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Anaconda, Mont.

For walkers who play Monday–Thursday, the $49 green fee at this phenomenal Jack Nicklaus-designed course is a steal. Occupying the abandoned site of a 19th-century copper smelting operation midway between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, the blighted landscape’s arsenic-laced rubble was capped with crushed limestone and topsoil before Jack shaped holes alongside stone ovens, flues, and other historic mining remnants. In additional to teal-colored rocks in the rough, the layout's most surreal touch is the ebony-black slag that fills the bunkers. Despite the mile-high elevation, this $15-million facility plays like a ton of bricks from the tips at 7,705 yards.

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