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Ranking: the world’s best and most beautiful golf courses

The world is blanketed with gorgeous golf course, so ranking them is never an easy thing. But here is our list of the best and most beautiful courses.

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The world is blanketed with gorgeous golf course, so ranking them is never an easy thing. But here is our list of the best and most beautiful courses.
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When it comes to ranking golf courses, there are plenty of things to take into account. Obviously everyone has different tastes, and likes but these are our favorite courses that are bucket list worthy for any golfer.

When trying to rank these ten top courses, history, beauty, and quality of golf are all have to be taken into account. So without further ado, here are our top 10 golf courses in the world.

Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia

How could we not put the course that holds the most coveted prize in golf at the top of the list. There is as much history as there is beauty around Augusta National. The home of the only major that doesn’t change locations from year to year, has been the venue to The Masters since 1934 and since then it has grown to become the most illustrious course in the world.

The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland

Known as the Old Lady, St. Andrews’ Old course is the oldest course in the world, but remains as relevant as ever in the golf world. It was established in 1552, and has withstood the test of time. Everything from the famous Swilken Bridge to the deep pit bunkers at St. Andrews makes the course as iconic as it is imposing to play.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

The picturesque coastline of Pebble Beach has seen seven U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship played on it’s historic course. It was most famously dominated by Tiger Woods back in the 2000 U.S. Open when he beat the field by fifteen strokes. Golf Digest made it the first public course to be named the No. 1 golf course in America. It may be open to the public, but make sure you bring your check book, because it will cost you.

Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, California

If Pebble Beach makes the list, then it’s neighbor of Cyprus Point has to be on there too. It has a similar structure and scenery to Pebble, but has been a private course since it’s inception in 1928. It was one of the courses played during the multi course AT&T Pro-Am until 1990.

Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Nestled into one of the many barrier islands off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina is the Ocean Course. The coastline provides some spectacular views, but also some hell raising winds that can challenge even the best of the best. It has hosted two PGA Championships and the 1991 Ryder Cup.

Royal Melbourne West Course, Melbourne Australia

The host course of the Australian Open and The Presidents Cup may not be known by every golfer in the US because it’s not played on the PGA Tour. The West Course at Royal Melbourne was opened in 1926, and has been part of Australian and golf history ever since.

Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, North Carolina

The lush fairways and longleaf pine trees are staples of the No. 2 course at Pinehurst. There are nine different courses at the Resort at Pinehurst, but only one that has hosted three U.S. Opens a a PGA Championship and a Ryder Cup.

Royal St. Georges, Kent, England

Home to 15 British Opens, this wonderfully situated course ours in the hills of the Sandwich in Kent, England has been around since 1887. It was the first club outside of Scotland to host The Open in 1894, and last saw Colin Morikawa win it in 2021.

Pine Valley Golf Club, Pine Valle, New Jersey

Over the last decade Pine Valley Golf Club has exploded onto the scene. It was Established in 1913, and may fly under the radar because there has never been a major championship played there, but since 2012 it has been named the number one course in Golf Magazine’s 100 Top Courses in the U.S. and the World four times.

Real Club Valderama, Cadiz, Spain

The Ryder Cup chose well when deciding where to go for the first Cup played outside the United States and the United Kingdom. Situated in Cadiz in the southwest of Spain, Club Valderama also played host to the WGC-American Express Championship in 1999 and 2000.

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