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  • Take a Swing at Some of These Worthy Public Golf Courses Around the U.S.
Manele Golf Course, Four Seasons Resort, Lanai City, Hawaii

ARIZONA

Quintero Golf Club | Peoria
Challenging desert course with superb surfaces. Strategy is a must! quinterogolf.com

 

CALIFORNIA

Pete Dye Stadium Course | La Quinta
Difficulty is adjustable, but finishing holes are daunting, especially “Alcatraz.” pgawest.com

Pebble Beach Golf Links | Pebble Beach
Where craggy coastline meets the Pacific. Prepare to “swing-then-pray.” pebblebeach.com

Spyglass Hill Golf Course | Pebble Beach
Hard even for the pros. The landscape changes from links-style dunes and ocean to hilly woodlands. pebblebeach.com

The Links at Spanish Bay | Pebble Beach
A links design through dramatic dunes to a windy beach. Deploy your strategy expertise. pebblebeach.com

Poppy Hills Golf Course | Pebble Beach
Championship-level, but accessible. Meshes with a forest where surfaces are firm and fast. poppyhillsgolf.com

Grizzly Ranch Golf Club | Portola
A championship course in the Sierra Nevadas. Big elevation changes and shot options aplenty. grizzlyranchliving.com

South Course | La Jolla
This championship course on an oceanside bluff challenges with canyons, bunkers and tight fairways. sandiego.gov

CordeValle Golf Course | San Martin
Mixes with beautiful natural landscape; the championship course details are complex, but difficulty is tweakable. cordevalle.com

Pasatiempo Golf Course | Santa Cruz
One of those supreme courses. The greens and deep barrancas are emphatically not nice. pasatiempo.com

Rams Hill Golf Club | Borrego Springs
A hilltop desert course going up, across and down a ridgeline—has neat water features. ramshill.com

 

COLORADO

Tournament Players Club Colorado | Berthoud
Puts shot-making skill on notice. All fear No. 13, the longest hole on the PGA Tour. tpc.com

East Course | Colorado Springs
This Cheyenne foothills course is daunting, especially the illusory greens. broadmoor.com

Fazio Course | Wolcott
A pure Rockies environment. Terrain goes from a bluff to an upward slope in zig-zag fashion. redskygolfclub.com

Norman Course | Wolcott
Flow-of-play is dictated by the wild array of rock outcroppings, scrub oak and gulches. redskygolfclub.com

 

CONNECTICUT

Yale Golf Course | New Haven
Considered the best collegiate course in the U.S. with a notorious “penal” reputation. yale.edu

 

FLORIDA

The Players Stadium Course | Ponte Vedra Beach
The ultimate test for pros. Accuracy is required, and there is little shot choice. tpc.com

Black Course | Bowling Green
A tribute to Australia’s windblown Sand Belt region with large, clever greens. Be strategic. streamsongresort.com

Blue Course | Bowling Green
There’s several elevation changes, ponds, giant bunkers and lofty dunes. streamsongresort.com

Red Course | Bowling Green
A mix of dunes, rolling terrain and greens. Bring strategy and take Hail Marys. streamsongresort.com

Blue Monster Golf Course | Doral
A daunting challenge. It all leads up to one of the world’s most celebrated/feared 18th holes. trumpgolfdoral.com

The Quarry Course | Lecanto
In the back nine is the famed quarry area, where you’re perched on two plunging canyon rims. blackdiamondranch.com

Pine Barrens Course | Brooksville
Sprawling pine forest with unexpected elevation changes that’s taxing both physically and mentally. worldwoods.com

 

GEORGIA

The Golf Course at Great Waters | Eatonton
Bursting with vivid natural beauty. Starts amid Georgia pines, then Lake Oconee is a big factor. reynoldslakeoconee.com

The McLemore Club | Rising Fawn
Ascend Lookout Mountain to this championship highlands course. The climax is a spectacular cliff-edge 18th hole. themclemore.com

Seaside Course | St. Simons Island
Oceanside winds are constant amid the array of dunes, chipping swales and diminutive greens. seaisland.com

 

HAWAII

Mauna Kea Golf Course | Kohala Coast
There are seaside cliffs, wavy greens and significant winds, plus an epic over-the-ocean third hole. maunakeabeachhotel.com

Princeville Makai Golf Club | Kauai
Has tranquil lakes, native woodlands and mountainous coastline. The cliff-based seventh hole is spectacular. makaigolf.com

Manele Golf Course | Lanai City, Lanai
This championship course sits in Hawaii’s volcanic-island splendor. The Pacific actually functions as one hazard. fourseasons.com

The Plantation Course | Lahaina, Maui
Difficult with elite PGA Tour status. The West Maui Mountains create a particularly persnickety environment. kapaluamaui.com

Forest Dunes Golf Course, Roscommon, Michigan Photo by Evan Schiller
Forest Dunes Golf Course, Roscommon, Michigan Photo by Evan Schiller

ILLINOIS

No. 4 Course (Dubsdread) | Palos Park Mediocre golfers, beware! This championship course demands shot-making skill. coghillgolf.com

 

INDIANA

The PFAU Course | Bloomington
This championship course follows the forested topography, which will test your mettle. thepfaucourse.com

The Pete Dye Course | French Lick
Has wild terrain. Heed the elevation variations, man-made lakes and “volcano” bunkers. frenchlick.com

MARYLAND

Bulle Rock Golf Course | Havre de Grace
Overlooks the Chesapeake. Lengthy with exciting elevation changes. Warning: The fairways’ fescue will claim your ball. bullerockgc.com

 

MONTANA

Wilderness Club Golf Course | Eureka
Mountainside links accompanied by ponderosa pines and wildlife. Bunkers are a frequent adversary. wildernessclubmontana.com

 

MICHIGAN

Links/Quarry Course | Bay Harbor
In two parts: The Links is Scottish on shoreline bluffs, and The Quarry sports dramatic gorges. bayharborgolf.com

Forest Dunes Golf Course | Roscommon
A peaceful parkland course. Risk/reward is a major aspect of the design. forestdunesgolf.com

The Loop: Black & Red Courses | Roscommon
Alternates playing direction: counter- clockwise Red increases in difficulty while clockwise Black does just the opposite. forestdunesgolf.com

The Bluffs Course | Arcadia
A windy world-class links course on Lake Michigan. Mind and body get a workout here. arcadiabluffs.com

The South Course | Bear Lake
A paean to early course designs. The tagline is “Complexity Veiled by Simplicity.” arcadiabluffs.com

Greywalls Course | Marquette
A Lake Superior front with rugged magnificence. The intense features are links- like at times. golfgreywalls.com

 

MINNESOTA

The Classic at Madden’s Course | Brainerd
A tour player-caliber woodland course. It’s not exactly a breeze as nature adds shot- making challenges. maddens.com

The Quarry Course | Biwabik
An imaginative links-like design and demanding aerially. Color contrasts help the elevation. giantsridge.com

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay | Tower
Challenging championship course amid granite ridges. Favors good aerial players, and shot options are plentiful. golfthewilderness.com

SentryWorld Golf Course, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
SentryWorld Golf Course, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

 

MISSISSIPPI

Mossy Oak Golf Club | West Point
Serene Mississippi Black Prairie lands. Rolling contours and oak-tree stands add to challenging hole combos. mossyoakgolf.com

Old Waverly Golf Club | West Point Scottish Highlands to a tee. Wind and length constantly shift the strategy. oldwaverly.com

 

MISSOURI

Ozarks National Course | Ridgedale
The mountainous habitat is a big consideration. Designed to deliver low scores to the accurate. bigcedar.com

 

NEBRASKA

Wild Horse Golf Club | Gothenburg
Dominated by the distinctive Sand Hills. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy the challenges. playwildhorse.com

Dunes Course | Valentine
The gigantic blowouts can be spotted from space. Ideal for the links lover who keeps the ball low. theprairieclub.com

Pines Course | Valentine
A beautiful parkland design with Snake River’s canyon and ponderosas obstructing the winds. theprairieclub.com

 

NEVADA

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course | Stateline On the shores of Lake Tahoe, providing unique championship gameplay at one mile- plus in altitude. edgewoodtahoe.com

Cascata | Boulder City
Red Mountain supplies rocky vistas, and akin to Scottish dunes, each hole is hugged by canyon walls. cascatagolf.com

Wolf Creek Golf Club | Mesquite
A bucket list-class course. Canyon-influenced elevation changes can heighten scores. golfwolfcreek.com

Ozarks National Course, Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri
Ozarks National Course, Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri

 

NEW MEXICO

Paako Ridge Golf Club | Sandia Park
Difficulty is high as holes gambol up and down the east side of the Sandia Mountains. paakogolf.com

 

NEW YORK

Black Course | Farmingdale
Exemplifies penal and is spoken about in hushed tones—it has a warning sign about the difficulty. bethpagegolfcourse.com

 

NORTH CAROLINA

No. 2 Course | Pinehurst
These championship confines are not for the weak-skilled—green complexes are devilishly daunting. pinehurst.com

No. 4 Course | Pinehurst
Blends into the bumpy topography and ridgelines. Strategic choice is unconstrained. pinehurst.com

No. 8 Course | Pinehurst
A tranquil trail through rolling forests and wetlands that’s challenging but fun. pinehurst.com

Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines
This not-too-difficult vintage jewel fits right in with nature, as intended. midpinesinn.com

Pine Needles Lodge | Southern Pines
A vintage feel in a pine-heavy environment, but lots of little details can trip you up. pineneedleslodge.com

Tobacco Road Golf Club | Sanford
The terrain in unmistakably British Isles—a truly uncompromising test. tobaccoroadgolf.com

 

OHIO

South Course | Akron
Pros are intimidated by this “monster” that wrecks scores with hazards, fiendish greens and length. clubcorp.com

The Virtues Golf Club | Nashport
This parkland treasure flows from ridge-top to valley with wide, rolling fairways and tidy greens. thevirtuesgolfclub.com

 

OKLAHOMA

Karsten Creek Golf Course | Stillwater
Fairways cut through forest, undulations are relentless, and Lake Louise is a constant presence. karstencreek.com

 

OREGON

Jack Nicklaus Signature Course | Bend
Firm, fast course among ridges and ancient lava rock outcroppings. pronghornresort.com

Tetherow Golf Course | Bend
Cascades-edged championship course in the Scottish links style without the shore. tetherow.com

Crosswater Course | Sunriver
The Deschutes’ waters weave through the heathland course, but their influence is adjustable. sunriverresort.com

Bandon Dunes Course | Bandon
Seated on a Pacific bluff with near-constant winds. Demands a strong mental game. bandondunesgolf.com

Bandon Trails Course | Bandon
A bucket-list course with sizable dunes, an expansive meadow and a coastal forest. bandondunesgolf.com

Sheep Ranch Course | Bandon
Right where land and sea meet on a bluff. Design elements compensate for the wind influence. bandondunesgolf.com

Old Macdonald Course | Bandon
An uber-classic Scottish design. Greens are large, and angles of play are option rich. bandondunesgolf.com

Pacific Dunes Course | Bandon
You will be tested in all aspects of the game. Lines blur between natural and artificial. bandondunesgolf.com

The Links, Bay Harbor Golf Club, Bay Harbor, Michigan - Photo by Evan Schiller
The Links, Bay Harbor Golf Club, Bay Harbor, Michigan – Photo by Evan Schiller

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Mystic Rock Course | Farmington
Atop the Allegheny’s Laurel Highlands, this championship beauty has stone and hazards. nemacolin.com

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

The Ocean Course | Kiawah Island
An icon with the U.S.’s most seaside holes. A major skill test due to unpredictable Atlantic winds. kiawahresort.com

Harbour Town Golf Links | Hilton Head Island
Pros love this course, despite the infamous 18th hole. Strategy is a must. seapines.com

May River Golf Course | Bluffton
Holes are accompanied by the May River, large oaks and inclines. Bring a strong putting game. palmettobluff.com

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club | Myrtle Beach
There are many trials, including one of the greatest holes: the boomerang-shaped “Waterloo.” thedunesclub.com

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club | Pawleys Island
A difficult one within stunning scenery; greens are guarded by bunkers and waste areas. caledoniagolfandfishclub.com

 

VIRGINIA

Spring Creek Golf Club | Zion Crossroads
Plenty of elegance plus an ingenious design suitable for pros. springcreekgolfclub.com

The Cascades Course | Hot Springs
Challenges are both physical and mental in these mountains; features can be uneven and counterintuitive. omnihotels.com

Highland Course at Primland | Meadows of Dan
Hewn from Blue Ridge rock. Has a compelling- but-accessible design. aubergeresorts.com

River Course | Williamsburg
A famed verdant and naturally bumpy championship course on the James River. kingsmill.com

The Gold Course | Williamsburg
Nestled in woodlands with unnerving rolling hills, valleys, varying fairways and water hazards. colonialwilliamsburghotels.com

 

WASHINGTON

Gamble Sands Golf Course | Brewster
A high desert true links course. Grasses are traditional, surfaces firm, fairways wide and greens vast. gamblesands.com

Chambers Bay | University Place
A championship course in the Scottish links tradition with lofty dunes and broad fairways. chambersbaygolf.com

 

WEST VIRGINIA

The Old White Course | White Sulphur Springs
100-plus-years-old and hallowed, featuring tributes to some of Scotland’s most famous holes. greenbrier.com

Highland Course at Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Highland Course at Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection, Meadows of Dan, Virginia

 

WISCONSIN

Mammoth Dunes Course | Nekoosa
Has majestic sandy hillsides. Sprawling fairways and accessible greens can be a big help. sandvalley.com

Sand Valley Golf Course | Nekoosa
Amid the area’s primeval dunes is plenty of strategy-related choice. sandvalley.com

SentryWorld Golf Course | Stevens Point
Parklands in a Wisconsin landscape. The versatile and those with strategic ingenuity will thrive. sentryworld.com

Links Course | Green Lake
The 1930 legacy can be seen in the savvy and risk-taking that is required, true to its “links” pedigree. lawsonia.com

Meadow Valleys Course | Kohler
A tableau of rolling meadows and cavernous ravines with devious pin locations and yawning bunkers. destinationkohler.com

River Course | Kohler
Face precision demands, water, gorges and rippling greens on these tournament-class links. destinationkohler.com

Irish Course | Haven
The panorama of streams, dunes and grasslands may look tranquil, but it is truly unforgiving. destinationkohler.com

Straits Course | Haven
A rugged, windy Irish-style course where the luck factor irks some pros. destinationkohler.com

Erin Hills Golf Course | Erin
Champion-class and routed around the looming glacier-carved terrain. erinhills.com

The Bull at Pinehurst Farms | Sheboygan
Falls Championship course heavy on risk/reward holes within a wet woodland environment. golfthebull.com