A number of the world's more famous golf courses have holes surrounded with water. They are holes on which you can lose your balls, in more ways than one, when they fall into the water. Water holes are located along expansive lakes, creeks or even the sea and oceans. These are a few of the great golf holes that you can take a swim on.

Pebble Beach No 7

The seventh hole at Pebble Beach Links, in California, is the shortest one on its course. At 107 yards you won't find many holes with less yardage than this one, but it is among the most famous golf holes. This par 3 has a green located right next to the Pacific Ocean, providing a fine ocean setting. Overhit balls can potentially land in the sea instead of the grass. Bunkers are also scattered around its green, so the sand wedge could be a fairly essential club on this hole.

Mid Ocean Club No 5

The fifth par 4 at the Mid Ocean Club plays along the Mangrove Lake. It stretches some 433 yards, with a bridge connecting the tee box with the fairway. That fairway swings to the left around the lake that runs along the hole. Along the right of the fairway there are quite a few trees and a bunker. Greenside bunkers are hunkered some five feet below a two-tiered putting green.

TPC Sawgrass Stadium No 17

TPC Sawgrass Stadium No 17Credit: Public Domain

For many, the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course's 17th par 3 is the ultimate water hole. It's not so much a hole, but more a green located slap bang in the middle of a lake. There's not a lot else included on this 132-yard par 3, which is otherwise 97 yards from the white pegs. From the white pegs, this is more of a pitch-and-putt hole; but that's just as well given that an estimated 120,000 balls end up in its surrounding lake each year.

Banff Springs No 4

Take a dip in the glacial lake at Banff Spring's fourth hole. Chances are you might have to if you are to recover lost balls on this 192-yard par 3. On this hole, you play off from an elevated tee that rises some 70 feet above a boulder-filled pond, which lies between the tee box and the green. Legend has it that the layout of this hole came about thanks to an avalanche at the far end of the course that left a small glacial lake. This great hole is also located beside the Canadian Rockies, which dominate the skyline.

Cypress Point No 15

This is one of Cypress Point's renowned coastal holes. Cypress Point is a golf course located alongside the Monterey coastline, which separates the tee from green on this 139-yard par 3. Its propped up platform tee is some sixty feet above the sea that ebbs and flows within a narrow cove that runs in front of the green. The green itself has half-dozen bunkers of variable sizes, filled with white sand, scattered around it. To the left of it there is a small bleached wood of cypress trees.

Augusta National No 12

Augusta No 12Credit: Public Domain

The famed Golden Bell hole at Augusta, which has an assortment of yellow golden bell flowers that bloom in springtime, is one with a notable stretch of water. This is a short par-3 hole that includes Rae's Creek, which runs in front of the green. There are slopes around the green, so if the ball lands on surrounding grass it can still roll into the water.

TPC Sawgrass No 18

Finally, there is the 18th at TPC Sawgrass Stadium course. That's another of the holes which has a lake along the left of its fairway. The lake dominates the left side of this par 4. The 2005 Players Championship champion Fred stated, “From the tee, you don't see a lot of fairway — what you see is water.” Overall, it's a great finishing hole.

These golf holes have plenty of water. If you don't take any clubs to their courses during the summer, bring your swimming shorts instead!