Wild Horse Golf Club in Nebraska - No. 18
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Wild Horse Golf Club in Nebraska - No. 18
Built for and by locals, Nebraska's Wild Horse Golf Club is one of golf's ultimate bargains. But the design and firm and fast conditions are world class all the way. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Highlands Links - Killiekrankie tee shot
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Highlands Links - Killiekrankie tee shot
Cape Breton Highlands Links is a sublime walk through a national park. Killiecrankie (pictured) is one of the world's ultimate par 5s. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course - No. 15
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Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course - No. 15
The 15th hole is a narrow par 4 that heads uphill through a chute of ponderosa pines. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pacific Dunes golf course - 16th
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Pacific Dunes golf course - 16th
Tom Doak designs typically have a lot to drink in, especially around the greens. If you're going to play any Bandon Dunes course multiple times, make it Pacific Dunes. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pronghorn
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Pronghorn
I love Bend's golf scene and Pronghorn is at the top thanks to some great risk-reward holes and beautiful shaping. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course
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Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course
Scenery, wildlife and excellent hole variety on interesting terrain. I could play Alberta's Jasper Park Lodge all summer long. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course - 8th green
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course - 8th green
Your golf ball will move around once it hits the ground on the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa moreso than most other Phoenix-Scottsdale layouts. It's among my favorite Coore-Crenshaws. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
North Berwick Golf Club - West Links
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North Berwick Golf Club - West Links
The West Links at North Berwick might have the most unusual, scenic and exciting collection of links holes on the planet. Imagine this being your home course! Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Church Course at St. Enodoc Golf Club - Cornwall
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The Church Course at St. Enodoc Golf Club - Cornwall
Sub-par-70 courses beg golfers to head out for an encore. St. Enodoc's Church Course, a supremely charming place, is one of the greatest examples. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz - hole 8
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Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz - hole 8
Between Monterey and San Francisco, Alister MacKenzie's greens steal the show at Pasatiempo. You'll need more than one loop around here to get the hang of them. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Championship course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
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Championship course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Royal Dornoch is one of Scotland's ultimate links experiences. It's a gorgeous layout with both holes high overlooking the sea and right along it, but it's not easy. You'll want numerous cracks at it. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club
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Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club
An always tumbling, rugged experience in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club is a thrill to play. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Makai G.C. at St. Regis Princeville - hole 13
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Makai G.C. at St. Regis Princeville - hole 13
Makai Golf Club Princeville on Kauai has a wonderful routing that goes out to the ocean on both nines, plus various spots you can be aggressive. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Casa De Campo
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Casa De Campo
My favorite Pete Dye course and it's not even close. One of his earlier works, Teeth of the Dog is a marvelous routing and on a whole more mellow than its sinister name suggests. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Course in St. Andrews
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Old Course in St. Andrews
It's a tough tee time to get, but if you can play the Old Course twice during your Scotland visit, you'll love the links even more the second time. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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My top golf courses you should play more than once

When I take golf trips for this gig, they are often times full itineraries with little time to slow down and soak things in. I'll roll up to the car park minutes before my tee time and dash off to another course not long after. That probably explains why when we take family vacations I plan virtually no activities or dinners ahead of time.

But Tim Gavrich is right: we should all try to resist the impulse to play as many courses we can on one trip, and instead become intimately familiar with one or two courses. I meet golfers who play the Old Course in St. Andrews once and feel a little underwhelmed, and that's understandable because its genius isn't wholly revealed until you've played it multiple times in different wind directions and new pin locations.

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April 18, 2019
One or two great layouts can be enough.

Few courses are as architecturally complicated as the Old Course. But there are many that are worth playing again and again. The ones I've selected - though certainly not a complete list - are courses have at least a few of these elements:

- Walkable (it's much tougher to feel such a strong connection to a course the first time when in a golf cart)
- A distinctive sense of place
- A "live" ball when it lands on the fairways or greens
- Risk-reward decisions to make
- Maybe a blind shot or two

I've gone through my list of courses and pulled out a few that are certainly worth at least one replay round, and ideally more. I've done my best to spread the architecture names and eras around.

If you're the Buddy Trip Captain for your next golf trip, I encourage you to, at the very least, find a neat course with an unlimited golf rate or "day ticket" that allows you to play 18, have lunch, then head out for another go. Better yet, play the same course on different days to see how new pins and conditions change the experience.

Favorite courses worth playing more than once

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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