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KAURI CLIFFS AT MATAURI BAY, NEW ZEALAND: Six holes on the David Harman-designed course at this five-star resort are played alongside plunging cliffs above the Pacific. (7,119 yards; par 72)

Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville

The 13th hole at Tobacco Road is a sharp contrast in colors -- the bright green of the turf juxtaposed with the tans of the earth. Playing Tobacco Road, one gains a feel for the sprawling hill country between the Atlantic coast and the Appalachians.

From the seventh hole, the greens undulate into the distance at Tobacco Road Golf Club, a dazzling course that occupies an abandoned quarry in Sanford, N.C. The Carolinas are one of the world's great golf meccas, with more than 700 courses from bargain local layouts to ultra-pricey manicured trophy tracks.

Tobacco Road Golf Club, North Carolina

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Along the Oregon coast is Bandon Dunes, which is giving Pebble Beach a run for its money among serious players.

Golfing in Oregon: Up to the challenge?

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The Pronghorn in Bend, Ore., features a golf course designed by Tom Fazio. When developers were building the course, an enormous "lave tube" cave was exposed during blasting to create its signature par three over a cavern.

Golfing in Oregon: Up to the challenge?

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Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Yahoo! Travel