4. Chambers Bay
University Place, WA
Presto, change-o. Nearly ten years ago, a great gouge in the earth, once given over to a gravel mine, transformed into a rollicking links-style golf course, with huge, rumpled greens, heaving fairways and stunning views of Puget Sound. In 2015, it hosted the United States Open Championship, though the layout itself, with firm, fast turf and unruly native grasses, looks like the sort of place that could stage a British Open. It’s like playing in the UK without crossing the pond.