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8 of the Top Golf Courses in the World

Sep 18, 2020

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Not all golf courses are the same. Some are nothing less than exceptional. According to golf experts, these golf courses are truly the best of the best. How do they stand up against the local golf courses in Greenville, SC you've played on?


#1 Royal County Down Golf Course (Newcastle, Northern Ireland)

This part of the world has several of the top spots, because the natural terrain makes golf a challenge. The greens are surprisingly flat, but there's plenty of rugged terrain and numerous blind shots. Bunkers are a definite highlight!


#2 Tara Iti Golf Course (Mangawhai, New Zealand)

The architects and designers spent more than two years gently resculpting the sandy soil into hummocks, punch bowls, and sand dunes that look like they were formed by wind and vegetated by nature. The final result is lots of sand but no bunkers. Golfers may ground the club anywhere!


#3 Augusta National (Augusta, GA, USA)

If you pay much attention to professional golf, you know this one is going to make this list. The annual Masters Tournament is played here. This is your chance to see how you'd stack up against the best in the game!


#4 Pine Valley Golf Course (Pine Valley, NJ, USA)

A genuine original, its unique character was forged from the sandy pine barrens of southwest Jersey. Pine Valley blends all three schools of golf design, penal, heroic and strategic, throughout the course, oftentimes on a single hole!


#5 Cypress Point Club (Pebble Beach, CA, USA)

This course is a masterpiece, featuring cypress trees, sand dunes, and jagged coastline. The course has decided to make a statement by celebrating its original architecture instead of adding to it.


#6 Royal Dornoch Golf Course (Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland)

Experts have called this the most natural course in the world. Others have called it the most fun they've ever had playing golf. It's certainly a challenging course. Just try hitting those greens in a Dornoch wind!


#7 Cape Kidnappers Golf Course (Hawke's Bay, New Zealand)

These links sit high atop a windswept plateau some 500 feet above the sea.The holes are on ridges that run perpendicular with the coastline, most framed by deep canyons. You won't find that in the golf courses in Greenville, SC! The fairways are wide and some of the deepest bunkers you've ever seen. Cape Kidnappers was also the International winner of a 2012 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, co-sponsored by Golf Digest.


#8 Winged Foot Golf Course (Mamaroneck, NY, USA)

There used to be a lot of Norway Spruce in every fairway of Winged Foot West. It's now more open and playable, at least until one reaches the putting surfaces. Many say that this is perhaps the finest set of green contours the versatile architect A.W. Tillinghast ever did! The greens look like giant mushrooms, curled and slumped around the edges.


If you're looking for all of the fun of these amazing golf courses, but none of the stress or time, give indoor mini golf in Greenville, SC a try. It's a great way to get the entire family involved in a round of golf, for much less effort than getting everyone over to Scotland for the day!