But while it still has canted fairways hampered by just a single fairway bunker, the once-dense forest has been considerably cleared away, leaving only the occasional bowlegged cypress with knobby knees. This course will screw with you. 64). Dubai, United Arab Emirates / 7,692 yards, Par 72. development course with gorgeous white, graceful-though-deep bunkers that look suspiciously like those at Augusta National. John Sabino, author of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs: A Journey through Pine Valley, Royal Melbourne, Augusta, Muirfield, and More, has actually played every top 100 golf course in the world. Magog, Quebec, Canada / 7,498 yards, Par 72. Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland / 7,452 yards, Par 70. Fancourt hosted the 2003 Presidents Cup as well as the 2005 South African Open and 2012 Volvo Golf Champions on the European Tour. A product of the Great Depression funded by Phillips Petroleum money and constructed by hundreds of workers who stood at the gate each morning hoping for a 25-cents-per-hour job that day, Southern Hills is architect Perry Maxwell's great achievement. To American visitors, the look of Sunningdale brings to mind Pine Valley or Pinehurst. 76 (NEW) Punta Espada G. Cse. A longtime member of the Open rota, Royal St. George's was the site of Darren Clarke's surprise victory in 2011. Running from the shoreline of the Andaman Sea to the edge of a tropical rain forest beneath the Mat Cincang Mountains, Els Club is the only course on the World Top 100 that has no sand bunkers. 2015 Khalid Redza/Asian Tour/Getty Images, 75 (92) Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (Lake) (Dunes) The routing is stunning: a clockwise front 9, counterclockwise back 9, with seven holes hunkered down on the ocean, no more than 20 feet above the surf. It seems fitting that, in a town where every house is a cliffhanger, every U.S. Open played at Olympic has been one too. The original design b... Grandover East course is pretty much what one would expect of resort golf. We count 46 of the Top 100 as being oceanside venues, including our new No. Four months after starting our state revisions at the Pacific, we’ve now reached the Atlantic. 8 (7) The Old Course at St. Andrews Links In 2005, Tom Fazio, who helped his uncle with the original design, rebunkered some holes and created a new par-4 16th. After Zach Johnson's dramatic overtime victory, few mentioned the alterations. The late media mogul Kerry Packer commissioned Greg Norman to build him the nation's toughest course, and Norman complied. Henderson, Idaho, U.S.A. / 7,317 yards, Par 72. Designed by American Kyle Phillips, whose breakthrough course was No. 31 (25) Crystal Downs C.C. You can email, comment on Facebook and Twitter, or write to us at Golf World Top 100, Media House, Lynchwood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA. 71 (49) Valderrama G.C. Our Korean affiliates call The Club at Nine Bridges the "Taj Mahal of Golf." 47 (44) Royal Porthcawl G.C., Wales For composite tournament play, East's holes 1-3 and 16-18 are used along with 12 of the West holes. He also replicated his father's great greens. 80 (NEW) Peachtree G.C. List-Worthy; How many Top 100 Courses have *you* played? It will slowly release its secrets and in uncovering them you will start to see golf as it was, is and can be. When the layout opened in 1994, Nicklaus said it had the three finest finishing holes in golf. Mexico's first true links, fashioned by Davis Love III and his design team along the Pacific Ocean from a fantastic set of white sand dunes, huge portions of which are without vegetation and seem like enormous snow drifts. ► No. In early routings, that was going to be the closing hole. 26 (31) Carnoustie G. Links (Championship) 96 (NEW) Naruo G.C. Gil Hanse performed some course restoration prior to the 2013 U.S. By the time the club found funds to expand it to 18, original architect Perry Maxwell had passed away, but his son Press added nine more holes seamlessly, putting three on the front nine and six on the back. He called it America's Lights Out Tour, and they were the Alotians. 1, Royal County Down in Northern Ireland and the two hottest new layouts on the globe, No. 25 (83) Portmarnock G.C. Our expert course raters sized up the best golf courses on the planet to rank GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the World for 2020-21. He also added the par-3 seventh, called the "Duel Hole" because its location marks the spot of the last legal duel in America. Perry Maxwell, the Midwest associate of architect Alister MacKenzie, lived on site while constructing the course to MacKenzie's plans, and there's evidence Maxwell exercised considerable artistic license on some holes. It's so sublime that its architecture hasn't really been fiddled with in nearly 50 years, although the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have restored interesting features to prepare Shinnecock for the 2018 U.S. Open. Winged Foot West will host the U.S. Open again in 2020. Some dunes sit 100 feet above fairways. 38 (67) Oakland Hills C.C. But no course in America has views of giraffes, hippos and crocs in the wild. 18) Kingston Heath G.C. 56 (85) Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) Augusta, Ga., U.S.A. / 7,435 yards, Par 72. Holes seem to emerge from the landscape rather than being superimposed onto it. Oakmont, Pa., U.S.A. / 7,255 yards, Par 71. Donald Ross called it his home, having been born in the village and learned the game on the links. Baiting Hollow, N.Y., U.S.A. / 7,049 yards, Par 71. Routed on slopes and in a valley on Packer's estate, it has water in play on half the holes. Only the first three holes play adjacent to Bristol Channel, but there are ocean views and ocean winds on all the inland holes too, which are on higher ground. The remaining two, Wind and Water, have been shelved. 65 (64) Lahinch G.C. Andeok-myeon, Namjeju-kun, Jeju-do, Jeju Island, South Korea / 7,863 yards, Par 72. Meanwhile, Jack insisted that Tom tone down his usual ragged, jagged bunker faces to make them palatable to high-handicap members. 93), some tee shots seem to roll forever, but so do errant shots that miss greens. A comprehensive and definitive guide to the best golf courses in Continental Europe. Macdonald, who designed National as a collection of his favorite features from grand old British golf holes. He took full advantage of that chance, routing an exciting 18 that plays from highlands of desert cacti, over dry washes and down to the sea on both nines. His fourth round 64 was enough for a well-earned two-shot victory. (Player later added the similarly themed Bramble Hill G.C. His rebunkering was overshadowed by ankle-deep rough, and after Ben Hogan closed with a 67, one of only two under-par rounds all week, to win his second consecutive Open, he complained that Jones had created a Frankenstein. Colt supposedly located them first then connected them using an ideal balance of short and long par 4s on each nine. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia / 6,643 yards, Par 72. 78 (NEW) Memphrémagog Golf Club San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A. / 7,095 yards, Par 71. A Willie Park Jr. design that dates from 1901, it's perhaps the most advanced design of its day. So was the site so good that, once construction started, Doak and Clayton were able to find nine new green sites at the opposite ends of holes originally envisioned? North Berwick must be played in good humor. The World 100 Greatest concludes with a classic inland layout originally designed in 1962 by Englishman C.K. What makes Hirono special was Alison's spectacular bunkering, which ranged from diagonal cross bunkers, fearsome carry bunkers and strings of ragged-edged ones. ", 30 (33) New South Wales G.C. The greens look like giant mushrooms, curled and slumped around the edges, proving that as a course architect, Tillinghast was not a fun guy. Rome, Italy / 7,566 yards, Par 71. 45 Royal St. George's. Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland / 7,421 yards, Par 71. It's a toss-up as to which course is prettier. 66 (61) National G.C. The secret is Doak moved a lot of earth to make it look like he moved very little. 16 (22) Cape Kidnappers G. Cse. 27 (16) Royal Portrush G.C. The 2014 British Senior Open was contested at Royal Porthcawl. Sitting along the dramatic rugged seacoast of Botany Bay near Sydney, on the spot where Captain Cook first stepped onto Australia in 1770, La Perouse is renown for its ocean views and high winds. Colt. He laid out Hirono in the early 1930s in a hilly pine forest slashed by gulleys, clearing wide corridors and positioning greens on the crests of ridges. 48 (69) Wade Hampton G.C. 67 (NEW) Southern Hills C.C. James Braid is usually credited with the present design, but it was green chairman James Wright who in 1931 created the stirring last three holes, with 17 and 18 harassed by twisting, turning Barry Burn. Tillinghast ever did, now being restored to original parameters by architect Gil Hanse. Most agree it influenced the outcome. Only the Norman-designed Fire Course has been completed. Fishers Island, N.Y., U.S.A. / 6,566 yards, Par 72. Latest polarizing topic: Martin Hawtree's design changes in advance of the 2015 British Open. Patriarch Frederic G. did the present design, with its surprisingly flat fairways and docile greens between towering dunes, in 1931. Le Perouse, New South Wales, Australia / 6,829 yards, Par 72. The putting surfaces are tightly bunkered and full of hidden undulations. William Langford and Theodore Moreau made their debut on GOLF’s 2020-21 ranking of Top 100 Courses in the US, with the Links Course at Lawsonia coming in at no. 10 (14) Merion G.C. Site of a World Tour event since 2010, Earth was the first of what was intended to be four full-blown courses at Jumeirah. The routing wanders the rugged high desert plateau on the outward nine, toward the Sea of Cortez, hopscotching a dramatic canyon on the par-3 eighth. 40 (23) Barnbougle Lost Farm 58 (NEW) Sentosa G.C. 69 (50) Kingsbarns G. Links The site was a mangrove swamp filled with some 3 million cubic yards of sand dredged from Singapore Harbor. In 2010, a team lead by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw killed and ripped out all the Bermudagrass rough on Pinehurst No. None of that would have happened if David Kidd hadn't produced a great first design. Instead of old black sheds, a high dune blocks view of the fairway from the tee. Tillinghast's 10th at Winged Foot West. 24 Cape Wickham in Australia. The World's Best Disc Golf Courses is far more than just the list you'll find below.We spoke with people intimately involved with the creation of each course in the top 10 to create individual articles that include fascinating and in-depth course histories, overviews of how each course plays, signature holes, and more. That might still be true 22 years later, given that the greens at 16, 17 and 18 are all perched atop rocks above the crashing surf of Whale Bay. Two holes on the back nine once played around a long lagoon but have been replaced by new 12th and 13th holes on the beach. Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland / 7,428 yards, Par 72. 68 (NEW) Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Club 44 (60) The Ocean Cse. Macdonald creation, also bearing the name Chicago G.C., opened near Downers Grove, Ill. in 1893. Like No. 23 (41) Sunningdale G.C. Top 100 golf courses in Florida. 20 (32) Golf de Morfontaine To reach Machrihanish, Old Tom Morris needed a train, a steamboat and a long carriage ride. We count 46 of the Top 100 as being oceanside venues, including our new No. 19 Cabot Cliffs is not a natural links, though it looks and plays like it. Having said that, course arc... Have played the Creek Club often and have admired the little changes they have made to... PGA has 3 courses on property at the Village. Opens is not the 18 holes ranked by Golf Digest. A design collaboration by amateur star Bobby Jones and golf architect Robert Trent Jones (no relation). Forget the number of holes-in-one you’ve made, or how many times you’ve broken 80 — everyone knows golf’s ultimate bragging rights lie in the number … Sadly, he died in 1948, so Robert Trent Jones got the job. Due to Canyata’s intense privacy there’s very little information on the Internet about it. The one discordant note are royal palms planted in many desert spots near greens. 32 (26) Chicago G.C. 42 (71) The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel 9s) A spectacular trio down on the water's edge is most noteworthy: the par-3 eighth, plunging 100 feet down to a peninsula green, the par-5 ninth with the lake hard against the right edge and the par-3 10th, over a lake cove to a clifftop green. Florida, United States. The Obsessed Golfer was created to chronicle the stories of playing the Top 100 Golf Courses in the world and the journey getting there. Cape Kidnappers was also the International winner of a 2012 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, co-sponsored by Golf Digest. A.W. Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland / 7,209 yards, Par 71. Maxwell, a former banker, negotiated his design fee on a sliding scale. Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A. / 7,145 yards, Par 70. This is a Tom Fazio design with gorgeous views of Lake Coeur d'Alene to the north and west and the panoramic farm valley to the east. Woodbridge, Ont., Canada / 7,235 yards, Par 72. 2 in 2014. Cabot Links was man-made by designer-shaper Rod Whitman on a coastal coal mine staging area that serviced mines beneath the sea. 19 Cabot Cliffs. That's how a championship course remains competitive. Chicago recycled products mogul Mike Keiser took a gamble when he chose tenderfoot architect David McLay Kidd to design a destination daily-fee on the remote southwestern coastline of Oregon. The Golf Club remained untouched for 45 years, but in 2014 Dye gently retouched most every hole. Though the greens are surprisingly flat, as if to compensate for the rugged terrain and numerous blind shots, bunkers are a definite highlight, most with arched eyebrows of dense marram grasses and impenetrable clumps of heather. It has hosted an annual PGA Tour event, but no U.S. Open since 1948. Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan / 6,915 yards, Par 72. Not just the greatest meeting of land and sea in American golf, but the most extensive one, too, with nine holes perched immediately above the crashing Pacific surf – the fourth through 10th plus the 17th and 18th. Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, Wales / 7,065 yards, Par 72. I’m not sure, because there’s certainly nowhere else I’ve played to which it compares. It's a glorious collection of holes on a breathtaking site along Bass Strait, a notorious stretch of Australian seacoast that once shipwrecked many voyages. After reach the far point on the par-5 ninth, the course turns for home over similar terrain, via two more outstanding par 3s, the 11th and 14th. We count 46 of the Top 100 as being oceanside venues, including our new No. These are considered some of Thompson's best bunkering. It's thoroughly American in its design, with huge flowery bunkers and massive greens, even after Player and South African designer Phil Jacobs revised it in 2010 by removing massive sand pits around certain greens and creating an island green on the par-4 ninth. Some holes are guarded by gurgling brooks, but Fazio piped several streams underground to make the course more playable and walkable. St. George's is outstanding Stanley Thompson design routed through forest-covered glacial land, with meandering fairways that diagonally traverse valleys and greens perched on domes. 77 (63) Olympic Club (Lake) 28 (43) Seminole G.C. Whomever did it, Crystal Downs has fairways that zigzag and rumble over the landscape and greens that have doglegs in them. Only the flattish greens, many on hilltop locations, seem out-of-place. One might suspect he could return someday to update it. Best known as the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup won by Europe in a squeaker, Valderrama was a favorite design of the late architect Robert Trent Jones. San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A. / 6,830 yards, Par 71. The greens are no longer Ross, replaced 50 years ago in a regrassing effort that showed little appreciation for the original rolling contours. Owner Donald Trump wants an Open; we suspect it'll someday host a Ryder Cup. It's now gloriously open and playable, at least until one reaches the putting surfaces, perhaps the finest set of green contours the versatile architect A.W. Golf Monthly's Top 100 is the only list produced by golfers, for golfers. Oakmont also has the game's swiftest putting surfaces, which will likely be slowed down for the 2016 U.S. Open. Strung along nearly three miles of ocean coast, Dye took his wife's advice and perched fairways and greens so golfers can actually view the Atlantic surf. It has so much rub-of-the-green that some tour pros don't care for it, but it didn't bother Jason Day, who conquered it to win the 2015 PGA Championship. 1, Royal County Down in Northern Ireland and the two hottest new layouts on the globe, No.19 Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia and our own Cape Wickham Links on Tasmania’s King Island, which debuts at No.24. The routing is ingenious and crescent-shaped along the Fife coast with holes on three separate levels (130 feet of elevation change in all) to provide ocean views from every fairway. Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia / 6,805 yards, Par 72. Already played this course? Opens were played on consecutive weeks on No. Village of Pinehurst, N.C., U.S.A. / 7,495 yards, Par 72. The par 3s are indeed outstanding -- the 17th looks like it might have been the inspiration for A.W. Chopped from a pine forest but designed like a links, with the ninth at far end of property, it plays like a links, too, for there's a sand base beneath the turf. The revamped course reopens in June 2016. Ardmore, Pa., U.S.A. / 6,886 yards, Par 70. The Alotian Club gives us a hint of what Augusta National would have looked like had Bobby Jones established his dream course in hilly Atlanta. Some dispute this is America's first 18-hole golf course, arguing that another C.B. Bandon, Ore., U.S.A. / 7,212 yards, Par 72. 15 (17) Fishers Island Club St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland / 7,279 yards, Par 72. Originally designed in 1920 by brothers Rokuro and Shiro Akaboshi, it was rebunkered by C.H. George, Western Cape, South Africa / 7,578 yards, Par 73. 46 (NEW) Yas Links 19 (NEW) Cabot Cliffs Campbelltown, Strathclyde, Scotland / 6,462 yards, Par 70. When first laid out in 1979 by American Ron Kirby and his then-design partner Gary Player, the course occupied a mountain valley in the independent state of Bophuthatswana, which has since reunited with South Africa. Thirty years later, son Fred W. remodeled it, adding the now-classic par-3 12th. When Jack Nicklaus first saw this Baja Peninsula site, what can best be described as Scottsdale-meets-the-Sea of Cortez, he told reporters, "This is my chance to design a Pebble Beach." The site was volcanic rock, capped with 150,000 cubic yards of sand as a base for bent-grass fairways and greens. Credit architect C.B. When Emirates G.C. Top100 Golf Courses rank West Sussex in top 100 in the World Top100Courses has just announced their 2018/2019 rankings for the golf courses of the World. Golf Digest’s top 20: First Ten 1/ Royal County Down (Northern Ireland) 2/ Tara Iti (New Zealand) golf digest top 100 golf courses in the world 2020: golf digest top 100 golf courses in the world 2019: 1 result. The golf course was first designed by Crump and Colt in 1918 and is inducted in the top place in our list of 10 Best Golf Courses in the World. Sheshan hosted the World Golf Championships-HSBC event six times, most recently in 2013, won by Dustin Johnson. 24 (NEW) Cape Wickham Links 75 Lake Course at Spring City in China. 51 (48) Whistling Straits (Straits) As the name suggestions, Phillips fashioned this as a warm-weather links, using two million cubic yards of sand dredged from an adjacent marina to and give the layout the shape and contour, then covering everything with Paspalum turf. Considered by some to be the St. Andrews of Ireland, the splendid links at Lahinch reflects evolution in golf architecture. 82 (81) Royal Lytham & St. Annes G.C. It has six par 5s, including three in the space of four holes, and six par 3s, plus an additional one-shot bye-hole aside the fourth. Probably the consummate design of architect Seth Raynor, who died in early 1926, before the course had opened. 51 Whistling Straits or No. A 2004 collaboration of American superstar designer Tom Doak and Australian tour-pro-turned-architect Michael Clayton, this is a tremendous 18 in a fantastic stretch of sand dunes along Bass Strait, the sea that separates Tasmania from Melbourne. The dominant theme of our new ranking of the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses is proximity to the sea. Songjiang, Shanghai, China / 7,199 yards, Par 72. Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England / 7,118 yards, Par 70. Sixty years later, Oakland Hills is even longer, but its bite won't be nearly as severe when it hosts the U.S. When the Pine Barrens opened, I would go south with my son and play it and the Rolling... ​US South Atlantic Division Best in State Rankings 2020, Gil Hanse's recreation of the lost Lido​ to open in 2021, Review of the Month October 2020 – Canyata, US East North Central Division Best in State Rankings 2020, ​US West North Central Division Best in State Rankings 2020, Review of the Month September 2020 – Barnbougle Lost Farm. 69 Kingsbarns in Scotland, Yas Links is part of a massive Arabian Gulf entertainment complex that includes a Formula 1 racetrack and a Ferrari World amusement park. What is fascinating is that the back nine is completely reversed from how Doak originally routed it. A recirculating creek looks like it was appropriated from Muirfield Village. 70 Cabo del Sol and adjacent to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmillo Golf Club, this Tom Fazio design opened in 2000. So now the entire second nine is adjacent to the ocean, amidst the tallest dunes. Pulau Langkawa, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia / 7,284 yards, Par 72. Amateur. Pebble will host another U.S. was remodeled into its present configuration, emulating famous holes, in 1923 by Macdonald's longtime assistant Seth Raynor. Colt's 1925 redesign. 21(18) Hirono G.C. After Ellerston's opening, Norman said, "We had no need to consider forward tees, resort traffic or weaker hitters. The dominant theme of our new ranking of the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses is proximity to the sea. The All Square ranking of the best golf courses in Florida # 1. The New course at Grand Cypress is a fun round of golf. Frankfort, Mich., U.S.A. / 6,518 yards, Par 70. They also built a pond on another par 3 and relocated the green on the par-4 18th. 45 (66) Royal St. George's G.C. King Island, Tasmania, Australia / 6,725 yards, Par 72. With that dramatic deep bunkering, Naruo looks both lovely and lethal. New Jersey golfer out to play the Top 100 courses in the world. Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland / 7,186 yards, Par 71. 81 (29) San Francisco G.C. The first course designed for a specific one-time event—the 1991 Ryder Cup—this manufactured linksland-meets-lagoons layout might well be Pete Dye's most diabolical creation. With its 18th green at the base of a natural amphitheater, Riviera seems to be tailormade as a tournament venue. No other links in the world has cactus. Bump-and-run on firm fescue turf is the game on this understated layout, with muted dunes, austere bunkering and gentle, generous greens. It's on the edge of tinsel town, but the architecture of the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club is solid gold since its 2010 restoration by architect Gil Hanse, his associate Jim Wagner and their colleague Geoff Shackelford. Photo by Angus Murray /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images, 53 (37) Friar's Head G.C. Considered a seaside venue (situated on the south coast of Wales) but not a true links, Royal Porthcawl doesn't have returning nines, but it's not an out-and-back routing. Seminole has long been one of America's most exclusive clubs, which is why it's exciting that it will host the 2021 Walker Cup. His tight, twisting fairways, pinched at every turn by squat olive trees, led to surprisingly small putting surfaces protected by Trent's trademark splashy bunkers. 93 (42) Cabot Links (East) To control storm water drainage, several lakes were created, some with cascading weirs, and the par-5 18th finishes on an island green. Matauri Bay, New Zealand / 7,151 yards, Par 72. Other than reducing the contours in a couple of greens (particularly the 18th) in the late 1990s, Dye has left the course untouched. Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.A. / 7,236 yards, Par 71. One thing Raynor retained was Macdonald's routing, with all the out-of-bounds on the left. 14 (24) Winged Foot G.C. (North) The tee on the 205-yard par-3 sixth sits 85 feet above the green. In the 2000s, member Sandy Tatum, a former USGA president who christened Cypress Point as the Sistine Chapel of golf, convinced the club not to combat technology by adding new back tees, but instead make a statement by celebrating its original architecture. 74 (NEW) The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip Instead, the front nine moves in a clockwise crescent-shaped manner, with the back nine running counterclockwise inside the crescent. (West) Pine Valley Golf Club. Pebble Beach, Calf. 29 (NEW) Ellerston G.C. That's the challenge. Little details elevate the architecture of Gozzer Ranch: a slight false right-front edge on the first green, the backboard slope behind the sixth green, the fairway contouring on the dual-fairway drivable par-4 12th that kicks even a short drive to the base of the putting surface. Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2020 With the help of an extensive panel of industry leaders, we bring you the official countdown of golfscape’ s Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2020. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates / 7,414 yards, Par 72. 50 (65) North Berwick G.C., Scotland Trent was a forceful personality, so Peachtree reflects far more of Trent's notions of golf than Bobby's, particularly in designing for future equipment advances. 41 (30) St. George's G. & C.C. Said Crenshaw: "Our job was to marry the two distinct elements. GOLF Magazine‘s biennial Top 100 Courses in the World Rankings are determined by a 100-strong international panel whose members include major-championship winners, architects, journalists and … It has everything: excellent variety of hole lengths, massive greens, tiny greens, water, forest, meadow – it’s a Northwest style course at it’s finest and is one I never get sick of playing. The Old Course at St. Andrews is ground zero for all golf architecture. In the 1968 Open, Jack Nicklaus complained that a knob in the middle of the ninth fairway kicked his drives into the rough. Call it Canada's Portmarnock, though Ireland has no match for Cabot's postcard par-4 6th, a dogleg-left around a tidal yacht basin. When you make the pilgrimage, play it early and often. 55. (West) We rank the Clyde & Squirrel combination, clearly good enough to be one of the top courses in the world. A superb aerial game is needed to clear deep bunkers and reach greens perched perilously close to the Pages Creek. Here’s a fun and easy way to find out GOLF - Golf. Just four years old, this Martin Hawtree design is set in as dramatic a set of sand dunes as there is in golf -- even better than those at No. Kiawah Island, S.C., U.S.A. / 7,356 yards, Par 72. 52 (55) Diamante G.C. 1. 63 (46) Pinehurst Resort (No.2) That led to a five-year Dye-Nicklaus design partnership. Every bunker is at least knee high, encircled with stacked-sod faces. Less than six months old, this design collaboration by American Mike DeVries and Australian golf writer Darius Oliver may be an even bigger surprise than No. Sun City, North West Province, South Africa / 7,747 yards, Par 72. Southampton, N.Y., U.S.A. / 7,041 yards, Par 70. Trending. (The entire project, including land, clubhouse, condos and spa, cost $100 million.) Royal North Devon Devon69. How unique is this course? Bill Coore used the usual C&C team, though. 2 (3) Augusta National (Ga.) G.C. Sherwood Forest Nottinghamshire, 51. Visitors today have to resort to much the same mode, so remote is Machrihanish, on the southern end of Scotland's Kintyre Peninsula. New Albany, Ohio, U.S.A. / 7,439 yards, Par 72. Wade Hampton hosted the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur. (80) The Golf Club Where he'd normally plot housing lots, he maintained as desert. 88 (84) Leopard Creek C.C. next door.) 36 (58) Oak Hill C.C. That also exposes shots and putts to ever-present and sometimes fierce coastal winds. 3 (1) Pine Valley (N.J.) G.C. Located several miles up the road from No. Considered radical in the early 1980s for its acres of tall, native-grass rough, unusual Zoysiagrass fairways and terrifying greens perched atop bulkheads of rock, The Honors Course is considered today to be a well-preserved example of Pete Dye's death-or-glory architecture. It wasn't until three years later that the club moved to Wheaton, where Macdonald laid out what he called, "a really first-class 18-hole course of 6,200 yards." Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, England / 6,627 yards, Par 70. Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland / 6,704 yards, Par 70. The bunkers are long, sinewy, shaggy, gnarly, windswept and, of course, strategically placed. Members only. Every hole is unique and scenic. 55 (28) Royal Melbourne G.C. (Serapong) Los Cabos, Mexico / 7,050 yards, Par 72. Bridport, Tasmania, Australia / 6,849 yards, Par 72. What a treat it was to see Merion East, long considered the best course on the tightest acreage in America, hosting the 2013 U.S. Open. 94 (NEW) Sebonack G.C. 12 (15) Pebble Beach G. Links

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