Any seasoned golfer knows an enjoyable day on the greens isn’t just about the course, equipment, and company. It’s also about the environment itself. Though the sport originated below cloudy skies in Scotland, beautiful courses can now be found in all climates worldwide.
Most of golf’s most recognizable courses, from Augusta National in the US to Royal St George’s, are associated with the sport’s most prestigious tournaments. Top events like the Masters and the British Open draw in thousands of spectators (remote and live), as well as golf betting wagers from sportsbooks around the world.
The Open, in particular, remains a favorite because the grounds rotate between various coastal links courses, which presents new challenges for top pros. The courses are also an ode to the sport’s heritage—but now that most corners of the globe are golf-friendly, there’s a slew of remote courses ready to be experienced (some crazier than others). Let’s take a closer look.
Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
Don’t let the name deter you—Cape Kidnappers is a charming course nestled on the eastern tip of New Zealand’s north island. Hanging at the edge of an eight-mile peninsula, this striking green spot delivers on coastal views.
The fairways abut cliffs with huge drops that make even the most seasoned golfers mindful of the ridge-and-valley landscape. Though it may require a long flight, the Tom Doak golf course is well worth a visit for pros and recreational players alike.
Coyote Springs, USA
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Coyote Spring Golf Club Nevada won’t disappoint golfers looking for a well-designed course. Even better, the location is surrounded by desert mountains, which adds an element of natural splendor to the greens.
Those who visit can also treat themselves to the club’s extensive practice facilities. Just don’t forget the sunblock. Temperatures can soar well past 100 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the season.
Lofoten Links, Norway
Though one of the most remote courses in Europe, Lofoten Links aren’t quite as underground as others on this list. Not only is the course consistently rated highly in official reviews from leading golf authorities, but it also capitalizes on Norway’s natural splendor.
Depending on the season, visitors can treat themselves to driving practice beneath the Northern Lights or playing under the midnight sun. They can also splurge on local culinary delicacies while joining in a lodge experience.
Royal Thimphu, Bhutan
Nestled in the Himalayas, this golf course may only have nine holes, but it makes up for the smaller course with its stunning views and exclusivity. Though the Augusta National may have a long waitlist for even the biggest names in golf, the Royal Thimphu course is even harder to access. This is due to Bhutan’s strict tourist policy, which sees only a handful of foreigners cross the border each year.
Though a long wait and long flight are par for the course for those looking to play at Royal Thimphu, the course was carefully designed by Ron Frearm. Recent updates have helped curb issues presented by the dense grass and shrunken tees—though Frearm guarantees the elevation (2500m) makes for a great drive.
Le Touessrok, Mauritius
Some remote courses require a long flight, while others require a road trip. Those in search of a remote tropical course will need to fit a boat ride into their itinerary. Le Touessrok Golf Course is nestled on its own island, Île au Cerfs, which sits near the city of Trou d’Eau Douce along Mauritius’ eastern coast.
Views aside, Le Touessrok is considered one of the world’s best courses for its natural topography that stretches 38 hectares. Golfers are treated to volcanic outcrops and tropical flora that adds a truly unique dimension that will challenge even seasoned golfers.