Around the world there are countless golf courses worthy of being visited, however not all of them fall into the championship classification, where the most prestigious tournaments are played, both from the associations of each country and from the PGA; so we gave ourselves the task of making a list of the top golf courses, taking into consideration their design, visual appeal, quality, state of the fairways and green, etc; as well as opinions of experts, designers, amateur champions and professionals, besides that some of the listed here have centuries of history and tradition. In the creation of this list we take into account the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World, which is prepared by a group of experts independently, non-profit, information that crossed with other world-renowned rankings, to make it the most reliable and accurate for our readers.
- Pine Valley
Clementon, New Jersey
Due to its degree of difficulty and excellent design, carried out by George Crump and Harry Colt, Pine Valley, south of New Jersey, in the United States (founded in 1918), is one of the most famous golf clubs in the world, with a very exclusive list of members and which can only be accessed by invitation. Its tenth hole is one of the biggest challenges for any professional golfer; surrounded by a gravel pit, whimsical slopes and a bunker that only allows to pull back.
- Cypress Point
Pebble Beach, California
In the state of California is this world jewel of golf. Designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1928, it features three striking links. Considered among the best holes on the planet, the 15, 16 and 17 Cypress Point, on the Pacific shore, are a real challenge, because even one of them is played through a gap with sea and a very difficult wind to master.
- Shinnecock Hills
Being one of the oldest in the American continent, founded in 1891, it preserves the Scottish tradition of golf. Its creators, Charles B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor and Willie Dunn, their first professional, erected it with the help of Indians from the Shinnecock reserve during World War I; it was remodeled in 1930 by Toomey & Flynn, with the support of Dick Wilson, one of the five founding members of the USGA. About his 18 holes, Ben Hogan wrote: “Each hole is different and requires a lot of skill to play them correctly. It’s one of the best fields I’ve ever played.”
- Augusta National
Home to the Masters, it has captivated everyone who has had the privilege of playing in its exclusive holes. Designed in 1933 by Bobby Jones, one of the best golfers of all time, and Alister MacKenzie, this field is considered among the most perfect in the world, due to its unbeatable terrain, fairways superiority, functionality and beauty. Other names that have contributed to Augusta’s greatness include Robert Trent Jones, Perry Maxwell, George Cobb and Tom Fazio. Among his select list of members (less than 300) are the names of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and John Harris.
- National Golf Links of America
Long Island, New York
With the vision of building America’s best golf course, Charles Blair Macdonald designed this course on the edge of Peconic Bay in Southampton, Long Island, laying the foundation for modern golf architecture. Since its foundation in 1908, it has been distinguished by its famous holes, such as the 14th, the first known Cape in the world; in addition to the famed Hole 2 called “Sahara”; as well as Hole 3, considered even better than the original British Alps (now the 17th hole of the Scottish field of Prestwick); and of course Hole 4 “Redan”, which emulates the 15th of North Berwick.