Billy Casper’s 10 Favorite Golf Courses

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1. Cypress Point Club -- Pebble Beach, Calif. Casper says: "It was one of the early courses that hosted the Bing Crosby Pro-Am. The beauty is outstanding and playing conditions are always good. You can only play with a member and some days you'd play and see more deer than golfers on the course."
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2. Pebble Beach Golf Links -- Pebble Beach, Calif. Casper says: "One of the most beautiful courses in the world overlooking the Pacific Ocean. If you play the right time of season, you can see grey whales going by. What a great, championship golf course in every sense of the word. I won the Bing Crosby Pro-Am there twice."
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4. TPC Harding Park -- San Francisco, Calif. Casper says: "It's a great municipal golf course and the home of Ken Venturi -- his dad was the pro there."
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5. San Diego Country Club -- Chula Vista, Calif. Casper says: "It's where I learned how to play golf, and one of the reasons I had success on the PGA TOUR. It's the type of course you learn how to hit every shot because of the rolling fairways. It looks flat, but it's not."
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6. Winged Foot Golf Club -- Mamaroneck, N.Y. Casper says: "When I won the 1959 U.S. Open, we were staying with friends in Elizabeth, N.J. I played a practice round, came home and said to them, "If I ever with the U.S. Open, it'll be this Open." The course fit my game and fit my eye perfectly."
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7. Doral Golf Resort & Spa -- Doral, Fla. Casper says: "The Blue Monster is a great golf course where the wind conditions are variable and can change the course completely. It has length, is demanding off the tee and into the greens, and has lots of water. Anyone who wins there is a fine player."
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8. Augusta National Golf Club -- Augusta, Ga. Casper says: "In my estimation, they host the greatest sporting event each April. It requires a lot of local knowledge -- you have to play it many times to understand it and be successful. When I won in 1970, it was the last time they had an 18-hole playoff to determine the champion."
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9. Colonial Country Club -- Fort Worth, Texas Casper says: "The home of Ben Hogan. I can remember walking from the pro shop to the locker room when I was a young player. Ben Hogan came walking by and I wanted to hide. I said, "Good afternoon, Mr. Hogan." He said, "You're Billy Casper. You've been playing some very fine golf." I always had a wonderful relationship with him. The No. 8 hole was the greatest par 3 I ever played. You had to tee off over Trinity River and hit a perfect shot. Right or short and you were in the river, left and you were in a swale."
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10. Torrey Pines Golf Course -- San Diego, Calif. Casper says: "Another one on the Pacific Ocean with incredible surroundings, where you look out over the high cliffs onto the beach and ocean below. It's a course with predominantly westerly or north westerly wind, which makes it play difficult. So many wonderful holes that require two good shots. It's a great U.S. Open test."