15 Famous Golf Courses From Around The World
With Father’s Day quickly approaching we thought it was time to take a look at some of the best golf courses in the world. Here are 15 of the best golf courses from the U.S. and abroad…
1. The Pine Valley Golf Club, New Jersey
The Pine Valley Golf Club is considered by many to be the best in the world. It’s located in Southern New Jersey, and was founded by a ground of amateur golfers from Philadelphia in 1913. It’s a challenging course to play, but is well worth it, if you can get into it. It’s a private club, and nonmembers can only play if invited and accompanied by another club member.
2. The Old Course – St. Andrews, Scotland
The Old course at St. Andrews is one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world. It is also the oldest, and it is located in beautiful Scotland. The first written evidence of golf being played at the course was from the 1500’s, and over 500 years later, the course is still going. It’s also one of the few courses with this much prestige that is open to the public.
3. Muirfield, Scotland
Muirfield is another great golf course located in Scotland, and it has also hosted The Open Championship over 15 times. Some of the world’s best golfers have played, and won The Open there like Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, and Nick Faldo. It’s a links course, and is a bit unusual as it has two loops of 9-holes; one clockwise and the other counter-clockwise.
4. Pebble Beach, California
Whether you’re an avid golfer, or just a weekend player, chances are you’ve heard of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. This beautiful course is located in sunny California, and has been featured in magazines, top 10 lists, and even video games. Playing at Pebble Beach isn’t cheap, as the green fees are around $500 per person, but you won’t find a better golfing experience on the West Coast.
5. The Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Scotland
Scotland strikes again taking the 5th spot on the list with The Royal Dornoch Golf Club. This club has two 18-hole courses, and was established back in 1877. It’s been consistently ranked in the top 10 for years, even though it’s never hosted any major modern tournaments.
6. Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina
The Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina is a great place to play golf; it’s also the only course on this great list I’ve had the privilege to play. There are eight courses in all, but course No. 2 is the most famous by far. If you’re looking for a great place to play on the East Coast of the United States, Pinehurst is the best choice.
7. Bethpage Black Golf Course, Lond Island
The Bethpage Black golf course is one of five courses at Bethpage State Park in Long Island. It’s the most difficult of the five, and also has the distinction of being the first publicly owned & operated golf course to host the U.S. Open.
8. Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania
If you like prestigious, old golf courses, you’ll love Oakmont Country Club. It’s the oldest top-ranked golf course in the United States; holding its first U.S. Open in 1927, and has had many other top events held there. If you’re ever in Pennsylvania, it’s a golf course you will want to check out.
9. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Lond Island
Speaking of prestigious, let’s take a look at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. This great looking course is located in the town of Southampton on Long Island, New York. It’s on the national register of Historic places and is the oldest formal organized golf club in the United States.
10. Royal Portrush Golf Club, Ireland
Now we’ll head back across the Ocean to beautiful Ireland for Royal Portrush Golf Club. It’s a private club, and the only club outside of Great Britain to host The Open Championship. The course is also overlooked by the ancient Dunluce Castle, which certainly adds an air of prestige to the already famous course.
11. Seminole Golf Club, Florida
Want to play some golf at the beach? You may want to check out the Seminole Golf Club which was designed by Donald Ross in 1929, and is located in sunny Juno Beach, Florida. Since its inception, it has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 courses in the U.S.
12. Prairie Dunes Country Club, Kansas
This next course just goes to show, that golf is popular everywhere. Prairie Dunes Country Club was founded in the mid-1930s, and is located outside of Hutchinson, Kansas in the U.S. It’s frequently hosted several U.S.G.A. events, and has consistently been ranked as one of the top courses in the U.S.
13. Ballybunion Golf Course, Ireland
We go back to Ireland for the next entry, which is Ballybunion Golf Course located in County Kerry, Ireland. Its remote location has kept it from being selected for some major events, but people that have played the course never forget it. Ballybunion was founded in 1893, but redesigned in 1995 by pro golfer Tom Watson into the course that is there today.
14. TPC Swagrass
TPC at Sawgrass, otherwise known as The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, is one of the most well-known golf courses in the U.S. It’s also the home of the PGA headquarters, and hosts The Players Championship every year.
15. Royal Country Down Golf Club, Ireland
The Royal Country Down Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Ireland, dating back all the way to 1889. It has two 18-hole links courses, and the Championship course measures over 7,200 yards from the back tee. Royal Country Downs is generally been considered one of the best golf courses in the world.
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