Old Head Golf Links - hole 12
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Old Head Golf Links - hole 12
The par-5 12th hole at Old Head Golf Links hugs the cliff's edge dangerously the entire 564 yards tee-to-green. David Cannon/Getty Images
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 8
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 8
Jack Nicklaus has called the eighth hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links his favorite par 4 in the world. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Ocean Course at Kiawah Island - 17th
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Ocean Course at Kiawah Island - 17th
In case the Pete Dye design wasn't tough enough, alligators lurk off the 17th hole of the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Courtesy of Getty Images
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort - Pacific Dunes - hole 13
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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort - Pacific Dunes - hole 13
The par-4 13th hole of the Pacific Dunes Course in Bandon, Ore. hugs the cliffs on the left from tee to green. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Tralee Golf Club in Ireland - hole 12
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Tralee Golf Club in Ireland - hole 12
The par-4 12th hole at Tralee Golf Club requires a daring shot over a steep slope to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Blackwolf Run - River golf course - No. 13
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Blackwolf Run - River golf course - No. 13
The par-3 13th hole at Blackwolf Run's River Course is what some jokingly describe as a "dogleg par 3." Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor
Straits golf course at Whistling Straits - 17th
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Straits golf course at Whistling Straits - 17th
The par-3 17th hole on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits is up to 223 yards long and about as intimidating of a look off the tee as there is in golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bethpage Black golf course - hole 15
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Bethpage Black golf course - hole 15
The 15th hole at Bethpage Black is a long par 4 that plays to a steeply elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
TPC Sawgrass - Players Stadium Course - 18th
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TPC Sawgrass - Players Stadium Course - 18th
Off the tee at the 18th hole on the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, golfers have to take on as much water on the left as they dare, with the largest prize money in pro golf on the line. Courtesy of Chris Condon/PGA Tour
Bandon Dunes golf course - No. 15
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Bandon Dunes golf course - No. 15
The green of the par-3 15th hole at Bandon Dunes is guarded with a severe bunker and the wind is usually a factor. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bandon Trails golf course - No. 14
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Bandon Trails golf course - No. 14
The uphill approach shot to a shallow green on Bandon Trails' short, par-4 14th hole is one of the most feared on property at Bandon Dunes. Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor
Pasatiempo Golf Club - Hole 3
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Pasatiempo Golf Club - Hole 3
The long par-3 third at Pasatiempo Golf Club plays twice as tough because it's severely uphill. Courtesy of Rob Babcock/Pasatiempo G.C
Pasatiempo Golf Club - 16th
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Pasatiempo Golf Club - 16th
There are ridges galore on the massive 16th green at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California, one of Alister MacKenzie's most notorious green complexes. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
PGA West - Stadium Course
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PGA West - Stadium Course
Golfers fear "Alcatraz" on the Stadium Course at PGA West, a desert rendition of Pete Dye's famed island green par-3 hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster - Trump National Doral Miami - 18th
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Blue Monster - Trump National Doral Miami - 18th
Water lines the left side of the 18th hole of the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Matt Ginella/GolfAdvisor
Four Seasons Resort Lanai - Manele Golf Course
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Four Seasons Resort Lanai - Manele Golf Course
The par-3 12th hole at the Challenge at Manele is one of the world's most spectacular and intimidating oceanfront par 3s. Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Carnoustie Golf Links - Jean Van de Velde
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Carnoustie Golf Links - Jean Van de Velde
Nobody plays the 18th hole at Carnoustie without recounting the horrors of Jean Van De Velde's triple bogey on the 72nd hole of the 1999 Open. Getty Images
Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 18
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - hole 18
The 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of golf's most perilous finishing par 5s. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Dreaded Dunes: Matt Ginella's 18 scariest holes in golf

On Golf Channel's Morning Drive, Matt Ginella served up 18 holes of the scariest holes he's ever played, all of which are all open to the public. His selections range from well known major championship venues like Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines South and Bethpage Black to some of the more thrilling holes in destination golf, including Ireland's Old Head and Tralee. You can tour Nos. 1-18 in the photo gallery above.

Ginella also shared his thoughts on why with Gary Williams on Morning Drive.

Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor's Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.

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