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NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2018 29 Pinehurst No. 2 Cabot Links T HERE ARE PLACES IN THIS WORLD where the length of the journey is quickly overshadowed by the reward of the destination. Typically, in these pages, our philosophy is to profile great locales for golf that won't take you longer to get to than the time it should take to play a round of golf (under 4 hours, thank you). But that also leaves out some of golf's great cathedrals, and to only view golf through the lens of the embarrassment of riches in our own backyard would be shortsighted. Isn't it time for a great escape? But where to start? So little time and so many places to consider, right? Our vacation time is one of our most precious commodities. Who can afford to squander it? This task of selecting a handful of golf destinations — some a little out of our comfort zone, a few off-the-beaten path — demanded the aid of knowledgeable tour guides. For this assignment, we called on four veteran golf writers to share their 'Must-Play' courses in their neck of the woods, along with our intrepid reporter, Alan Shipnuck, who has ordered the Grandma's Meatloaf enough times at McKee's Pub at Bandon Dunes Resort to be termed a regular. From Oregon to Wisconsin to Florida to North Carolina and Nova Scotia, Canada, our trusted team of writers were given a simple directive with the only caveat being to choose courses that are open to the public: tell us where you would play if you were a visitor in your area of expertise and why. Their choices sound so intoxicating. Even the most well-traveled golf nut will come away with some new nuggets from a blend of established favorites balanced by exciting newcomers. In fact, some of America's best courses have opened in the last few years — Sand Valley and Mammoth Dunes in Wisconsin, Streamsong Black in Florida, Cabot Cliffs in Canada, among them. So sit back and let our panel of writers do your home- work for you. Then pack a wide-brimmed hat, SPF 30+ sunblock, and a dozen balls and prepare to take your game on the road. It's time to put your skills to the test… —Adam Schupak EVAN SCHILLER KEVIN MURRAY LC LAMBRECHT

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