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Discover the Top 10 Jaw-Dropping Golf Courses You MUST Play Before You Die!

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In this article, we’re going to take a look at the top 10 best golf courses in the world. These courses are so breathtakingly beautiful that you’ll want to add them to your bucket list immediately.

From rolling out the green carpet to experiencing a Spanish masterpiece at Valderrama Golf Club, we’ve covered everything. And if you’re looking for a Thai surprise, Siam Country Club Old Course is sure to deliver. We’ll also take you to a desert oasis at Emirates Golf Course The Majlis and show you Tokyo’s hidden gem at Tokyo Golf Club. Down under, we’ll explore the beauty of Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Irish Eyes will be smiling at Royal County Down. Of course, we can’t forget the home of golf, St Andrews Old Course, or the American Dream at Pebble Beach Golf Links. And finally, we’ll take you on a masterful escape at Augusta National Golf Club and introduce you to Scottish royalty at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

Rolling Out the Green Carpet

We’ve talked about some of the most amazing golf courses in the world, but what about the experience of playing on these courses? As avid golfers ourselves, we know that it’s not just about the course layout and design, but also about the overall atmosphere and service.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 golf courses that truly roll out the green carpet for their players. From impeccable service to breathtaking views, these courses go above and beyond to make your golfing experience unforgettable.

Without further ado, here are our top picks for the best golf courses that truly know how to treat their players like royalty.

10. A Spanish Masterpiece: Valderrama Golf Club

Coming in at number 10 on our list is the mythical Valderrama Golf Club, located in San Roque, southern Spain.

The mastermind architect Robert Trent Jones designed this 18-hole par 71 course boasts no hole less than championship quality. Established in 1974, Valderrama Golf Club is better known as the site of the Spanish Masters and the 1997 Ryder Cup.

As you make your way through the winding fairways, squeezed at every bend by thick olive trees, you’ll be led to small putting surfaces shielded by splashy bunkers. And let’s not forget one of the most controversial holes in golf, the par-5 17th hole safeguarded by water in front of the green.

Measuring at 6,951 yards, Valderrama Golf Club is a stunner beauty that can be thoroughly enjoyed by all golf players. So, have you added this masterpiece to your bucket list yet? Let us know in the comments below.

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9. The Thai Surprise: Siam Country Club Old Course

We’ve covered some of the most iconic golf courses in the world, but now it’s time to talk about a hidden gem that should definitely be on your radar. We’re talking about the Siam Country Club Old Course in Pattaya, Thailand.

Designed by Japanese architect I. Izumi, this course was established in 1970 and underwent a full refurbishment in 2007 by golf architects Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley. The course offers a challenging 7016 yards par 72 18-hole course that delivers surprise after surprise throughout the match.

Izumi tried to retain most of the original routing untouched, and all other course components were updated to meet international championship standards. The course offers golfers many surprising elements throughout the match, especially at the last four holes. Some of the trees were cleared for a fantastic breeze, and Paspulum grass was chosen for the fairways and Novatek for the greens.

It’s no surprise that this course is well-known as one of Asia’s finest golf courses. So, if you’re looking for a unique golfing experience, make sure to add the Siam Country Club Old Course to your bucket list.

8. Desert Oasis: Emirates Golf Course The Majlis

We’re about to take you on a journey to one of the most breathtaking golf courses in the world. The Emirates Golf Course The Majlis, located in Dubai, is a true desert oasis. It was the first grass golf course constructed in the Middle East and has been a staple in the golfing community since its opening in 1988.

Designed by Carl Litton, an American specializing in residential development methods in Florida, The Majlis is a challenging 7,301 yard layout and par 72. The course’s name, which signifies a meeting place in Arabic, was presented by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the instructions of His Highness.

The initial 18 holes were constructed around the beautiful dunes on the fringe of the mega city of Dubai, and the course boasts hundreds of native species of fauna and flora. The natural desert aura is maintained, with curling fairways and freshwater lakes complementing the stunning views.

The Majlis has a worthy stature globally and offers a true test for even the world’s best golfers. One of the most impressive features of the course is the controversial par-5 17th hole, safeguarded by water in front of the green. It’s a hole that will test your skills and nerves, but the challenge is well worth it.

If you’re a true golf fan, The Majlis at Emirates Golf Course is a must-play course. It’s a true desert oasis that will take your breath away and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. So pack your bags, grab your clubs, and get ready to experience one of the top 10 best golf courses in the world.

7. Tokyo’s Hidden Gem: Tokyo Golf Club

We’ve covered some of the most famous golf courses in the world, but now it’s time to talk about a hidden gem – Tokyo Golf Club. Established in 1913 by Yunosuke Inui, Tokyo Golf Club has hosted four Japan Opens and has a rich history that any golf enthusiast would appreciate.

While it may not be a course of modern standards and length, Tokyo Golf Club still manages to shield its par well. The holes are memorable, and the first hole is the best among all and the best shot par in the world. The course sits on 6,915 yards and par 72, and to play at this course, you need an invite. But if you’re lucky enough to receive an invitation, you should jump at the opportunity.

Tokyo Golf Club may not be as well-known as some of the other courses on our list, but it’s a true hidden gem that any golf lover should experience. So, if you’re ever in Tokyo and have the chance to play at Tokyo Golf Club, don’t hesitate to take it. You won’t regret it!

6. Down Under Beauty: Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Ah, the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, one of the top golf course clubs in Australia. With its two 18-hole golf courses designed by the American golf architect, Dr. Allister McKenzie, this place is a true gem for golf enthusiasts.

The course design is a tiny rendition of its surrounding topography, featuring deep bunkers and twirling greens that create a true challenge, even for the world’s number one player. With a length of 6598 yards on the east and 6,598 yards on the west, this par 72 course is a must-play for all golf fans.

But don’t let the challenge scare you away. The beauty of the course is undeniable, with its lush greenery and breathtaking views. It’s no wonder the Royal Melbourne Golf Club has hosted numerous international tournaments throughout its history.

So, if you’re looking for a golf course that will test your skills and take your breath away, the Royal Melbourne Golf Club should definitely be on your bucket list. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

5. Irish Eyes Are Smiling: Royal County Down

Well, well, well, if it isn’t the Royal County Down Golf Club! This 100-year-old Irish country club, located in the deep water of Newcastle City, Northern Ireland, is a true gem. Designed by the legendary Thomas Mitchell Morris, better known as Old Tom Morris, this course has deep bunkers and fierce winds that add a challenging dimension to the game.

With two 18-hole golf courses, Royal County Down has hosted numerous tournaments ranging from the British Amateur Cup, the Walker Cup, the Irish Open, Curtis Cup, and many more. And let’s not forget about the two most spectacular photographic holes in golfing history.

The course sits on 6,968 yards with a par 72, and we can assure you that it’s not for the faint of heart. But hey, if you’re up for a challenge, then this is the place to be. So, if you’re a true golf fan, make sure to add Royal County Down to your bucket list. Trust us, your Irish eyes will be smiling after playing here!

4. The Home of Golf: St Andrews Old Course

As golf enthusiasts, we all know that St Andrews Old Course is the mecca of golf. This iconic course is located in Scotland and has a rich history that dates back to 1552. St Andrews Old Course has hosted more than 25 Open Championship tournaments and is a must-play for every golfer.

The course was designed by Daw Anderson and Old Tom Morris, who were inspired by Augusta National’s architectural design. The stunning Old Course occupies 7,279 yards and is a par 72, delivering sufficient variety and technique to keep all levels of golfers amused.

The course initially had 22 holes and later was reduced to 18 by combining some of them. The course’s most famous feature is the Road Hole, which is the 17th hole that is safeguarded by water in front of the green and is one of the most controversial holes in golf.

St Andrews Old Course is an absolute treat to one’s eye and heart. The course’s winding fairways are squeezed at every bend by thick olive trees, leading to small putting surfaces shielded by splashy bunkers. This course is a true challenge for every golfer, and playing here is a dream come true.

If you haven’t had the chance to play at this course, you’re missing out on one of the greatest experiences of your life. So, pack your bags, grab your clubs, and head to St Andrews Old Course to experience the magic of golf.

3. The American Dream: Pebble Beach Golf Links

Well, folks, we’ve made it to the cream of the crop, the top of the heap, the crème de la crème. That’s right, we’re talking about Pebble Beach Golf Links, the number one golf course in America. This visually stunning course was founded way back in 1919 and was designed by the dynamic duo of Jack Neville and Douglas Grant.

Located in California, Pebble Beach is home to 18 holes that offer challenges for both golfers and viewers alike. The course is bound to be on every golfer’s bucket list, and for good reason. The beautiful fairways drive through the Pacific Ocean, making for some truly unforgettable views.

Pebble Beach sits on 7,080 yards and is a par 72, so you’ll need to bring your A-game if you want to conquer this course. Every golfer who wants to try their luck on these greens needs to practice before trying their strategy on these tricky holes.

So, if you’re a true golf fan, you simply must play Pebble Beach Golf Links before you die. Trust us, it’s worth it. And if you’ve already had the pleasure of playing this course, let us know in the comments how it went. We’ll be sure to live vicariously through you.

2. A Masterful Escape: Augusta National Golf Club

We’ve covered some of the world’s most stunning golf courses, but none compare to the exclusivity and prestige of Augusta National Golf Club. Home to the Masters Tournament since 1934, this American golf course is a true masterpiece.

Located in Georgia, Augusta National was founded by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones in 1932. The course was designed by Alister MacKenzie and Robert Trent Jones Jr., and features a 270 yards par 72 18-hole course. Each hole is named after the trees, plants, and flowers that surround it, adding to the course’s natural beauty.

Playing at Augusta National is a dream for many golfers, but it’s also one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world. Getting a tee time here is nearly impossible, but that doesn’t stop golf enthusiasts from flocking to the Masters Tournament every year.

The course itself is a true test of skill, with challenging bunkers and undulating greens. The 12th hole, known as “Golden Bell,” is one of the most iconic holes in golf, with a narrow green surrounded by water and bunkers.

While playing at Augusta National may be out of reach for most of us, experiencing the course during the Masters Tournament is a must for any golf fan. The atmosphere is electric, and the competition is fierce.

In short, Augusta National Golf Club is a true masterpiece, and a must-visit for any golf enthusiast.

1. Scottish Royalty: Royal Dornoch Golf Club

We’ve finally made it to the top of our list and we can confidently say that the Royal Dornoch Golf Club is the most attractive and engaging golf course out there. Established in 1877, this is the third oldest golf course globally, and it’s no surprise that it’s considered a true pilgrimage for golf enthusiasts.

Located in the Scottish Highlands, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club is a natural links course with stunning coastal views. The course is a par-70, 18-hole course that stretches over 6,732 yards. It’s a challenging course with narrow fairways and thick rough, but the real challenge comes from the unpredictable Scottish weather.

Designed by Old Tom Morris, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club has hosted numerous international tournaments, including the Scottish Open and the British Amateur Championship. It’s also been played by some of the most famous golfers in history, including Tom Watson and Donald Ross.

But what sets the Royal Dornoch Golf Club apart from other courses is its unique charm and character. The course is surrounded by ancient sand dunes and heather, and the views of the Dornoch Firth are simply breathtaking. It’s a course that truly captures the essence of Scottish golf.

So if you’re a true golf fan, you simply have to play at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club. It’s a course that will challenge you, inspire you, and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. And who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster while you’re there!

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Tommy is a confirmed golf fanatic. He's been playing golf for 20 years and just loves everything about the game. His dad used to play golf a lot and watch the PGA and European Tours, so Tommy started watching too. Now he knows a lot about golf and loves to coach people and help them play better.

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