During The Masters tournament over the weekend, the CBS commentators kept going on about how exquisitely beautiful the Augusta National course is, and how Yer Average Joe will never get to play there. In order to be a member at Augusta National, you have to have Old Money, and lots of it. And though it was never said by the CBS guys, there was the insinuation that you also have to be white, anglo-saxon and Protestant.
Seeing as I’ll never play at Augusta National (I’m WASP, but my money is neither old nor abundant (and I don’t really like golf)), what’s the best American golf course that Yer Average Joe can play at? For this discussion, price is no object. I don’t care if the place has $5,000 green fees; so long as the course’s only consideration is my ability to cover my check, then it’s up for discussion in this thread.
To get things started- I heard that Pebble Beach was, at one time, a public course. Is it still? Is it the best public course in the country?