I've never been wetter on a golf course -- I didn't bring rain gear to South Africa -- but that didn't blind me from being mesmerized by this walkers-only inland links, the host of the 2003 Presidents Cup. Andrews, Scotland; Championship Course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Scotland.

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Vail would be even better if several holes weren't running parallel to the highway. Honorable mention: The Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.; Sharp Park Golf Course, Pacifico, Calif. Alister Mac Kenzie-designed course will probably be the closest feeling I get to playing Augusta National.

It was the most at peace I've felt on a golf course in years.

My one-and-a-half-hour adventure afforded a bird's eye view of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam and amazing red-rock cliffs and plateaus.

I wisely rode the cable car up the awe-inspiring Table Mountain.

The valley setting of Yocha Dehe looks lost from civilization.

Troon Golf's commitment to impeccable conditioning and service makes it worth the long drive from the Bay Area.It's short on yardage (6,500 yards) and long on fun.The seventh oldest club in the world (founded in 1777) was one of my favorite discoveries on a 12-day golf marathon through the Scottish Highlands in June.The club's decision to trim and remove trees in recent years have opened up holes and improved views of the city.Seaside deserves a better spot on the PGA Tour calendar than its current fall date.Owners Andrew and Nicola Bradford are a delightful couple who love to entertain.