Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort - Old Tom Morris statue
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Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort - Old Tom Morris statue
Old Tom Morris stands guard at his links at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Ireland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Old Tom Morris
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Old Tom Morris
Old Tom Morris was an architect, keeper of the greens, four-time Open Champion and club maker. Archive photo
Old Course at St. Andrews - first tee
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Old Course at St. Andrews - first tee
A golfer tees off on the first hole on the Old Course at St. Andrews, hitting what some believe is the widest first fairway in golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Muirfield golf course - gates
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Muirfield golf course - gates
Getting inside the gates to play Muirfield isn't easy. Visible is the flag at no. 18. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Machrihanish Golf Club - hole 6
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Machrihanish Golf Club - hole 6
The dunes create a blind shot on the sixth hole at Machrihanish Golf Club in Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Cruden Bay Golf Club
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Cruden Bay Golf Club
The view off of the elevated ninth tee at the Cruden Bay Golf Club is simply fantastic. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Carnoustie Golf Links - hole 3
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Carnoustie Golf Links - hole 3
There may be no more challenging links in the world than Carnoustie in Scotland. Getty Images
Tain Golf Club - hole 11
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Tain Golf Club - hole 11
A climb up a steep mound reveals the 11th green on the "Alps" hole at Tain Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Balcomie Links golf course - 5th green
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Balcomie Links golf course - 5th green
The fifth hole on the Crail Golfing Society's Balcomie Links is called "Hell's Hole," and if you try to be a hero, it might prove even worse than it sounds. Courtesy of Crail Golfing Society
Crieff Golf Club
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Crieff Golf Club
Crieff Golf Club, linked to Old Tom Morris, is a delightful hillside course that enjoys wonderful views over the Vale of Strathearn. Courtesy of Crieff G.C.
Dunbar Golf Club - 11th green
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Dunbar Golf Club - 11th green
The 11th green at Dunbar Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland -- a course linked to Old Tom Morris -- sits in glorious setting. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Montrose Golf Club
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Montrose Golf Club
Montrose Golf Club, linked to Old Tom Morris, is often overlooked in the hierarchy of Scottish courses. Courtesy of Montrose G.C.
Leven Links golf course in Fife
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Leven Links golf course in Fife
Golf has been played on the piece of land where Leven Links Golf Course is located since 1849. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Luffness New Golf Club
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Luffness New Golf Club
Luffness New Golf Club was founded in 1891, when members broke off from what is now called Kilspindie Golf Club. Courtesy of Golf East Lothian
Leven Links in Fife - Lundin Links
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Leven Links in Fife - Lundin Links
A stone wall at Leven Links separates the fourth green from next door Lundin Links. Both have ties to Old Tom Morris. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kinghorn Golf Club in Fife
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Kinghorn Golf Club in Fife
Kinghorn Golf Club in Fife has ties to Old Tom Morris. Courtesy of Kinghorn G.C.
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
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Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club is minutes from Nairn Golf Club in the Highlands. Both have ties to Old Tom Morris. Courtesy of Nairn Dunbar G.C.
Prestwick Golf Club - Old Course - 11th
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Prestwick Golf Club - Old Course - 11th
Some of the original greens laid out by Old Tom Morris at the Old Course at Prestwick Golf Club are still in play. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort
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Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort
The par-4 13th hole on the Old Tom Morris course at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Ireland requires an aiming post to find the proper angle off the tee. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Royal North Devon Golf Club - Sheep
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Royal North Devon Golf Club - Sheep
Golfers share holes with sheep on many of the holes at England's oldest links, Royal North Devon Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
New Course at St. Andrews
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New Course at St. Andrews
The New Course at St. Andrews is attributed to Old Tom Morris. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nairn Golf Club - holes 14 and 15
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Nairn Golf Club - holes 14 and 15
The 14th and 15th greens at Nairn Golf Club offer great views of the Moray Firth and the Black Isle. Courtesy of Nairn G.C.
Wallasey Golf Club - No. 18
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Wallasey Golf Club - No. 18
The 18th hole at Wallasey Golf Club heads uphill. The club has ties to Old Tom Morris. Ryan Lavner/Golf Advisor
Forfar Golf Club - hole 18
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Forfar Golf Club - hole 18
Old Tom Morris and James Braid both had influences at Forfar Golf Club in Scotland. Courtesy of Forfar G.C.
Alyth Golf Club
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Alyth Golf Club
The original nine holes at the Alyth Golf Club was laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1894 before James Braid completed the 18-hole routing in 1934. Courtesy of Alyth G.C.
Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club
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Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club
Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club was originally founded in 1892 on a course designed by Old Tom Morris. Courtesy of Dunkeld and Birnam G.C.
King James VI Golf Club
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King James VI Golf Club
Old Tom Morris designed King James VI Golf Club on Moncreiffe Island. Courtesy of King James VI G.C.
Pwllheli Golf Club in North Wales
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Pwllheli Golf Club in North Wales
Old Tom Morris designed the original nine holes at Pwllheli Golf Club in North Wales in 1900 before James Braid extended it to 18 holes in 1909. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Tom Morris portrait - Nairn Golf Club
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Old Tom Morris portrait - Nairn Golf Club
This Old Tom Morris portrait greets golfers entering the cool archive room at Nairn Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Ladybank Golf Club
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Ladybank Golf Club
Ladybank Golf Club, linked to Old Tom Morris, is one of the many choices in Fife. Courtesy of Ladybank G.C.
Moray Golf Club - Old Course
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Moray Golf Club - Old Course
Old Tom Morris designed the thrilling Old Course at Moray Golf Club more than 100 years ago. Courtesy of Moray G.C.
 St. Andrews Links Trust - Jubilee golf course
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St. Andrews Links Trust - Jubilee golf course
Many locals consider the Jubilee Course to be the most difficult of the six original St. Andrews Links Trust courses. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course
The Old Course at Lahinch in County Clare, Ireland is among the numerous top 100 courses Old Tom Morris had a hand in designing. Courtesy of Lahinch G.C.
Royal County Down golf course
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Royal County Down golf course
Northern Ireland's Royal County Down has been considered one of the top links in the world. Getty Images
Championship course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
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Championship course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Royal Dornoch is one of Scotland's ultimate links experiences. It's a gorgeous layout with both holes high overlooking the sea and right along it, but it's not easy. You'll want numerous cracks at it. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Tour the many golf courses linked to Old Tom Morris

Using Golf Digest's 2014 ranking of the World's 100 Greatest Courses as a guide, nobody has influenced more top 10 entrees than Old Tom Morris.

Morris, the four-time Open champion from St. Andrews, worked on Northern Ireland's Royal County Down (no. 4), the Championship course at Royal Dornoch Golf Club (no. 6), the Old Course at St. Andrews (no. 7) and Muirfield (no. 8). It's true that all of them have been enhanced by other architects over the years, but the clubs proudly cherish their early ties to Morris.

Roughly 60 golf courses in Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland are attributed to Morris, who lived during the critical period from 1821-1908 when golf began growing globally. Morris worked on other world top 100 courses such as Carnoustie Golf Links (no. 31), Machrihanish Golf Club (no. 57), the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club (no. 64) and Cruden Bay Golf Club (no. 70).

It should be noted that the Dunluce Course at Royal Portrush Golf Club (no. 16) is mostly credited to Harry S. Colt, although Morris did lay out an earlier version.

Many other courses linked to Morris are just as worthy of praise, such as Tain Golf Club near Dornoch, the Balcomie Links at Crail Golfing Society in Fife and the celebrated Nairn Golf Club. St. Andrews' New Course and Jubilee Course are popular choices, too. The Old Course at Prestwick Golf Club, host of 24 Open Championships, still has several original Morris greens in play.

We've compiled photos from 32 of his courses to showcase the depth of his impact as an architect. His birthday, June 16, is celebrated each year on Twitter as #TomMorrisDay. Tell us about your favorite Old Tom Morris course in the comments below.

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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