Three to play for the discerning golfer

Turnberry (Ailsa Course) Scotland
 Three to play for the discerning golfer
Turnberry (Ailsa Course) Scotland There is wind, surf and sand - lots and lots of sand - but Turnberry's Ailsa Course, which hosts The British Open for the fourth time in July, is no day at the beach. Open to the public, it offers perhaps the game's finest test of links golf and can be found on every serious golfer's `must play' list. The original hotel and course were built in the early 20th century but the land served as an airfield during both World Wars. Turnberry was reclaimed for golf in 1946 by course architect Mackenzie Ross, who started from scratch and crafted this patch of perfection. Holes 4 through 11 overlook the Irish Sea and are among golf's most breathtaking and demanding. www.turnberry.co.uk
Augusta National United States One of the world's most exclusive courses is also one of its most spectacular. Home to The Masters since 1934, it is steeped in tradition and lore. Augusta was founded by Bobby Jones, the greatest player of his time despite retiring at age 28 while still an amateur. He called upon Englishman Alister MacKenzie to transform the former indigo plantation into a cathedral of deceptive beauty where azaleas bloom, legends are born and dreams die. Witness Kenny Perry's failed bid to become the oldest champion just weeks ago. The green jacket presented to each Masters' Champion and the landmarks - Amen Corner, The Hogan Bridge, Rae's Creek, Magnolia Lane, The Eisenhower Tree - are familiar to every golf fan. www.masters.org
Pebble Beach Golf Links United States What's the lure, aside from panoramic views on this spectacular course that hugs the Pacific Ocean? Unlike most of America's fabled clubs, Pebble Beach has been accessible to everyone willing to pony up the green fee since the day it opened in 1919. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, Pebble Beach features narrow fairways, sloping greens - and that yawning ocean water hazard, in play on 10 of 18 holes. The 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach produced golf's most famous shot - Tom Watson's Sunday chip-in on the 17th hole, sealing a 2-stroke win over Jack Nicklaus. The Open returns June 17-20, 2010. www.pebblebeach.com Read the May edition of Exec Digital magazine now for our pick of the top 10 courses
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