Breakers Palm Beach - Ocean golf course - 18th
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Breakers Palm Beach - Ocean golf course - 18th
A view of the 18th green on the Ocean Course at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach
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Brackenridge Park Golf Course - 1st
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Brackenridge Park Golf Course - 1st
The A.W. Tillinghast-designed Brackenridge Park golf course is a San Antonio favorite that once hosted the Texas Open. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club - 6th
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Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club - 6th
The 393-yard sixth hole of the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club skirts the marshy New Jersey shore. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa G.C.
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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa G.C.
The greens are fast at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Courtesy of Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Ocean Links - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 16th
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Ocean Links - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 16th
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Director of Golf Broc Nell tees off amid the dunes of the 16th hole on the Ocean Links Course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Leatherstocking Golf Course
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Leatherstocking Golf Course
Located in Cooperstown, N.Y., just around the corner from the Baseball Hall of Fame, is Leatherstocking Golf Course, which dates back to 1909. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Golf Club at Equinox - 18th hole
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Golf Club at Equinox - 18th hole
The Golf Club at Equinox -- an amenity at The Equinox Resort in Manchester Village, Vt. -- is open to all. Courtesy of The G.C. at Equinox
Presidio Golf Course - 16th hole
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Presidio Golf Course - 16th hole
A bunker protects the right side of the green of the par-4 16th at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Quail Lodge & Golf Club - hole 13
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Quail Lodge & Golf Club - hole 13
Architect Todd Echenrode lined his new bunkers at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. with fescue. Pictured are a pair on the 13th hole. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pasatiempo Golf Club - hole 18
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Pasatiempo Golf Club - hole 18
Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif. ends with a scenic 169-yard par 3. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pacific Grove Golf Links - 15th
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Pacific Grove Golf Links - 15th
Pacific Grove (Calif.) Golf Links' back nine sits on sandy dunesland beside the ocean. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Palos Verdes Golf Club - hole 2
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Palos Verdes Golf Club - hole 2
The Pacific Ocean comes into view from the elevated tees of the par-3 second hole of Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Palmer Lakeside golf course - Barton Creek - 17th
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Palmer Lakeside golf course - Barton Creek - 17th
The 17th hole on the Palmer Lakeside golf course at Barton Creek resort in Austin, Texas. Courtesy of Barton Creek
Turnberry Isle resort - Miller golf course
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Turnberry Isle resort - Miller golf course
The Miller Course at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in south Florida is a 6,323-yard track from the tips. Courtesy of Elliot DeBear
Plumas Pines golf course - 9th hole
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Plumas Pines golf course - 9th hole
Plumas Pines Golf Resort's par-4 ninth hole has a sharply elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort - No. 13
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King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort - No. 13
King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is a 6,462-yard gem in Sea Island, Ga. Courtesy of King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort
Links at Bodega Harbour - hole 7
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Links at Bodega Harbour - hole 7
The seventh hole on The Links at Bodega Harbour in is the second of back-to-back par 3s toward the Pacific Ocean. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Phoenician - Desert golf course - hole 3
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Phoenician - Desert golf course - hole 3
Several combinations of the three nines at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz. play under 6,500 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Meadow Course at Steele Canyon Golf Club - No. 7
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Meadow Course at Steele Canyon Golf Club - No. 7
The Meadow Course (pictured here) and the Canyon Course play less than 6,500 yards at Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul, Calif. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
The Natural G.C. - Beaver Creek Resort
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The Natural G.C. - Beaver Creek Resort
The Natural Golf Course at Beaver Creek Resort in Gaylord, Mich., plays less than 6,500 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Treetops - Tradition golf course - 18th tee
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Treetops - Tradition golf course - 18th tee
The 18th on the Tradition Course at Treetops resort in Gaylord, Mich. is one of many brawny holes on this relatively short -- but challenging and fun -- course. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Apple Mountain Golf Resort - hole 8
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Apple Mountain Golf Resort - hole 8
The scenery and solitude of Apple Mountain Golf Resort in Camino, Calif. -- check out the eighth hole -- can be spectacular. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beacon Ridge Golf & C.C. - hole 11
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Beacon Ridge Golf & C.C. - hole 11
Beacon Ridge Golf & Country Club plays much longer than its yardage because of elevation changes in the North Carolina Sandhills. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Arizona Biltmore - Links Course
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Arizona Biltmore - Links Course
The Links Course at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix is an eccentric with tilted fairways. Courtesy of WorldGolf.com
Arizona Biltmore Resort's Adobe Course
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Arizona Biltmore Resort's Adobe Course
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa's Adobe Course is an old-school design in Phoenix. Courtesy of WorldGolf.com
Garland Resort - Reflections golf course - 6th
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Garland Resort - Reflections golf course - 6th
The Reflections is the shortest of the four golf courses at Garland Lodge & Resort in Lewiston, Mich. Courtesy of Garland Resort

Long on scenery, short on yardage: Golf's best courses playing less than 6,500 yards

Golf would be in a better place if more courses were 6,500 yards or less. That distance is more sustainable for owners and friendlier to players.

More land means more of everything, extra water for the grass and additional labor caring for the turf, not to mention longer rounds and higher scores for golfers. None of that is a formula for success in today's world.

If you're a scorecard watcher who doesn't respect courses shorter than 7,000 yards, think again. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of really good regulation courses that distance and less from the tips.

We've compiled some of the best in this photo gallery to prove the point. The best example is the 6,500-yard Pasatiempo Golf Club, a classic by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in Santa Cruz, Calif., considered among the top 100 courses in America.

Some of our other favorites under 6,500 yards are the Ocean Course at The Breakers in south Florida, Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in New Jersey, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa G.C. east of Santa Barbara, Calif., the Ocean Links Course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in northeast Florida, Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown, N.Y., The Golf Club at Equinox in Manchester Village, Vt., Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif., Pacific Grove (Calif.) Golf Links, Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., the Palmer Lakeside at Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, the Miller Course at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura, Fla., Plumas Pines in Graeagle, Calif., the King and Prince in Sea Island, Ga., the Links At Bodega Harbour in Bodega Bay, Calif., The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz., Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul, Calif., The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort in Gaylord, Mich., The Tradition at Treetops Sylvan Resort in Gaylord, Mich., Apple Mountain Golf Resort in Camino, Calif., Beacon Ridge Golf & Country Club in West End, N.C., the Links Course and Adobe Course at Arizona Biltmore Country Club in Phoenix, and the Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Resort in Lewiston, Mich.

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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