3. Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon, OR; 888-345-6008, bandondunesgolf.com
It's tough to beat a stunning, cliff-top setting, rock-solid accommodations and four of the finest public courses on Earth -- unless you add a spectacular 13-hole, par-3 course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw -- which is what Bandon Dunes did in 2012. Called Bandon Preserve, it joins our top-ranked public course, Tom Doak's Pacific Dunes, David McLay Kidd's Bandon Dunes and two other superstars by the sea, Bandon Trails and Old Macdonald in forming an unbeatable golf draw. The remote location, wacky weather and walking-only policy are plusses for some, drawbacks for others, but for purists, Bandon Dunes is the ultimate buddies trip in the U.S.