10 Best Golf Courses in the World

Playing the best courses in the world is definitely the dream of any golf fanatic. We count down from number 10 to the top ranking golf course in the world.

  1. Muirfield, Gullane, Scotland

  • Architects: Old Tom Morris, 1891 and H.S. Colt, 1925
  • Yards: 7245
  • Par 71

Muirfield has hosted the Open Championship 16 times and celebrates a rich history of golfing excellence. The signature “clockwise front-nine, counter-clockwise back-nine” was a unique routine scheme introduced during H.S. Colt’s redesign in 1925.

  1. Royal Melbourne Golf Club (East Course), Melbourne, Australia

  • Architect: Alister Mackenzie, 1926
  • Yards: 6579
  • Par 71

The oldest and longest continually existing golf club in Australia, the Royal Melbourne is an Alister Mackenzie gem and the course’s bunkering is an example of the height of the art form. Players are tested with a variety of unique approach shots and magnificent greens.

  1. Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania

  • Architect: Henry Fownes, 1903
  • Yards: 7254
  • Par 71

Church pews and the undulating greens – which are arguably some of the most difficult in the world – are just a few of the unique selling points of Oakmont Country Club, which hosted the 2016 U.S. Open.

  1. Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dornoch, Scotland

  • Architect: Old Tom Morris, 1886
  • Yards: 6722
  • Par 70

An early Old Tom Morris masterpiece, Royal Dornoch is one of the most celebrated link courses in Scotland. Unfortunately its relative inaccessibility has seen it passed over for the hosting of major tournaments.

  1. Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

  • Architect: Old Tom Morris, 1889
  • Yards: 7183
  • Par 71

Royal County Down has hosted several significant competitions such as the Irish Open 3 times. The surroundings are so staggering that you will want to spend time there even if you’re enjoying the online betting NZ has to offer instead of golfing!

  1. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York

  • Architect: William Flynn, 1931
  • Yards: 6996
  • Par 70

Shinnecock Hills has hosted 4 U.S. Opens and is hosting again in 2018. Players will find many courses in this style in the New Jersey/New York area, but Shinnecock is the best of its breed.

  1. Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, California

  • Architect: Alister Mackenzie, 1928
  • Yards: 6524
  • Par 72

All Alister Mackenzie had to do to create this absolutely breath-taking course was plot the best route through the spectacular natural surroundings, and Cypress Point transcends natural beauty to become something almost otherworldly.

  1. Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

  • Architects: Alister Mackenzie and Bobby Jones, 1933
  • Yards: 7435
  • Par 72

Augusta National is the only course on this list which is a permanent fixture of the Masters Tournament every year in April, and the course looks completely different to the original as it has been constantly reworked by famous architects such as Perry Maxwell.

  1. Pine Valley Golf Club, Pine Valley, New Jersey

  • Architects: George Crump and H.S. Colt, 1918
  • Yards: 6999
  • Par 70

Course founder George Crump utilised some of the finest architectural minds in order to create the unique ‘island to island’ layout of the Pine Valley course, and is said to blend all 3 schools of golf design – penal, heroic, and strategic – often all on a single hole.

  1. St. Andrews (Old Course), St. Andrews, Scotland

  • 1400s
  • Yards: 6721
  • Par 72

The Old Course has hosted the Open Championship a staggering 29 times and people have been playing golf on this particular piece of land since the 15th century. No single hand has alone crafted this masterpiece, and massive rolling greens, cavernous bunkers, blind shots, and the peculiar Road Hole treat players to an unforgettable experience.