5. Pebble Beach Golf Links (USA)
Jack Nicklaus said that if he had one more round of golf to play before he died, it would be Pebble Beach Golf Links. One of the most iconic courses in the United States, Pebble Beach has hosted five US Open Championships, and will again host the US Open in 2019. Iconic holes on the course include the par three seventh and the par five 18th.
4. Royal Melbourne Golf Club, West Course (Australia)
Picking the five best golf courses in the world is an incredibly difficult task. If money and sheer impossibility were off the table, Augusta would probably rank number one on nearly every Golfer’s list. This bucket list, however, points out five courses that everyone can and should play!
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s West Course is Australia’s number one ranked course. The East Course is ranked sixth in the country, but it’s the famous West Course that has received global acclaim. Many professional golfers highly regard it as one of the finest examples of golf course architecture anywhere on the planet! The links layout has hosted the President’s Cup and hosts several prestigious tournaments on both the men’s and women’s professional tours every year.
3. Royal County Down Golf Club, Championship Links (Northern Ireland)
The Royal County Down Golf Club is located in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. It opened way back in 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. Royal County Down has two 18-hole links courses, the Championship Links and the Annesley Links, but it’s the Championship Links that’s really worth visiting. It’s ranked inside the top five courses in the world and, on most lists, is regarded as the best course outside of America. The course has played host to the Walker Cup, the Senior British Open, and the Irish Open.
2. Mission Hills Golf Club (China)
Unlike the other courses on this list, we have decided not to single out just one of the twelve courses in this mega-resort, but rather highlight Mission Hills as a destination on its own. The 11 18-hole championship courses and one par three course were all designed by various pro-golfers. Some famous golfers to put their name on the Mission Hills Courses include our very own Ernie Els, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and women’s golfing legend, Annika Sörenstam. Mission Hills hosted the WGC’s HSBC Champions Trophy. The Guinness Book of World Records listed Mission Hills as the largest golf facility in the world.
1. The St Andrews Links, Old Course (Scotland)
Known as ‘The home of golf’, this is the ultimate destination for anyone who has ever picked up a set of clubs. Established in 1552, St Andrews is a golfing destination with several courses worth playing, but none more sought after than a tee time at the Old Course. The Old Course has hosted 29 Open Championships. Although winning the Open Championship is regarded as a crowning achievement of any professional’s career, winning it at St Andrews holds particular importance because of this course’s history.
The top five courses in South Africa worth travelling for:
1. Leopard Creek Golf Course (Mpumalanga)
2. Gary Player Country Club (North West)
3. Glendower Golf Club (Gauteng)
4. Fancourt Links Course (Western Cape)
5. Durban Country Club (Kwazulu-Natal)
Five Toughest South African Courses for the average golfer:
1. Leopard Creek (Mpumalanga)
2. Lost City Golf Course (North West)
3. Wild Coast Sun Country Club – in the wind (Eastern Cape)
4. Elements Private Golf Reserve (Limpopo)
5. Atlantic Beach Golf Course (Western Cape)