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6. Ganton (1949)

England's first post-war Ryder Cup was awarded to Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire. Ganton is a heathland course, rendering it essentially ineligible for Open Championship consideration—and this is likely the only reason it flies below the radar of the average American golf traveler. Like plenty of great UK layouts, it's also a bit of a "mutt"—the course bears the fingerprints of a murderer's row of great British players and architects, from Vardon and Colt to Fowler and Braid…and several more. Ganton's claws come from its bunker scheme—strategic in placement, but penal in depth. As the musician and golf writer Lloyd Cole once remarked of these hazards: "A perfectly pleasant afternoon may be spent in steering well clear of them, but to score we must carry them, skirt them and positively flirt with them, and there is the thrill of real sport to be had in doing so." For those seeking a break from the ordinary golf trip, Ganton would make a fine centerpiece.

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