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Best Public Golf Course 

Gateway National Golf Links

Quick! What's the only public golf course within 100 miles of St. Louis that boasts bentgrass? Here's a hint: It's a links-style course that meanders east of the Mississippi River, with wooden bridges, quaint lakes, wood-tie bunkers and the occasional giant cottonwood. Yep, with handsome views of the Gateway Arch, Gateway National Golf Links is the sort of course you'd expect to come with a hefty membership fee for the privilege of playing its rolling hills. But like so many great institutions — the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art — Gateway National is open to the public, meaning shlubs like you and us can play it any old time we want. Regular greens fees are in the $40 to $60 range, with discounts for oldsters and during off-hours. Private standards, public access. What a country!

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