Cascata, $395: At this Rees Jones design just outside Vegas, water is pumped up a mountain in the morning, and it meanders through the course -- and rushes through the clubhouse. Presumably, your fees go toward the water bill.
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Greenbrier Old White TPC, $425: Designed by C.B. Macdonald, a looming figure in the early history of American golf, this 1914 layout pays homage to golf's European ancestry, with holes modeled after famous counterparts at Prestwick, North Berwick and St. Andrews. Woodrow Wilson was among the first to play it. Nelson and Snead all took their hacks here, as have Nicklaus, Trevino and Watson. You get the drift: A round on Old White TPC is a rendezvous with the past.
3 of 10Joann Dost
Spyglass Hill, $435: Though it can't match the prestige of its two siblings on the AT&T rota (Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula Country Club), Spyglass qualifies as the stoutest test. Prepare to hit it long. Prepare to hit it straight. Prepare to score five to seven strokes higher than you would at Pebble on any given day.
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Trump National Doral Miami
Trump National Doral (Blue Monster), $450: Host of a PGA Tour event from 1962-2016, the Blue Monster is able to gobble up serious green (fees) thanks to its 2014 Gil Hanse re-design, which infused the venerable layout with enhanced strategic options and inspired green contouring. What remained in place is a minefield of water, sand and palms, along with a glittering list of famous footsteps from past champions Nicklaus, Norman and Woods.
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Whistling Straits (Straits), $460: A blend of artistry and outlandish engineering, this Pete Dye gem, built on bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, features wild man-made humps, natural hollows and buckled fairways flanked by rough-cut bunkers. Or are they waste areas? Ask Dustin Johnson. He might know.
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Pinehurst (No. 2), $480: Thanks to recent renovations by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, this Donald Ross design has been restored to its early 20th century glory. The green fees? They're in keeping with contemporary times.
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TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), $495: Ben Crenshaw once dismissed it as "Star Wars golf, designed by Darth Vader." J.C. Snead called it "90 percent horse manure and 10 percent luck." But those comments came in the early days, when most Tour pros were as rough on Sawgrass as Sawgrass was on them. Pete Dye has since softened the layout, and today it's so much more than stunt golf with a famous island green. Take it from Crenshaw, who remarked after the changes: "Now it's a darn good golf course."
8 of 10John and Jeannine Henebry
Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas, $500: As he did at Shadow Creek, casino mogul Steve Wynn enlisted Tom Fazio to construct a Shangri-La, this one hard on the Las Vegas Strip, on land that once was the site of the Desert Inn. The job called for a spectacle, and Fazio delivered, moving a mountain of dirt and foresting the layout with thousands of trees, while adding blinding bunkers as well as a 37-foot waterfall behind the 18th green.
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Shadow Creek, $500: Compared to opening-day green fees in 1989 ($1,000 per player), today's price tag is practically a Groupon. Not that many people really pay it. This high-end Vegas redoubt draws the kind of clientele -- athletes, movie stars, casino whales -- who get comped to play a course they could easily afford.
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Pebble Beach, $565: In 2012, a seaside manse behind the 10th green that once belonged to Gene Hackman went on the market for $79 million. It didn't sell. No wonder. For that kind of money, you could play 149,000 rounds at Pebble, the most fabled public course in the United States.
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