Golf is the ultimate sport of skill and judgement. It commands perfect form and a sharp eye for strategic thinking. That’s what makes it so addictive. The greatest players are not those that can drive the farthest. They are those that think carefully about their choices. They analyse the course and make the best possible decision. Then the execute it with precision.
It’s the same when it comes to looking at golf courses. The best golf courses should challenge every aspect of the golfer’s game. Their drive, their ability to factor in climate and weather and their deft putting touch. There are some courses that are not just testing, but beautiful or magnificent in some way. That also goes someway to deciding which is the best. Is the course a joy to play? Here are some the best:
Pine Valley, New Jersey (USA)
Most claim that this is the best course in the world. Precisely because it is the perfect all-round course. It tests every skill in the golfer’s arsenal and it truly separates the men from the boys.
KingsBarns St. Andrews (Scotland)
St. Andrews is the home of golf, so it’s only right we include one of the courses. KingsBarns is a newer course and one of the most expensive in the world. It is one of the most stunning places to play golf, thanks to Scotland’s unmistakable landscape.
Lykia Links (Turkey)
Turkey is relatively new to the game of golf but there are some brilliant courses. Turkey has recently seen the rise of golf holidays in Belek and other areas and it attracts big name golfers. Lykia Links is widely considered the best in the region.
The Ocean Course, South Carolina (USA)
Probably the toughest course in the world (they say). Certainly the toughest in the USA. This is down to the unpredictable wind factor that sweeps across the course. It is the ultimate challenge.
The Royal Melbourne (Australia)
The greens are built to resemble the contours of the Australian countryside around the course. It makes for an interesting challenge when it comes to putting. The course is riddled with dog legs too so it’s great for perfecting your angles.
The ‘Pine Valley of Japan’ they call it. Another perfectly crafted course that really works every aspect of the golfer’s abilities. If you’re over in this corner of the world, it’s something you must experience in Asia.
Shadow Creek, Nevada (USA)
I don’t think any golfer will argue that this course is particularly tough or challenging. But it’s on the list for its sheer luxury. Would you expect anything less from a golf course owned by a casino magnate? It’s based in Las Vegas and is an invite-only course. You may only play there if you’re staying at an MGM Mirage hotel. If you do have the pleasure of stepping foot onto its links, you’ll be driven there by a limo. Then your own personal caddy will assist you on all 18 holes. And then you’ll be driven back to your hotel in another limo. Exclusive and stylish.
So there you have it. We’ve listed some of the best golf courses on the planet. Some are tough and some are just a joy to play on. But they’re all at the top of their game.
Thanks to Tord Sollie for the image.