4. Royal County Down -- Newcastle, Northern Ireland
There's movement afoot to bring another Open Championship to Northern Ireland. I wish they'd bring one here, the most beguiling combination of beauty and brawn in golf. Your stride quickens as you race up the hills in hopes of locating your blindly-hit shots -- the better also to see the fearsome bewhiskered bunkers, massive gorse bushes and the Mountains of Mourne rising up beyond the shores of Dundrum Bay.