(New), One of Pete Dye's early masterworks, this rural retreat in suburban Columbus is where Jack Nicklaus first learned about design, as an unpaid consultant. A dream course to play on a regular basis. Handara Golf & Resort, Bali Handara Golf & Resort Bali is a mountain golf resort located near Bedugul that brings world-class golf to the region of Bali. Its 29th Open and the 144th Open Championship returned “to the Home of Golf” in 2015. of which measure more than 420 yards, and a famously diabolical group of five par-3s that have this 6,503-yard course weighing in yard for yard as one of the most difficult on our list. It is with great pleasure that we announce the nominees for World's Best New Golf Course in the 6th annual World Golf Awards. Only Mike Keiser would have approved of such an unusual sequence and this course helped modern architecture break free from some certain design shackles that had constrained designers over the past five decades. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images), Diamante’s free-form architecture rests gently on the land, and the absence of any hard lines let the golfer’s eye soak in the delightful contrast between the dazzling Pacific Ocean, the dunescape and the emerald playing surfaces. Throw in a wonderful routing that hopscotches from one island of turf to the next across the rolling, sandy landscape and you have a course that hasn’t budged from the No. Gone too are the clean edged bunkers that never looked at home on a Maxwell design. Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne; Built in 1926 and designed by Alister Mackenzie, this is one of Australia’s premier golfing venues. US East North Central Division Best in State Rankings 2020. The course so impressed Jack Nicklaus in his 1966 win that he named his own major-worthy course in Ohio after it. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam are among those who won Irish Opens at this low-profile but character-filled Dublin-area links. The short par-4 4th, reachable par-5 11th and the long par-4 14th rank among Dye’s all-time best. Modern architects, take note! The Black is one of the great routings, highlighted by the masterful way Tillinghast placed the fairways and greens from the 2nd hole in a valley all the way through the dogleg left 9th. In fact, some people prefer the more muscular New Course to the Old. RTJS selected hole 3 of Troia’s golf course as one of the best he has ever designed. Yet, when the wind is up, it's one of the game’s fiercest links, one that requires supreme shotmaking, as Tiger’s Open win here proved in 2006. The dominant theme of our new ranking of the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses is proximity to the sea. Look for four of its plateau greens, namely those at the 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 14th, to have a large say in who wins the 2021 PGA Championship. At the Dunluce course, you will explore the ruins of the castle of Dunluce, dating from the thirteenth century. 1 spot for decades. Macdonald’s course in 1923 and not much has changed since as its slew of exemplary template holes make it just as relevant today as it was in the age of hickory golf. After Tom Watson played here before his Open defense in 1981, he remarked that the experience was “the most fun I've ever had a on a golf course.” Donald Ross grew up here, though Dornoch took its final shape as we know it today well after he left. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), This Southwest Ireland gem is wedged between huge sandhills and the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo: Joann Dost), Now under the Trump aegis, Turnberry provides unforgettable images, from Tom Watson's heroic and tragic performances to remarkable seaside holes that feature churning surf, a lighthouse and vistas of the football-shaped monolith called Ailsa Craig jutting out of the sea. With the wind more evident and the playing surfaces firm, the course’s thorny playing attributes are once again on full display. A master router, Colt incorporated them in every possible manner. Scattered blow-out bunkers, gigantic natural dunes, smartly contoured greens and Pacific panoramas complete Doak’s first masterpiece. (Photo: Dave Samson). Phil Mickelson opined that it is his favorite modern course. (New), Some sniff at the artificiality of a course being hewn from a swamp, yet that’s also what makes the Stadium Course stand out from the crowd. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), The layout's signature hole is the 195-yard, par-3 6th, which demands a stout carry over an inlet of Cape Banks — but it wasn't Alister MacKenzie's handiwork. Much more short grass has been added around the green complexes since then and now the design is more thought-provoking rather than terror-inducing. The par-3 9th (pictured) is one of the hidden gem one-shotters in the Northeast, though it may take a few rounds to figure out why. As Alister MacKenzie must have felt about his 1928 design, it's almost inconceivable that land this stunning was made available for golf. Opens and a quartet of PGA Championships, this Depression-era Perry Maxwell design features holes that gracefully flow across a plot of undulating ground perfectly suited for golf. A collection of golf's most fearsome-looking bunkers populate the course. The standout on the back is the 14th, with its valley fairway and glorious North Sea vistas. (Up 2), The value of a good architect is highlighted here in technicolor. (Down 1), East of Edinburgh sits this fabled links — at least in architectural circles — thanks to its 15th hole, the much-copied Redan, a par-3 played to an elevated, diagonal green. There's internal out-of-bounds all over the lot. Maidstone has struck the perfect balance. (Photo: Nile Young), H.S. But it’s good to have some new blood too, right? To read our latest news release, click the following link: Top 100 Golf Courses of the World. It’s an exhilarating location for a classic links golf course... National Golf Links of America is a golf course of monumental historical importance, it’s a “Bear’s Best”, or “Blair's Best” of the early 20th century. (Up 3), Lahinch charms with titanic sandhills and stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and of the Cliffs of Moher. (Up 7), One of the world's top 10 when it comes to views, each nine at Cape Kidnappers boasts a sequence of staggeringly dramatic holes. (Down 54), GOLF.com and GOLF Magazine are published by EB GOLF MEDIA LLC, a division of 8AM GOLF, Willie Fernie, 1909/Mackenzie Ross, 1946/Martin Ebert, 2016, A. Robertson, 1842/Old Tom Morris, 1872/James Braid, 1926, Old Tom Morris, 1893/Alister Mackenzie/Martin Hawtree, 1927, Alister Mackenzie, 1928/Eric Apperly, 1947, W.C. Pickerman/George Ross/Mungo Park, 1894/George Coburn, 1896, A.V. Great attention has been paid to the mow lines, with short tight fairway grass on the high side of the entrance to all the greens. Some par-4s are short, others are monsters. (Photo: Andy Johnson/The Fried Egg), Gil Hanse's team restored George Thomas's classic to perfection in 2010. (Photo: Joann Dost), This seaside classic is worth the journey. The design itself stands up to the aesthetics. So how hard is it for a course to become World ranked? For the lucky few who get to play here, they enjoy one of the best walks in the sport as MacKenzie effortlessly transports the player around the diverse property. Compared to other contenders on this list, Yas Links has the most exotic terrain being … Which comes as no surprise as it also tops the list of the most exclusive golf courses in the UK. Dating to 1916, the course was made over by A.W. Trump Scotland serves up a superb collection of par-3s and a set of fully exposed back tees perched atop sandhills. The dirty secret at Winged Foot is that more than a few consider the 13th and 17th as the best par-3s on the property, an outlandish claim until you play them. The iconic par-3 16th, which extends into the churning Pacific, is perhaps the most dramatic and photographed hole in the game, but there are endless other highlights — from heaving dunes to jagged coastline — that golfers won’t soon forget. For decades, the land was smothered underneath a canopy of trees but Keith Foster and then Gil Hanse have opened up the property for all to admire. (Photo: Courtesy Myopia Hunt Club). Which golf course is the most scenic? A die-hard New Yorker remarked, “It’s enough to make one want to live New Jersey.” (Photo: Russell Kirk), Newly minted as Canada's top-ranked course, this four-year-old Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design towers more than 100 feet above the Gulf of St. Lawrence, inspiring Pebble Beach-like awe. Following a 2008 Kyle Phillips re-do that was part restoration and part re-design, many feel this private course is now the equal to any course in California north of Cypress Point. Hotchkin for enhancing Vardon's work and turning the course into one of golf's supreme shotmaking tests. Woodhall Spa is his design legacy, an intriguing heathland/inland-links blend, an oasis of tumbling terrain amid the surrounding flat fenland of Lincolnshire. Established in 1918, Pine Valley has won the number one spot on many lists that showcase the top golf courses on the planet. (Up 1), Site of three U.S. Best New Golf Courses in the World. One of the best is this property, where Colt teased a diverse collection of holes from the rolling landscape. We’re proud to offer an exclusive Round the World Tour, through the five continents, to play on the 8 best golf courses in the world. (Photo: Wood Sabold), Andrew Green’s recent renovation restored Ross features, expunged those that were not and added length to test today's tournament players. Like Rye, its quintet of one-shotters and tight sub-70 par make it more of a complete test than a quick glance at its scorecard might indicate. The meanest of the Open rota courses has produced winners such as Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Tom Watson. If you search the best golf courses photograph on the Internet, you will come across beautiful photos of these golf courses. The more the world speeds up, the more people appreciate clubs like Swinley where calm reigns supreme. Not only was Shinnecock Hills Golf Club one of the five founding members of the USGA but also it was where one of the first specifically designed golf clubhouses was built. Colt, 1895/Tom Simpson/Herbert Tippet/Guy Campbell, 1907, Davis Love III/Mark Love, 2010/Paul Cowley, 2016, Donald Ross, 1917/Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1950, C.B. That’s great architecture. Another of Russell’s creations, Paraparaumu Beach in New Zealand, just missed out inclusion this year but the panel’s appreciation of the East Course raises the question: What is the best 36-hole day in golf at one site? Amateur telecast from here was captivating. Equal parts weird and wonderful, this host to 24 Open Championships (including the first 12) features a perfect combination of quirk and muscle. (New), The companion to Barnbougle Dunes yields a Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design that differs from its Tasmanian sibling in that its huge dunes run both parallel and perpendicular to the ocean, so holes play up and over the dunes, as well as between them. Recent clearing has helped to highlight the stunning nature of the cypress trees that line this hillside overlooking Lake Merced. Legendary golf writer Bernard Darwin summed it up nicely when he opined, “The National Links is a truly great course; even as I write I feel my allegiance to Westward Ho!, to Hoylake, to St. Andrews tottering to its fall.” (Photo: William Tyler Smith), This 1889 Old Tom Morris creation is one of the most handsome tests in the world. With bunkers and water hazards framed by railroad ties and tall native grasses scattered throughout, the distinctive Dye style began to take hold. California Golf Club of San Francisco, 78. With the greens now Stimping in the 10 to 10.5 range, balls are releasing across the rumpled ground and players are delighting in finding creative ways to use banks and punchbowl features to work their shots close. Macdonald/Seth Raynor, 1913/A.W. The reality, however, is that most courses that feature on our World Top 100 table are household names that have become permanent fixtures. (Up 5), The opener is the easiest hole (and the course’s only three-shotter) and then … hold on! Winged Foot, Cabot, Bandon, Sunningdale or here? From the "Home of Golf" St. Andrews to Pinehurst No. Each year we publish three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses, Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses, Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play, state by state. Jack Neville, one of its architects, wanted to take full advantage of the location and bring as many holes to the rocky coastline as possible. Colt and S.V. (Photo: Evan Schiller), This 16-time Open venue was never more testing or memorable than in 2013, when Phil Mickelson rode his 3-wood to victory. There are over 15,000 golf courses in the United States, and that number continues to drop every year. (Down 4), “Kingston Heath offers perhaps the best collection of par-3s without water in the world,” Greg Norman says. The emphasis on variety and strategy became the foundation for strategic designs that followed, including Augusta National. Ironic for an architect who built template holes but the best hole on this Seth Raynor design may well be the thoroughly original risk-reward 520-yard par-5 15th, which doglegs left over and around a ravine. Set in the windiest spot of any course on our list, Wickham compensates with wide landing areas. Known for its enchanting opening hole that demands a drive over the beach, Machrihanish provides a gleeful romp through shaggy sandhills on the front nine. That said, Gil Hanse’s recent, stunning expansion of all the green pads has brought back an element of creativity with which few parkland courses can contend, all of which was on display at the 2020 U.S. Open won by Bryson DeChambeau. (Photo: Courtesy Kiawah Island Resort), Pete Dye's personal favorite of all of his designs, Teeth of the Dog is flat-out gorgeous, with seven holes practically sunk into the Caribbean Sea. Adding to the pleasure of its romantic location is an exceptional set of Willie and John Park greens, many of which feature dramatic false fronts. Does anything in golf compare with that final stroll up the par-5 18th as it curves left around Carmel Bay? (Photo: Gary Lisbon), The birthplace of golf features blind bunkers, huge double greens, quirks such as the Road Hole and Hell Bunker and strategic options that vary with the day’s wind. The golf course was first designed by Neville and Grant in 1919 and is inducted in the fifth place in our list of 10 Best Golf Courses in the World. Cypress Point Club is set at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula and the cliff top terrain is varied and thrilling. The Golf Advisor Staff has determined the 50 most beautiful courses with public access. Known as the Duel Hole, the drop-shot par-3 7th may be the course’s most famous hole but its par-4s, like the 2nd, 10th and 12th, deserve equal acclaim. (Up 32), Japan's answer to Pebble Beach is this 1936 design that boasts staggering views of snow-capped Mt. (Down 2), The appeal of Alister MacKenzie's Golden Age masterpiece is best explained by former world Number 1 Sir Nick Faldo. Fun fact: The winning score at its four U.S. Let the beating commence! (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Conceived by Jack Nicklaus in 1966 to be his hometown equivalent of Bobby Jones' Augusta National, this 1974 collaboration with Desmond Muirhead was an instant smash, both for its strategic design and flawless conditioning. (Up 14), Recently restored by Coore & Crenshaw, Maidstone's glorious edge-of-the-Atlantic location is once again fully evident. Firm, rumpled, fescue fairways, coastal breezes and endless views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence make it abundantly clear why Nova Scotia is the Latin name for “New Scotland.” Whitman’s talent for adding micro-contours in and around the greens is unsurpassed but are overlooked here because the views are so spectacular. (Down 6), Tucked away in a nearly impossible-to-find forested location 40 miles north of Paris is a low-key heathland design that is utterly charming and utterly private. Some of its template holes, including the Alps 3rd, the Redan 4th, the Short 6th and the Leven 17th, are arguably superior to their namesake holes in the United Kingdom that Macdonald copied. Regardless, the course’s staggering beauty and Masters tradition remain unlike any other. Maintaining coastal dunes is an art form: expose too much sand and it blows away; cover it up and you lose a sense of place. Which courses would you've liked to see? (Up 12), Unlike in America, England doesn't have a phobia about courses with par under 70. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), One of the five founding members of the United States Golf Association in 1894, Chicago Golf was the site of the nation's first 18-hole course; it also was the first course outside of the Northeast to play host to the U.S. Open. The golf world saw two new holes in action at the 2019 Open: the 7th and 8th, which replaced the old, comparatively dull 17th and 18th holes. What a delight that the Maxwells got to work with this special site as their soft touch on the land is a must-study for any architect. (Up 1), Its stark, open-plain setting is the definition of a heathland and as a test of character and shotmaking, Walton Heath has few peers. The fact that you can walk it in two and half hours makes you question the merit of courses that are so much longer. To see our latest World Top 100, simply scroll down this page. Fescue fairways help the ground-game options flourish. (Down 53), Preeminent Canadian architect Stanley Thompson hit his professional peak at this quiet club near downtown Toronto. (Up 12), Founding a private club in a remote destination is not without peril and it is reasonable to expect a club to take some time find its footing. Opens? GOLF AROUND THE WORLD: In association with the International Golf Federation and major magazines, we have defined the 2019 ranking of the world’s best golf courses. (Photo: Channing Benjamin), Tara Iti jumped onto our World list in 2017 as one of our highest debuting courses ever. Often described as the home of golf and looked up to as an iconic location to play the sport, Scotland tops the list with locations such as St. Andrews, Muirfield and Eden course. The question is answered at the 1st, with a green that follows the natural contours and slopes away from the player. As a unit, this is one of the best feats of golf architecture and still remains a landmark for golf players from around the globe. Its tournament course is a composite layout, comprised of 18 of the club's 27 holes. Koninklijke Haagsche (Royal Hague). Walton Heath was the venue of the 1981 Ryder Cup, when arguably the strongest American side of all time demolished the Europeans, 18.5 to 9.5. There is much to admire here, including the 606-yard, par-5 12th, which arcs around the bay and the 212-yard, par-3 15th that demands a carry over the sea. Just ask Donald Trump. The drivable ½-par 9th is another design standout with its angled green toward play. Rolling, sandy terrain, rippled fairways that were spared from a bulldozer, ever-present winds, wavy prairie grasses and gigantic blow-out bunkers create the sensation of being seaside in the middle of landlocked Nebraska. Its random green contours are noteworthy as is the construction technique that left micro-undulations in the fairways. Well now, you won’t get a consensus because people have different ideas of what is scenic. The recently expanded greens have created a plethora of new hole locations around the greens’ perimeters, and the player’s chess match with the clever design is more intense than ever. Its two nines are quite diverse, the first being on more open land while the second jumps into the woods where Tillinghast incorporated natural water features to perfection. Our brand-new list features 11 courses that jumped inside this year’s Top 100, reflecting changing trends and a revamped ranking. Opens since 1986, most recently in 2018, this is William Flynn’s undisputed design masterpiece. Following events such as the 2004 Ryder Cup and 2008 PGA Championship won by Padraig Harrington, the brilliant Donald Ross routing and beguiling green contouring has restored its status to "great," as opposed to "hard." Built in a narrow canyon, there was no reason to hold high hopes for this course. Mark Brooks, 1996 PGA champion, summed up this Golden Age A.W. Pine Valley excels at all three, with many contending it has the most formidable hazards and sophisticated green complexes in golf. The course’s most famous hole is also its most feared, the 650-yard, par-5 15th which falls away on both sides of the fairway and which sports a horizon green perched precariously on a bluff overlooking the sea. The rest of the property has more modest topography but you are unlikely to notice that fact as the expansive greens offer such interesting targets. (Up 14), A herculean building effort by Raynor, Yale embodies the maxim that a world-class course must possess — you guessed it — world-class holes. It is one of the most natural golf courses on the planet, it has both wildness and beauty in abundance. Pebble Beach Golf Links is the best-known course in the United States and also among the longest courses. Arguably America’s premier urban design, LACC North hosted the 2017 Walker Cup and design afficionados can’t wait for the highly anticipated 2023 U.S. Open. A bold start that features a 475-yard par-4 and a 225-yard par-3 give way to gentler, though strategically, rich holes that were favorites of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, a frequent visitor. There are few daunting carries and the greens are huge, so what’s the big deal? Dye and owner Herb Kohler engineered a mind-boggling cleanup, moved 3 million cubic yards of dirt, trucked in 7,000 loads of sand to create the hills and bunkers and relocated the bluffs back off the shore. Macdonald flair that, well, even Macdonald would appreciate. Opens averaged nearly 324, or 81 strokes per round. Scramblers best test their games elsewhere. Most memorable is the trio of stunning closing holes, beginning with the 176-yard, par-3 16th, played out over the cliffs that give the course its name. (Up 4), Thanks to a 25-year-long restoration effort with meticulous attention to detail, Somerset Hills has reached the point where it joins Winged Foot and San Francisco GC as exemplars of Tillinghast's enormous talent. Spectacular ocean views often come with the price of atrocious playing conditions but not here. Opens and the 1999 Ryder Cup. (Up 14), A Boston Brahmin society haunt for more than 100 years, this tree-lined design has played host to three U.S. “Sandwich,” as it is known colloquially, serves up blind shots and supremely interesting contours in equal measure. Pebble Beach golf course, located in Pebble Beach, California, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Nine Bridges has played host to the PGA Tour's CJ Cup. This is one of their best — public or private. Laurie Auchterlonie won the 1902 U.S. Open here with record scores, owing to the debut of the longer, more durable Haskell ball. Top 100 Golf Courses of the World is the ranking list on which every golf facility would love to appear. Add to this the splendid contouring of the greens and the rich variety of approach shots that you play into those greens. What follows are 12 par-4s, 10 (!) The golf courses are called Dunluce and Valley. ", No course thrives more on looking mean and playing vicious. Holes such as the par-5 14th call to mind an East Coast version of Cypress Point. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf and Tom Watson are among the Americans who have won at Troon, yet the most memorable shot was struck by a non-winner, 71-year-old Gene Sarazen, who aced the 123-yard “Postage Stamp” 8th during the 1973 Open — with a 5-iron! However, new courses do appear on the list from time to time and with the best land, the right architect and a lot of money, anything is possible. (Photo: Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour), From London’s heathland to the cliffs of Northern Ireland to sandy sites in the Netherlands, Colt enjoyed many fine sites in Europe over his extended career. (Down 14), With this land on the east side of the Ohoopee River where sand accumulated for centuries, Hanse finally got a dream site upon which to build an original design. Royal Dornoch was ranked 2nd on Golf Digest’s 2018 ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses’, only surpassed by Royal County Down in Ireland. The design was immediately embraced, and the minimalist movement started in earnest, with this course arguably kicking off the second Golden Age. We count 46 of the Top 100 as being oceanside venues, including our new No. (Up 26), This Westchester County course has always enjoyed a spectacular component to it, courtesy of breathtaking views of the Hudson River. The same design principles — fairway contours that either shunt you out of position or send you to the ideal location, hazards that appear ageless and greens that offer a wide range of hole locations —demand you reassess how to best play each hole from one day to the next. “The MacKenzie bunkering is phenomenal. By: GOLF Editors September 1, 2020 Sweetens Cove is one of the hottest courses in the world right now — a fact reflected in its spot in GOLF's inaugural ranking of 9-hole courses. 8. Colt never went down that path and he achieved the best possible result here in that he produced a course that would be a delight to play every day. Awarded as the best golf course in the Middle East for three consecutive years at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit, Yas Links is the first true Links course in that part of the world. It was elected one of the best golf courses in the world. Nicklaus shut down the course this past summer, and all eyes will be on what the Golden Bear has concocted to thwart the relentless advances in technology when the course hosts the annual Memorial Tournament next year. Boasting tranquil, historic 18-hole courses, Scotland offers some of the best courses to make use of your … (Up 4), Always a delight to find a course that rewards the lost art of shaping shots. Mission accomplished. (Photo: Andy Johnson/The Fried Egg), Tom Doak’s works along large bodies of water populate our list but some contend what he did in the American West at Rock Creek is just as exhilarating as his more photographed courses in sandy soil. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), The Black intimidates golfers with a sign at the 1st tee that recommends the course “only for highly skilled golfers.” Among the highly skilled? Add it all up — and throw in the Kintyre Peninsula wind — and you have a place that lures people back time and time again. A superb set of par-5s is but one of the highlights. Macdonald together for the first time and what they created still stands as a marvel of strategic design. Do you agree with the list? It was absolutely beautiful. (Down 2), The only Irish course to host The Open is perennially ranked in the world's top-15 courses, thanks to a superior 1929 H.S. “Nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen,” said Hall of Fame writer Herbert Warren Wind. Raves all around for how this course now looks and plays. Are the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes as intoxicating as any three consecutive holes on this list? (Up 2), Though Spyglass Hill just slipped off the list, Robert Trent Jones’s work is still represented by Peachtree’s strong showing. Hotchkin, 1926, H.S. I feel it already deserves to be ranked among the best modern courses in the world, and so does the second course at Sand Valley, a David McLay Kidd design called Mammoth Dunes, that started allowing preview play this past fall. The Old course at St Andrews, Augusta National, Royal Melbourne, Pebble Beach and Muirfield are all championship venues with centuries of history. More info on Royal Dornoch >> "Arguably one of the most underrated top-rated golf courses. (Down 1), Ever confident in his own work, Alister MacKenzie was quick to praise the talent of others. Pine Valley Golf Club was the dream of a Philadelphian hotelier, George Crump, who sadly died before its completion. (Photo: Getty Images), For most of its 80-year history, the Cal Club, as locals call it, served up a tight though well-regarded Bay Area course, enhanced by its association with Ken Venturi. The four-year-old design is already acknowledged as the Southern Hemisphere's premier links. Its outstanding cluster of gently rolling par-4s, notably the 6th and the 11th, provided a terrific canvas for amateurs such as Justin Rose and Jason Gore in the 1997 Walker Cup. Echoed five-time Open champion Tom Watson, “It is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere.” Greenkeeper John Bambury embarked several years ago to convert the poa greens to fine fescue and to re-establish the running game. While some argue that the closing stretch is too flat to inspire affection, it is undeniably tough, earning Troon its long-held accolades. It’s a question worth considering. The middle of the back nine has some of the finest green contours of any links. To see our map, which shows our comprehensive list of the best golf courses in The UK & Ireland and where they are, click here (Up 9), What a good thing the club did by hosting a televised event to raise money to fight Covid in May 2020. The Royal Portrush Golf Club is located in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Its enviable location in the dunes along the Pacific Ocean, along with superior fine-fescue fairways and swirls of natural grass and sand, have some reviewers wishing it could host an Open tomorrow — if only it were 11,000 miles farther northwest. Seeing a 6,431-yard, par-69 course like Swinley Forest be embraced as an epitome of great design is a powerful message. To quote Hanse, "The course enjoys a perfect sense of place and balance." And certainly the 14th has never flinched in being able to defend the integrity of par. Equally impressive was how Nicklaus seamlessly integrated spectator areas into the closing holes, using hillsides and amphitheater-style mounding to provide patrons with clear views of the action. Oitavos Dunes has been recognized as the 55th best golf course in the world on GOLF Magazine’s 2017 Top 100 Courses in the World as well as the number one course in Portugal. The ability to shape tee balls played to Lee Janzen’s strength when he won the 1998 U.S. Open here. Tillinghast design this way: "There are probably six hard holes, six really hard holes and six impossible holes." Its old-school features include cross hazards and medium-size greens and the golfer is freshly reminded that there is no substitute for hitting fairways and greens. Recent tree clearing along the perimeter has enhanced an appreciation of the site’s phenomenal coastal setting. Rebuilt following its use for RAF airfields in World War II, the "Duel in the Sun" 1977 British Open venue witnessed a recent series of well-received design changes by MacKenzie & Ebert that better utilized the rugged coastline. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Bandon's original course is a David McLay Kidd design draped atop craggy headlands above the Pacific. (No change), Neither as long nor as tough as its illustrious West sibling, the East enjoys its own devoted fanbase for its variety and the encouraging manner in which ground game options are now presented. Yet what emerged, courtesy of George Thomas and Billy Bell, is one of the game’s strategic design marvels. Many of these great layouts have been ranked within the World Top 100 since golf course rankings began. Both intended for Augusta National to reflect the spirit and strategic options of the Old Course at St. Andrews, the course that they admired most. The exposed, gorgeous par-3 4th that juts out to the tip of Sally's Point invites comparisons to Pebble Beach's 7th. Heathland golf around London is famous for all sorts of reasons but the strength of its par-5s isn’t one of them. Architecture buffs are likely to be just as captivated by the playing angles at the short two shot 14th with its Road Hole green complex. Any list that failed to feature any of the aforementioned courses would be unbelievable. His placement of the green sites — some on knobs or plateaus, some at ground level and the magnificent 10th green at the hole’s low point beyond a hillock define the challenge. The Ailsa course at the Turnberry Resort is probably the most scenic Open Championship golf course. A slew of par-4s on the first nine gives way to a peculiar 3-3-5-4-3-5 start to the second nine. (Up 7), This quiet club across the street from Winged Foot has counted Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye as admirers. Click the star icon to create and share a list of Top 100 Courses you’ve played! (LC Lambrecht), This cult classic is a personal favorite of both Pete Dye and Tom Doak. Alison's superb bunkering and strategies mix with undulating terrain that make it worth the three-hour trip from Tokyo. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Australia's greatest links achieves top-40 status thanks in large part to the sophisticated design and but also to the stirring seaside setting in Tasmania, with holes nestled in the large dunes that run parallel to the ocean. Deep pot bunkers and low dunes that offer little protection from the wind make Portmarnock Ireland's sternest, yet fairest, championship test. It has played host to 10 Opens, most recently Jordan Spieth's remarkable win in 2017. Topping our list of the best countries to play golf is Scotland. All I have to do is eliminate 100 of them.” All that's missing is an ocean at this linksy-looking layout that played host to the 2002 U.S. Women's Open (Juli Inkster) and 2006 U.S. Senior Open (Allen Doyle). Eric Apperly added this hole in 1937. I got to play the Mauna Lani South Course and I can absolutely see why number 15 is the most photographed hole in the world! Apart from Augusta National, Oakmont Country Club has hosted more major Championships than any other course in the U.S. and it’s considered by many to be the toughest golf course in the world. Fuji and cliff-top panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Courtesy SFGC), After weeks of tromping around the yucca-choked sand hills of Hutchinson, architect Perry Maxwell proclaimed, “There are 118 good golf holes here. The most memorable seaside tests are the par-4 4th and 5th, the par-3 12th and the drivable par-4 16th, each with eye-popping scenery and enjoyable risk/rewards. The beauty of Oakmont is how it doesn’t doll itself up, and yet to a purist the view from the crest of the hill on 15 is as breathtaking as any in the country. A poor course set-up for the 1999 Open only furthered its reputation as “Carnastie,” but if you play from the right set of tees, you will be surprised by the variety and interest that its holes possess. Frighteningly contoured, pear-shaped greens, cavernous bunkers and a procession of rugged par-4s define the trouble here. (Up 12), Roughly 200 bunkers menace this rugged links that has hosted Open Championships since 1926. In short, Merion has everything, including newly installed sub-air and irrigation systems that lend more control over the firmness and speed of the playing surfaces. Remember when Tiger Woods was once voted the most underrated player on tour when he won three majors in a year? On a "difficulty" scale of 1 to 10, Jack Nicklaus once rated the West course a 12. The water is 10 miles both north and south, so sea breezes are a frequent companion. (Up 1), Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw moved only teaspoons of dirt to construct the most natural, hew-to-the-land layout built since World War II. Tom Doak and Ian Andrew spearheaded a restoration that was completed in 2015. Some even trumpet it as Tilly’s finest design for regular play. (Down 5), Nine Bridges's appeal starts with its tranquil setting, with holes etched into pine-clad, rolling topography in the shadows of Mount Halla, Korea's tallest mountain. De Pan doesn’t have the topography of St. George’s Hill but it does have sand dunes sprinkled throughout the property. Tom Weiskopf cites the primary appeal: "The continuous change in direction from hole to hole leads to different winds, great balance and maximum variety." As a testament to its strong reputation as one of the top golf courses in the world, Aphrodite Hills’ 18 Hole Championship Golf Course has recently attained top honours and the highest standard recognition in golf, the PGA National, Cyprus as well as the ‘European Golf Resort of the Year 2018’ from the prestigious annual IAGTO awards. (Up 5), The first great American public oceanside course, Pebble benefits from an ingenious routing that brings the player right to the ocean's edge, then away into the woods, then back again. The famous par-4 11th, where Bobby Jones clinched the 1930 Grand Slam, is slashed by a creek, while the par-4 16th demands a shot over an abandoned stone quarry. It's not a pretty course in the conventional sense, as there are no lighthouses, mountains or wild majestic undulations. Two of the New’s par-5s — the 6th and 13th — are exceptions and anchor each nine. 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. Is that true for Myopia Hunt, given that it has hosted four U.S. The legacy he left behind is universally considered to be the perfect example of penal golf course architecture. What helped Myopia jump up the list was recent restoration work whereby trees came down, and fairways were expanded/reconnected to Herbert Leeds’s fabulous pit bunkers. As well as being beautifully crafted themselves, the best golf courses are usually found in the most incredible of locations as well, making a golf vacation an experience unlike any other. Golf is generally considered best along a cool coastline. Birkdale boasts towering sandhills and no blind shots, as most of the holes roll through valleys. Australia. In 2016, Pinnacle Point was named South Africa’s Best Golf Course at the 3rd Annual World Golf Awards. The game’s best front nine includes the 217-yard, par-3 4th and the blind par-4 9th with its views of the Irish Sea, the Mountains of Mourne and the red-brick steeple of the Slieve Donard Hotel. The Ailsa course at the Turnberry Resort is probably the most scenic Open Championship golf course. No surprise, the 2020 U.S. (Down 4), This 14-time British Open host dates to 1887. Even today, no more thrilling, spectacular stretch exists than holes 4 through 10. (Photo: Andy Johnson/The Fried Egg), This ancient links dates to 1842 and is defined by heather, gorse, jungle-like fescue rough, steep-faced revetted bunkers and the sinuous Barry Burn — all of which create havoc in the wind. There are plenty to pick from here, including the 1st, 4th, 8th, 10th and the love-it-or-hate-it 18th, but the hole everyone needs to see at least once in their life is the famous downhill Biarritz 9th. Find out what are the worst golf courses in the country, so that you know to avoid them if you plan on trying to visit as many courses as possible throughout your life. Forced carries over ravines, greens set along ridge-tops and the influence of Pages Creek add to the challenge. 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. For the 2014 U.S. Open, a Coore-Crenshaw restoration brought back the tawny-edged fairways and native areas last seen in the 1940s. Located right next to the Firth of Clyde, with craggy rocks and superb views across to the Mull of Kintyre... No other course has hosted more Opens than the Old Course at St Andrews. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), “Hoylake,” as it's popularly known, hosted its 12th Open Championship in 2014. Welcome to Golf World’s Top 100 Golf Courses Uk & Ireland: an established and comprehensive ranking of the best Golf Courses in the United Kingdom and Ireland. A comprehensive and definitive guide to the best golf courses in Continental Europe. A 2006 reno by Tom Fazio helped balance the two nines by removing some artificial features and blending new features into the existing dunescape. As proof of their magical skills, look no further than Riv’s 311-yard, par-4 10th. His own sense of aesthetics complemented the rustic site’s color palette of browns, rusts and tans.