2 is a brutal assignment because comparisons are inevitable. The only other top-10 public-access course in the state is No. (Photo: Dan Reynolds Photography), Forget about its pedigree history that includes the Curtis sisters (yes, as in the Curtis Cup) and Donald Ross, Essex shines for having one of the best collection of holes in New England. 2. One of the two Tom Fazio-‐designed golf courses at The Cliffs, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards, stood strong at number 56 maintaining its rank from 2015. Designed by Donald Ross and expertly renovated by Gil Hanse, the course features blind shots, challenging bunkers and some of Ross’s finest holes. The northern New Jersey classic isn’t as well-known as Tillinghast’s other great tri-state designs (Winged Foot, Bethpage Black, etc. Surrounded by sand and playing to a par of 73, the massive layout winds around a towering V-shaped ridge. Layer on the club’s desire for the fastest, firmest playing surfaces possible and the course flourishes. Both nines feature terrific green complexes and play from the stunning Norman Revival clubhouse, where Byron Nelson once worked as an assistant pro. Recent clearing has helped to highlight the stunning nature of the cypress trees that line this hillside overlooking Lake Merced. Rolling, sandy terrain, rippled fairways that were spared from a bulldozer, ever-present winds, wavy prairie grasses and gigantic blow-out bunkers create the sensation of being seaside in the middle of landlocked Nebraska. A superb set of par-5s is but one of the highlights. The routing works its way over and across heaving dunes and through an enchanting coastal forest, and the fact that you don’t miss the sight of the water for most of the round speaks volumes to its design quality. Every hole at Five Farms East shows off the architect’s master touch, but the highlights are the two world-class par-5s. Hole Nos. Thomas’s famous quote — "Strategy is the soul of the game" — manifests itself at Riv. 10 through 14 wind through sand and water, an unforgettable trip to the beach highlighted by a massive island Biarritz green. (Photo: LC Lambrecht), Tom Doak’s works along large bodies of water populate our list but some contend what he did in the American West at Rock Creek is just as exhilarating as his more photographed courses in sandy soil. It’s a question worth considering. Tillinghast, 1924, Seth Raynor, 1924/Tom Fazio and Jackson-Kahn, 2015, Donald Ross, 1919/Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, 2017. That said, Gil Hanse’s recent, stunning expansion of all the green pads has brought back an element of creativity with which few parkland courses can contend, all of which was on display at the 2020 U.S. Open won by Bryson DeChambeau. We almost feel guilty finally sharing the secret. Amateur will likely only further enhance this classic William Flynn layout’s reputation for hosting big events while remaining a joy for its members to play. For original holes, few courses can compete. (Photo: Evan Schiller), The joy of a well-run club can’t be overstated, and The Honors also enjoys one of the country’s standout pairings of head professional and greenkeeper. The layout is a Tillinghast classic, with undulating fairways, challenging greens and back-to-back par-5 beasts that close out the round. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Pacific Dunes) Bandon, Ore.; Tom Doak; 2001. After tackling a 600-plus yarder at the 3rd followed by a you-might-need-driver-here par-3 at the 4th, the golfer may be feeling bruised. (Photo: Getty Images), Tom Fazio at his absolute best. The beauty of Oakmont is how it doesn’t doll itself up, and yet to a purist the view from the crest of the hill on 15 is as breathtaking as any in the country. So, what did Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner do in 2017 when the task fell to them? Tom Doak says the special dwarf Bermuda greens are the best in Texas. Below is their current list with an * marking the public access courses. The recently expanded greens have created a plethora of new hole locations around the greens’ perimeters, and the player’s chess match with the clever design is more intense than ever. Public relishes, Golf Digest's Top 100 public access courses in the country. The short par-4 4th, reachable par-5 11th and the long par-4 14th rank among Dye’s all-time best. Much of the golf is played down below and after two plus decades, Ron Prichard’s meticulous restoration has fully exposed both Ross’s talents as well as the expansive nature of the property. Opens (Balty’s other three Opens were on the Upper course) and two PGAs, but with no more Opens on the schedule, some wonder if the course has fallen off the USGA’s unofficial rota. It’s here! What helped Myopia jump up the list was recent restoration work whereby trees came down, and fairways were expanded/reconnected to Herbert Leeds’s fabulous pit bunkers. Same applies here, with Pine Valley’s only benchmark being itself. Its tournament course is a composite layout, comprised of 18 of the club's 27 holes. Throw in a wonderful routing that hopscotches from one island of turf to the next across the rolling, sandy landscape and you have a course that hasn’t budged from the No. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Site of three U.S. Tweet. Highlights include the massive horseshoe 8th hole and the par-3 5th, backed by a natural waterfall. The holes don’t bully the player and length isn’t the issue but approaching these greens from the optimal side of the fairway is paramount, given the firmness of the playing surfaces that club routinely achieves. In that instance, he had to lend the open heath its golfing qualities as the site featured modest topography. A die-hard New Yorker remarked, “It’s enough to make one want to live New Jersey.” (Photo: Russell Kirk), Steep ravines affect play throughout its famed stretch of holes from 10-15. GOLF DIGEST Top 100 PUBLIC Golf Courses in AMERICA: The list that Joe Q. The par-3 4th and 12th are its most famous holes, but no education on Travis is complete without studying the 6th, 7th, 9th and 16th green complexes. Inverness’ home hole famously measures under 400 yards and is one of the most interesting closers in the game. 3. Even in calm conditions, the mix of short grass, sprawling bunkers and cypress trees provide constant photo opportunities that captivate. Alison, Milwaukee Country Club is a charming old-school layout that challenges the modern player with fast greens and deep bunkers. The question is answered at the 1st, with a green that follows the natural contours and slopes away from the player. For sheer wonder, it’s hard to top the 15th, a 431-yard par-4 that plays down to a green framed by lake and mountain views. Some critics of rankings grumble that hosting a major unduly elevates a course. Much more short grass has been added around the green complexes since then and now the design is more thought-provoking rather than terror-inducing. Arguably America’s premier urban design, LACC North hosted the 2017 Walker Cup and design afficionados can’t wait for the highly anticipated 2023 U.S. Open. With spectacular par-5s, drivable par-4s and a dazzling variety of greens, Kingsley is a serious player’s paradise. The Eden. While much of Flynn’s work is clustered around Philadelphia, this design stands out as one of the few he did west of the Mississippi River. After finishing the shortened 2020 season as the top ranked team, the Pepperdine Waves earn the pre-spring No. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Conceived by Jack Nicklaus in 1966 to be his hometown equivalent of Bobby Jones' Augusta National, this 1974 collaboration with Desmond Muirhead was an instant smash, both for its strategic design and flawless conditioning. (Photo: Andy Johnson/The Fried Egg), Mike DeVries moved only 30,000 yards of dirt to build this minimalist Michigan masterpiece. Cocooned in nature, the player revels in the rustic playing environment and appreciates the enhanced attention that has been paid to the firming of the playing surfaces in recent years. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Designed by Alister MacKenzie with Robert Hunter overlooking construction, The Valley Club oozes charm. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), What makes Merion so distinctive is its remarkable variety. (For courses with a number preceding the (m) or (c), that is where the course ranks on Golfweek’s Best lists for top 200 modern and classic courses in the U.S.) *New or returning to the rankings. Click here to email questions about the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. (Photo: Getty Images), Working with less land than usual, C.B. Formerly known as the Golfweek … The Biarritz and Knoll holes made their debut here, for instance. To quote Hanse, "The course enjoys a perfect sense of place and balance." The course possesses great variety, from the par-3 3rd, high along the side slope, to the par-5 11th, which some contend is the best par-5 on the property, to the par-4 14th that plays uphill across rolling topography. The home hole, with its call for a draw off the tee and a fade into the green, is a fitting conclusion and the iconic Pinehurst clubhouse in the background doesn’t hurt either. Five copper domes on the low-slung clubhouse mimic the island’s five volcanos, while the short par-4 14th has a split fairway that invites you to play over or around a mini-crater’s dormant rim. GOLF’s 2020-21 ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. You haven’t favorited any courses yet. Scattered blow-out bunkers, gigantic natural dunes, smartly contoured greens and Pacific panoramas complete Doak’s first masterpiece. If all those challenges fry your brain, don’t worry — there’s a bottle of Jameson hidden near the 18th tee. (Photo: Seven Lowy/Hollywood Golf Club), One of the five founding clubs of what is today known as the United States Golf Association, this course is far more than just a museum piece. Fun fact: The winning score at its four U.S. (Photo: Evan Schiller), This classic parkland layout has hosted multiple majors and a Ryder Cup. Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Ocean) Kiawah Island (No. (Photo: Channing Benjamin), A George C. Thomas classic that winds through the canyons overlooking Los Angeles. The result is a low-profile design that beguiles. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Thanks to a 25-year-long restoration effort with meticulous attention to detail, Somerset Hills has reached the point where it joins Winged Foot and San Francisco GC as exemplars of Tillinghast's enormous talent. (Photo: LC Lambrecht), Unusual for Florida, this is a pure, secluded golf club with no homes. (Photo: Wood Sabold), Some sniff at the artificiality of a course being hewn from a swamp, yet that’s also what makes the Stadium Course stand out from the crowd. Shop the guaranteed best tee times on the largest selection. 57744 Round Lake Rd. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines […] Situated on the side of a hill, the course is guaranteed to catch any wind that is about. Bandon, OR 97411-6360. The design was immediately embraced, and the minimalist movement started in earnest, with this course arguably kicking off the second Golden Age. (For courses with a number preceding the (m) or (c), that is where the course ranks on Golfweek’s Best lists for top 200 modern and classic courses in the U.S.) *New or returning to the rankings. The rankings below reflect where these courses fall among the top 30 Campus Courses in the United States. YEAR BUILT. The dogleg 6th plays like a reverse Road Hole, forcing players to consider a risk-reward drive over a maintenance barn. (Photo: Evan Schiller), What a good thing the club did by hosting a televised event to raise money to fight Covid in May 2020. Eventually it became a site for illegal dumping of toxic waste. Architect David McLay Kidd, once known as a staunch defender of par, intentionally softened his approach here, following his grand success at the equally player friendly Gamble Sands. Its 1983 Pete Dye course keeps getting better and better. The drivable ½-par 9th is another design standout with its angled green toward play. The layout features two drivable par-4s and an astonishing collection of par-3s. Macdonald started adding to his repertoire of template designs at this golf-meets-Gatsby Long Island club. One par-3 is tiny, at 115 yards; the others measure 236, 246 and 256 yards. Dye and owner Herb Kohler engineered a mind-boggling cleanup, moved 3 million cubic yards of dirt, trucked in 7,000 loads of sand to create the hills and bunkers and relocated the bluffs back off the shore. But the hike is more than worth it to experience one of game’s most scenic and best conditioned layouts. With bunkers and water hazards framed by railroad ties and tall native grasses scattered throughout, the distinctive Dye style began to take hold. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), For most of its 80-year history, the Cal Club, as locals call it, served up a tight though well-regarded Bay Area course, enhanced by its association with Ken Venturi. These new accolades come on the heels of The Highland Course landing at No. Laurie Auchterlonie won the 1902 U.S. Open here with record scores, owing to the debut of the longer, more durable Haskell ball. Welcome to Golfweek's Best list of top 200 Classic courses, built before 1960 (pictured atop this story is No. Holes 8 through 12 are an epic stretch that ends with a par-3 over the Milwaukee River. Login To See More. Courses in BOLD have been played by Billy; a total of 74 so Fazio did not forgo earth-moving altogether. Its outstanding cluster of gently rolling par-4s, notably the 6th and the 11th, provided a terrific canvas for amateurs such as Justin Rose and Jason Gore in the 1997 Walker Cup. (Photo: Karl Mackie) (*Tied for 94th with Streamsong Blue), Tom Doak and Bill Coore literally shared holes and land as they built the Blue and Red courses in a collaborative spirit. Stock Farm. A taste of Scotland in the middle of Nebraska, this is Lehman’s second major and it features some of the widest fairways on our list. The more you flirt with the hazards, though, the better the angle for your approach. Mission accomplished. Working on a hardened-lava site that commands an ocean panoramic, McLay Kidd threaded fairways along the black-rock flows, and fringed them with fountain grasses that call to mind the fescue of a British links. Among architecture buffs, Piping Rock’s Knoll 13th with its raised green that falls off starkly on all sides remains its finest iteration. Both intended for Augusta National to reflect the spirit and strategic options of the Old Course at St. Andrews, the course that they admired most. The shapes and sizes of its bunkers are among the sport’s most diverse and serve as a timely reminder to modern architects that variety is a vital component to great architecture. Mammoth Dunes is a welcome reminder that a great course can also be eminently fair and fun to play. It’s a setting worthy of a National Park, and one of countless photo-ready moments on a course that unspools gracefully at modest elevation, ornamented by creeks and ponds. Designed by C.H. Add in its fescue fairways and the site’s broad slopes and you have a course whose asks change daily. St. Louis is a notoriously difficult invite, and at 6,500 yards from the tips, it’s unlikely to host another major. (Photo: Evan Schiller), A brilliant course few have heard of, much less played. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Ben Hogan called this course a “monster,” a moniker the club fed off for decades. Second, they studiously built a set of greens that in no way mimic No. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Fresh off his work at National Golf Links of America, C.B. After an opening tee shot from a massive dune dubbed The Volcano, Sand Valley bewitches players with firm fairways, majestic bunkers and one of the great punchbowl greens. The "Yancey Ford Award" is also presented, honoring an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to amateur golf. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Though Spyglass Hill just slipped off the list, Robert Trent Jones’s work is still represented by Peachtree’s strong showing. In 2010, five years after Strantz’s death from cancer, his work gained even greater recognition when the Shore Course joined the rota of the AT&T Championship. Generally speaking, either an expansive sandy area or lagoon is on one side of the fairway and plenty of short grass is to the other. On a "difficulty" scale of 1 to 10, Jack Nicklaus once rated the West course a 12. Pine Valley, NJ. When you discover the design plays as good as it looks, you have something special. (Photo: Dave Samson), Several of Coore & Crenshaw’s finest designs are located at hard-to-access private clubs but many of their works thankfully are available to the public, often courtesy of Mike Keiser. Geoff Ogilvy didn't fare much better in 2006, when his five-over total took home the trophy. Tillinghast layout. The Redan. Maidstone has struck the perfect balance. Overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene, Gozzer Ranch plays through majestic pines and black rock outcroppings to some of golf’s most scenic green complexes. Can You Believe Golfweek Didn’t Rank These 5 Myrtle Beach Courses? From two of Fazio’s all-time finest short two-shotters (the 3rd and 15th) to two of his best long ones (the 6th and 11th) this design excels. Seth Raynor retooled his mentor C.B. With so much content and information available in 2020, stumbling across a “hidden gem” has become progressively more difficult. This is one of their best — public or private. Some grouse that the course’s reputation is built on the club’s exclusivity, which is unfair given that standout holes abound, including the 4th, 6th, 13th and one of the great trio of finishing holes in the sport. Today, the Denver club is best-known for the thrilling 1960 U.S. Open, when Arnie fired a 65 on the final day to take out an aging Hogan and a young Nicklaus. Scottsdale, Ariz; Tom Fazio; 1995. Phone: (920) 565-6050. The relatively modest topography and Travis’s tight green-to-tee routing makes it a walker’s delight while the manmade features (i.e., greens and bunkers) lend the course special playing qualities. (Photo: Christian Hafer), This high-rollers’ redoubt, 20 minutes from the Strip, is both a work of architecture and a feat of engineering. Hoover (m) 4. Unlike so many other courses being built in that timeframe, this design by Nicklaus and Dye didn’t rely on length as much as it did in having unique green shapes that were in turn protected by all sorts of hazards, including railroad ties at the 13th green. 1 ranking in the opening Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll. Regardless, the course’s staggering beauty and Masters tradition remain unlike any other. Woods was the only golfer to break par for 72 holes, owing to rugged, uphill par-4s, massive bunkers and the wrist-fracturing rough found on this Rees Jones-restored A.W. (Photo: Courtesy SFGC), A Boston Brahmin society haunt for more than 100 years, this tree-lined design has played host to three U.S. The Short. Formerly straight fairways now sashay gracefully with the coastal terrain, and the par-3s, long a strength, have grown remarkably great. (Photo: Courtesy Calusa Pines), Carved into a small mountain, the first six holes provide a master class in side-slope architecture. Over the years, the course’s original wonder faded as bunkers grew in and green complexes shrank. Macdonald still managed to pack all of his beloved template holes into this quirky, rolling layout. Great attention has been paid to the mow lines, with short tight fairway grass on the high side of the entrance to all the greens. Every hole is memorable, and the brilliant back nine is off the charts. Perry Maxwell built this inspired North Carolina layout on a former horse farm, and the naturally rolling fairways lead to devilish greens. Does anything in golf compare with that final stroll up the par-5 18th as it curves left around Carmel Bay? N8501 Hwy Ls. Why wouldn't they, given the classic Seth Raynor design that tracks along the island’s northeast edge, the delightful tumbling terrain and the spectacular views of Long Island Sound. Rumor has it a boxcar was buried under the 7th green to create the dramatic 20-foot drop-off. KEY: (m) modern, built in 1960 or after; (c) classic, built before 1960. Deer Lodge, Mont. Nicklaus shut down the course this past summer, and all eyes will be on what the Golden Bear has concocted to thwart the relentless advances in technology when the course hosts the annual Memorial Tournament next year. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Donald Ross's chef d'oeuvre rolls spaciously through tall longleaf pines in the Carolina Sandhills with holes culminating with legendary inverted-saucer greens. Be careful of its short par-4s: the 4th, 9th and 14th all tempt with driver off the tee — and punish rash tactics. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Once a ho-hum layout that languished in the shadow of its famous 17-Mile Drive neighbors, the Shore Course started drawing notice in 2004 after the iconoclastic architect Mike Strantz built 12 new holes and overhauled six others. A talented greenkeeper pushes the dormant Bermuda fairways to tawny perfection during the winter months (no overseeding here!) First, they made sure that the course looked like it belonged on the same large swath of property as Pinehurst No. Too bad more modern architects are leery to build finishers that reward mind over muscle. As proof of their magical skills, look no further than Riv’s 311-yard, par-4 10th. 3. The new drainage system allows for faster putting surfaces — expect higher scores (and better sightlines) at the 2023 PGA Championship. Probably not, given its last one was in 1908. Coore and Crenshaw more than delivered on that promise. Let the beating commence! It’s finding it with ease, and then sorting through the many options for how to play it next. Dating to 1916, the course was made over by A.W. The front nine wraps around a former polo field while the back heads into the hillier portion of the property. The layout looks flat and harmless, but architect Mike Nuzzo’s brilliant cloverleaf design makes thewind a constant challenge and brings Keller Creek into play on eight holes. (Photo: Getty Images), Aptly named, the two nines start and return to the imposing Clifford Wendehack clubhouse located majestically high along a ridge line. A recent renovation made the suburban Rochester marvel even better, bringing it back in line with Donald Ross’s original design. 17. Working with the original Raynor routing, wunderkinds Tim Jackson and David Kahn brought to fore the rugged features of a forest-meets-sea landscape on a reborn course that boasts majestic dunes, expansive sandy wastes and greens of wildly varied size and contour. Chat with us 1-866-694-2448. The same design principles — fairway contours that either shunt you out of position or send you to the ideal location, hazards that appear ageless and greens that offer a wide range of hole locations —demand you reassess how to best play each hole from one day to the next. The 600-yard 13th is one of the architect’s finest par-5s and the 18th with a deep pit in front of the green is a classic design where Sam Snead missed a short putt to lose the 1947 U.S. Open. AmateurGolf.com members see additional information, including current and past tournament news and results, contacts, history and more, for this tournament and over 2800 other amateur golf tournaments; plus the AmateurGolf.com Rankings and Player-of-the-Year races for men, women, seniors, and mid-ams. Some even trumpet it as Tilly’s finest design for regular play. In part, by breaking the “rules” and having back-to-back par-5s on the front and back-to-back par-3s on the back. Look for four of its plateau greens, namely those at the 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 14th, to have a large say in who wins the 2021 PGA Championship. From the opening drive at the split-fairway 1st, Kingsley offers golfers an inspiring number of choices, forcing them to think their way around the course. As handsomely presented as any Ross course in the country. Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville 72 7,085 74.3/145 3 3. Hard to find better playing angles. For decades, the land was smothered underneath a canopy of trees but Keith Foster and then Gil Hanse have opened up the property for all to admire. Best Courses You Can Play; Top 200 Classic Courses; Top 200 Modern Courses; Top 200 Resort Golf Courses; Top 200 Residential Courses; Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses; Top 50 Casino Courses; Top 50 Classic Courses in Great Britain & Ireland; Top 35 Modern Courses in Great Britain & Ireland; Top 30 Campus Courses 50 on its “Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play in the U.S.” list and No. (May 2019 - April 2021) GOLFWEEK Top 100 PUBLIC Golf Courses in AMERICA: Golfweek's list of the best courses that don't require a membership or knowing the right person. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), The first great American public oceanside course, Pebble benefits from an ingenious routing that brings the player right to the ocean's edge, then away into the woods, then back again. The Keowee Vineyards course has. Slated for a Hanse restoration in a few years, there is no telling how high the Upper might climb. Work commenced in 1928 and the course didn’t open until 1931. (Photo: Channing Benjamin), One of the five founding members of the United States Golf Association in 1894, Chicago Golf was the site of the nation's first 18-hole course; it also was the first course outside of the Northeast to play host to the U.S. Open. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Like Lennon and McCartney, Coore and Crenshaw can’t stop turning out hits that thrill the public and critics alike, this time working their magic on a sea of prehistoric Wisconsin sand. Visionary owner Mike Keiser said the land reminded him of a cross between Sand Hills and Pine Valley. The Golfweek’s Best rankings are categorized in many ways, from public-access layouts on the Best Courses You Can Play lists for each state, to the top 100 private clubs. The cadence of the holes and the ever-changing asks of the player add to the experience. (Photo: Evan Schiller), This quiet club across the street from Winged Foot has counted Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye as admirers. But a two decade-long renovation based on Raynor’s original property maps — discovered in the clubhouse attic — has returned this Golden Age masterpiece to its original brilliance. For shotmaking options and memorable individual holes that require a blend of power and finesse, the Stadium Course has few peers. Gil Hanse’s current renovation should fix that. It was a major investment but justified by being both my anniversary and the penultimate round of my own Top 100 challenge. Scramblers best test their games elsewhere. So is a knack for creative shot-making. Opens and a quartet of PGA Championships, this Depression-era Perry Maxwell design features holes that gracefully flow across a plot of undulating ground perfectly suited for golf. (Photo: Andy Johnson/The Fried Egg), Andrew Green’s recent renovation restored Ross features, expunged those that were not and added length to test today's tournament players. 4. The 4th hole, for instance, features a reverse-camber fairway: the hole swings right to left but the fairway tilts left to right, mandating a draw from the tee. Ocean views stun the senses, along with bluff-top sand dunes sprinkled with Scotch broom and gorse bushes, coastal pines, crashing surf, wind-whipped tall native grasses and stacked sod bunkers. (Photo: Chip Henderson), One of the great starts to the game with a series of diverse two-shotters leading the golfer well away from the Stanford White clubhouse. Under the hand for many years of Ron Forse, this course only improved since Tiger Woods’ historic win over Buddy Marucci for the 1995 U.S. Buffalo Ridge ranked 83rd on Golfweek's Top 100 Courses You Can Play. (Photo: PGA Tour), Ridgewood has played host to senior majors and is a frequent late season stop on the PGA Tour. Strantz said his goal was to make players “dance among the cypress.” But his routing, which opens and ends amid the pines, also takes advantage of a vast expanse of coastline, with fairways fringed by wispy native grasses, and dramatic rock outcrops framing several greens and tees. What a challenge to route but his figure-8 routing with the clubhouse in the middle seized on the opportunity to perfection. The most memorable seaside tests are the par-4 4th and 5th, the par-3 12th and the drivable par-4 16th, each with eye-popping scenery and enjoyable risk/rewards. Even today, no more thrilling, spectacular stretch exists than holes 4 through 10. 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