If David Kidd hadn’t done so well in front of me
with this design on the Oregon coast, I never would have
gotten to build my own best course at Pacific Dunes.
Mike Strantz’s first solo design on Pawleys Island,
S.C., and possibly the most interesting and fun course
I have seen on a flat site.
A great Tillinghast course lying in obscurity just a couple
of miles from Winged Foot in the Westchester suburb of
Designed by the team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, it
is the only course in this list which would get a "9"
on the Doak scale, even if the club on Long Island pretends
not to care.
Some think of it as a poor man’s version of that
other great Nebraska course, Sand Hills, but it stands
on its own merits as the best affordable course in America.
A bit short for scratch players at 6,100 yards, but golfers
should still take time out to play it when they go to
Royal Dornoch for a swing through the Scottish Highlands.
Cabo del Sol (Ocean):
My favorite Jack Nicklaus course, it has several fine
holes away from the ocean, too.
The most beautiful coastal views from any golf course
on earth, and quite a test when the wind blows.
An authentic modern links down the road from St. Andrews
with a lot of cool little contouring that wasn’t
there to start.
Small greens and great bunkering. But it gets no respect
in the Melbourne Sandbelt because Dr. MacKenzie did not
make a stop there.
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