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Hidden in plain sight. That’s the common theme among these three miniature masters (among the best in the U.S.), which you may have walked right past without ever seeing.

Cavendish Golf Course; Lanai City, Lanai, Hawaii
Driving up to the lavish Four Seasons Resort Lanai, it would be easy to overlook this public layout as just another empty field on the way to paradise. But a closer inspection reveals a 9-hole gem with no clubhouse and an honor box next to the first tee, ready for you to deposit whatever green fees you see fit. The course was built in 1947 by E.B. Cavendish (an early landowner) as a recreational option to the local workers. Today, it’s still free to locals and any tourist who discovers it. Adjacent to Lodge at Koele (fly into Maui, take a ferry to Lanai), (808) 565-7300, www.hawaiigolf.com

The Sheep Ranch; Bandon, Oregon
Located next to the four-course powerhouse of Bandon Dunes, about three hours southwest of Eugene, this place is easy to miss; the locals fiercely guard its access. It’s strictly a first-name/somebody-sent-you type of place. If you’re lucky, Al, the manager at A Bandon Inn, might be able to help you, or someone at Bandon Golf Supply may unlock the gate. It’s closed more often than it’s open — but trust us, it’s worth asking enough people until you find somebody to let you in. www.bandongolfsupply.com

Starr Hollow; Tolar, Texas
In addition to being the one-time hideout for Belle Starr, a 19th-century outlaw, Starr Hollow, an hour west of Fort Worth, was also the final home of Texas golf pioneer Marvin Leonard, who entertained golf legend Ben Hogan at this ranch many times. Today, photos of Hogan line the walls, and Leonard’s private golf cart is on the back porch. They serve the freshest hamburgers and the best undiscovered Lone Star links in the state, but the course is private, so make friends with a member. Fast. (254) 834-3464