Many of the game's elite consider this course to be the finest of all Open rota layouts. Trump Turnberry (Ailsa) Turnberry, Scotland Willie Fernie, 1902/P. George's heaving, dune-studded linksland also sports the rota's most fearsome bunker, a gaping fairway trap on the par-4 4th. Its most memorable holes, such as the par-3 3rd and 15, 16 and 17, a trio of stirring par-4s, serve up staggering panoramas of sea and beach. Open came to be known, brutalized players with its Rees Jones-restored A. Tillinghast layout, owing to rugged, uphill par-4s, massive bunkers and wrist-fracturing rough.
Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) La Romana, Dominican Republic, Pete Dye, 1971 40. Nine Bridges Jeju Island, South Korea Ron Fream/David Dale, 2001 44. Ben Hogan called this course a "monster" in capturing the 1951 U. Open, thanks to a severe course setup and alterations by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel) Brookline, Mass., U. Diamante (Dunes) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Davis Love III/Mark Love/Paul Cowley, 2010 39. Tiger Woods and Lucas Glover, who captured the 20 U. A bold start that features a 475-yard par-4 and a 225-yard par-3 give way to gentler, though strategically rich holes that were favorites of General Dwight D. Architect Kyle Phillips recently created a new 12th green, lengthening the hole, but otherwise, the Golden Age design is virtually untouched since its inception.
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Muirfield Gullane, Scotland Old Tom Morris, 1891/H.
Not quite a links, but built on sand and next to the sea, Diamante is like golf in Ireland, only 30 degrees warmer.