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Royal County Down

LOCATION Newcastle, Northern Ireland
ARCHITECTS Old Tom Morris, Harry S. Colt
PAR 4
YARDAGE 486
Although the fairway is fairly wide, there is plenty of uncertainty on the...

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Riviera Country Club

LOCATION Pacific Palisades, Calif.
ARCHITECTS George C. Thomas and William P. Bell
PAR 4
YARDAGE 315
Long-time Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray wrote of the hole: “This...

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Pine Valley Golf Club

LOCATION Pine Valley, N.J.
ARCHITECTS George Crump and Harry S. Colt
PAR 4
YARDAGE 486
The heroic second shot from the fairway down to the peninsula-perched green makes...

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Pebble Beach Golf Links

LOCATION Pebble Beach, Calif.
ARCHITECTS Douglas Grant and Jack Neville,
Herbert Fowler
PAR 5
YARDAGE 543
Now a reachable par 5, the hole can produce anything...

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National Golf Links of America

LOCATION Southampton, N.Y.
ARCHITECTS C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor
PAR 4
YARDAGE 430
First, an angled bunker shapes strategy off the tee on the Alps hole, as challenging...

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Muirfield Village Golf Club

LOCATION Dublin, Ohio
ARCHITECTS Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead
PAR 4
YARDAGE 363
Like a few other holes on this list, equipment advances have made the shortest par...

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

LOCATION Kiawah Island, S.C.
ARCHITECT Pete Dye
PAR 5
YARDAGE 543
After a handshake of an opener, the site of the 2012 PGA Championship hits competitors with an...

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Cypress Point Club

LOCATION Pebble Beach, Calif.
ARCHITECT Alister MacKenzie (with a nod to Marion Hollins)
PAR 3
YARDAGE 233
MacKenzie’s original plan for the hole called...

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Crystal Downs

LOCATION Frankfort, Mich.
ARCHITECTS Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell
PAR 4
YARDAGE 353
With a tree, tiers and a trio of center bunkers known as the Three Sisters...

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Bethpage State Park

LOCATION Farmingdale, N.Y.
ARCHITECT A.W. Tillinghast
PAR 5
YARDAGE 517
A mid-hole cross bunker was one of Tillinghast’s favorite design stratagems. These visually intimidating features put a lot...

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