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30 of the most beautiful golf courses in the world

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© Ezra Shaw/Getty Images From the waves crashing near Pebble Beach Golf Course in California to the beautiful azaleas of Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, take a look at some of the gorgeous golf courses around the world.

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1. Shinnecock Hills

Course location: Southampton, Long Island, New York, United States
Private or public: Private equity
Course designers: William Flynn in 1937, C.B. MacDonald in 1901, Willie Dunn in 1894 and Willie Davis in 1891.
Where to base your stay: Southampton Village Motel; Easterner Motel; Hamlet Inn and Southampton Long Island Hotel
Nearby attractions: Lido Beach, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Adventureland and many more.

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2. Augusta National Golf Club

Course location: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Private or public: Private
Course designers: Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie
Where to base your stay: Home2 Suites by Hilton Augusta; Comfort Suites; Affordable Suites of America Augusta; and Hampton Inn Augusta/Gordon Highway.
Nearby attractions: Augusta Canal, Augusta Museum of History, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Imperial Theatre.

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3. Cypress Point Club

Course location: Pebble Beach, California, United States
Private or public: Private
Course designers: Alister MacKenzie, Robert Hunter (author)
Where to base your stay: Casa Palmero, The Inn at Spanish Bay, The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Nearby attractions: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, Monterey Wine Country, The Monterey Bay Aquarium

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4. Pine Valley Golf Club

Course location: Pine Valley, New Jersey, United States
Private or public: Private
Course designers: George Arthur Crump, Harry Colt, Charles Hugh Alison, A. W. Tillinghast, Perry Maxwell
Where to base your stay: Residence Inn by Marriott Mt. Laurel at Bishop's Gate; Hyatt Place Mt Laurel; Hampton Inn Philadelphia Mt. Laurel; and Extended Stay America Philadelphia Mt Laurel - Pacilli Place
Nearby attractions: Calvins' Sportsbar, Three Sisters Falls

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5. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Course location: Coos County, near Bandon, Oregon, U.S.
Private or public: Public
Course designers: David McLay Kidd (Bandon Dunes), Tom Doak (Pacific Dunes), Bill Coore (Bandon Trails) and Tom Doak, Jim Urbina (Old Mcdonald).
Where to base your stay: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Best Western Holiday Hotel; Red Lion Hotel Coos Bay; Motel 6 Coos Bay and Edgewater Inn
Nearby attractions: Cape Arago State Park, Sunset Bay State Park and Coquille River Light.

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6. Wade Hampton Golf Club

Course location: Cashiers, North Carolina, United States
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Tom Fazio
Where to base your stay: Laurelwood Inn; High Hampton Inn & Country Club
Nearby attractions: Water sports including canoeing, white water rafting, kayaking, boating and fishing.

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7. Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Course location: Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland
Private or public: Public
Course designer: Old Tom Morris
Where to base your stay: Links House at Royal Dornoch; Royal Golf Hotel; Dornoch Castle Hotel and Burghfield House.
Nearby attractions: Loch Fleet, Dornoch Cathedral. 

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8. Old Course at St Andrews

Course location: St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
Private or public: Public
Course designers: Daw Anderson and Old Tom Morris
Where to base your stay: Rufflets Country House Hotel; The Dunvegan Hotel and Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Nearby attractions: St Andrews Castle, St. Andrews Links and Fife Coastal Path.

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9. Muirfield

Course location: Gullane, East Lothian, United Kingdom
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Tom Morris, Sr.
Where to base your stay: Dunmuir Hotel; Open Arms Hotel; Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux
Nearby attractions: Tantallon Castle, Bass Rock, Seton Collegiate Church

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10. Oakmont Country Club

Course location: Plum / Oakmont, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Henry Fownes
Where to base your stay: Hampton Inn & Suites, Super 8 Pittsburgh Harmarville, Comfort Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Allegheny Valley
Nearby attractions: Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Highland Park Care Center, National Museum Broadcasting

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11. Sand Hills Golf Club

Course Location: Mullen, Nebraska, United States
Private or Public: Private
Course designers: Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore
Where to base your stay: Glidden Sandhills Motel, Roadside Inn (25.6 miles from Mullen)
Nearby Attractions: Hooker County Historical Museum

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12. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Course location: Pebble Beach, California, United States
Private or public: Public
Course designers: Jack Neville and Douglas Grant
Where to base your stay: Casa Palmero, The Inn at Spanish Bay, The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Nearby attractions: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, Monterey Wine Country, The Monterey Bay Aquarium

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13. National Golf Links of America

Course location: Southampton, New York, United States
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Charles B. Macdonald
Where to base your stay: Southampton Village Motel, Hamlet Inn, Southampton Long Island Hotel
Nearby attractions: Southampton City Art Gallery, Mayflower Theater, New Forest Wildlife Park

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14. Merion Golf Club

Course location: Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Hugh Irvine Wilson
Where to base your stay: Wayne Hotel, Radnor Hotel, Courtyard Philadelphia Springfield, Homewood Suites Philadelphia
Nearby attractions: Philadelphia Museum of Arts, 1696 Thomas Massey House, The African American Museum in Philadelphia

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15. Royal Portrush Golf Club

Course location: Portrush, Northers Ireland, U.K.
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Harry Colt
Where to base your stay: Royal Court Hotel, Magherabuoy House Hotel, Inn on the Coast
Nearby attractions: Dunluce Castle, Troggs Surf School, Barry's Amusements

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16. The Ailsa Course, Trump Turnberry

Course location: South Ayrshire, Scotland, U.K.
Private or public: Public
Course designers: Willie Fernie, redesigned by Mackenzie Ross 1949-51
Where to base your stay: South Beach Hotel, The Anchorage Hotel, Piersland House Hotel, The Marine Hotel
Nearby attractions: Culzean Castle and Country Park, Ayr Racecourse, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

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17. Kingston Heath Golf Club

Course location: Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Dan Soutar
Where to base your stay: Quest Cheltenham, Parkdale Motor Inn, Brighton Savoy
Nearby attractions: Karkarook Park, Australian National Aviation Museum

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18. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Course location: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Private or public: Public
Course designer: Tom Doak
Where to base your stay: Econo Lodge Napier, Albatross Motel, Harbour View Lodge
Nearby attractions: Te Mata Peak, National Aquarium of New Zealand, Lake Tutira

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19. Winged Foot Golf Club

Course location: Mamaroneck, New York, United States
Private or public: Private
Course designer: A.W. Tillinghast
Where to base your stay: Mamaroneck Motel, Radisson Hotel New Rochelle, Residence Inn New Rochelle
Nearby attractions: Emelin Theatre, Thomas Paine National Museum, Castle Gould

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20. PGA Centenary Course

Course location: Gleneagles, Scotland, U.K.
Private or public: Public
Course designer: Jack Nicklaus
Where to base your stay: Gleneagles Hotel, James Cottage Guest House, The Cairn Lodge & Hotel, Airth Castle Hotel
Nearby attractions: Gleneagles Estate, Ochil Hills

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21. Ballybunion Golf Club

Course location: Ballybunion, Ireland, U.K.
Private or public: Public
Course designer: Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Where to base your stay: The Ballybunion Golf Resort, The Tides Guesthouse, Teach de Broc Hotel
Nearby attractions: Ladies Beach, Bromore Cliffs, Beal Castle

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22. Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course location: Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
Private or public: Private
Course designers: Dr Alister MacKenzie and Alex Russell
Where to base your stay: Sandringham Hotel, Quest Cheltenham, Hemisphere Hotel
Nearby attractions: Black Rock Gardens and Playgrounds, F.G. Tricks Reserve

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23. Lincoln Park Golf Course

Course location: San Francisco, California, United States
Private or public: Public
Course designers: Jack Neville, Herbert Fowler and Jack Fleming
Where to base your stay: The Ritz-Carlton, The Fairmont, Orchard Garden Hotel
Nearby attractions: Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Aquarium of the Bay

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24. Bethpage State Park

Course location: Old Bethpage, New York, United States
Private or public: Public
Course designers: Devereux Emmet, A. W. Tillinghast, Alfred Tull
Where to base your stay: Bethpage Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Melville
Nearby attractions: Museum of American Armor, Old Bethpage Village Restoration

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25. Prairie Dunes Country Club

Course location: Hutchinson, Kansas, United States
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Perry Maxwell
Where to base your stay: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn
Nearby attractions: Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, Hutchinson Zoo, Reno County Museum

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26. Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Course location: Southport, England
Private or public: Private
Course designers: Frederick G. Hawtree, J.H. Taylor
Where to base your stay: Vincent, Scarisbrick Hotel, Ramada Plaza
Nearby attractions: Ainsdale Beach, Botanical Gardens, British Lawnmower Museum

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27. Sunningdale Golf Club

Course location: Sunningdale, England, U.K.
Private or public: Private
Course designer: Willie Park, Jr.
Where to base your stay: Royal Berkshire Hotel, Highclere Hotel, Wheatsheaf Hotel
Nearby attractions: Sunningdale Lounge

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28. Cabot Links Golf Course

Course location: Inverness, Canada
Private or public: Public
Course designers: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Where to base your stay: Cabott Links Resort, MacLeod Inn, Tulloch Inn
Nearby Attractions: Inverness Beach, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Eagle Eye Outfitters

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29. The Don Veller Seminole Golf Course & Club

Course location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Private or public: Public
Course designer: Bill Amick
Where to base your stay: Staybridge Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn Tallahassee Central
Nearby attractions: Museum of Florida History, Lake Ella, John Gilmore Riley House

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30. The Links at Fancourt

Course location: George, South Africa
Private or public: Public
Course designer: Gary Player
Where to base your stay: The Manor House at Fancourt, Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa, Protea Hotel King George
Nearby attractions: Outeniqua Transport Museum, Redberry Farm, Outeniqua Farmers' Market

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