Travelin’ Joe’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Courses

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The Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah: A mountain-desert setting a half-hour south of Salt Lake City forms the backdrop to this gargantuan, 7,716-yard Johnny Miller design. If the wildly contoured greens and frequent breezes drive scores up even further, we can give thanks to the adjacent botanical gardens that soothe even the most bruised ego.
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The 18th at Thanksgiving Point.
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Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, N.J.: One of the top entries in the Crystal Springs Resort stable of courses an hour or so from Manhattan, this Wild Turkey intoxicates with mountain vistas, elevation change and memorable holes such the rugged par-3 7th that demands an all-or-nothing shot over a water-filled rock quarry.
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The 13th and 14th greens at Wild Turkey.
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Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club in Pierson, Mich.: Make the pilgrimage 30 minutes north of Grand Rapids to this pristine, hilly, par-73 Kris Schumaker/Mike DeVries creation that twists through pines and oaks for nearly 7,100 yards. Most memorable are the sprawling, shaggy-edged bunkers, the handiwork of DeVries in homage to his muse, Alister MacKenzie.
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Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course in Belek, Antalya, Turkey: The highest profile course in the Thanksgiving-centric country of Turkey is a Colin Montgomerie design that recently played host to the Turkish Airlines Open, where Tiger Woods gave chase, but closed four shots back of Frenchman Victor Dubuisson. The parkland layout is spiced with sand ridges, as befits its location near the Mediterranean Coast.
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Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon: Suburban Portland is home to this remarkable 36-hole complex designed by Bob Cupp. The private Witch Hollow is the main course, having hosted Tiger Woods’ 1996 U.S. Amateur win, among many other events, but your pumpkin (pie) dessert is Ghost Creek, a tree-framed, wetlands-studded spread that witnessed David Duval winning the 1993 Nike Tour Championship, thanks to a final-round ace at the par-3 3rd.
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Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.: Plymouth was home to the very first Thanksgiving back in 1621. Nearly 400 years later, Rees Jones dished out a superbly groomed layout that weaves in and out of sand hills and pine scrub. The prime photo op arrives at the elevated 15th tee, which peers down over a stew pot of trees and shrubbery. Its Jack Nicklaus II-designed sibling features glacially carved kettles and kames that provide for maximum variety in terrain, notably at the 189-yard, par-3 15th and at the watery 476-yard, par-4 closer.
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The Old American Club in The Colony, Tex.: As far as old American traditions go, nothing beats Thanksgiving, so we celebrate this Tripp Davis/Justin Leonard creation north of Dallas that sports a collection of handsome, strategic, retro-feeling holes that overlook 23,000-acre Lake Lewisville.
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The 18th at Old American.
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The railroad bridge at Old American.
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Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links in Akron, Ohio: Dating to 1925, this 6,273-yard, par-71 layout won’t smack you around with difficulty, as the 118 Slope from the tips attests, but a long, strong trio of par-5s, notably the 576-yard closer, will test every handicap. Give thanks for the price tag: It’s under $25 to walk every day of the week.
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Cranbury Golf Club in West Windsor, N.J.: It’s not quite a Cranberry, but it’s close enough for our purposes. As side dishes go, Cranbury is tasty and won’t leave you stuffed, with its 6,057 yards sloped at 125. Mature trees frame many holes on this 50-year-old track that’s situated near the intellectual stronghold of Princeton, while the most memorable holes are the six par-3s, especially the forced-carry 225-yard 4th and the over-the-bog 155-yard 12th.
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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.: This Thanksgiving, we’re especially thankful that public golf as great as Bandon Dunes exists in America.