Golf Digest editors picks

Golf Digest's Best 19th Holes

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FLINT HILLS NATL. G.C.
ANDOVER, KAN.

The smell of freshly popped corn is constant; two antique M&M dispensers (plain and peanut) are popular with members; "great service"; stocked cigar humidor.

GARDEN CITY G.C.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y.

Jackets are required here (though one member once stepped out of the shower and put only his jacket on before grabbing a drink); lively members; classic, country-club look with great memorabilia; "it's like a fraternity house"; traditional bar with brass foot-rails; "there's a great feel to the whole place."

Garden City

GRANITE LINKS G.C.*
QUINCY, MASS.

Picture the hit TV show "Cheers" (only Cliff and Norm play golf); "devoted Boston sports fans" drink next to local sports legends Bill Russell, Luis Tiant and Ray Bourque; impressive view of the city; be prepared to defend any statement you make about golf, sports or life in general to a complete stranger.

GRAYHAWK G.C.*
SCOTTSDALE

"Phil's Grill" is half sports bar, half shrine to Mickelson; known throughout the area as "a place to go for a good poker game"; hardwood bar surrounded by TVs; comfy leather couches.

ISLEWORTH C.C.
WINDERMERE, FLA.

"This is what a 15-year-old boy would design if he had $20 million"; there's a basketball court and an arcade next to the bar, and "often more TVs than patrons"; rub elbows with Tiger Woods and friends.

LA JOLLA (CALIF.) C.C.
"If there's a better view anywhere, show it to me"; the Traditions Room overlooks the town, the Pacific Ocean and the nearby cliffs at Torrey Pines; a classic dark-wood bar with tartan carpet and memorabilia, mostly dedicated to U.S. Open/U.S. Amateur winner Gene Littler, a former member.

LAKESIDE G.C.
BURBANK, CALIF.

The 19th hole for John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ronald Reagan now serves Joe Pesci, Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone; says member/comedian Tom Dreesen: "The best way to decide if you want to join a club is, after the round are you excited about going inside? Lakeside is a good club to go inside."

LATROBE (PA.) C.C.
Only here can you get the full Arnold Palmer experience. Feels like walking downstairs in a split-level house to a sunken living room; "like Arnie's basement"; Palmer memorabilia everywhere; with luck, you might even sip an "Arnold Palmer" next to the King himself.

THE LINKS CLUB
NEW YORK CITY

"Unique"; a golf club in Midtown Manhattan founded by C.B. Macdonald and friends; the long, narrow, oak-paneled bar is known as Moore's Bowling Alley, after the brothers who paid for it; more than 100 liquor lockers are secreted in the walls from its Prohibition past; boxing prints, a backgammon board and the smell of old scotch.

MAYACAMA G.C.
SANTA ROSA, CALIF.

You have to visit the "wine grotto," which connects with a patio overlooking the 18th green; has temperature-controlled storage lockers for members; "name a bottle of wine, and chances are someone has it there."

MEDALIST G.C.
HOBE SOUND, FLA.

Nearly the entire clubhouse is the bar, and founder Greg Norman "pops in every now and then"; mounted in the room is a 1,083-pound shark Norman caught.

MERION G.C.
ARDMORE, PA.

Drink at the patio bar, "but it's so close to the first tee, don't hiccup" after a sip from one of the chilled ceramic mugs; the liter-size mugs are kept at 32 degrees until your favorite beer is poured.

MILWAUKEE C.C.
RIVER HILLS, WIS.

"What a 19th hole is supposed to look like"; high ceiling, great wooden tables, leather chairs, fireplace; "you're in Milwaukee -- you'd better have a beer after the round."

THE MIRABEL C.
SCOTTSDALE

Soak away your rough round in one of the enormous bathtubs, where you can sip a martini while watching golf on a big screen; "you literally can take a bubble bath"; indoor tubs have a collection of soaps and sponges on a polished rack, with full bar service.

THE G.C. AT NEWCASTLE*
NEWCASTLE, WASH.

A "real surprise -- not sure which is better, the actual bar or the incredible view of downtown Seattle"; "classic" three-sided bar; wood floor, fireplace; feels like a private club.

NEWPORT (R.I.) C.C.
The new rectangular bar is "outstanding"; the room has leather sofas, chairs and a fireplace; Adirondack chairs on the porch with "a stunning view of the course and a bit of the Atlantic" complete "the perfect lounge area"; only question is, "Where's the Great Gatsby?"

OAKMONT (PA.) C.C.
Frosted mugs of beer and baskets of popcorn on the patio are "the order of the day"; inside is a genuine Brunswick oakwood bar, rescued from a Pittsburgh landmark called Froggy's when that lounge closed; "try the transfusion" (vodka, grape juice and ginger ale); "too much history to detail -- I could spend all day just looking at the walls."

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