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Favorite public golf courses in California
Favorite public golf courses in California

Forget the Scots. Golf was invented in America. There's a petroglyph at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico showing Kokopelli, a mystical Anasazi figure, holding a 9-iron. The descendants of the ancestral Puebloans now have run amok with the sport, and tribal golf is about as good as it gets in California. Here's a look at some favorite courses. Barona Creek Golf Club The green you play: Several years ago a wildfire threatened the Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, burning the margins of the golf course. It was a harbinger. The course is indeed hot, and Barona may be the best public-play course in Southern California — and it's not even at the beach. Inland San Diego...

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