Golf has certainly come a long way since it was played in Scotland during the 15th century. Since its humble beginning where it was played in a vast green area, thousands of golf courses have been developed top caliber features.
Let’s take a look at some of the best golf courses all over the world.
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, California
Designed by architects Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, this 6,828 yards golf course is a sight to behold.
Hailed as the second-finest golf course on the Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach Golf Links is beaming with history. Aside from being a constant destination of annual Tour stop, it’s also a host of five U.S. Opens.
The two amateur architects, Jack Neville and Douglas Grant turned this piece of property into billion dollar worth. With nine magnificent holes run along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the incorporation of ocean added hazard and challenge to the golfers, making this golf course timeless and ahead of its time.
The combination of familiarity, location and Tour history make Pebble Beach a unique golf course all over the world. What’s even better is that unlike most of the golf courses, they are public so any golfer can play here.
Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst, North Carolina
It was during the 2014 dual U.S. Opens that Pinehurst No. 2 was brought back to its glory. The masterpiece of Architect Donald Ross has hosted additional two Opens, as well as the 2008 U.S. Amateur. This 7,565 yard is regarded to be the finest greens in the Donald Ross pantheon of courses. Pinehurst No. 2 is also the venue where legendary Ben Hogan had his first stroke-play victory.
It took the designer and architect to reshape and return the native rough areas to bring back Pinehurst to its former glory. Of course, it has proven its top notch quality when it became the host of the 2014 Opens. Pinehurst No. is a representation of restorative work.
The 7,245 yards and Par 71 is simply oozing with pedigree, with 16 times being the host of Open Championship on its resume. Known as the one of the oldest clubs in golf, Muirfield is a renowned host to major championships amateur and professional, international and national, men and ladies – all of which have produced worthy golf champions.
There were lots of changes made at fifteen holes over the winters of 2010 and 2011 to ensure that they remain suitable challenge for the world’s best professional and amateur golfers. These changes included the relocation of greenside bunkers to tighten the entrances to greens, the introduction of new bunkers in selected drive areas, the introduction of six new championship tees taking the course to 7245 yards in length and the extension of greens to provide more championship pin positions. Though there were plenty of changes, they were generally subtle and retained the essential characteristic of Muirfield. Now the truly testing par 5 which was the 9th Hole previously is the most noticeable changes.
Green fees for one round is £235 while two rounds is £310.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
This 36-hole golf club in Australia has been a host of several Australian Amateur Championships and 16 Australian Opens. The course is known to be the oldest and longest continually existing club in Australia.
One of its features is the ’Composite’ course, a combination of 18 holes from the East and West courses. There have been 21 holes used in the history of the ‘Composite’ course, from 1959 to 2011, depending on the event being held. The East course, though they have fewer noteworthy holes, is still held in very high regard. The West course, on the other hand, has several world-class holes that are strictly landlocked by existing boundaries.
Designed by architect Alister Mackenzie, this 6,579 yards and Par 71 is an example of the height of the art form.
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Royal County Down Golf Club
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Royal County Down has hosted several important competitions, including The Walker Cup, the British Amateur, Palmer Cup, Curtis Cup and the Irish Open three times.
It opened 129 years ago 23 March 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It has two 18-hole links courses, the Championship Course and the Annesley Links. The Championship Course is more than 7,200 yards and its fourth and ninth holes was featured in the book The 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes. It was also voted as best Golf Course in the world by US magazine Golf Digest.
Many have contributed to the development of Royal County Down as one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the world; however architect Old Tom Morris gets most of the credit.
Pine Valley Golf Club
Pine Valley, New Jersey
Established in 1955, Pine Valley Country Club situated in the heart of Wilmington, North Carolina. Golf players of all skill level enjoy its beautifully designed 18-hole private championship golf course.
For the past 60 years, it takes pride in the fact that they provide the finest facilities exclusive for their guests and members. Aside from their spectacular golf course, Pine Valley Country Club also offers fine dining, full banquet facilities, six all weather, professionally lighted tennis courts, and a pool with an active swim team.
Architect Robert Trent Jones quoted Pine Valley “is frequently alluded to as the most difficult course in the world and this reputation is justified. To my way of thinking, it also possesses more classic holes than any other course in the world.” Johnny Miller wrote that “There are no weak holes. Every single one is a masterpiece. There is a surprise around every corner, 18 unique and beautiful challenges
The course has been praised for the consistent level of challenge and conditioning on each hole, requiring thoughtful placement of the ball from tee to green, and more specifically correct placement on approach shots to the green due to significant swales and undulations.
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