Every basketball court is 94 feet by 50 feet, and rims are 10 feet off the floor. An NHL hockey rink is 200 by 85 feet. And, of course, a football field is 100 yards. However, with golf, every course is different – and that’s one thing we love the most about it.
Each golf course presents various challenges and differences, with beautiful scenery to enjoy as well. If you love golf, here are a few courses around the world that you should absolutely have on your bucket list.
1. The Old Course – St. Andrews, Scotland
Scotland is the birthplace of golf, and the 18-hole version of the game was created at the Old Course at St. Andrews. The course is considered “golf royalty,” having hosted the British Open Championship nearly 30 times. With large greens and bunkers, Old Course offers challenging yet rewarding play.
2. Pine Valley Golf Club – Pine Valley, New Jersey
If you’re into beautiful golf architecture, then Pine Valley should be at the top of your to-play list. While you won’t find it hosting any PGA Tour events, the course presents a unique challenge at every hole by blending three schools of golf design (penal, heroic, and strategic).
3. Cypress Point Club – Pebble Beach, California
Carved off the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Cypress Point Club is the crown jewel of West Coast golf. It plays short, but the rolling hills and varied elevations require a bit of skill, and you just can’t beat the views.
4. Royal County Down Golf Club – Newcastle, Northern Ireland
A beautiful landscape makes this course one of the best to play in Europe. The front nine is particularly majestic, especially holes four and nine. You’ll know what we mean when you get to them.
5. Royal Melbourne Golf Club East – Melbourne, Australia
We’ll round out this list of top golf courses down under with Royal Melbourne Golf Club East. It’s by far the best golf course in Australia, as well as the country’s oldest. The course is characterized by a range of different hole landscapes, with pristine greens and challenging bunkers.