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Carnoustie Golf Links

YARDAGE 7,421
PAR 71
EVENT 2007 British Open
LOCATION Carnoustie, Scotland
LONG VIEW Considered the most difficult course on the British Open rota, Carnoustie was actually tougher in 1999, when it measured 7,361 yards. That year, narrow...

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Bethpage Black

YARDAGE 7,426
PAR 70
EVENT 2009 U.S. Open
LOCATION Farmingdale, N.Y.
LONG VIEW For the first time in U.S. Open history, Bethpage had a par 4 (525-yard 7th) that was longer than a par 5 (517-yard 4th)....

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Medinah Country Club

YARDAGE 7,561
PAR 72
EVENT 2006 PGA Championship
LOCATION Medinah, Ill.
LONG VIEW One of the toughest, longest courses in the country, No. 3 surprisingly was originally intended to be the club’s primary layout for women members....

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Baltusrol Golf Club

YARDAGE 7,392
PAR 70
EVENT 2005 PGA Championship
LOCATION Springfield, N.J.
LONG VIEW Baltusrol Lower’s most famous hole is its longest, the 17th, which measured 650 yards for the 2005 PGA. Due to the cross bunkers that...

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Columbine Country Club

YARDAGE 7,436
PAR 72
EVENT 1967 PGA Championship
LOCATION Littleton, Colo.
LONG VIEW For nearly four decades, the mile-high layout outside Denver was the longest major championship course. At the time, it was 3.4 percent longer than...

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Whistling Straits

YARDAGE 7,514
PAR 72
EVENT 2004 PGA Championship
LOCATION Kohler, Wis.
LONG VIEW On Sunday, the PGA set up the course even longer than 7,514 yards. So it came as little surprise that Vijay Singh’s 76 was...

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Augusta National Golf Club

YARDAGE 7,445
PAR 72
EVENT 2006–08 Masters
LOCATION Augusta, Ga.
LONG VIEW After a five-year period, from 2002 to 2006, in which the yardage increased by nearly 500 yards, Augusta National actually reduced the length of the...

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10 Best Golf Books intro

George Plimpton once observed that the smaller the ball, the better the prose. His theory does seem to make sense: What was the last great story you read about bowling?

So if you're looking for a...

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The Golf Omnibus

AUTHOR P.G. Wodehouse
YEAR 1980
THE PROSE The English humorist gave us characters like Jeeves and the Oldest Member, and this collection of his...

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