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Pacific Grove Golf Links Makes The 8 best Public Courses

Just as the Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, the majesty of Pacific Grove Golf Links doesn’t start until the back nine on a clear, still evening in mid-June. Or at least that’s when I experienced it with a few colleagues during U.S. Open week — and, oh, what fun it was. That stretch of holes, which crisscrosses a rambling parcel just up the coast from Pebble Beach, is the (worst-kept) best secret on the Monterey Peninsula. For as little as $39, you can be transported to southeast Scotland — the land is that linksy. There’s also an inland front nine that serves as a respectable, if unmemorable, opening act, but if you’re strapped for time or daylight’s fading on you (as it was for us), try to weasel your way to the 10th tee. That’s where the real magic begins. (You can read more about our round here.) —Alan Bastable

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