Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 26 August 2011

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golfing1There are thousands of public golf courses the world over, often making it hard to sort the wheat from the chaff - and there’s nothing worse than plucking a bogey from the long list less-than-average courses. Here at Puff, we know how disappointing it can be when a course falls short of the mark, so we’ve put together our pick of America’s best public golf courses, where your score is the only thing that will come in under par...

Course 1: Pacific Dunes

On the dune-covered coastlines of Oregon, this course gives you the chance to indulge in one of the purest golfing experiences in the world. The only thing between man and nature at this resort is a tee and a gleaming golf club, as the course winds through rippling fairways and natural bunkers that have existed for centuries. Pacific Dunes feels more like it was discovered than built, as you emerge from shore pines to spectacular 60-foot sand dunes, in a course that’s short enough to give you hope, but tough enough to challenge every facet of your game.

Despite its rawness, the course was lovingly constructed under the direction of architect Tom Doakes, noted for his minimalist golf courses and renowned for his knowledge of links golf. One of just 160 links courses world-wide, Doakes described building the course as every architect’s dream: “The game of golf was born on rugged, wind-swept land like this. Where every hole, every hazard, and every shot is defined by nature’s infinite presence.”

Since it’s opening in 2001 it has consistently been ranked as one of the best courses in the US. The second of four courses that make up the Bandon Dunes resort, it runs over 23 miles of sweeping, undisturbed shoreline. The resort offers secluded accommodation with dramatic golf course views, as well as full restaurant services, lounges, golf shops, hot tubs, saunas and an exercise room. You can also spend time honing your swing in a 32-acre practice centre, which features a one-acre practice putting green and bunker. Just five minutes from the sea-side town of Bandon, it’s a great place for a long, relaxing, golf-filled getaway.


Course 2: Pebble Beach

Combining dramatic coastlines and mystical forests, Pebble Beach resort is one of the US’s most legendary public golf courses. The resort’s blend of sport and luxury has attracted a long list of notable guests from Samuel FB Morse, Salvador Dali and Teddy Roosevelt to Charles Lindbergh, Sir Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor. Another of the world’s rare links courses, it’s rich history has seen a host of tournaments including the 2010 US Open, and has witnessed some of the greatest moments in golf history. You won’t be able to stop the many stories of Pebble Beach running through your mind as the resort gives you the chance to tee-up on the same ground as some of golf’s biggest legends. 

Designed in 1919 by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the course hugs the rugged coastline, providing wide-open vistas, cliffside fairways and sloping greens. It’s breathtaking oceanside location is surrounded by the lush Del Monte Forest, providing a backdrop so stunning that even non-golfers will revel in its beauty. Despite its reputation as one of the world’s most challenging courses, Pebble Beach provides a great game for players of all skill-levels. As the Pebble Beach motto says: “Every golfer deserves to play Pebble at least once in his or her life.” And with the resort due to host the US Open once again in 2019, you’ve still got time to make your mark on the ground before the next wave of world-class players roll in.


0 # RE: Puff Picks: Public Golf CoursesRobert Levine 2011-08-31 10:59
Don't forget Bethpage, NY. Bethpage State Park, home of 2 recent U.S. Opens, it has 5 challenging courses and of course the famous Bethpage Black. all open to the public

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