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The Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay
Between the crashing surf of the ocean below and the volcanic outcroppings that this golf course is built on, never before has Mother Nature had a bigger presence for a round of golf. The Challenge at Manele Bay at the Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay in Hawaii has three holes located on cliffs using the ocean as a water hazard -- so you may want to bring a few extra balls. That, or a very long fishing rod.

Designed By: Jack Nicklaus
Yardage: 7,039
Slope: 135
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Built in 1999, Bandon Dunes is one of five vastly different courses built on the pristine native sand dunes onsite, 100 feet above the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. There's no pricey real estate on the fringe, no golf carts and no splashy clubhouse on the beach, part of an elaborate vision of owner Mike Keiser, who wanted to stay true to the Scottish tradition. Due to often high and rather persistent winds, you'll want to keep the ball low to the ground or you could end up on the beach. Literally.

Designed By: David McLay Kidd
Yardage: 6,732 (from black tees)
Slope: 143 (black tees)
The Links at Terranea
Anyone who plays golf knows that if you have no short game, you have no game. Well, here's a place to practice it: The Links at Terranea. This stunning, nine-hole, par-three course in California's prestigious Rancho Palos Verdes combines the crafty use of bunkering with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. And given it's a par three, a round is easily squeezed in between breakfast and lunch. Just think, you won't have to beg for as much time to squeeze in a quick nine ...

Designed By: Todd Eckenrode
Yardage: 1,239 yards
Indian Wells Golf Resort
Striking views of the San Jacinto Mountains, streams, native flowers and waterfalls all make up the eye candy at Indian Wells Golf Resort, next to the Miramonte Resort & Spa. From the fauna and flora you'll see, you wouldn't know you're in the middle of the low desert. Not that it's a find -- Indian Wells hosts "more than 600 tournaments annually" so clearly, the secret's out.

Pictured above? Hole number 14 on the Celebrity Course, a par-five with more traps than an episode of 'Tom and Jerry'.

Designed By: Clive Clark
Yardage: 6,632 (from the blue tees)
Slope: 132
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