Picking the best golf course in the world is a tricky task, there are so many factors to take into consideration and choosing and picking a certain course would be hard. Instead of picking an out and out winner, here is what are believed to be the greatest courses in the world and what we would imagine would make the top 5.
1. Pebble Beach set in California is considered one of the finest courses in America, and of course, as you can imagine, that is a terrific title. Most of the courses in the US such as Pine Valley and Augusta are only available to a few of the very wealthy members. The course is a tricky one with various water hazards dotted around it. The course also holds a lot of history, the most famous closing two holes in golf were played here (Tom Watson’s chip-in during the 1982 US Open and Jack Nicklaus’s unerringly accurate one iron a decade earlier).
2. Cape Kidnappers, upon the east coast of New Zealand on the beautiful North Island is almost untouchable in terms of location. The fairways on this course are humungous fairways and jagged edges and fearsome ravines due to the mountainous terrain. The course was originally designed by American architect Tom Doak. The course is unlike most, it is missing sand dunes however it adds its own unique challenges such as the gigantic ravines. Some say this course is the greatest of all.
3. Turnberry, Scotland’s finest course is respectably amongst the best in the world. The course which is home to two championship standard courses was designed by Mackenzie Ross. The pick of the course, the 8th hole may now be named “Duel in the Sun”, after Tom Watson’s famous victory over Jack Nicklaus by a single stroke 31 years ago, but the ninth – on a cliff edge – blows the mind.
4. Staying in the same area of the globe, Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down is also up there with the best of the lot and it is easy to see why. The first 9 holes of the course particularly have been picked out as some of the best on the planet. The coastline course is not only a terrific course to play but the scenes will also take your breath away.
5. Last but most definitely not least is the Leopard Creek in South Africa. This course is fantastic and is a huge challenge, as you could imagine with moving water hazards. The pick of the holes are two par fives: the fourth, more than 600 yards long, sits 100ft above the edge of Crocodile River.
Aidan currently writes for View My Fairway, a company that specialises in fairway view cameras for golf clubs.