The five best 'stadium' course experiences in golf

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Attending a golf tournament held on a stadium-style course provides a better experience than most events.

Fans get better views, the crowd traffic tends to flow better and the roars from the gallery are louder. So which courses and tournaments reap these all-important benefits?

Golf Channel Travel Expert Matt Ginella and show co-host Gary Williams discussed the five best "stadium" courses in golf. No. 1 and No. 5 on Ginella's list might surprise you. They were built decades before the Tournament Players Club courses made the stadium concept relevant, but the natural rolling terrain makes for great tournament golf, both from a player and fan perspective. Watch in the video above:

5. Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
4. TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.
3. Players Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
2. Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Az.
1. Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor's Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.
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Any stadium list without Muirfield Village in the top 2 is wrong.

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