CREDIT: Josh Smith/California Golf Club of San Francisco
California Golf Club of San Francisco (No. 97 U.S.): Forget the unwieldy name those in the know simply call it the "Cal Club" but remember the layout. Originally routed by Willie Locke, then constructed in 1926 by architect A. Vernon Macan, Cal Club received the Alister MacKenzie treatment two years later, then eventually disappeared from "Best Course" lists. Fast forward to 2007, when Kyle Phillips created five new holes, felled trees to open up the city skyline and mountain views and sculpted a set of bunkers that has few equals. It's easy to be overlooked in a city that boasts the Olympic Club, San Francisco Golf Club and Harding Park, but the Cal Club is a must-see.