Reunion Resort -- Orlando, Fla. -- reunionresort.com
A great place to go for broke, as Palmer often did, the King's Reunion layout features generous fairways, allowing for aggressive choices off the tee. Expansive waste areas add to the sense of adventure, as do significant elevation changes -- up to 50 feet in some spots -- an unusual flourish for the Sunshine State.
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Turtle Bay -- Oahu, Hawaii -- turtlebayresort.com
Set along the North Shore of Oahu, one of the world's best spots for big-wave surfing, this course winds through unspoiled tropical wetlands. But the kowabunga moment comes on the 17th -- a par 4 with a green just paces from the ocean. If your bag were a surfboard you could catch a wave.
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Hiddenbrooke Golf Club -- Vallejo, Calif. -- hiddenbrookegolf.com
A former stop on the LPGA Tour, Hiddenbrooke spills through classic Northern California terrain -- all rolling hills, studded with scrub oaks, creeks and culverts winding here and there. Relatively short, the design defends itself with deceptive elevation changes, none more dramatic than on the 13th -- a par 3 that plays from a nosebleed tee over a canyon to a small, kidney shaped green.
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Half Moon Bay (Old Course) -- Half Moon Bay, Calif. -- halfmoonbaygolf.com
In a state with its share of photogenic seaside golf holes (the 18th at Pebble; the 16th at Cypress), the closer here is a stunning postcard, its fairway clinging to the coastal bluffs, its three-tiered green cut so close to the edge it feels ready to plunge into the sea.
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The Westin La Cantera (Palmer Course) -- San Antonio, Texas -- lacanteragolfclub.com
Like its sister course at La Cantera, a Tom Weiskopf design, this layout sits adjacent to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. That seems only fitting, since its fairways can be something of a roller coaster, bucking up and down through a landscape dotted with limestone outcrops and ornamented with arresting waterfalls.
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Deacon's Lodge -- Breezy Point, Minn. -- deaconslodge.com
Named for Arnie's father, Deacon, this tranquil layout -- one of three courses on a 500-plus acre resort -- winds through forest, lakes and wetlands, its holes sitting naturally in their surroundings. Palmer has called the 17th -- a 200-yard par 3, all carry, over wetlands -- one of his favorites. But the entire design does his dad proud.
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Bay Creek Resort -- Cape Charles, Va. -- baycreekresort.com
His rival, Jack Nicklaus, also has a course here. But Palmer got his hands on the property first, christening his layout in 2003 on a stunning swatch of land beside Chesapeake Bay. The paths are made from sea shells. The water views are striking. Play a twilight round, with gulls wheeling just above you and an orange-red sunset bleeding on the bay. Few courses have such a vivid sense of place.
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Running Y Ranch -- Klamath Falls, Ore. -- runningy.com
The King's only course in Oregon winds through a pleasing mix of meadows and wetlands, its fairway peeking in and out of the pines. There are five tees to choose from, but no matter what you pick, there are views of Klamath Lake and the Cascade Mountains and a setting that impresses with its sense of scale.
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Teton Pines -- Wilson, Wyo. -- tetonpines.com
As the name suggests, it sits in the mountains. But the course itself is relatively flat, spreading serenely through a valley ringed by snow-capped peaks. Wildlife is abundant. You might make an eagle, but there's a better chance you'll see a moose.
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Tralee Golf Club -- County Kerry, Ireland -- traleegolfclub.com
In terms of grandeur, it's hard to top the topography of Arnie's first European layout, which opened in 1984. The course hugs the craggy edge of a windblown promontory, building in drama on the inward nine, which requires more than one chasm-crossing shot. The risk-reward features make it perfect for match play, and its proximity to Ballybunion make for a great pairing of old and new.
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