Red Ledges Golf Course in Heber City, Utah.
Douglas Burke/Courtesy of Troon Golf
By Joe Passov
Saturday, December 05, 2009

1. Red Ledges Golf Club
Heber City, Utah
7,653 yards, par 72
redledges.com

\nThe 200th U.S. course from Jack Nicklaus is another winner. Meandering through Utah's signature red rock landforms 45 minutes southeast of Salt Lake City, Red Ledges combines typical Nicklaus hallmarks (visual intimidation, supreme challenge) with atypical touches (jagged-edge bunkers, a blind shot here and there, carom-inducing contours and greens laced with false fronts).

Toss in stunning views of Mt. Timpanogos and the Heber Valley — most memorably from the 203-yard par-3 9th — and you've got a ledge that's worth the climb.

\n2. Wilderness Club
Eureka, Mont.
7,207 yards, par 72
thewildernessclub.com
Designers: Nick Faldo/Schmidt-Curley

\n3. Ballyhack Golf Club
Roanoke, Va.
7,294 yards, par 72
ballyhackgolfclub.com
Designer: Lester George

\n4. Victory Ranch
Park City, Utah
7,599 yards, par 72
victoryranchclub.com
Designer: Rees Jones

\n5. Shooting Star of Jackson Hole
Teton Village, Wyo.
7,550 yards, par 72
shootingstarjh.com
Designer: Tom Fazio

\nHonorable Mentions
Clear Creek Tahoe
Carson City, Nev.
6,868 yards, par 70
clearcreektahoe.com
Designers: Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw

\nWesthaven Golf Club
Franklin, Tenn.
6,968 yards, par 72
golfwesthaven.com
Designer: Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates

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