Golf Courses & Travel

Most Fun Golf Courses

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26. Forest Dunes G.C.
Roscommon, Mich.
With its immaculate conditioning, fast greens and a bet-settling 19th hole, you'll want to play at least another 18 before leaving.

27. Bandon (Ore.) Trails
Tree-lined fairways, the minimalist architecture of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and the best collection of par 3s on the resort's property.

28. Harbour Town G. Links
Hilton Head Island
Beloved Pete Dye design starts off gently, building to the difficult 18th. Length is much less important than accuracy.

29. Lakewood Shores G. & C.C. (The Gailes)
Oscoda, Mich.
A man-made facsimile of a genuine links, with tight turf, quirky bounces and pot bunkers. All that's missing is a Scottish address.

30. Rustic Canyon G. Cse.
Moorpark, Calif.
Said to be the prototype for the Rio 2016 Olympic course. A public version of Riviera.

31. Bully Pulpit G. Cse.
Medora, N.D.
Fifteen holes set among cottonwoods along the Little Missouri River, interrupted by a splendid three-hole stretch in genuine pink-hued Badlands.

32. The Prairie C. (Pines)
Valentine, Neb.
The Pines shares elements of its sister Dunes course, but it's mostly in pine forest along the Snake River Canyon. How did they transport a hunk of the Colorado Rockies into Nebraska?

33. Gold Mountain G.C. (Olympic)
Bremerton, Wash.
The surroundings are scenic, but this is no pushover. To score you must be accurate off the tee.

34. The G.C. at Redlands Mesa
Grand Junction, Colo.
A beaut among buttes, where the game is pinball, played off humps and slopes while avoiding stone walls and rock outcroppings.

35. Sea Island G.C. (Seaside)
St. Simons Island, Ga.
Standing at No. 4 tee, looking down the banana-shape fairway and across the swamplands, you'll agree this is among Tom Fazio's most beautiful.

36. Kapalua (Plantation)
Maui, Hawaii
The original Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw collaboration allows resort guests to hit some of the most satisfying shots of their golf careers.

37. The Links of (Ray) North Dakota
Golf among the prairie dogs and tumbleweeds. Every hole fits the landscape like a snug pair of blue jeans. Plus, park your RV on-site.

38. University of Michigan G. Cse.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Outstanding greens and green complexes are hallmarks of this pleasing Alister Mackenzie design, set on the campus.

39. CommonGround G. Cse.
Aurora, Colo.
The walkable, testy Tom Doak design will be the companion course for the 2012 U.S. Amateur. You can play it for $50. Juniors walk on for $15.

40. Coronado (Calif.) G. Cse.
Why this course hosts more than 100,000 rounds a year: sublime weather, low green fee ($35) and a setting overlooking San Diego Bay.

41. Mid Pines Inn & G.C.
Southern Pines, N.C.
A lesser-known but equally charming Donald Ross design across the street from Pine Needles, with slightly scruffier conditions that add antiquity.

42. Barona Creek G.C.
Lakeside, Calif.
Lean turf of muted tones blends perfectly into the parched hills east of San Diego and adds roll to every shot. Golf can be good for the environment.

43. G.C. at Cuscowilla
Eatonton, Ga.
A great variety of holes on this natural-feeling Coore-Crenshaw design outside Atlanta. Adding to playability: run-up areas to many greens.

44. TimberStone at Pine Mountain
Iron Mountain, Mich.
First wind your way uphill, then plunge back to earth. The cartpath on No. 17 is Michigan's Lombard Street.

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