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Tee up at 10 of the best public-access golf courses in the US

Designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio, Creek Golf Course looks onto the Nevada mountains.  Getty

Shadow Creek, Nevada, #27
Shadow Creek sits just outside of Las Vegas, and started out as a private course when it was opened in the early 1990s. Designed by Tom Fazio, it’s one of a kind – the startlingly green fairways contrasting against azure blue skies and the jagged brown peaks of the Nevada desert mountains. Travelling to Vegas is a necessary downside, but you can always skip the casinos and have two rounds at Shadow Creek.

Pinehurst, North Carolina, # 29
Built in 1902 by the peripatetic Donald Ross and later tweaked by both Australian Walter Travis and – a hundred years later – by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, Pinehurst is a must for any serious golfer. Playing firm and fast, often to upturned saucer greens, the course will test your mettle. When you’re done,…

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