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The 13 most famous landmarks in golf

The Barclays visits Bethpage Black this week, a course so brutal that a first-tee marquee infamously warns players on the impending difficulty. The sign has become as popular as the course itself, with many a golfer stopping to snap a photo of the post. Which got us thinking: What are the most famous landmarks in golf?


Amen Corner, Augusta National Golf Club

Amen Corner, Augusta National Golf Club
An area so sacred that it has multiple landmarks -- Rae's Creek, the Hogan and Nelson Bridges -- within its confines.

Swilcan Bridge, Old Course at St. Andrews

Swilcan Bridge, Old Course at St. Andrews
Astonishing not only because the game's greats pass over the stones at St. Andrews' 18th, but the links' public nature gives the common man a chance to walk through history as well.

Putter Boy, Pinehurst No. 2

Putter Boy, Pinehurst No. 2
Originally known as “Sundial Boy” until the 1970s, the statue was briefly located in the World Golf Hall of Fame. However, it returned to the Pinehurst clubhouse in 1990, residing once more by the Pinehurst putting green.

Lighthouse, Harbour Town Golf Links

Originally built as a navigational aid, the candy-cane lighthouse quickly became a tourist attraction thanks to exposure from the Heritage Classic.

Church Pew bunkers, Oakmont Country Club

Although I'm sure this Pennsylvania monument loses its luster if a golfer happens to find his ball in the sand.

Ben Hogan statue, Colonial Country Club

The Hawk won the Colonial tournament five times, bestowing the name "Hogan's Alley" to the golf course. Hogan, a resident of Fort Worth, kept an office in the clubhouse.

17th hole, TPC Sawgrass

Only 130 yards, Sawgrass' signature hole reportedly drowns more than 100,000 golf balls per season.

The Bear Trap, PGA National Golf Club

Named for Jack Nicklaus, who redesigned the course, PGA National's 15th, 16th and 17th holes are more than a marketing ploy: At the 2015 Honda Classic, there were 145 birdies at the Bear Trap against 299 bogeys or worse.

Magnolia Lane, Augusta National Golf Club

The magnolias, 60 in total, were planted in the 1850s by the Berckman family, which operated a nursery on the premises.

Warning sign, Bethpage Black

While extremely cool, I don't think it's ever successfully dissuaded a golfer from playing the Black. Although, after their round, perhaps they wished otherwise.

Wicker baskets, Merion Golf Club

Fun fact: Any player that wins a USGA event at Merion receives a wicker basket flagstick from the club as a souvenir.

Lone Cypress, between Cypress Point Golf Course and the Pebble Beach Golf Links

Seen in the Pebble Beach logo, the Monterey Cypress is indigenous to the area. Called the "most photographed tree in the world," the cypress is now held up by steel cables.

Windmill, National Golf Links of America

Built in 1916 to cover up a water tower, the windmill is not only a symbol of the club, but serves a practical purpose, storing golf maintenance equipment inside its doors.