing wrong with Baltusrol, Whistling Straits or even Bethpage.


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US Open - has to be Pebble for me, stunning course in a fabulous part of the world.


The Open - St Andrews for me for all the obvious reasons, plus I went to Uni there so have a few memories. As an aside I'd love to see The Open in either The New or The Jubilee in St Andrews, both fabulous courses in their own rights. Other shouts would be Carnoustie or Royal Lytham (love me a Par 3 to start with).


PGA - Wentworth? Oh sorry you mean that PGA ? I'll go for Bethpage, with Winged Foot close behind.

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US Open- Pebble Beach and Shinnecock

The Open- The Old course and Muirfield


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Augusta National #1 overall

Pebble Beach for the US Open followed by Oakmont and Shinnecock Hills

St. Andrew's for the British Open followed by Carnoustie and Turnberry

Pebble Beach and Oakmont also lead the way for the PGA with Winged Foot and Riviera just behind them. (none have hosted since 1977, 1978, 1997 and 1995 respectively)


Ultimate Grand Slam would be Augusta, Pebble Beach, St. Andrew's and Pine Valley for a PGA that's converted back to match play

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My list will be a little different:

Masters: Obviously Augusta (best major venue)

PGA: Valhalla (always seems to produce an exciting tournament even though the course is kind of bland)

US Open: Oakmont (fairest US Open course, nothing gimmicky about it)

Open Championship: Gotta go with Muirfield (I think this course is the best course in the Open Championship rota, always seems to produce a great tournament and the list of winners is awesome. As a course I think it's better then St Andrews.)


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Augusta, Pinehurst, Pebble, Carnoustie, Bethpage, Old Course. I HATE the fact that the US Open is played on so many old stuffy private country clubs and prefer resort or public courses for the US major that is "Open" for any to try and get into.

I think Kiawah is best for Match play events personally, but love the course.

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US Open - Shinnecock and Pebble. The Olympic Club is still viable for any major.

Open Championship - I thought that Royal Portrush was awesome! What a great course, murder with weather. Carnoustie and The Old Course

PGA - Southern Hills, in the August Oklahoma heat. May could be pretty windy. Whistling Straits and Bellerive are good venues.

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Pretty tough to pick just one venue, lots of great options! Strictly going off what I believe to be the best courses for major championship golf I'd go with the following.....


The Masters: Augusta National

PGA Champ: Oak Hill

US Open: Olympic Club

The Open: Muirfield

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