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11 - Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont, Pennsylvania

This big, tough parkland course has hosted more Major championships than any other American course, including eight US Opens and three US PGAs.

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12 - Sand Hills

Mullen, Nebraska

This is the course which took the design pairing of Coore and Crenshaw right to the top, and convinced them to stop revamping courses and concentrate on original designs.

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13 - Merion

Ardmore, Pennsylvania

The venue for the 2013 US Open differs from other big American courses because its green complexes are aesthetically appealing and the mounding gives this inland layout a linksy feel.

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14 - Muirfield

Edinburgh, Lothian

The fairness of the design is what sticks in the memory, and the bunkering is clever and thought-provoking.

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15 - Kingston Heath

Melbourne, Australia

In the heart of the famous sandbelt, this classic layout is renowned for the amazingly natural looking, deep bunkers (which MacKenzie was responsible for).

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16 - Carnoustie

Carnoustie, Angus

Martin Hawtree’s improvements have underlined what an outstanding layout this course is and it’s no wonder it has held seven Opens.

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17 - Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Oregon

The best of the quartet of great courses right on the Oregon coastline; this one opened less than 10 years ago, and yet is well worth its place.

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18 - Royal Portrush

County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The only Irish course to have held an Open, this was Colt’s favourite design, and he had Pine Valley and Sunningdale on his portfolio.

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19 - Winged Foot

Mamaroneck, New York

Tillinghast’s famous pear-shaped bunkers (narrow at the front, wide at the back) which often have drop-off areas and big undulations provide much of the challenge.

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20 - Woodhall Spa

Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Quite simply, heathland golf at its very best. Set in a deep forest, in flat, rural Lincolnshire, it is a heady mixture of heather, pines, silver birches, gorse and broom.

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