Half Moon Bay Golf Links - Ocean golf course
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Half Moon Bay Golf Links - Ocean golf course
The Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links is a links-inspired layout located just south of San Francisco. Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
Wolfdancer Golf Club - hole 10
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Wolfdancer Golf Club - hole 10
Arthur Hills designed Wolfdancer Golf Club, part of the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines resort just east of Austin, Texas. Courtesy of Wolfdancer G.C.
Bay Harbor Golf Club  - Quarry golf course - hole 9
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Bay Harbor Golf Club - Quarry golf course - hole 9
The ninth hole on The Quarry nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club bumps up against Lake Michigan. Courtesy of Brian Walters
Virtues Golf Club - hole 8
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Virtues Golf Club - hole 8
Virtues Golf Club is arguably the best public course you can play in Ohio. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Estoril Open de Portugal Round Two
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Estoril Open de Portugal Round Two
A general view of the 11th hole during second round of The Estoril Open de Portugal The Oitavos Dunes Golf Course on April 4, 2008 in Cascais, Portugal. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
El Conquistador Golf Club - hole 14
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El Conquistador Golf Club - hole 14
The par-3 14th hole at El Conquistador Golf Club has a jungly backdrop as El Yunque National Rainforest lies in the background. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hills golf course at Boyne Highlands - hole 13
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Hills golf course at Boyne Highlands - hole 13
The most spectacular tee shot at Boyne Highlands is the par-5 13th hole of the Hills golf course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort - Arthur Hills golf course
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Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort - Arthur Hills golf course
The 13th and 14th holes on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort play through trees. Courtesy of Palmetto Dunes
TPC Treviso Bay golf course - hole 12
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TPC Treviso Bay golf course - hole 12
The 12th hole at the TPC Treviso Bay in Naples, Florida boomerangs around water. Jason Scott Deegan/TravelGolf
Stonewall Orchard Golf Club
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Stonewall Orchard Golf Club
Stonewall Orchard Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills, is located just north of Chicago. Courtesy of Stonewall Orchard G.C.
LPGA International - Hills golf course
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LPGA International - Hills golf course
The Hills Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., finished Golf Advisor's Jan. 4 Power Rankings fourth in the nation. Courtesy of LPGA International
The Legacy Golf Club - hole 8
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The Legacy Golf Club - hole 8
The par-4 eighth hole at The Legacy Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada doglegs left. The green is protected by the pond from the right and by the sand bunker from the left. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
The Links at Lighthouse Sound - hole 17
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The Links at Lighthouse Sound - hole 17
The long par-4 17th is the no. 2 handicap hole at The Links at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville, Maryland. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Journey at Pechanga golf course - hole 6
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Journey at Pechanga golf course - hole 6
The sixth hole on the Journey at Pechanga in Temecula, California drops 175 feet to the fairway below. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Palms Golf Club - hole 7
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Heritage Palms Golf Club - hole 7
Arthur Hills has numerous designs in the desert, including Heritage Palms Golf Club in southern California's Coachella Valley. Courtesy of Heritage Palms G.C.
Newport National golf course - hole 13
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Newport National golf course - hole 13
Newport National Golf Club is widely considered to be the best public course you can play in Rhode Island. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

The best destination golf courses designed by architect Arthur Hills

When looking back at the most prolific architects of the 1980s and 1990s, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye and Tom Fazio are certainly among the best. But right there nipping at their heels is Arthur Hills. Hills -- whose firm, Arthur Hills & Steve Forrest Associates, is based in Toledo, Ohio -- built an international footprint, spreading well beyond Michigan and the Midwest to both coasts as well as abroad.

Hills (1930-2021) earned gigs in many of the country's top golf destinations, including northern Michigan, northern California, Florida, Hilton Head Island, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, San Diego and the Texas Hill Country. Some of these courses are absolutely worth consideration as the destination's top draw, like Bay Harbor Golf Club or the San Francisco Bay Area's Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

Many of these courses have made one of our Golfers' Choice lists including Illinois' Stonewall Orchard Golf Club and Maryland's The Links at Lighthouse Sound, one of the best courses in the Mid-Atlantic region.

We've compiled photos from many of the top Arthur Hills destination courses you can play.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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