These days, there are more golf courses in the world than you could ever hope to play on a single vacation. Even the most avid golfers and traveling enthusiasts have difficulty playing at all of the top-rated and world-class golf destinations. This list is going to go over some of the absolute best golf courses in the world in 2021.
The Old Course at St. Andrews Links, Fife, Scotland
St Andrews, a small town in Scotland, is home to some of the best golf courses in the world. The most famous of these is the Old Course, which tops many lists when it comes to the best golf courses – including our own. While you don’t need to be a pro golfer to play St Andrews (there are seven other courses there), expect your wallet to take a hit if you do want to tee off on this historic course.
To play The Old Course at St Andrews, you must either qualify through the Open Qualifying Series or apply for a lottery. These processes take place from September through February each year.
If you can’t snag one of the coveted spots, there are other options for playing the course. You can book a tour package or lottery day.
Pebble Beach Golf Links
If you’re looking for one of the best golf courses in the world, then Pebble Beach Golf Links is definitely worth checking out. It’s been around since 1919 and has a reputation for being one of the most challenging public golf courses in America. However, if you want to play here more often, then you’ll have to fork over some serious cash – peak season green fees cost $495 and annual membership costs $250,000.
If you’re not a member or guest of a Pebble Beach Golf Links member, then you’ll have to wait years before being able to join. The long waiting list means that this is not an option for most people.
Cypress Point Club
The Pebble Beach Golf Links and Cypress Point Club are both located in Pebble Beach, California. While the Pebble Beach is a public golf course, the Cypress Point Club is private and exclusive to members.
The Cypress Point Club has some of the most beautiful ocean views in golf. It was rated as one of the best golf courses in America by Golf Magazine (ranked second in 2006) and Golf Digest (ranked number one in 2009). The club was also ranked as the 19th best golf course outside of the United States by Golf Magazine. The club was designed by Alister Mackenzie, who also designed Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament.
Pine Valley Golf Club
Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey is widely regarded as one of the best golf courses in North America. It has been featured in many major competitions, and Tom Doak a professional golfer who has played at Pine Valley many times, says it is “the most complete course I have ever seen.”
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Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by anyone with enough dedication. However, the best courses in the world offer high-quality play for a wide range of golfers. Some courses are more expensive than others, but it’s worth it to spend extra on the best ones.
Some courses host tournaments that offer better value for their members than other games do. (The PGA Tour’s World Golf Championships is one such tournament.)
Public courses are available to anyone to play; semi-private courses have restricted playing times designed for tournament players; and private courses require an initiation fee or annual dues.
Augusta National Golf Club
The golf club is one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the world, and it is on top of the list of best golf courses in the world. The club is a private club which means that only members can play their course. The Masters Tournament has been hosted at Augusta National since 1934.
Golf Club has a long history that dates back to the early 1900s. The club has been featured in many books and magazines.
The Golf Club was incorporated in 1931 by Jones and Roberts. Two years later, they hired Dr. Alister Mac Kenzie to design the course with Jones. Construction on the course began in January 1933 and it opened for play in December 1932 with Jones hitting its first tee shot.
The Masters Tournament was started on March 22, 1934. It became known as The Masters Tournament in 1940 after co-founder Clifford Roberts heard someone refer to the tournament as “the masters” of golf.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
The course has been around for a long time and is the most historic in the world – it’s been home to many great players throughout its history. In addition to hosting major tournaments, Shinnecock Hills golf club is also part of a network of private clubs that have reciprocal arrangements with each other.
Oakmont Country Club
The golf course at Oakmont Country Club opened for play in 1903. Over the years, Oakmont has hosted 9 US Opens, 5 US Amateurs, 3 PGAs, and 2 US Women’s Opens. This makes it one of the most famous golf courses in the world.
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Royal Dornoch Golf Club is a golf club in the town of Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland. It has two 18-hole courses – the Championship Course and the Par 3 Course. The club’s first professional was Tom Morris who went on to win four consecutive Open Championships with his pupil Young Tom Morris. Young Tom Morris died at age 24 in 1948.
Sand Hills Golf Club
It opened in 1995 and is part of the “Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway” as designated by the Nebraska Department of Roads.
It has remained at No. 1 on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses since 2009. When it replaced Pine Valley Golf Club which had held the top spot for decades.
Since 1995, Sand Hills has hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, the Walker Cup, the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, and the Trans-Mississippi Amateur
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