Every golf course is different, of course, but most have water hazards and some have more than others. For example, good luck finding a course in Florida with no water hazards.

If you take a look at the five golf courses that gobbled up the most golf balls during the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, two of them are in the desert. It may be a surprise.

The others on this list may be what you’d expect, but it might raise a few eyebrows at how well the PGA Tour pros hit balls in the water.

Check out this list below. Source: PGA Tour.

PGA West Pete Dye Stadium Race in La Quinta, California. (Photo: Taya Gray/The Desert Sun)


The American Express is played on three courses: La Quinta Country Club, PGA West’s Stadium Course and PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course, but it was Pete Dye’s Stadium Course that gobbled up the most golf balls during of the tournament last year. A total of 235 people found the drink.

Phoenix Open Waste Management

The Green Gopher patrols the lake on the 17th and 18th holes to ward off birds from the giant floating WM backboard at TPC Scottsdale at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)


TPC Scottsdale hosts the hugely popular WM Phoenix Open. The course has three bodies of water but there is a water hazard on seven of the holes. PGA Tour pros almost never rush No. 18, but No. 15 has been known to get some and No. 17 is tricky for those trying to drive the par-4 hole.

PGA National Champion Course

Phil Mickelson plays a shot from the water hazard on the 11th hole during the second round of the 2021 Honda Classic at the PGA National Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)


The PGA National Champion Course has hosted the Honda Classic since 2007. This design by Jack Nicklaus presents a risk of water on all 18 holes, although some are much more in play than others. Holes 15 to 17, which make up the Bear Trap, are particularly tricky. And yes, 270 is a lot of waterballs, but PGA National saw 339 two seasons ago.

The Players Championship 2021

Corey Conners plays his shot from the 17th tee during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)


Don’t be too surprised that the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass made the list. After all, the site boasts one of golf’s most famous water holes, the 17th par 3 with the island green.

TPC Twin Cities

The second hole at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. (Photo: David Berding – USA TODAY Sports)


It’s probably fitting that the Land of 10,000 Lakes has the course that took the most golf balls. TPC Twin Cities hosts the 3M Open, and there were 24 waterballs on just the 18th hole during the first two rounds a year ago. Arnold Palmer teamed up with Tom Lehman on the design, and the course plays 7,468 yards for the pros, who must navigate 27 bodies of water.