Who doesn’t love a good brag about the best courses you have played? Dissecting every nook and cranny of a course with your mates and making a note of the ones you haven’t played but your friend has is a great clubhouse conversation. However, your golfing bucket list isn’t complete until you have tried some of the world’s most scenic golf courses from the list below.
10. Reynolds Lake Oconee, Georgia, USA
Reynolds Lake Oconee is a golfer’s dream – 117 holes of golf, towering pine and oak trees as far as the eye can see and gorgeous views of Lake Oconee.
There are no fewer than six courses to tackle. What more could you ask for?
9. La Quinta, California, USA
The majestic backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains and the various water features mean nearly angle on one of La Quinta’s five courses is worthy of a picture. One of the best golfing experiences California has to offer.
8. Corales Puntaca, Dominican Republic
A game of golf in the Dominican Republic you say? Yeah, why not.
Several of the holes run alongside the ocean and the course culminates playing the Devil’s Elbow, Corales’ last three holes. The Devil’s Elbow features the 18th hole with a dramatic carry over the Bay of Corales.
7. Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand
Comparisons will always be drawn between Kauri Cliffs, just north of Auckland, and its sister course Cape Kidnappers, which is located 500 miles to the south.
Kauri Cliffs, as the name suggests, is set along the coast and isn’t short on dramatic views. Sheer drops to the ocean below, tight fairways and undulating greens – concentration and accuracy are paramount.
6. Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland
Wow! This is the word you will probably hear yourself exclaiming time and time again at Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps.
The high altitude course, which apparently means you should be able to hit the ball further, is the host venue for the European Masters.
5. Old Head, Kinsale, Ireland
The ever-changing sea breezes make Old Head Golf Links, near Cork, a real challenge. But being able to concentrate on your game at hand is, for me, the true test. Rugged cliffs and feeling like you’re at the end of the world with the Atlantic Ocean spreading out before you will have you reaching for your camera constantly.
4. Pebble Beach, California, USA
Pebble Beach needs little introduction – it is one of the most iconic golf destinations in the world. It hugs the rugged coastline and has wide open views of Carmel Bay, opening to the Pacific Ocean on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. It’s a must-play for every golfer.
3. Banff Springs, Canada
The Canadian Rockies provides the backdrop for Banff Springs and is within a National Park – a jaw-dropping setting in a beautiful country.
Check out the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, also known as the Castle in the Rockies.
2. Thracian Cliffs, Bulgaria
The Gary Player-designed Thracian Cliffs course is a truly magical experience.
The setting, which winds its way along the cliffs and enjoys views of the sea from every hole, is pure theatre.
1. Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
Breathtaking is the best way to describe Cape Kidnappers, which stretches along the beautiful coastline at Hawkes Bay.
Many of the holes are on fingers of land with drops down to the ocean below.
It’s as stunning as it is hard.