Best golf courses to walk

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2. The Old Course at St. Andrews -- St. Andrews, Scotland If you treasure walking in famous footsteps, this is golf's ground zero. You can be excused if you're shaking in your shoes at the first tee; eventually the nerves steady a bit and you're out and about on a flattish, easy-to-walk parcel dotted with little ripples -- and with divots from centuries of Hall of Famers.
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3. Pebble Beach Golf Links -- Pebble Beach, Calif. The first tee is waaaaay old school -- right in front of the pro shop, where everybody can see your nervous first swing -- but after that, you'll settle into a groove, walking the greatest stretch of cliff-top golf in the game from holes 6 through 10, then returning to the Pacific at round's end. A cartpath-only policy and a classic routing further encourage walkers and the superb caddies top it off.
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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.
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5. New South Wales Golf Club -- La Perouse, NSW, Australia This 1928 Alister MacKenzie design occupies sacred ground for Australians, for it was at this spot -- Botany Bay, where the 5th and 6th holes converge -- in 1770 that Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy "discovered" Australia. Ascending the fairway crest at the par-5 5th yields glorious rock-and-sea vistas as well as a sneak preview of the Cypress Point-like par-3 6th. Crimson bottlebrush trees and acres of natural bushland further enhance your ambulatory experience.
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6. Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort -- Bandon, Ore. One of the wildest walks in golf when the wind gusts to 3- and 4-club velocities, it is nevertheless one of the most rewarding in the world. Massive sand dunes, 75-foot-high cliffs overlooking the Pacific and a walking-only policy makes Pac Dunes a fantasy come to life for both traditionalists and artists alike.
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7. Fishers Island Club -- Fishers Island, N.Y. Accessible only by ferry, this exclusive retreat off Connecticut is populated by the oldest of the Old Money crowd, many of whom still enjoy hoofing it. Why wouldn't they, given the classic Seth Raynor design, the delightful tumbling terrain and the spectacular views of Long Island Sound. As Tom Doak put it, "I cannot deny that on a breezy summer's day, Fishers Island is one of the most idyllic places possible for a round of golf."
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8. Pinehurst Resort (No. 2) -- Pinehurst, N.C. No resort course in America oozes history and lore in greater abundance than Pinehurst No. 2. Donald Ross' finest creation looks harmless at first glance with wide, gently rolling fairways ribboning through towering -- but not suffocating -- longleaf pines. However, sandy scrub, wispy love grass and fiendishly crowned greens await wayward shots. Walking with your caddie on gimmick-free terrain that's perfectly suited for golf is a singular thrill.
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9. Pine Valley Golf Club -- Pine Valley, N.J. Uniquely beautiful and brutal, the No. 1-ranked course in the world serves up multiple forced carries on holes that hopscotch from one island of turf to the next. It's a glorious march through trees, sand and scrub, pure pleasure among many of golf's greatest holes and alongside some of the game's most adept caddies -- unless you're hitting it crooked. In that case, you may as well walk in.
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10. Royal Dornoch Golf Club -- Dornoch, Scotland Traipsing along the firm, sand-based fairways, amid the yellow-blooming gorse bushes and panoramas of the Dornoch Firth, you're constantly reminded how joyous a great golf walk can be. After Tom Watson played here prior to his 1980 British Open win at Muirfield, he remarked that the experience was "the most fun I've ever had on a golf course." Elementary, my dear Watson.