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Here are 10 public courses that have what it takes to host a U.S. Open, but won't get the call

Here are 10 public courses that have what it takes to host a U.S. Open, but won't get the call

1. Pound Ridge, Pound Ridge, N.Y. This brutal beauty from Pete and Perry Dye is loaded with wetlands, rock outcroppings, fescue-topped mounds and devilish greens. I played dang well from the 6,261-yard, 140-slope tees -- and still lost five balls! WHY NO OPEN: Too much regional competition from Winged Foot, Bethpage and Shinnecock. 2. French Lick Resort (Pete Dye), French Lick, Ind. No joke: The 16th is a 300-yard par-3 with water -- part of an 8,101-yard Pete Dye creation. Yanked drives leave you silly sidehill shots from the rough. WHY NO OPEN: French Lick is too remote for the USGA's tastes. 3. Wolf Creek, Mesquite, Nev. It serves up a 154 slope, thanks to more vertigo-inducing plunges than a Hitchcock movie. Each claustrophobic hole is hemmed in by sandstone canyon walls. A Jackson Pollock splatter of bunkers and water makes this course a wild work of art. WHY NO OPEN:...

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