Top 5 Golf Courses in the World

golfChoosing the Top 5 Golf Course in the World is like picking a favorite child. You love them all for different reasons, even the bad ones. But if I must then I must have a criteria. So keeping in mind tradition, enjoyment, and scenic beauty I present my Top 5 Golf Courses in the World:

1. The Old Course at Saint Andrews (St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland). Maybe it is the obvious choice, but there must be a reason they have been playing golf here since the early 1400’s. Saint Andrews, considered the “home of golf,” was founded in 1552 and is also the home of the British Open, perhaps the oldest and most prestigious major golf tournament in the world. Everywhere you turn at Saint Andrews you run into, or are reminded of it’s history. From it’s unique “double greens” to the 700 year old Swilcan Bridge, over which everyone must walk to play the 18th hole. The Old Course truly remains the grandaddy of them all. (18 total holes; Par 72; 7,305 yd.)

2. Muirfield Village Golf Club (Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland). Another golden oldie at the top of our list, and no surprise another Scottish course. Muirfield is not only a great test of your golfing prowess, but it is also steeped in history and tradition. Muirfield is the current home of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers,” founded in 1744 it is the worlds oldest golf club. That same year the Honourable Company produced the thirteen “Rules of Golf”, and in 1891 they built the Muirfield course. In 1892 Muirfield hosted its first of fifteen British Opens, in 2007 was home to the first every Senior British Open. (18 total holes; Par 71; 7,245 yd.)

3. Kauri Cliffs Golf Course (Matauri Bay, New Zealand). If anyone gets on the list for being the prettiest then Kauri Cliffs will be that course. With resort amenities, and a breath taking golf course that nestles the player between the Pacific Ocean and plunging cliffs. Kauri Cliffs blends local history and tradition with modern luxury seamlessly by offering dozens of on and off location activities (from biking to hunting). There is something here to suite everyone’s taste. (18 total holes; Par 72; 7,119 yd.)

4. Augusta National Golf Club (Augusta, Georgia, USA). Despite it’s recent controversies about barring female members Augusta remains high on the list of anyone whose played it. From “The Big Oak Tree” outside the clubhouse, or the “Eisenhower Pine,” so named because the President hit it so many times he proposed to cut it down, to the signature green member jackets. Augusta National is a historic and beautiful course. Each hole on the course has been named for a tree or shrub with has become associated with it. Augusta National is also one of the few remaining courses with caddies. (18 total holes; Par 72; 7,435 yd.)

5. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, California, USA). Founded in 1919, Pebble Beach combines beauty, history, and great golf; and holds the distinction of being the first public golf course named #1 in America by “Golf Digest.” The course was laid out to take advantage of it’s proximity to cliffs and it’s awe inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean and Carmel Bay. The course hosted its first tournament, the Monterey Peninsula Open in 1926 and has been home to five U.S. Opens. (18 total holes; Par 72; 6,828 yd.)

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