An incredible set of sculptures, featuring more than 100 wolves attacking a swordsman, lines the 18th hole of The Hills Golf Club, home of the New Zealand PGA Championship.

The best backyard golf courses

You don't have to be a millionaire to build a private golf playground in your backyard. But it helps.

It's every golfer's dream to own a backyard golf course.No tee times. No green fees. No slow play. No obnoxious members or board meetings. Just you and the game. Whenever you want it. It's a noble idea but hardly practical for most of us. Many of the best backyard golf courses are the property of th

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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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