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While watching the British Open each year, you probably daydream about a golf trip to the U.K. If you don't have the budget, don't worry -- there are plenty of U.S. courses that offer a links experience without a passport.
Old Macdonald, Bandon Dunes, Ore.: The newest member of the Bandon Dunes 18-hole course roster opened in 2011 and has drawn raves for wide-open fairways and pure shotmaking fun.
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Bandon Dunes, Bandon Dunes, Ore.: The original course at Bandon Dunes turned 14 years old this year but has lost little of the luster it acquired immediately upon opening. Plus, it was designed by a Scotsman, David McLay Kidd.
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Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, Ore.: Tom Doak’s superb effort, the second layout at Bandon Dunes, debuted in 2001 and is No. 1 on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play.
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Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Kohler, Wisc.: Built by Pete Dye on a flat piece of land next to Lake Michigan, the Straits is laced with over 1,000 bunkers, plenty of fescue grass and unexpected bounces. The PGA Championship returns here in 2015 for the third time.
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Ballyneal, Holyoke, Colo.: New ownership may have recently taken over this private Tom Doak design, but what hasn’t changed is the quality of this full-fledged links layout (minus the sea, of course).
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Ballyowen, Hamburg, N.J.: One of the Garden State’s top public courses, an hour northwest of New York City, has the undulating fairways, deep bunkers and tall grass found that its counterparts 3,000 miles away are known for.
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Wild Horse, Gothenburg, Nebr.: This layout is a long way from the British Isles, or anywhere for that matter, but Dan Proctor and Dave Axland built a course that is worth the journey.
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Chambers Bay, Tacoma, Wash.: The Robert Trent Jones Jr., 2007 effort near Tacoma has already hosted a U.S. Amateur in 2010 and will also host the U.S. Open next year.
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Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Calif.: Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., with help from 5-time British Open champion Tom Watson and former USGA president Sandy Tatum, the 25-year old layout has Pacific Ocean views from most holes and a bagpiper that serenades golfers and resort guests every evening at dusk.
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Kiawah Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.: Host of the 2012 PGA Championship, this ultra-difficult Pete Dye design has the nearby Atlantic Ocean, tons of sand and plenty of wind.
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Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia, Mich.: Plenty of fescue grass injects a links feel into this 1999 Rick Smith and Warren Henderson design overlooking Lake Michigan.
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Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove, Calif.: This popular muni is located in a world-class golf neighborhood (Cypress Point and Pebble Beach are just down the road), with a back nine full of sand dunes and wind coming off Monterey Bay.
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Grand Cypress Golf Resort
Grand Cypress New Course, Orlando, Fla.: Jack Nicklaus took what he knew about links courses -- that’s a lot -- and deftly crafted this enjoyable layout, which opened in 1988.
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Bay Harbour Golf Club (Links/Quarry), Bay Harbor, Mich.: Lake Michigan provides stunning views on the nine holes of the Links course built by Arthur Hills here in 1996.
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Half Moon Bay (Ocean Course), Half Moon Bay, Calif.: Located an hour south of San Francisco, this 15-year old Arthur Hills design has three stellar closing holes overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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Links of North Dakota, Williston, N.D.: If you like your links windy, and who doesn’t, then this Stephen Kay track is the place. You just have to trek to the northwest corner of North Dakota to play it.
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The Tribute Golf Club, The Colony, Tex.: The name says it all: 18 holes that pay homage to the greatest links courses in Scotland. Located just north of Dallas, the club even has the Old Tom Morris Pub as its 19th hole.