Until 1986, and perhaps the greatest Masters ever, Augusta National Golf Club had no mass outlet for its Masters "movie," a huge-budget highlight film produced to Hollywood standards and seen only by a few Boy Scouts and Rotarians.
Among golf course architects, Royal County Down (laid out by Old Tom Morris) is a great favorite, and a stern test of golf. Former American Society of Golf Course Architects president Damian Pascuzzo explains why.
The homeland of the late Salvador Dalí, the Costa Brava exudes a similar quirky charm. There's more than enough golf to be enjoyed, but it's probably overshadowed by the region's outstanding cuisine and other cultural and recreational attractions.