The PGA Tour’s 2022 season kicked off this week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua’s Plantation course. As is tradition, the Tour starts out with a two-stop set on the Hawaiian Islands, then to the U.S. mainland for the annual five-stop West Coast Swing.
Following these seven tournaments, the tour heads east for the four-event Florida Swing (more on that in a follow-up post).
The five-week stretch in California and Arizona is known, unofficially, as the West Coast Swing, and its tournaments are contested at some of the most iconic golf courses in the country, including PGA West, Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, TPC Scottsdale, and Riviera.
Here’s a quick look at the five championship golf courses where the PGA Tour pros will be teeing it up:
TPC Stadium at PGA West
Event: The American Express
Where: La Quinta, Calif.
Date: Jan 20-23, 2022
Stats: Par 72 | 7,300 Yards
Designer: Pete Dye, 1986
Defending: Si Woo Kim
Interesting Factoid: The Pete Dye-design is viewed as the sequel to his legendary work at TPC Sawgrass.
Torrey Pines, South
Event: Farmers Insurance Open
Where: La Jolla, Calif.
Date: Jan 26-29, 2022
Stats: Par 72 | 7,698 Yards
Designer: William Bell, 1957 | Rees Jones, 2001 | Tom Weiskopf, 2016
Defending: Patrick Reed
Interesting Factoid: The course is named after the Torrey Pine, a rare tree that grows in the wild only along the coastline of San Diego.
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Event: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Where: Pebble Beach, Calif.
Date: Feb 3-6, 2022
Stats: Par 72 | 6,816 Yards
Designer: Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, 1919
Defending: Daniel Berger
Interesting Factoid: Neville used a unique figure 8 layout in order to place as many of the holes as possible along the beautiful Monterey coast line. Because of this design, Pebble’s 9th and 10th holes do not return to the clubhouse.
Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale
Event: Waste Management Phoenix Open
Where: Scottsdale, Arizona
Date: Feb 10-13, 2022
Stats: Par 71 | 7,266 Yards
Designer: Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish, 1986
Defending: Brooks Koepka
Interesting Factoid: The par-3 16th hole at the Stadium Course is the only fully enclosed hole on the PGA Tour.
Riviera Country Club
Event: Genesis Open
Where: Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Date: Feb 17-20, 2022
Stats: Par 71 | 7,322 Yards
Designer: George C. Thomas, 1926
Defending: Bubba Watson
Interesting Factoid: The movie ‘Pat and Mike’, starring Katharine Hepburn and Babe Zaharias, was filmed at Riviera, as was The Caddy, starring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, with a cameo appearance by Ben Hogan.
SOURCES: Getty Images, Wikipedia, TPC Network, Pebble Beach Golf Links, City of San Diego