Best Golf Courses in the World

Whether it’s closer to home or half way across the globe, every golfer dreams of playing awe-inspiring golf courses which would no doubt give you bragging rights over your friends.

We are often asked by our customers; what are the best golf courses in the world? So we’ve put together a list of the very best across the world for those looking to experience once in a lifetime, bucket-list golf courses…


Old Course, St Andrews

 

We couldn’t possibly make this list without including the iconic Old Course, otherwise known as the ‘Home of Golf’. Host to The Open more times than any other venue, home of the European Tour’s Dunhill Links and arguably the most famous course in the world, it’s honours are unmatched by any other.

The Old Course is a must play course located in one of the most densely populated areas for golf in Scotland.

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Royal County Down

 

It’s one in the biggest mysteries in golf as to why Royal County Down has never hosted an Open Championship, but perhaps this only adds to its allure. Designed by the legendary Tom Morris in 1900 and later altered in 1926 by Harry Colt, County Down was always destined for greatness.

Situated in Northern Ireland beneath the Mountains of Mourne, overlooking the Irish Sea, County Down is as beautiful as it is difficult. But don’t let its toughness intimidate you, the views more than make up for a potentially damning scorecard!

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Pebble Beach

 

Said to have one of the most breathtaking views in golf, Pebble Beach is another world-renowned course always on every golfer’s wishlist. Opened for play in 1919, Pebble Beach has since hosted multiple US Opens, a PGA Championship and numerous PGA Tournaments.

Located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, south of San Francisco, Pebble Beach is surrounded by a selection of incredible courses, but this picture-perfect links is the pick of the bunch.

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Ailsa Course, Turnberry

 

It may not have the history of St Andrews, or the fear factor of Carnoustie, but the Ailsa Course at Turnberry remains the most scenic course on the Open Championship schedule.

Critically acclaimed by anyone who steps foot on this hallowed turf, since its renovation in 2016, Turnberry has gone from strength to strength and is rightfully named one of the best courses in the world.

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Pinehurst No. 2

 

The North Carolina town of Pinehurst could give anywhere else in the world a run for its money when it comes to quality and quantity of courses. However, it’s the famous No. 2 course which stands out from the crowd. 1951 Ryder Cup, 1936 PGA Championship and multiple US Open host, Pinehurst No. 2’s record speaks for itself. The tall pines, sand-lined fairways and perfect conditioning make the No.2 Course one of the most difficult, but beautiful courses in the world.

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Royal Dornoch

 

Golf was first played at Royal Dornoch as early as 1616, making it the 3rd oldest course in history. This is as natural as links golf comes, with a classic out-and-back design and stunning vistas overlooking the coastline and Dornoch Firth.

The course has become famous for its raised greens and gorse, a must play for any golfer.

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Ballybunion Golf Club

 

Situated in the South West of Ireland, Ballybunion was founded in 1983 on some of the most breathtaking links land golfers will ever likely set their eyes on. There are many things that make Ballybunion special – the towering dunes, the coastal views and of course, the architecture.

Tom Watson once described Ballybunion as “a course which many golf architects should live and play before they build golf courses” – a fitting testament from one of the greats!

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Royal St George's

 

Royal St George’s is one of the most natural links layouts in the world and with 15 Open Championships to its name, is no stranger to the limelight.

The course plays along the idyllic Sandwich Bay in Kent, with large rolling sand dunes, undulating fairways and plenty of bunkers to contend with. Plus, when visiting this corner of England, visitors can also play Prince’s and Royal Cinqe Ports – two former Open Venues.

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Royal Portrush

 

Last but certainly not least – Royal Portrush’s famous Dunluce Course. Raised atop a rocky headland on the Antrim Coastline to the north of Northern Ireland, this 2019 Open Championship host provides a stern links test like no other.

Since its inception in 1888, Portrush has undergone several transformations over the years from Harry Colt, and more recently Mackenzie and Ebert to prepare the course for The 2019 Open.

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