Best Golf Courses in the World

From the "Home of Golf" St. Andrews to Pinehurst No. 2, hit the links at some of the most spectacular golf courses in the world.

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St. Andrews

St. Andrews, home to the 'Old Course,' known as the Home of Golf, is one of the oldest and most historic clubs in the world. St. Andrews Links is the largest public golf complex in Europe and has hosted more Open Championships than any other club.

Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club

Play like a champ! Follow in the footsteps of 2012 British Open champion Ernie Els, and play on the green at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Watch out for the 205 bunkers on the course, which averages out to 11 per hole.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Play golf on Kiawah Island, located southwest of Charleston, SC. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has 5 golf courses. The Resort’s Ocean Course has hosted major golf tournaments, including the Ryder Cup, World Cup, PGA Championship, PGA Club Professional Championship and Senior PGA Championship. The well-renowned golf resort was voted the “#1 Resort in the US,” in Golf World Magazine.

The Broadmoor

The resort in Colorado Springs, CO, is at 6,400 feet above sea level and includes the mammoth 7,637-yard Mountain Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus but it is the famous East Course designed by Donald Ross where The Broadmoor's biggest championships are held.

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Site of the 2014 British Open, Royal Liverpool -- also known as Hoylake -- is the second-oldest seaside links golf course in England. The course, which will play host to The Open Championship for the 12th time, was founded in 1869 and spans 7,258 yards. Eighty-four years after Bobby Jones’ unprecedented Grand Slam run of 1930, Hoylake remains well known for being the second leg he completed when he became the only golfer in history to have won all 4 majors in the same calendar year.

Turnberry

Turnberry, located in Ayrshire, Scotland, is home to one of the most notorious battles in golf history. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson duked it out on the Alisa Course in 1977 with Jack eventually falling to Tom who closed the event with remarkable back-to-back 65's. After the event, the 18th hole was renamed 'The Duel in the Sun'.

Yas Links Abu Dhabi

Designed by Kyle Phillips, the Yas Links Abu Dhabi is the first Links style golf course in the Middle East. Set against amazing views of the Arabian Gulf, this is the perfect place to see Yas Island's natural beauty while enjoying 18 holes of uneven fairways and fast rolling greens.

The Royal Melbourne

The Royal Melbourne designed by Aussie-great Greg Norman is one of the most unique 18-hole courses in the world. The front 9 offers an open wetland feel, while the back 9 gives you the notion you are golfing through a forest.

Cypress Point Club

The Cypress Point golf course located in Pebble Beach, CA, was designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1928. The course offers over 6,500 yards and the longest tees for a par 72 in the US.

Pine Valley Resort and Country Club

Voted the 2004 Host Venue of the Year by the players of the Asian Tour, Pine Valley Resort and Country Club located in Beijing was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Pine Valley is the first by-invitation-only golf club in China.

Royal Portrush

Royal Portrush located in Northern Ireland is the only golf club in the country to host the Open Championship. The Dunluce Links are ranked number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine and the Valley Links Course is one of the world's hidden gems, located between huge sand hills on the Atlantic Shore.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa

The TPC Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Florida has hosted PGA tour events for the last 45 years. With the amount of unique water hazards and over 7,000 yards of grass, the Blue Monster is one of the most challenging and impressive courses in the US.

The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier in the West Virginia mountains has hosted the world's dignitaries and America's aristocrats. It is the standard by which golf resorts are measured. The Greenbrier now holds an annual PGA Tour event on its first course, built in 1914, the Old White TPC course.

The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort

The world's most recognizable name in luxury golf is in Naples, FL. The resort is home to the stunning Tiburón Golf Club with 2 immaculate courses designed by Greg Norman.

Pebble Beach Golf Links

The Monterey peninsula is all about luxury golf. The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the flagship location for 3 other resorts of its kind along the peninsula's 17-Mile Drive . The world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links has a barrage of 9 dramatic ocean side holes.

Pinehurst No. 2

The world recognizes Pinehurst Resort as home to the internationally acclaimed Pinehurst No. 2, which has hosted 2 of the last 14 U.S. Open championships. There are 7 more courses ranging from the newly renovated but still friendly No. 1 to the Tom Fazio-designed No. 8.

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