So what makes Pacific Dunes so great and so hyped? Well, part of it is that the course is a throw back to another era, when land, not bulldozers, dictated how a links would play. A great example is the 10th and 11th (pictured above) holes. Back-to-back par threes is unheard of these days, but Tom Doak makes sense of it. This hole is only 148-yards from the tips, but it can be a magnificant challenge. Everything at Pacific Dunes is remarkable and it ranks right up there with Turnberry, Kingsbarns and Royal Dornoch as one of the great courses I’ve had the chance to play.