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Pacific Dunes in Bandon Oregon scores high marks in national publications as well as WorldGolf.com readers. (Courtesy Bandon Dunes Golf Resort)

Readers from all over the world have been busy submitting their course comments via the WorldGolf.com exit polls.

Reader C. Wheeler was lucky enough to play the renowned Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Oregon this past week. He left gushing about the experience and dropped plenty of 5-star ratings on Tom Doak's gem.

"Our favorite [course] was Pacific Dunes without question," he said, after playing all three courses at the Bandon Resort. "It was the most fun layout and toughest of the three. None are easy. But Dunes has the maximum 'Wow' factor on every tee box. Oh yeah! You will learn to hate the gorse."

Click here to leave a review of Pacific Dunes.

Reader Steve Martz wasn't as fond of Arnold Palmer's River's Edge north of Myrtle Beach, a course that usually receives high marks nationally. He rated it high on service and design, but wasn't happy with green conditions during his round Sept. 1.

"Greens were in horrible shape," said Martz. "There was mud around every green also."

Click here to leave a review of River's Edge.

Just down the road, 10-handicapper Larry Gavrich was praising Jack Nicklaus' Pawleys Plantation for it's stunning but penal seaside holes.

"When the tide is out, you see evidence of a golf ball graveyard (enter at your own risk)," he warns.

Click here to leave a review of Pawleys Plantation.

Just up the road from the Grand Strand in the Pinehurst golf mecca in North Carolina, 36-handicapper Spencer Hill found a safe haven on Pinehurst's No. 3.

"As a high handicapper, I enjoyed the course greatly because I always somehow landed in the fairway," said Hill. "The shortness of the course made it easy for me to play competitively in the short game versus always having to hit a long ball."

Click here to leave a review of Pinehurst No. 3.

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