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Royal Troon

LOCATION Troon, Scotland
ARCHITECT Willie Fernie
PAR 3
YARDAGE 123
Players must weigh the reward of hitting a shot close to the hole with the risk of hitting...

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Royal Portrush

LOCATION Portrush, Northern Ireland
ARCHITECT Harry S. Colt
PAR 5
YARDAGE 411
An aggressive drive over the dunes on the sharp dogleg right can result in a short...

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Royal Melbourne

LOCATION Black Rock, Australia
ARCHITECTS Alister MacKenzie and Alex Russell
PAR 4
YARDAGE 305
For decades, this hole has tempted good players to make unwise choices, ever the...

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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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