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golfleadDid watching this year’s Masters Golf Tournament give you the itch to take up the sport again, or at least start taking lessons? Whether you’re a beginner or a budding pro, there are plenty of golf courses all over the U.S. offering a variety of challenges. Here are some of the very best, and all of them are worth checking out.








 

Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA

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Why not start at the top? The home of the Masters Tournament since 1934 is consistently rated the best golf course in the country. The 18-hole course at the Augusta National Golf Club offers 7,270 yards of golf with a par of 72. Pros have complained this course is too manicured and too gimmicky, but it’s still a favorite with the best golfers in the world. This very private golf club has drawn fire over its extremely exclusive membership policies, barring black members until 1990 and continuing to refuse membership to women. This is a very luxurious place to play a few games—if you can get in.


Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, S.C.

Located on the scenic Sea Pines Resort, this 71-par course spreads over 6,973 acres. Every spring, the Harbour Town Golf Links hosts The Heritage golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Since opening in 1967, Harbour Town has several times been named the top course in the state of South Carolina by Golf Magazine. The holes are shorter than average, but demand absolute precision.


Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA

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Even if you’re not the greatest golfer, this course is worth visiting for the beauty of its location, just below the Santa Monica Mountains and a block south of Sunset Blvd. Open since 1926, the Riviera is the home of the Los Angeles Open and has also hosted the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. This par-71 course has a length of 6,950 from the back tees. Do be aware that guests must play the course with a member and green fees for guests are $350 for a round. For that, they do throw in a golf cart, and the possibility of watching a celebrity or two hit the tees.


Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA

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Open since 1919, Pebble Beach has hosted the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and four U.S. Open Championships. There are a lot of things to love about Pebble Beach, including the breathtaking views of Carmel Bay and the Monterey Peninsula. It’s also the first public golf course to be named the best course in the U.S. by Golf Digest. Unfortunately, the fact that Pebble Beach is open to the public doesn’t mean it’s free. Greens fees are sky high, like $495 per round, plus a cart fee. The par-72 course has sloping greens that provide a challenge for pros and duffers alike.






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