If there really are 1,000 places to see before you die, then there's got to be at least 18 must-play holes you need to tee it up on during your lifetime. Travelin' Joe Passov has identified those and tells you what elements make each one so notable.1. St. Andrews (Old Course) -- No. 17: Par 4, 455 yards -- St. Andrews, Scotland
If this isn't the most famous hole in golf, it is unquestionably the most unique. The properly positioned (blind) drive must actually carry a portion of the Old Course Hotel. The further right you go, the better your angle into the green -- except that OB lurks hard right. The Road Hole earns its name from a pebbled road that awaits a long approach, literally at the green's edge (and a stone wall behind the road). On the other side of the green is the deep, stacked-sod pit known as the Road Hole bunker. The quirkiest, toughest hole on golf's oldest course is unforgettable.