Poipu Bay Golf Course - no. 16
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Poipu Bay Golf Course - no. 16
Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994-2006. Tiger Woods won seven of the 13 events on the island. Courtesy of Poipu Bay G.C.
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Mid Ocean Club golf course - 5th hole
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Mid Ocean Club golf course - 5th hole
The Mid Ocean Club, a private course that allows some public access on Bermuda, hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 2007-08 with Angel Cabrera and Jim Furyk winning. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Hokuala Kauai golf course - no. 14
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Hokuala Kauai golf course - no. 14
The Ocean Course at Hokuala on the Hawaiian island of Kauai hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf back in 1991 when it was called Kauai Lagoons. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA National - Champion golf course - 14th hole
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PGA National - Champion golf course - 14th hole
Long before the Champion Course at PGA National hosted the Honda Classic, it hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1982. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Breakers - Rees Jones golf course
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Breakers - Rees Jones golf course
The original Breakers West golf course in south Florida, which hosted the 1981 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, is now called The Breakers Rees Jones Course. Courtesy of The Breakers
PGA West - Nicklaus Tournament golf course - 9th
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PGA West - Nicklaus Tournament golf course - 9th
The Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West hosted both the 1992 and 1993 PGA Grand Slam of Golf won by Nick Price and Greg Norman, respectively. Courtesy of PGA West
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - 10th
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - 10th
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Port Royal Golf Course - no. 16
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Port Royal Golf Course - no. 16
The scenic Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 2009-2014 with winners such as Adam Scott (2013) and Martin Kaymer (2014). Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

A Golf Obituary: Touring the picturesque courses of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf was permanently cancelled March 16, 2016, by the PGA of America. Consider this photo gallery of the best public courses to host the event as its obituary.

Launched in 1979, the Grand Slam served as a 36-hole showcase for the four major champions for more than three decades. Unfortunately, with an increasingly crowded schedule, many top players simply stopped coming, forcing the PGA of America to scramble to fill spots.

While it's debatable if any golf fans will miss the competition, some fans like me will certainly miss the chance to be introduced to beautiful new golf courses that aren't normally on television. The first two PGA Grand Slams of Golf in 1979 and 1980 were played at private clubs regularly broadcast on the tube -- Oak Hill Country Club, a recent PGA Championship venue in upstate New York, and Hazeltine National, site of this fall's Ryder Cup in Minnesota.

After bouncing around to multiple sites in the 1980s, the Grand Slam found a more successful formula by going tropical throughout the 1990s and 2000s. It didn't hurt that moving the event to Kauai and later Bermuda coincided with the rise of Tiger Woods, who won the Grand Slam seven times between 1997-2006. It's probably not fair to blame Donald Trump for the death of the Grand Slam, but last year's cancellation of the event scheduled for Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles certainly helped put at least one final nail in the coffin.

You might not remember who played or who won certain Grand Slams, but it's worth putting these courses in your memory banks. They're all worth a visit.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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