Pacifico at Punta Mita Golf Club - hole 3b
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Pacifico at Punta Mita Golf Club - hole 3b
Playing the "Tail of the Whale" hole -- a natural island green in the ocean called hole 3b -- makes the round on Pacifico at the Punta Mita Golf Club so special. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Legendary Run Golf Course - hole 19
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Legendary Run Golf Course - hole 19
The 19th hole at Legendary Run Golf Course means more golf on an extra par 3. Drinks will have to wait. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Koasati Pines Golf Club  - hole 19
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Koasati Pines Golf Club - hole 19
Koasati Pines Golf Club has a real 19th hole to settle bets. Courtesy of Koasati Pines G.C.
Streamsong Resort - bye hole
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Streamsong Resort - bye hole
The bye hole -- the 37th hole at Streamsong Resort -- plays over water to settle any bets. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Forest Dunes Golf Club - bye hole
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Forest Dunes Golf Club - bye hole
The par-3 19th, an extra hole at the Forest Dunes Golf Club, features a bunker in the middle of the green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Vancouver Island - Bear Mountain
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Vancouver Island - Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain Resort's 19th hole -- set in the middle of the Mountain Course -- overlooks Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic and Cascades mountains beyond. Courtesy of Bear Mountain Resort
Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa - 19th
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa - 19th
Only helicopters reach the extreme 19th hole at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa. Courtesy of Legend Golf & Safari Resort
Black Bear Golf Club - 19th hole
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Black Bear Golf Club - 19th hole
Golfers start on the 19th hole, a par 3, at Black Bear Golf Club in northern Michigan. Courtesy of Black Bear Golf Club
Dunes Golf and Beach Club - alternate par 3
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Dunes Golf and Beach Club - alternate par 3
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club has an alternate par-3 hole just after the 13th. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Walkabout Golf Club - 19th hole
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Walkabout Golf Club - 19th hole
The green on the 19th hole at Walkabout Golf Club in Florida is shaped like Australia. Courtesy of Walkabout G.C.

Not just a private thing: What's your favorite bonus hole at a public course?

Bye holes -- an extra par 3 traditionally built at the end of an 18-hole routing -- are a great bonus perk. They help settle bets. They also give golfers one more shot at a hole-in-one.

Most of the best ones are found at high-end private clubs, but we've scoured the country to find a few extra par-3 holes at public and resort courses around North America.

If you have a favorite from this list or have found others we haven't, let us know in the comments below:

• The extra 163-yard par 3 at Legendary Run Golf Course in Cincinnati plays over water.

• The Gambling Hole at Koasati Pines Golf Club at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La. finishes on an island green, ranging from 85 yards to 150 yards.

• The 135-yard bonus hole on the Links at Las Palomas in Sonora, Mexico gives players one last look at the dunes.

• The tiny 75-yard extra hole at Walkabout Golf Club in Mims, Fla. features a green shaped like Australia, the native country of course architect Jan Stephenson, who played on the LPGA Tour from 1976-99.

• Anybody playing the Red Course or Blue Course at Streamsong Resort in remote central Florida can finish their day playing the extra 150-yard par 3 from a tee next to the putting green and the clubhouse.

• A bunker in the middle of the green -- ala Riviera Country Club -- protects the 117-yard 19th hole at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, Mich.

• The tiny 19th green at Rattle Run Golf Club in St. Clair, Mich. sits in the middle of a pond.

• The No. 2 Course at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill., called "Ravines" by the locals, has something the more famous "Dubsdread" course doesn't, an extra 176-yard uphill par 3 to end the round.

• Black Bear Golf Club in Vanderbilt, Mich., part of the Gaylord Golf Mecca in northern Michigan, does it different than most places: Golfers play its 159-yard extra hole at the beginning of their round.

• The 205-yard par 3 "alternate hole" at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. was built in 1999 by Roger Rulewich to allow the club to close a hole and still maintain a championship course. It is so strong that it replaced the 17th hole during the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship.

• The 141-yard extra par 3 -- after the 13th hole at Bear Mountain Resort's Mountain Course on Vancouver Island, B.C. -- serves up commanding views of Victoria.

• Hole 3B on the Pacifico Course at Punta Mita Golf Club in Punta Mita, Mexico, is a natural wonder called "Tail of the Whale." Jack Nicklaus transformed a natural offshore island into a green in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A 199-yard carry is the only way to reach land safely. At high tide, golfers have to leave their ball behind. Carts can only drive the elevated cart path leading to the green at low tide.

• Okay, so it's not located in North America, but the most extreme and expensive 19th hole belongs to the Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It takes a helicopter ride to reach the tee of this 400-yard par 3 atop Hanglip Mountain, a point more than 1,400 feet above a green shaped like Africa. It takes nearly 30 seconds of hang time for the ball to hit the ground. The resort's Web site lists a leaderboard of players who have made par (and even a few birdies!) and more than 2,500 others who have made bogey or worse. Now that's a memorable bye hole.

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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