America's 50 Toughest Golf Courses
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30. BULL VALLEY GOLF CLUB
WOODSTOCK / ILL. / 7,325 YARDS / PAR 72
Built to compete with nearby Butler National in caveman chest-thumping, it's lovely--tall pines, ancient oaks and hickories--but lethal.
31. WOLF CREEK GOLF CLUB
MESQUITE / NEV. / 6,939 YARDS / PAR 72
A fantasy golf calendar come to life, with holes high atop cliffs and down in box canyons across an otherworldly landscape.
32. PINEHURST RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB (NO. 2)
PINEHURST / N.C. / 7,305 YARDS / PAR 71
One of four survivors on our list from America's top-10 "Most Testing" courses in Golf Digest October 1969 (the others are Oakmont, Pine Valley and Medinah). It's the toughest course where you won't come close to losing a ball. Or keeping one on those roller-coaster greens, which deftly repel bad shots--and some good shots, too.
33. LA PURISIMA GOLF COURSE
LOMPOC / CALIF. / 7,105 YARDS / PAR 72
The Bethpage Black of the West Coast. Locally, it's known as "La Piranha." To soothe the pain, there are plenty of terrific Santa Ynez Valley wineries nearby.
HOBE SOUND / FLA. / 6,954 YARDS / PAR 72
At the tee of the par-3 16th, two signs point in opposite directions. One says: "Bar--400 yards." The other reads: "Hospital--4 miles."
35. BAYONET & BLACK HORSE (BAYONET)
SEASIDE / CALIF. / 7,117 YARDS / PAR 72
The old Fort Ord Military Base layout has been renamed and turned into a public course, but it's still armed for combat. Only expert marksmen can avoid the Monterey Pines that frame every hole. Nos. 11 to 15 are a procession of jagged doglegs, a part of the course known as "Combat Corner."
36. CRYSTAL SPRINGS GOLF CLUB
HAMBURG / N.J. / 6,808 YARDS / PAR 72
This is a classic Robert von Hagge melodrama: Fairways are a mass of towering, tumbling grassy knolls leading to greens perched on limestone ledges or beneath rocky ridges.
37. LEGENDS (MOORLAND)
MYRTLE BEACH / 6,799 YARDS / PAR 72
There are more railroad ties than common sense on this jolting, brawny P.B. Dye design. Even some of the cartpaths are railroad ties. Stay away from "Hell's Half Acre" on the 270-yard, par-4 16th.
38. DIAMANTE COUNTRY CLUB
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE / ARK. / 7,560 YARDS / PAR 72
Purposely designed to challenge local hero John Daly from the back tees. That makes it one more demon for him to contend with.
39. ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF TRAIL AT ROSS BRIDGE
HOOVER / ALA. / 8,191 YARDS / PAR 72
The latest addition to the Robert Trent Jones Trail. It's what Trent would be building if he were still alive--impossibly long with enormous greens and bunkers.
40. STONE HARBOR GOLF CLUB
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE / N.J. / 6,992 YARDS / PAR 72
What had been a mishmash of clashing symbolism created by Desmond Muirhead has been softened (no more island bunkers, jagged edges, etc.). But the awkward peninsular fairways and greens remain.
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