Sand Hills

sand hills
Founded
Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 1995

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw moved teaspoons of dirt to construct the most natural, hew-to-the-land layout built since World War II. Rolling, sandy terrain, rippled fairways that were spared from a bulldozer, ever-present winds, wavy prairie grasses and gigantic blow-out bunkers create the sensation of being seaside in the middle of landlocked Nebraska. The design was immediately embraced, and the minimalist movement started in earnest, with this course arguably kicking off the second Golden Age. Sand Hills first cracked into our top 10 in 2005 and returns again this year. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images)