U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell can pretty much get a tee time wherever he wants, but many of his favorite spots are open to the public. The PGA star picks the top courses anyone can play – no club I.D. required.
Located in the Spanish region of Andalusia, only a short distance from Gibraltar, the Valderrama Golf Club is one of Europe's finest and most challenging. "It's the Augusta of Europe, it's phenomenal," says McDowell.
The current iteration of the course was designed Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1985. Valderrama hosted the first Ryder Cup event ever held in continental Europe. The course is tight and players face approach shots to small angled greens.
McDowell, who is not one of the PGA's longest hitters, loves the layout because it calls for precision. "It's a placement off the tee course," he says. "You're surrounded by these huge trees and you've really got to navigate." [Weekend rounds begin at $475]
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