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Extraordinary Golf Holes around the World

Some golf holes are difficult, some are nigh impossible but on the best golf courses in the world there are always those holes that are memorable for a whole host of different reasons, from the view to the sheer joy of conquering them. We're not saying these are the best, or the most challenging but after much discussion with golf experts, obsessives and aficionados around the world we think it is safe to say that these are ten of the most extraordinary.

Steve Cook 2/4/13

The Road Hole - St Andrews Old Course, Scotland
The Road Hole - St Andrews Old Course, Scotland
The 490 yard par 4 17th Road Hole is arguably the most famous hole in golf.  It has been in existence for centuries in one form or another, which accounts for its endearing quirkiness. 
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The Island Green - TPC Sawgrass, Florida (Stadium Course)
The Island Green - TPC Sawgrass, Florida (Stadium Course)
The par 3 17th hole at Sawgrass is often featured on TV because it is so distinctive and beautiful - it is literally just a green almost completely surrounded by water.
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The 12th at Augusta, Georgia
The 12th at Augusta, Georgia
'Golden Bell' is probably the most photographed and recognisable hole in all of golf. 
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The 18th at Pebble Beach, California
The 18th at Pebble Beach, California
Many rank this 550 yard par 5 as the toughest finishing hole in golf.
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The 9th at Turnberry, Scotland
The 9th at Turnberry, Scotland
A 450 yard par 4 with the tee-box on a rocky promontory, the views of the ocean and Robert the Bruce¬ís castle are spectacular. 
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The 7th at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
The 7th at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
The scarily named 'Teeth of the Dog' course (apparently so named because the surf is reminiscent of a rabid dog) is often rated in the top 30 in the world.
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The 9th at Royal County Down, Northern Ireland
The 9th at Royal County Down, Northern Ireland
When you are standing on the tee of this 486 yard par 4 take a moment to savour the beauty of the Mountains of Mourne, which provide the back-drop to the hole, and the raging Irish Sea to the left. 
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The 16th at Cypress Point, California
The 16th at Cypress Point, California
Cypress Point is consistently rated among the top 3 golf courses in the world by any golfing publication you care to consult.  The combination of woodland and ocean is stunning.
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The 9th at Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
The 9th at Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
The course at Sun City is very nearly 8,000 yards long, making it one of the longest in the world. 
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The 10th at Sunningdale, England
The 10th at Sunningdale, England
This par 4 475 yard hole is widely regarded as one of the most exquisite golf holes in England because of the superb views from the elevated tee across the fairway and on to the distant green. 
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