Golf Courses & Travel

Most Fun Golf Courses

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7. Shadow Creek
North Las Vegas, Nev.
Forgiving desert oasis designed by Tom Fazio. From Michael Jordan to Hollywood A-listers to world leaders, you never know who you'll see here.

8. Pasatiempo G.C.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
How good is it? After Bobby Jones played the Alister Mackenzie design, he hired him to build Augusta National.

9. Threetops
Gaylord, Mich.
With tee-to-green elevation changes of up to 140 feet, this 18-hole par-3 course is literally a thrill ride.

10. The Prairie C. (Horse)
Valentine, Neb.
A 10-hole pitch-and-putt based on the basketball game H-O-R-S-E. Win a hole, call the next shot. Off that slope, down that bank . . . nothing but net.

11. Linville (N.C.) G.C.
A wonderful Donald Ross layout in the mountains features grand elevation changes, few flat lies and smooth, speedy greens.

12. The Quarry at Giants Ridge
Biwabik, Minn.
This off-the-grid course is a dramatic hole in the ground. Famous for its elevated tees and drivable par 4s, it's one of the best tests in the Midwest.

13. The G. Cses. at Lawsonia (Links)
Green Lake, Wis.
Golf's most audacious set of green pads: enormous pedestal putting surfaces that look like buried railroad cars. Rumor is, the seventh green really is one.

14. Caledonia G. and Fish C.
Pawleys Island, S.C.
A Mike Strantz masterpiece weaving through mature oaks. Most fun of all might be sitting on the porch after 18 and betting on others' approach shots.

15. Black Mesa G.C.
La Mesilla, N.M.
A trek among the sandstone cliffs and limestone washes, it's a calendar of fantasy golf holes come to life.

16. Palm Beach Par 3 G. Cse.
Golf on the Gulfstream for the hoi polloi. A mainstay since the '60s, this window to the Atlantic might be the Florida Coast's most valuable real estate.

T-17. Arcadia (Mich.) Bluffs G.C.
Pick your tees wisely and enjoy the roller-coaster elevation changes at this linksy, super-scenic course overlooking Lake Michigan.

T-17. Fox Acres C.C.
Red Feather Lakes, Colo.
Charming, shortish course (now semi-private) in a beautiful area west of Fort Collins.

19. The Prairie C. (Dunes)
Valentine, Neb.
The accessible version of private Prairie Dunes, with railroad ties and a barbed-wire fence.

20. Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Resort G.C.
Come for the famous island par 3, leave with memories of the great service, superb views, impeccable conditioning and 17 other fun holes.

21. The Greenbrier (Old White TPC)
White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
The signature course at one of the country's most historic resorts. If only these C.B. Macdonald-Seth Raynor fairways and greens could talk.

22. Pine Needles Lodge & G.C.
Southern Pines, N.C.
Though Donald Ross' design got a big makeover in 2004, its easy-to-walk layout retains its low-key charm.

23. Pacific Grove (Calif.) G. Links
Famous as "the poor man's Pebble" ($52 tops for 18), it's also a blast to play: short, sweet and with a back nine that hugs the roiling surf.

24. World Woods G.C. (Pine Barrens)
Brooksville, Fla.
Sure, there's a sprawling 360-degree range, but why spend all day practicing? Get out and play this sandy-terrained, pine-tree-lined beauty.

25. Leatherstocking G. Cse.
Cooperstown, N.Y.
Baseball's Hall of Fame hogs the attention, but in most towns, a course this historic, scenic and entertaining would be the No. 1 attraction.

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