Best Summer Golf Destinations: The West

1 of 10 Courtesy of Twin Warriors Golf Club
1. Hyatt Tamaya Resort and Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM; 505-867-1234, A half-hour north of the Albuquerque airport is the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, New Mexico's finest all-purpose golf resort. With plenty of family activities, plus Twin Warriors next door and the very good 27-hole Santa Ana Golf Club five minutes down the road, the Hyatt Tamaya offers something for everybody -- especially for those who like long, scenic golf courses. Twin Warriors, a 10-year old Gary Panks design, tips the scales at 7,736 yards. Even at the mile-high altitude, this is a workout, as evidenced by the 244-yard, par-3 15th that plays across the sacred "Snakehead" rock butte. Your after-workout cooldown in the resort's attractive pool will make all those lengthy approaches worth the effort.
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2. Pebble Beach Resorts, Pebble Beach, CA; 800-654-9300, Say what you will about the Pebble Beach price tag -- somewhere north of five Franklins these days -- but as once-in-a-lifetime experiences go, the cost is irrelevant. It's all worth it for one magical round at this seaside gem that's played host to five U.S. Opens and millions of memories. No more thrilling, spectacular stretch of holes exists anywhere than holes 7 through 10. They might be worth $100 bucks apiece. Pebble's siblings suffer by comparison, but there's no better opening five holes in public golf than at Spyglass Hill and at Spanish Bay, the low-profile holes along the Pacific meld seamlessly with the forested tests. The capper is a single malt scotch at sunset, accompanied by a bagpiper. Good for what ails ya.
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3. Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon, OR; 888-345-6008, 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.
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6 of 10 Courtesy of Chambers Bay Golf Course
6. Chambers Bay, University Place, WA; 253-460-4653, Giant sand dunes, rumpled fairways, coastal breezes, stunning sea views. Where are we? The surprise answer is Washington State, specifically, Chambers Bay, 45 minutes south of Seattle. Planted atop an old gravel mine, this 7,500-yard, walking-only municipal layout slotted to host the 2015 U.S. Open boasts many distinctive features. Among them are the shared fairway between 1 and 18, the par-4 5th called "Free Fall," that plummets 80 feet and the par-5 18th that plays alongside 40-foot-tall concrete structures that in a former life were sorting bins for the gravel operation. Massive, tattered-edge bunkers and a closing stretch that peers over the Puget Sound make Chambers Bay a legitimate rival to its Oregon rivals.
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