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Military Golf

By: Tom Cunneff

The top 10 courses in the armed forces

To most of us the term “military golf” means a succession of left and right shots, but to the many men and women who serve our country, as well as dependents and retirees, it means much-needed R&R from the pressures of defending our country.

Ever since 9/11, the United States has been at war and these 10 courses that stretch from Hawaii to Maryland offer a welcome respite from the rigors of combat. Of course, that’s also true for the more than 150 courses at bases around the world that aren’t on this list. Although a few dozen courses have been lost since the DoD started closing bases in 1989, the government deeded some, like Ford Ord’s Bayonet and Black Horse courses in Seaside, Calif., and the Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, to the local communities.

While a couple of the layouts on the list are just open to present and former servicemen and women and their families, most have adopted more liberal play policies in recent years, allowing government employees to play, as well as the general public. We’ve noted their tee-time regulations with each entry in the following slideshow. Permission is hereby granted to spray it all day.

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