World Golf Village - King and Bear course - 18th
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World Golf Village - King and Bear course - 18th
The King & Bear Course at World Golf Village in northeast Florida hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1998 and 2001. Courtesy of World Golf Village
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El Conquistador golf course - 13th
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El Conquistador golf course - 13th
The view from behind the 13th green shows just how hilly El Conquistador really is. The course hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1969. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - 15th
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Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - 15th
The Wolf at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort hosted the 2001 installment of Shell's Wonderful World of Golf, pitting Karrie Webb against Annika Sorenstam. Courtesy of Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Grand Bear Golf Course
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Grand Bear Golf Course
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Grand Bear Golf Course is a favorite play on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 2000. Courtesy of Grand Bear G.C.
Crosswater Golf Course - Sunriver Resort
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Crosswater Golf Course - Sunriver Resort
Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort put central Oregon golf on the map when it debuted in 1995. Just four years later the course hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf, pitting Fred Couples against John Daly. Courtesy of Sunriver Resort
Virtues Golf Club
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Virtues Golf Club
Virtues Golf Club -- which opened as Longaberger -- is one of Ohio's best public courses. Dottie Pepper and Karrie Webb squared off here during Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1999. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Dorado Beach - East golf course - 4th
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TPC Dorado Beach - East golf course - 4th
An ocean view accompanies the fourth hole on the East Course at TPC Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. The course hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1964. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus North golf course - No. 12
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Nicklaus North golf course - No. 12
Nicklaus North in, Whistler, B.C., Canada hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1998, pitting Fred Couples against Ernie Els. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry golf course - 9th
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry golf course - 9th
The final hole of Bay Harbor Golf Club's Quarry nine finishes along Lake Michigan. Tom Lehman and Phil Mickelson dueled here during Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1998. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Doral - Blue Monster golf course - 6th hole
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Doral - Blue Monster golf course - 6th hole
Billy Casper and Gay Brewer fought a duel on the Blue Monster Course at Doral Miami during Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1968. Courtesy of Trump National Doral Miami
World Woods Golf Club - Pine Barrens Course
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World Woods Golf Club - Pine Barrens Course
World Woods Golf Club's Pine Barrens Course, one of the best in Florida, hosted Phil Mickelson and David Toms during Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 2002. Courtesy of World Woods G.C.
Gleneagles - King's golf course - no. 16
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Gleneagles - King's golf course - no. 16
Gene Littler took on Eric Brown in Shell's Wonderful World of Golf on the King's Course at Gleneagles in 1963. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Highland Links Golf Club - Hole 6
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Highland Links Golf Club - Hole 6
Mucklemouth Meg is the name of the par-5 sixth hole at Highlands Links Golf Club in Nova Scotia. The course hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1965. Highland Links G.C.
The Tryall Club golf course - 4th
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The Tryall Club golf course - 4th
The fourth green of The Tryall Club hugs the Caribbean Sea near an inlet of the Flint River. Dow Finsterwald and Peter Alliss dueled here during Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1964. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
White Witch Golf Course - hole 17
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 17
No. 17 is the signature shot at White Witch Golf Course, which hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 2000. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Leopard Creek C.C. golf course - no. 5
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Leopard Creek C.C. golf course - no. 5
Nick Price took on Ernie Els at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa during a 1999 edition of Shell's Wonderful World of Golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Mauna Kea Golf Course - hole 11
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Mauna Kea Golf Course - hole 11
Rees Jones restored his father's groundbreaking Hawaii design, Mauna Kea Golf Course, in 2008. The course hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1969. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Portmarnock Golf Club - clubhouse
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Portmarnock Golf Club - clubhouse
A rainbow shines on the clubhouse at Portmarnock Golf Club, which hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1963. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 2 golf course - hole 1
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Pinehurst No. 2 golf course - hole 1
The new-look Pinehurst No. 2 keeps the Donald Ross course among the most prestigious in America. It hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1994. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Mid Ocean Club - hole 5
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Mid Ocean Club - hole 5
Mid Ocean Club, designed by the legendary C.B. Macdonald, offers pure classic golf at its best. It hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1967. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Manele Golf Course
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Manele Golf Course
One of the most intimidating and prettiest holes in Hawaii is the 12th on Manele Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. Arnold Palmer took on Gary Player here during the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1996. Courtesy of Four Seasons
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 5th
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 5th
The fifth green on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo is a tiny target sitting in the sea. The course hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1994. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course - hole 4
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Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course - hole 4
No. 4 at Fairmont Banff Springs might be the most photographed hole in Canada. The course hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1962. Courtesy of Fairmont Banff Springs G.C.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Ocean Course
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Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Ocean Course
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a Ryder Cup and PGA Championship venue. The course hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1996. Courtesy of Kiawah Island
Royal County Down G.C.
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Royal County Down G.C.
The backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne and the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa add beauty to Royal County Down G.C., which hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1968. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turnberry - Ailsa golf course
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Turnberry - Ailsa golf course
In 1966, Shell's Wonderful World of Golf pitted George Will against Dave Marr on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry. Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor
Cabo del Sol - Ocean golf course - 5th hole
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Cabo del Sol - Ocean golf course - 5th hole
The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is one of three World Top 100 courses in Los Cabos at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. It hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1996. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kauri Cliffs golf course - 7th
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Kauri Cliffs golf course - 7th
An aerial view of the par-3 seventh hole shows off the beauty of Kauri Cliffs, which hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 2003. Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs
Pebble Beach Golf Links - No. 8
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - No. 8
Pebble Beach Golf Links' eighth hole, playing along cliffs the entire way, makes for an intimidating hole tee-to-green. Jack Nicklaus took on Sam Snead here during the 1963 Shell's Wonderful World of Golf. Courtesy of Getty Images
Old Course at St. Andrews - 17th green
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Old Course at St. Andrews - 17th green
The Old Course at St. Andrews hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf duels between Gene Sarazen and Henry Cotton (1962), Phil Rodgers and Dave Thomas (1968) and Paul Azinger and Seve Ballesteros (1995). Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

In pictures: The best public courses to host the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf

Shell's Wonderful World of Golf was one of golf's greatest showcases. It ran from 1961-70 before Golf Channel revived it from the mid-1990s to 2003. The made-for-TV exhibition matches paired the game's hottest players on coveted courses around the world.

This photo gallery celebrates the public courses that hosted the event. All of these courses are scenic enough for television and tough enough to test the mettle of the pros.

Match: 1998 (Gary Player vs. Lee Trevino) and 2001 (Jack Nicklaus vs. Arnold Palmer)

Match: 1998 (Payne Stewart vs. Nick Price)

35. Palms Course at Palmas del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico

Match: 1995 (Chi Chi Rodriguez vs. Trevino)

34. El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Match: 1969 (Palmer vs. Gay Brewer vs. Rodriguez)

Match: 2001 (Karrie Webb vs. Annika Sorenstam)

32. Grand Bear Golf Course, Saucier, Miss.

Match: 2000 (Paul Azinger vs. Jesper Parnevik)

31. Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, Maui, Hawaii

Match: 1964 (Dave Ragan vs. Bob Charles)

Match: 1999 (Fred Couples vs. John Daly)

29. Virtues Golf Course, Longaberger, Ohio

Match: 1999 (Dottie Pepper vs. Webb)

Match: 1964 (amateur Joe Carr vs. Al Geiberger)

27. East Course at Dorado Beach Resort, Dorado, Puerto Rico

Match: 1964 (Doug Sanders vs. Rodriguez)

26. Royal Westmoreland, Barbados

Match: 1997 (Tom Lehman vs. Nick Faldo)

25. Nicklaus North Golf Course, Whistler, Canada

Match: 1998 (Couples vs. Ernie Els)

24. Bay Harbor Golf Club, Bay Harbor, Mich.

Match: 1998 (Lehman vs. Phil Mickelson)

Match: 1968 (Billy Casper vs. Gay Brewer)

Match: 2002 (Mickelson vs. David Toms)

Match: 1963 (Gene Littler vs. Eric Brown)

20. Mount Juliet Golf Club, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Match: 1997 (Couples vs. Tom Watson)

19. Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand

Match: 1963 (Bob Goalby vs. Bob Charles)

18. Highland Links Golf Course, Ingonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Match: 1965 (George Knudson vs. Al Balding)

17. The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Match: 1964 (Dow Finsterwald vs. Peter Alliss)

16. White Witch Golf Course, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Match: (2000 Notah Begay III vs Hal Sutton)

15. Leopard Creek Country Club, Malelane, South Africa

Match: 1999 (Price vs. Els)

14. Mauna Kea Golf Course, Kamuela, Hawaii

Match: 1969 (Dan Sikes vs. Geiberger vs. Alliss)

13. Portmarnock Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland

Match: 1963 (Casper vs. Harry Bradshaw)

12. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C.

Match: 1994 (Palmer vs. Nicklaus)

11. Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Town, Bermuda

Match: 1967 (Alliss vs. Tony Lema)

10. Manele Golf Course, Lanai, Hawaii

Match: 1996 (Palmer vs. Player)

9. Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Match: 1994 (Raymond Floyd vs. Couples)

8. Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff, Canada

Match: 1962 (Jack Burke, Jr. vs. Stan Leonard)

Match: 1996 (Sorenstam vs. Pepper)

6. Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Match: 1968 (Don January vs. Christy O'Connor)

Match: 1966 (George Will vs. Dave Marr)

4. Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Match: 1996 (Nicklaus vs. Trevino)

3. Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand

Match: 2003 (Couples vs. Michael Campbell)

2. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Match: 1963 (Nicklaus vs. Sam Snead) and 1995 (Nicklaus vs. Watson)

Match: 1962 (Gene Sarazen vs. Henry Cotton) and 1968 (Phil Rodgers vs. Dave Thomas) and 1995 (Paul Azinger vs. Seve Ballesteros)

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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