By Joe Passov
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

No. 14 at Bandon Trails
Bandon, Ore.

\nAt its best, the Bandon Dunes resort combines the shot values of the British Isles and the scenery of Monterey. At its worst...well, that would be the 325-yard 14th hole on the Trails course. Miss the slender green here and you can easily Ping-Pong your way to an 8.

\nNo. 12 at Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, Calif.

\nFor me, no course has more all-star holes than Pebble. However, the 201-yard 12th has always bugged me. It's a flat, nondescript hole with a huge bunker that guards the entire green, which is itself too shallow to accept shots from the mid-handicapper tees of 184 yards.

\nNo. 18 at Samoset Resort
Rockport, Me.

\nThanks to a fistful of holes on Penobscot Bay, Samoset is one of my East Coast favorites. However, its closing hole — a massive, 478-yard par-4 with a forced-carry second over water and an elevated three-tier green — is way too much for most mortals.

\nNo. 17 at Royal County Down
Newcastle, Co. Down, N. Ireland

\nAuthor Jim Finegan describes 17 as "straightaway over uninspiring ground." He's being charitable. Royal County Down is a great course, but this hole is weird. It features a pond in the middle of the fairway, and truthfully, nothing about the hole works very well.

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