Greatest Finishing Holes in Golf

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Old Course at St. Andrews -- Par 4, 357 yards As you head down the home stretch at the home of golf, have your buddies snap your photo on the Swilcan Bridge, with the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse as a stage prop in the backdrop. Other closing holes play a whole lot longer, but none will linger longer in your mind.
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TPC Sawgrass -- Par 4, 447 yards You've just made it past the game's most famous island, and already you're playing "Survivor" again. Tug your tee shot even slightly, and you're in the water. Play it just a tad too safe, and you're stuck in tangled grass amid a mogul field of mounding, pine trees blocking your approach to the green.
3 of 10 Courtesy of Doral Resort
Doral -- Par 4, 467 yards Under new owner Donald Trump, Gil Hanse has been hired to carry out a much-needed renovation of the Blue Monster. But it's hard to imagine how Hanse will make improvements on this water-pinched closer, where so many hopes have gone astray.
4 of 10 Larry Lambrecht
Harbour Town -- Par 4, 452 yards See a candy-cane striped structure on the horizon, and you know you've reached the 18th at this Pete Dye classic, which Tour pros often rank among their favorite layouts. Not only is the lighthouse the target for your drive, it's also an iconic landmark that helps lend Harbour Town its vivid sense of place.
5 of 10 Evan Schiller
Bay Hill -- Par 4, 441 yards If you can hit it long and straight, and high and soft, and do it in that order, on command, then you might just par 18 at Arnie's home course, with its ribbon of a fairway and its thin-banana green. What's more likely, though, is that you'll drive it in the rough, then catch a flyer long, or dunk your approach into the fronting drink.
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Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course) -- Par 5, 663 yards Yes, you read the yardage right. But don't despair. The prevailing trade winds whip behind you, and the steeply sloped fairway bounds in your favor, making this hole reachable in two for the Tour pros and a sweet three-shotter for the rest of us. Par, even birdie, is realistic. As for the ocean views, they're pretty much unreal.
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Whistling Straits (Straits Course) -- Par 4, 489 yards Dustin Johnson may not love it. Or Justin Leonard, for that matter. Each had his major hopes devoured by this wind-blown beast, which begins along the bluffs above Lake Michigan; features a long carry from tee to fairway; and requires a stout approach to a fescue-and-bunker-guarded monster of a green. The sandy areas on the far right? No grounding your club, please.
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Shadow Creek -- Par 5, 527 yards Here's a safe bet: on any given day at the high-rollers' redoubt, a Pharaoh's fortune changes hands on this risk-reward 18th, which Tom Fazio designed with big-stakes matches in mind. From an elevated tee, the fairway bends around a trio of lakes that come into play -- whether you're laying up, or gambling on getting there in two.
9 of 10 Joann Dost
Half Moon Bay (Old Course) -- Par 4, 413 yards After teasing you all day with glimpses of the ocean, the course delivers with this dramatic treat. From a tee overlooking a crescent-shaped expanse of coastline, you play just short of a craggy inlet then up toward a multi-tiered green cut so close to the bluffs, it feels as if it's ready to tumble to the sea.
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Pebble Beach -- Par 5, 543 yards One of the world's most photogenic holes, Pebble's famous finisher stretches along the ocean like a swimsuit model, the fierceness of its challenge softened by its sexy measurements and curves. Seems like the stuff of fantasy, and yet, for a price, you're free to approach it, which is more than you can say for most centerfolds.