Top 10 most beautiful golf courses on the planet
10. Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pennsylvania, USA)
In 1903, Henry Fownes and 150 workers and about 20 mules explored the Allegheny river valley to turn it into one of America's most famous golf courses later. Especially when Oakmont Country hardly designed the lakes and since 2007, about 5,000 to 8,000 trees have also been removed. Instead, large mounds with high slopes make it difficult for golfers to direct the ball's destination.
9. Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Each hole in Royal Melbourne is a different picture of terrain and landscape. The fairways are designed with many blind spots, so instead of the distance, the angle of attack really brings the decisive factor to the success or failure of golfers. In addition, sand traps are often deep, making certain difficulties for players.
8. Muirfield (Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland)
Muirfield is quite typical for link golf courses. The golf line in each hole is arranged depending on the wind direction. The first nine lines are clockwise, while the following nine are in the opposite direction. Except for hole 11 with a blind spot from tees, the remaining holes can see quite clearly the ball to the greens.
7. The Old Course (St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland)
Like its name, The Old Course is one of the most ancient golf courses in the world. With the permission of Archbishop John Hamilton, the people of St Andrews have been playing golf here since 1552. Today, The Old Course is still the ideal model for architects although the fairway design of the golf course is too large with the big grasses to waste. In particular, the image of the 700-year-old Swilcan bridge, connecting hole 1 and hole 18, has become a famous symbol in the golf village.
6. Royal Dornoch Golf Club (Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland)
Royal Dornoch was rated as the golf course with the least artificial features. Located on the northern coastal windy plateau, Royal Dornoch owns fresh air, sand dunes covered with yellow flowers, helping players to immerse themselves in nature. However, strong winds here are always considered the biggest challenge for all golfers.
5. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Southampton, New York, USA)
Shinnecock Hills is one of America's oldest golf courses, inaugurated in 1891. However, overall, Shinnecock Hills has not changed much, keeping the ideas of legendary architects such as William Flynn or CB Macdonald.
4. Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland)
Located between Dundrum Bay (east) and Mourne Mountains (south), the golf course has a harmonious design with majestic natural scenery. Hole 4 and hole 9 were once in the "Top 500 most beautiful golf holes in the world" voted by Golf Digest magazine.
3. Augusta National Golf Club (Augusta, Georgia, USA)
Since 1934, Augusta has become the home of Masters Tournament, one of four major prizes of the world golf village every year. This golf course is a mix of design ideas from famous architects such as Alister MacKenzie, Bob Jones (overall), Perry Maxwell (green), Trent Jones (lake) and even contributions from golfer legend Jack Nicklaus (mound, sand trap).
2. Cypress Point Club (Pebble Beach, California, USA)
Located on one of eight islands in Monterey Bay, Cypress Point possesses an extremely favorable location. Especially when playing in holes 15, 16 and 17, golfers have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the Pacific Ocean. When playing at Cypress Point, golfers are also required to go with a caddie
1. Pine Valley Golf Club (Pine Valley, New Jersey, USA)
Pine Valley was built and inaugurated in 1913 by a group of amateur golfers from Philadelphia. The golf course has a total area of 2.5 km2, of which 1.7 km2 is covered by primary forest. Thus, this is always considered as one of the mysterious destinations that golfers love to conquer the most. In addition, Pine Valley is famous for its aristocratic golf club. Currently, the club has only about 930 members worldwide and this list is always hidden. Even female golfers are only allowed to play here every Sunday afternoon.
By: Mithrine Smith