15 Cool U.S. Golf Courses to Play

One of the coolest parts of playing golf is that no two golf courses are the same. Fundamentally, the game is identical: you swing the same clubs, and you hit the same ball. But each game varies based on the course you're playing.

1. Pacific Dunes

Pacific Dunes is a beautiful course by the ocean. It doesn't feel like it was built but discovered. A lot of the formations and sandy bunker lines remain the same as they have for centuries.

2. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Over the years, Pebble Beach has been home to some of golf's greatest events. This includes the US Open, the PGA Championship, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the PURE Insurance Championship.

3. Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst No. 2's long 18 holes boast the title of having the most golf championships hosted in the history of US golf. With rolling fairways, legendary inverted-saucer greens, and tall Longleaf pines, this course is a must-see for golfers visiting North Carolina.

4. Oakmont Country Club

Regarded as the “oldest top-ranked golf course in the United States,” Oakmont remains perhaps one of the most difficult golf courses in the US. 

5. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Considered to be one of the earliest golf courses in America, Shinnecock Hills' architecture hasn't really been altered in over 50 years.

6. Cypress Point Club

Regarded as one of the most prestigious golf courses in the entire world, it's almost impossible to visit Cypress Point without a member inviting you.

7. Augusta National Golf Club

Home to the Masters, Augusta National is a golf course that almost all golfers worldwide know.

8. Whistling Straits

Sculpted into two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Whistling Straits was built to resemble Ireland's golf courses.

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