For some of us golf is not just a passion, it is a religion and taking a trip to visit some of the world’s best courses is like making a sacred pilgrimage to Mecca. Forget your lowly local course, check out these stunning locations that you absolutely need to visit while you can.
This is the spiritual and historical home of golf, with the game originating in Scotland and golf being played at this course for hundreds of years, it is known as the oldest course in the world. This truly is a stunning course that has been created by mother nature, unlike many modern day courses that have been meticulously designed, this course offers the purest of golfing experiences. So whether you decide to play here or have some tickets to the British Open, it is important that you visit this course at least once in your life.
Located on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, this course is famous for its breath taking and dramatic location. It is built on a sheep station and the vast fairways form zig zagging ridges that protrude from the cliff face, the rocks below and the sea can be appreciated from all of the course. This course features no sand traps of a true links course, but makes up for it in the rugged landscape, with deep ravines that make you feel as if you are playing golf at the end of the earth.
Pebble Beach, United States
This is one of the most renowned and finest courses in the United States, that is on par (no pun intended) with courses like Augusta and Pine Valley, however this course is a great experience because unlike the courses it rivals it is open to all that pay the green fee and you do not need to be part of an exclusive club to enjoy it. This course is a favourite of many golfers, including Jack Nicklaus, who even described this as the perfect place to play his last round of golf. The course tightly hugs the Pacific coast and features stunning panoramic ocean views, numerous water hazards (on fourteen of eighteen holes) fairly narrow fairways and challenging sloping greens.