One of the biggest draws of golf is that the sport offers awe-inspiring sceneries. Course designers ensure to carve their courses on spectacular landforms encompassed by stunning natural attractions. From stunning mountains, volcanoes, lakes, rainforests to coastlines, golfers enjoy breathtaking views, making the game epic and memorable. So, before you head out for another round of golf, check out this rundown of some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses that will help you get that magical experience.
The Old Course at St. Andrews (Fife, Scotland)
Widely renowned as the “Home of Golf,” the game was played at the Old Course at St. Andrews as early as the 15th century. The beautiful setting is nestled along the beautiful cliffs of the country’s east coast. Its Swilcan Bridge, Hell Bunker, and the Valley of Sin are also famous around the globe. Yet, despite its prestige and striking views, what’s remarkable is that it remains as a public golf course, allowing all to get the same unforgettable experience that others golfers enjoyed for the past 600 years.
Le Touessrok, Mauritius
From its distinctive wildlife, excellent variety of trees and plants, natural undulating landscape, lakes and gullies, black volcanic outcrops, and picturesque views of the Indian Ocean, there’s no surprise why Le Touressok has been continuously hailed as one of the world’s finest. Situated on a beautiful island on Mauritius’ east coast, the Berhard Langer-designed golf course is only reachable by helicopter or boat. Yet, the short trip is nothing as awaits you’ll get to see the beautiful turquoise lagoon that besets this beautiful golf course.
Barnbougle Dunes Golf Course (Tasmania, Australia)
Perched amongst the naturally dramatic and stunning landscape. of Tasmania’s northeast coast alongside its pristine coastline, Barnbougle Dunes Golf Course promises a memorable, challenging, and utmostly beautiful golfing experience to any golfer. A brainchild of two celebrated golf architects Mike Clayton and Tom Doak, the golf course is a beautiful fusion of human craftsmanship and Mother’s Nature.
Old Head Golf Links (Kinsale, Ireland)
Nestling on a diamond-shaped tract of land that stretches into the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland is long considered as one of the most beautiful golf courses on Earth. Its designers carefully carved the natural landscape and features around it, with the remains of a 17th-century lighthouse and the view of the modern 18th-century lighthouse serves as a stunning backdrop. It’s extremely unique and its challenging gameplay brought by changing sea breeze will entice both beginners and pros alike.
Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, California)
Pebble Beach Golf Links is perhaps the United States’ most renowned golf course. It gives justice to the distinction as it offers breathtaking views of the rocky shores alongside the Pacific Ocean. Here, you can hear waves crashing in the background and see ocean water spritz as they ram against the rocks. Whether they can affect your concentration or instead boost your game is up to you. What’s certain is that your golfing experience won’t be as complete if you haven’t experienced Pebble Beach.
VF Golf (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
If you happen to be in Bosnia & Herzegovina, don’t miss out on playing in the VF Golf, the Balkan country’s first golf course. Situated two kilometers from the city center, this beautiful setting features six stunning holes, with four lakes, pristine greens, training ground, and driving range, complemented by a spectacular backdrop of the mountains. Established in 2001, it heralded the golf development in the country, which now houses four spectacular golf courses.
BRG Danang Golf Club (Vietnam)
Hailed as one of the globe’s best new courses, BRG Danang Golf Club won’t disappoint. It is an impressive golf course set on a picturesque beachfront. The Dunes course follows the same landscape used in some of the world’s earliest golf courses. Featuring the firm and quick fairways and perfect greens alongside great hollows, trees, and swales, the course provides a different yet memorable experience from the conventional Asian layout.
Corales Golf Course (Dominican Republic)
Designed by Tom Fazio, the Corales Golf Course is an oceanfront 18-hole course that opened in 2010. It is carved along the rocky cliffs, coves, and bay of the Caribbean Sea. A truly memorable experience in this course is the Devil’s Elbow. It’s the courses’ last three holes, with the 18th featuring a dramatic forced to carry on a narrow, cliff-lined bay, providing a challenging yet magnificent finish.
Abaco Club Golf Course (Great Abaco, Bahamas)
Abaco Club Golf Course is the first true links golf course set in a tropical location, allowing golfers to enjoy the best of both worlds. This impressive golf course is designed by Tom Mackenzie and Donald Steel that makes full use of its beautiful seaside setting. Here, you can enjoy golf and relish the views of the sparkling turquoise waters, the beguiling soft sand beach, amidst the lovely tropical weather.
Adriatic Golf Course (Croatia)
Located in the Istrian peninsula, the Adriatic Golf Course is a magnificent creation of Barbara Eisserer and Diethard Fahrenleitner. The 18-hole championship golf course boasts gorgeous views of the Adriatic Sea, natural ponds, rocky landscapes, and lush Mediterranean vegetation. Adding the well-crafted greens and strategically-placed bunkers, it’s a picturesque and challenging golf course just waiting to be relished by any golfer.
Arabella Golf Club (Cape Town, South Africa)
With pristine greens, challenging water hazards, wily sand traps accentuated by the panoramic Kogelberg Mountains at the backdrop, the Arabella Golf Club is one of the most striking golf courses in South Africa and the globe, even attracting renowned golfers and celebrities, such as Gary Player, Ernie Els, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Lemuria Golf Course (Praslin Island, Seychelles)
Lemuria Golf Course is located on Praslin Island, Seychelles, bordering the charming beaches of the Small and Grand Kerlan Coves. See palm trees line the first 12 holes and get ready in the 13th hole where the game starts to elevate, characterized by steep holes, rocky ridges, a lakefront, and stunning vistas.
Those are some of the world’s most beautiful courses. Yet, remember that there are nearly 40,000 golf courses around the globe. There’s no running out of stunning locations to visit that will both help you witness the beauty of nature while showcasing your love for the sport. So, go ahead and get your golf bag and be amused. Happy golfing!