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Top 5 Greatest Public Golf Courses

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When it comes to a lovely day out on the course, there are a lot of factors that can come into play. The sun shining, a calm breeze blowing through your hair, a cold drink in the cart and a course that is challenging with awesome scenery seem like a pretty great start. With Golf Digest as our reference, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 public golf courses in the United States. So grab your stylish women’s golf bag and head out!

5. Pinehurst Resort No. 2 - Pinehurst, North Carolina

This course is the most environmentally friendly on the list. In an effort to eliminate Bermudagrass, Pinehurst replaced the rough with native wiregrass and pine needles. In addition, they realigned the irrigation to skip the brush. Therefore, it’s a beautiful course with challenging, sandy sides.

4. Whistling Straits - Sheboygan, Wisconsin

This course is sprinkled with 967 bunkers to keep it true to its history - an army air base. The vast view of Lake Michigan runs along the course. While golf is already a relaxing experience, the tranquility of an open course, view of Lake Michigan, and streams running through will leave you wondering if you were golfing or visiting the spa.

3. The Ocean Course - Kiawah Island, South Carolina

This charming southern course encompasses exquisite views, twisting turns, blustering winds and the occasional island wildlife. As an island course, you’ll have to bring your wind direction tool to help you adjust your game. (Good thing Birdie Babe golf bags have so many pockets!)

2. Pacific Dunes - Brandon, Oregon

This resort is home to five links courses along the Pacific Ocean coast. The waves won’t be licking at your heels as you’ll be high atop a bluff. Don’t forget your brain the day you golf here because the difficult, natural obstacles will be a bit harder with the coastal winds. The vegetation makes you feel like you’re golfing through the natural world, not a man-made course.

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, California

This course is breathtaking. Grass so green and smooth you might want to take a nap, but the sound of the waves crashing on the shore won’t let you fall asleep. As you take on the challenges of the number one course, you’ll be rewarded with the greatest 18th hole. Directly parallel to the Pacific coast, waves crash into rocks mere feet from the edge of the fairway.