Famed course architect Gil Hanse moved hardly any earth in constructing Rustic Canyon, relying instead on natural corridors of native vegetation and arroyos that work their spindly fingers in every direction. The land is relatively flat, but the course is rich with tiered greens, shaved so close you can putt from 30 and 40 yards off the green.

Tip: Wind is a factor. While mornings are calm, as the sun warms the inland valley, the course starts to play like a links. [rusticcanyongolfcourse.com]