Not many courses can sell their course based on cinematic history alone, but if any can, it might be The Deerwood Course near Houston. Kevin Costner’s character Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy famously spoiled his chances at the U.S. Open by sending multiple balls into the pond while competing in a playoff against his rival, before finally sinking the last haphazard shot and winning glory, if not the tournament. That hole? No. 13 at Deerwood.
The hole is only a par four in real life, but you’ll find a plaque where Roy sank the shot from; feel free to attempt a replication, but please move on after landing your first in the pond. Although Deerwood never hosted any U.S. Open, it did host the Champions Tour Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic for five years, with wins from Lee Trevino and others.
Perhaps the biggest PGA name affiliated with the club, however, was Byron Nelson, who served as a player consultant to Joe Finger during the design of the course.