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The Top Ten Replica Courses

6. Royal Links Golf Club, Las Vegas Architect: Dye Designs, 1999. Yardage/Slope: 7,022/135. Green Fees: $100­$275. Tee Times: 702-450-8123. A kingly collection of replica holes from British Open courses, including such lesser-known venues as Royal Lytham (the tenth) and Royal Cinque Ports (the sixth). Encompasses more than one hundred pot and sodded bunkers to lend that British feel--especially when a wind kicks up off the North Sea (just kidding). A great Vegas gimmick.

7. The Tribute Golf Club and Guest House, The Colony, TX Architect: Tripp Davis, 2000. Yardage/Slope: 7,003/128. Green Fees: $60­$105. Tee Times: 972-370-5465. This all-Scottish replica collection includes a few surprises, such as holes from Nairn's fifteenth and the opener at Machrihanish. Though fun and well-executed from a design standpoint (it's spot-on with sod-wall bunkers and Scottish sea grasses), even if the Texas heat abates, this topography will never feel linkslike.

8. International World Tour Golf Links, Myrtle Beach, SC Architect: Mel Graham, 1999. Yardage/Slope: 6,633/135 (Open and International nines). Green Fees: $75­$160. Tee Times: 877-377-7773. Three nines replicate holes from elite layouts, including Pine Valley's twelfth, Valderrama's fourth, Royal Melbourne's ninth and Cypress Point's tenth. Great service. As with many such courses, World Tour fails to escape its Southern landscape (no crashing Pacific on the Cypress Point hole).

9. Angel Park Golf Club, Cloud Nine Course, Las Vegas Architect: Bob Cupp, 1993. Yardage: 1,341 (day, twelve holes), 979 (night, nine holes). Green Fees: $15­$27. Tee Times: 702-254-4653. This twelve-hole layout (nine holes lit for night play) overlooking the Vegas Strip has shortened par threes that incorporate design elements of famous holes, such as St. Andrews's Valley of Sin and the island green at the TPC at Sawgrass. The scaled-down holes feel a bit like putt-putt golf holes but provide a high fun quotient.

10. Oakhurst Links, White Sulphur Springs, WV Architect: Russell Montague, 1884; renovated by Bob Cupp, 1994. Yardage/Slope: 2,235/NA. Green Fee: $50 (nine holes). Tee Times: 304-536-1884. Designed and built in 1884, Oakhurst was restored to its original condition 110 years later. The holes aren't copies, but golfers play the course with replica equipment--including hickory-shafted clubs and gutta-percha balls--from the nineteenth century. The slightly shaggy, sheep-dotted layout plays to 2,235 yards, which seems like a lot when swinging these clubs.


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