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March 27, 2013

The best public courses near this year's NCAA men's basketball regional sites and Final Four

Brickyard Crossing (Indianopolis)

Miles from Lucas Oil Stadium: SixRating: ½, No. 9 in stateDesigned by Pete Dye, it includes four holes inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway. More info.

The Fort Golf Course (Indianapolis)

Miles from Lucas Oil Stadium: 17Rating: ½, No. 14 in statePete Dye layout sits on a hilly former military base.* More info.*

Prairie View G.C. (Carmel, Ind.)

Miles from Lucas Oil Stadium: 25Rating: ½, No. 7 in stateRobert Trent Jones Jr. design known for five lakes, high-end service.* More info.*

Rancho Park Muny G. Cse. (Los Angeles)

Miles from Staples Center: 11Rating: ½Hosted multiple L.A. Opens among other events. More info.

Brookside G.C. (Pasadena)

Miles from Staples Center: 12Rating: (No. 1 course) ½ (No. 2 course)Has 36 holes adjacent to the Rose Bowl. More info.

Angeles National G.C. (Sunland, Calif.)

Miles from Staples Center: 23Rating: ½An upscale offering from the Nicklaus Design Group. More info.

Enterprise G. Cse. (Mitchellville, Md.)

Miles from Verizon Center: 15Rating: ½This state-owned course isn't long, but it's hilly and tight in spots. More info.

Laurel Hill G.C. (Lorton, Va.)

Miles from Verizon Center: 21Rating: Not yet ratedSite of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links. More info.

Lake Presidential G.C. (Upper Marlboro, Md.)

Miles from Verizon Center: 23Rating:Opened in 2008, it's the area's best recent addition. More info.

Waterchase G.C. (Fort Worth, Tex.)

Miles from Cowboys Stadium: SevenRating: ½Well-conditioned course moves from dense forests to wind-swept links. More info.

Texas Star G. Cse. (Euless, Tex.)

Miles from Cowboys Stadium: SevenRating: ½Part of a 321-acre sports complex with ball fields, batting cages and more. More info.

The Tribute G.C. (The Colony, Tex.)

Miles from Cowboys Stadium: 38Rating: ½Worth the longer drive. It features replicas of famous links golf holes. More info.

Stone Mountain G.C. (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

Miles from Georgia Dome: 21Rating:Offers 36 holes, the original 18 were by Robert Trent Jones Sr. More info.

Cobblestone G. Cse. (Acworth, Ga.)

Miles from Georgia Dome: 30Rating: ½It gets high marks for a recent renovation that built new greens and bunkers. More info.

St. Marlo C.C. (Duluth, Ga.)

Miles from Georgia Dome: 37Rating: ½Semiprivate course was among Golf Digest's "Best New" in the mid-'90s. More info.

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