Most Fun Golf Holes in America

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Most Fun Golf Holes in America

December 01, 2010

Photo By: Evan Schiller

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TPC SAWGRASS (Players Stadium) Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida17th Hole, par 3:TPC SAWGRASS (Players Stadium) Ponte Vedra Beach, FloridaGolf's equivalent of a county-fair dunk tank.

Photo By: Evan Schiller

COEUR D'ALENE (Idaho) RESORT Golf Course14th hole, par 3COEUR D'ALENE (Idaho) RESORT Golf CourseIncludes a ferry ride to the green and a group photo while on board.

Photo By: Dom Furore

THE QUARRY AT GIANTS RIDGE Biwabik, Minn.13th hole, par 4THE QUARRY AT GIANTS RIDGE Biwabik, Minn.The short par 4 is nearly as wide as it is long, with alternate routes down the fairway and a 100-yard-wide green.

Photo By: Peter Wong

CHARDONNAY Golf Club, Napa, Calif.Eighth hole, par 3CHARDONNAY Golf Club, Napa, Calif.A green that's 125 yards wide with six levels (and a dogleg).

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MIRIMICHI Golf Club, Millington, Tenn.10th hole, par 4MIRIMICHI Golf Club, Millington, Tenn.The green, protected in front and on the right by a creek, is 80 yards deep.

Photo By: John Terry of Forest Hill Photography

PACIFIC DUNES, Bandon, Ore.16th hole, par 4PACIFIC DUNES, Bandon, Ore.A great natural hole featuring more pits than sand bunkers.

Photo By: Wood Sabold

OLD MACDONALD, Bandon, Ore.16th hole, par 4OLD MACDONALD, Bandon, Ore.A terrific version of the Alps hole at Prestwick. Most will play a blind second shot into the green.

Photo By: Stephen Szurlej

TOBACCO ROAD Golf Club, Sanford, N.C.15th hole, par 4TOBACCO ROAD Golf Club, Sanford, N.C.Mike Strantz's version of the Alps, with a hit-and-hope second shot.

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SPYGLASS HILL Golf Course, Pebble BeachFourth hole, par 4SPYGLASS HILL Golf Course, Pebble BeachThere's a skinny fairway and a skinny green, both between ice plant.

Photo By: Evan Schiller

VENTANA CANYON GOLF AND RACQUET CLUB (Mountain), Tucson, ArizonaThird hole, par 3VENTANA CANYON GOLF AND RACQUET CLUB (Mountain), Tucson, ArizonaThis 107-yarder is tucked into desert rocks.

Photo By: Courtesy of Ventana Canyon G. and Racquet Club

BULLY PULPIT GOLF COURSE, Medora, North Dakota15th hole, par 3BULLY PULPIT GOLF COURSE, Medora, North DakotaThe tee is on one butte, the green on another, with a wind tunnel between them.

Photo By: Stephen Szurlej

FOSSIL TRACE GOLF CLUB, Golden, Colorado12th hole, par 5FOSSIL TRACE GOLF CLUB, Golden, ColoradoThe Stonehenge of golf: Monolithic, fossil-imbedded rocks split fairway, hide green.

Photo By: Robert Castellino

BROOKSVILLE (Fla.) Country Club12th hole, par 4BROOKSVILLE (Fla.) Country ClubHigh-low alternate fairways run along a ridge and at the bottom of an old quarry.

Photo By: Stephen Szurlej

MCCULLOUGH'S EMERALD GOLF LINKS, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.Seventh hole, par 4MCCULLOUGH'S EMERALD GOLF LINKS, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.The triple-option fairway is patterned after a hole Alister Mackenzie designed to win a magazine contest in 1914.

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TALKING STICK GOLF CLUB (North), Scottsdale, Arizona12th hole, par 4TALKING STICK GOLF CLUB (North), Scottsdale, ArizonaThere's a narrow fairway on the left, against out-of-bounds, but the safe route demands an approach over desert wash.

Photo By: Courtesy of Talking Stick G.C.

BLACKWOLF RUN (River), Kohler, WisconsinNinth hole, par 4BLACKWOLF RUN (River), Kohler, WisconsinFire at the green directly over a bend in the river, or thread a tee shot through the trees (or wimp out way to the left).

Photo By: Courtesy of Kohler Co.

KAPALUA (Plantation), Maui18th hole, par 5KAPALUA (Plantation), MauiStraight downhill and downwind, it's a rare chance for an average golfer to reach a big par 5 in two.

Photo By: Donald Miralle

FARMSTEAD GOLF LINKS Calabash, N.C.18th hole, par 6FARMSTEAD GOLF LINKS Calabash, N.C.So impossibly long--767 yards from the tips--you tee off in South Carolina and putt out in North Carolina.

Photo By: Courtesy of Farmstead Golf Links

WHERE'S THIS HOLE?In your dreams — and among author Tom Hepburn's collection of fantasy golf holes.

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