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PGA Tour golf courses by grass type

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June 15th, 2021

Some of the best golfers on the PGA Tour today are also some of the longest hitters. Yet, without a precise short game to match all that power off the tee, a player like Bryson DeChambeau is destined to tumble down the leaderboard.

Accounting for approximately 43 percent of a golfer's total strokes, putting is a critical component of golf. It's also susceptible to an incredible amount of variance, because of subtle differences in the greens at courses on the PGA Tour.

While some bettors overlook its significance, knowing which type of grass is found on the greens of a particular tournament — and which players excel on that surface — can give you an added advantage in golf betting.

Below we analyze the different grass types on the PGA Tour, which players perform best on certain surfaces, and provide a complete list of each PGA Tour tournament, broken down by putting green grass.

PGA Tour courses with Paspalum greens

TournamentCourse2020-21 PGA Tour dates
Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
Corales Golf Course (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
Sept. 24–27, 2020 and March 25-28, 2021
Mayakoba Golf Classic
El Camaleon Golf Club (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
Dec. 3-6, 2020
Puerto Rico Open
Grand Reserve Country Club (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)
Feb. 25-28, 2021
PGA Championship
Ocean Course at Kiawah Island (Kiawah Island, SC)
May 20-23, 2021

PGA Tour players who perform well on Paspalum

Common in areas with tropical climates, Paspalum grass is extremely salt-resistant. You can often find it on coastal courses, like Corales in Punta Cana, and El Camaleón in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where the Mayakoba Classic is hosted.

As four-time major winner Rory McIlroy describes it, "(Paspalum) just really grabs the ball... Even if you get the greens firm here, the ball is still going to grab on this grass… You can be aggressive with your chip shots and aggressive with your wedge shots, too."

McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course, which features Paspalum greens. In 2021, Phil Mickelson won the major in its return to the Pete and Alice Dye design.

Richy Werenski, who placed third in the 2019 Mayakoba Classic, is also a fan of Paspalum. In an interview following a round of play at the Mayakoba Classic, he stated, "I feel like it's easier for me to stay confident on these type of greens because it's hard to really have a putt that gets too far away from you."

Hideki Matsuyama, Keegan Bradley, and Emiliano Grillo are a few other top golfers who are known to putt well on Paspalum.

PGA Tour courses with Poa Annua greens

TournamentCourse2020-21 Tour dates
Safeway Open
Silverado Resort and Spa North (Napa, CA)
Sept. 10-13, 2020
U.S. Open
Winged Foot Golf Club (Mamaroneck, NY)
Sept. 17–20, 2020
Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines (South) (San Diego, CA)
Jan. 28-31, 2021
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, CA)
Feb. 11-14, 2021
The Genesis Invitational
The Riviera Country Club (Pacific Palisades, CA)
Feb. 18-21, 2021
Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands (Cromwell, CT)
June 24-27, 2021
Rocket Mortgage Classic
Detroit Golf Club (Detroit, MI)
July 1-4, 2021

PGA Tour players who perform well on Poa annua

There may be no better player on Poa annua than Patrick Reed.

The 2021 Farmers Insurance Open winner gained an average of four strokes on the field with his putter during the tournament, which is hosted at the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course — also home to the 2021 U.S. Open.

Reed also ranked third in putts per green in regulation at the event, where he won by five strokes this past season and has finished 23rd or better in each of his last four appearances.

While Reed has made a name as a Poa annua specialist, many golfers on tour despise this grass species, known for its rapid growth.

Even the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, had issues on the putting surface. As golf writer Dan Jenkins explained, "(Poa) makes the greens uneven, bumpy, fast, unpredictable, (and) unreadable."

A study found that since 2015, players have made 68.3% of putts from 4-to-8 feet on all putting surfaces, but 66.5% of putts, when isolating the numbers to Poa annua greens.

This jagged grass has caused many a headache for some of the greatest players of the game, but not every golfer hates it.

Kevin Kisner, Ian Poulter, and Brandt Snedeker often see their strokes gained statistics soar when putting on Poa annua.

Mickelson, who was born in San Diego, also grew up playing on Poa annua. Ahead of last year's Safeway Open, he noted, "When you grow up and spend most of your time back east in Florida on the Bermuda, this is a very awkward surface to putt on. The color looks different — it’s hard to sometimes read. But when you’re used to it, I don’t know of much better surfaces than these right here."

PGA Tour courses with Bentgrass greens

TournamentCourse2020-21 PGA Tour dates
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin (Las Vegas, NV)
Oct. 8-11, 2020
The CJ Cup
Shadow Creek Golf Course (Las Vegas, NV)
Oct. 15-18, 2020
Zozo Championship
Sherwood Country Club (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Oct. 22-25, 2020
The Masters
Augusta National Golf Club (Augusta, GA)
Nov. 12-15, 2020 and April 8-11, 2021
AT&T Byron Nelson
TPC Craig Ranch (McKinney, TX)
May 13-16, 2021
Charles Schwab Challenge
Colonial Country Club (Fort Worth, TX)
May 27-30, 2021
The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village Golf Club (Dublin, OH)
June 3-6, 2021
John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run (Silvis, IL)
July 8-11, 2021
Barbasol Championship
Keene Trace Golf Club (Nicholasville, KY)
July 15-18, 2021
The Open Championship
Royal St. George's Golf Club (Sandwich, Kent, England)
July 15-18, 2021
3M Open
TPC Twin Cities (Blaine, MN)
July 22-25, 2021
Olympic men's golf competition
Kasumigaseki Country Club (Saitama, Japan)
July 29-Aug 1, 2021
Barracuda Championship
Tahoe Mt. Club (Old Greenwood) (Truckee, CA)
Aug. 5-8, 2021
The Northern Trust
Liberty National Golf Club (Jersey City, NJ)
Aug. 19-22, 2021
BMW Championship
Caves Valley Golf Club (Owings Mills, MD)
Aug. 26-29, 2021

Best golfers on Bentgrass

Typically dispersed throughout courses in cool summer or coastal climates, Bentgrass comes in many varieties, has a fine texture, and is considered the best grass for greens in the South. 

One of the most famous courses in the world, Augusta National, features Bentgrass greens.

Coincidentally, Nicklaus, who has won the Masters more times (six) than any other player, designed some of his most famous courses with Bentgrass, including Muirfield Village (aka "Jack's Place") and Sherwood Country Club, the host of the Zozo Championship.

DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay are two players who putt best on Bentgrass, as seen in their recent appearances at the Memorial. Cantlay won the 2021 edition via playoff, which marked his second victory at the course, while DeChambeau earned a win in 2018, and finished in the top 20 this season.

Jason Kokrak is another golfer who does his best work on Bentgrass. In 2021, he claimed the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek and finished first at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas.

PGA Tour courses with Bermudagrass greens

TournamentCourse2020-21 PGA Tour dates
Sanderson Farms Championship
Country Club of Jackson (Jackson, MS)
Oct. 1-4, 2020
Bermuda Championship
Port Royal Golf Course (Southampton, BER)
Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2020
Vivint Houston Open
Memorial Park Golf Course (Houston, TX)
Nov. 5-8, 2020
The RSM Classic
Sea Island Resort (Seaside) (Sea Island, GA)
Nov. 19-22, 2020
QBE Shootout
Tiburón Golf Course (Naples, FL)
Dec. 11-13, 2020
Sentry Tournament of Champions
Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua (Maui, HI)
Jan. 7-10, 2021
Sony Open
Waialae Country Club (Honolulu, HI)
Jan. 14-17, 2021
The American Express
PGA West (Stadium course) (La Quinta, CA)
Jan. 21-24, 2021
Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale (Scottsdale, AZ)
Feb. 4-7, 2021
WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession
The Concession Golf Club (Bradenton, FL)
Feb. 25-28, 2021
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Bay Hill Club & Lodge (Orlando, FL)
March 4-7, 2021
The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
March 11-14, 2021
The Honda Classic
PGA National (Champion course) (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
March 18-21, 2021
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin Country Club (Austin, TX)
March 24-28, 2021
Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course) (San Antonio, TX)
April 1-4, 2021
RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links (Hilton Head, SC)
April 15-18, 2021
Zurich Classic
TPC Louisiana (Avondale, LA)
April 22-25, 2021
Valspar Championship
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead course) (Palm Harbor, FL)
April 29-May 2, 2021
Wells Fargo Championship
Quail Hollow Club (Charlotte, NC)
May 6-9, 2021
Palmetto Championship
Congaree Golf Club (Ridgeland, SC)
June 10-13, 2021
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
TPC Southwind (Memphis, TN)
Aug. 5-8, 2021
Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield Country Club (Greensboro, NC)
Aug. 12-15, 2021
TOUR Championship
East Lake Golf Club (Atlanta, GA)
Sept. 2-5, 2021

Best golfers on Bermudagrass

Bermudagrass greens are usually slower and have less break compared to Bentgrass.

The warm-season strain is comprised of thick blades of grass that create a greater impact on the direction and speed of a putt, depending on the angle of the grain.

A rule of thumb when putting on Bermuda: If the grass is dark in color, you are putting into the blades of grass, or against the grain, and need to add more speed to your putt. If the grass gives off a silvery shine, you are putting with the blades growing away from you and the ball will naturally travel faster.

Bermudagrass is the star of the PGA Tour's Florida Swing, which includes the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, the Honda Classic at PGA National, and the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort.

One player who thrives on Bermudagrass is Sam Burns. Since 2010, he has made 79% of his putts from 4-to-8 feet on the Florida Swing, compared to all other players, who average 68.7%.

Unsurprisingly, he won the Valspar Championship in April.

Brooks Koepka grew up in Florida and is well-versed in Bermudagrass, as is Florida native Billy Horschel. In a 2019 interview, Horschel expounded on his fondness for Bermudagrass: "Obviously that’s something I like a lot. Poa annua is Poa annua – you’re going to hit a lot of good putts and have some weird bounces and not go in. It’s nice to come back on greens that just stay smooth for the consistency of a round of golf."

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