Pikewood National

A view of Pikewood National Golf Club
J. Robert Gwynne/John Raese, 2009

Built by two mining executives with no previous design experience, Pikewood National is pure golf for serious players. Walking is required here, and a round covers nearly nine miles with major elevation changes. But the hike is more than worth it to experience one of game’s most scenic and best conditioned layouts. Highlights include the massive horseshoe 8th hole and the par-3 5th, backed by a natural waterfall. The relative paucity of bunkers adds to the design’s distinctiveness. (Photo: Pikewood National)