Renowned for its panoramic beauty, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in Alberta is a captivating and challenging layout set in the heart of Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
This Alberta golf course offers just two simple things for the perfect golf vacation. First, a breathtaking view in every direction and second, a magnificent layout that thrills every golfer. Amateurs and professionals alike are constantly amazed by its challenging layout. From hole design to optical illusions created by the surrounding mountains, this Alberta golf course will delight and tempt you.
Bay Hill makes a golfer’s heart beat faster.
The Top 100 course delivers sweeping views across 270 acres of Butler Chain shoreline. The Champion, Challenger and Charger links feature 27 holes of tour championship golf, a challenging though fair test for both professionals and amateurs alike.
Every March, the best golf professionals in the world descend upon Bay Hill to compete in The Arnold Palmer Invitational which is one of the most popular tournaments on the PGA Tour. Since Bob Byman beat Jon Schroeder in a heart-stopping playoff at the first Invitational in 1979, golf enthusiasts around the world have been hooked on this annual showdown of golf’s biggest names.
Bethpage Golf Course is one of the most popular and cherished golf courses in the nation. It was also the first public course to host the US Open.
Located in Long Island, Bethpage features five 18-hole regulation golf courses, including the world-renowned Bethpage Black. In addition to the US Open Championships, it hosted two Barclays PGA Tour events, The PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.
Cabo Del Sol
Cabo San Lucas
When Jack Nicklaus first saw this Baja Peninsula site, what can best be described as Scottsdale-meets-the-Sea of Cortez, he told reporters, “This is my chance to design a Pebble Beach.” He took full advantage of that chance, routing an exciting 18 that plays from highlands of desert cacti, over dry washes and down to the sea on both nines. When the layout opened in 1994, Nicklaus said it had the three finest finishing holes in golf. That might still be true 22 years later, given that the greens at 16, 17 and 18 are all perched atop rocks above the crashing surf of Whale Bay.
Inverness, Nova Scotia
This Top 100 ranked course set against a breathtaking landscape was designed by gifted Canadian golf course architect, Rod Whitman. Every hole offers ocean views and five holes play directly adjacent to the beach. It’s also the first authentic links course in Canada, and one of the world’s greatest courses. Cabot Links is a place that speaks to golf’s elemental and undeniable truth: that to truly play links golf is to experience the game in its most visceral sense.
Hawke’s Bay New Zealand
This Golf Digest Top 20 Course is often described as a stratospheric Pebble Beach, 500 feet above the sea on a windswept plateau. Its design demonstrates the lay-of-the-land philosophy of architect Tom Doak, who ran holes across a series of ridges framed by deep canyons. Cape Kidnappers was also the International winner of a 2012 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, co-sponsored by Golf Digest.
Castle Course - St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland
The Castle Course opened in 2008, becoming the seventh public course at St Andrews.
The course is beautifully set on a rugged cliff-top with extensive views overlooking St Andrews. The course is a par 71 and measures 6,759 yards from the back tees.
Doral Blue Monster
Virtually every great name in golf has experienced glorious personal triumph on this world-cass course. Its reputation as a challenging and spectacular golf course is well earned. Strategically placed deep bunkers, long flowing fairways, undulating greens and deep Bermuda rough requires both length and finesse to score well.
One of the most legendary 18-hole golf courses in America – Blue Monster has been playing host to prestigious PGA TOUR events for 55 consecutive years.
French Lick, IN
Sketched on a napkin and cemented into history by Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye, this course hosted the Senior PGA Championship in 2015. Senior PGA champion Colin Montgomerie called it “one of the iconic courses” in America and one that golfers all over the world will want to play. This championship golf course on one of Indiana’s highest elevation points has narrow, immaculate fairways and rugged, intense terrain. The Pete Dye Course has gained national acclaim for its 40-mile panoramic views of the southern Indiana countryside, three man-made lakes, “volcano” bunkers and a variety of elevation changes. A robust 8,100 yards from the professional tees punctuate Dye’s signature sting from vista to vista.
Harbour Town Golf Links
Hilton Head Island, SC
Harbour Town Golf Links remains one of the most revered courses in the world. Home to the RBC Heritage, South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event, this distinguished course places a premium on finesse, imagination and shot making, rather than strength. Put your game to the ultimate test against a collection of par threes, ranked among the world’s finest, and a par four 18th hole that is one of the most recognizable holes in all of golf.
Jasper Park Lodge
Designed by Canada’s master golf course architect Stanley Thompson, the 18-hole layout offers elevated tee boxes, dramatic bunkering and holes aligned with distant mountain vistas. Wide fairways carve through thick forest while maintaining a partnership with the environment’s natural contours. It blends beautiful landscapes with challenging terrain. As a result, few golf courses in the world can match the rugged majesty of this national treasure.
Jubilee Course - St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland
Named after Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration in 1897, The Jubilee Course,
became the third championship golf course at the Home of Golf.
Known as one of the hardest courses at St Andrews Links, it’s often played to test junior and amateur golfers for the British Mid-Amateur Golf Championship, as well as the St. Andrews Links Trophy.
This highly respected college golf course in Oklahoma is known as the destination for developing collegiate golf athletes. The award-winning course, which is home to the 11-time national champion Cowboy golf program, was designed by Tom Fazio.
Fazio’s creation quickly became one of the most challenging courses in the United States
The course stretches over 7,400 yards (6,800 m) with bent-grass greens and zoysia fairways that wind through native blackjack oak trees. 110-acre Lake Louise comes into play on many holes, with the greens lying just a few yards away from the water on some occasions.
Northland, New Zealand
Like Cape Kidnappers 400 miles to the southeast, Kauri Cliffs occupies an old sheep ranch atop an ocean-front plateau laced with canyons. Unlike Kidnappers, the 2000 layout by Dave Harman of Orlando, has hills of native rough, stands of fern and more forced carries over gorges. The topography allowed Harman to string the seventh and eighth and 14th through 17th holes parallel to the edge of the Pacific, although several hundred feet above it.
Links at Perry Cabin
St. Michaels, MD
Designed by legendary golf architect Pete Dye, the Links at Perry Cabin plays through stunning topography and vistas of Maryland’s iconic Eastern shore.
Majestic trees, bunkers, and distinctive water features finish with unforgettable finishing stretches of the glorious Chesapeake Bay. This golf course is exciting because it incorporates all the mysterious things that Pete does
This beautiful Top 100 Course is a private country club in Medinah, Illinois. Widely known for Course 3, it has hosted five major championships: three U.S. Opens (1949, 1975, 1990) and two PGA Championships (1999, 2006), as well as the Ryder Cup in 2012.
Muskoka Bay Resort
Set within the Canadian Shield, Muskoka Bay’s rugged beauty and incredible design quickly earned it a Top 10 Course ranking in Canada. Forced carries and layups play within massive granite walls and ledges seemingly cut into undulating fairways and ragged bunkers. Exquisitely nestled by both forest & wetlands, the impressive routing, flow and presentation of shots at Muskoka Bay are simply stunning.
New Course - Memphremagog
The private – and highly exclusive – Memphremagog golf club is home to just fifty members, with their championship golf course often being ranked in Canada’s Top 10.
Located outside of Montreal and often referred to as the Augusta of the North, its tumbling tree line routing twists and turns in a magical way through the course, providing a wonderful test for your all-around game.
Number 6 showcases the expansiveness of the course, through a long 500 yard par 4. The downhill tee shot yields at a large yet difficult green. Number 9 runs along a stream forcing you to lay up, only to have the stream reemerge on the approach. Other standouts include 13, with a beautiful green complex, and 17, with natural flair and attitude.
Snow Capped Whistler peaks. A brilliant emerald-coloured lake. Majestic fir trees. Fresh, invigorating mountain air. Whistler Golf at its Finest!
This is the setting that inspired the great Jack Nicklaus to create a golf course as unique as himself. This par 71, 18-hole course winds along a gentle valley floor offering you a spectacular setting as your golfing skills are tested to the fullest.
Ocean Course - Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, SC
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a must-play list for golfers demanding a true test of skill.
The Top 100 ranked course boasts the most seaside holes in the Northern Hemisphere with ten hugging the Atlantic. Originally planned to sit behind the dunes, course designer Pete Dye’s wife Alice suggested raising the entire course. This would give players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s stunning coastline from every hole.
In 2021, Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship here at the age of 50
Known as the No 1 resort course in the USA, this Tom Doak designed course features rippling fairways, natural bunkers and huge sand dunes.
To best utilize ocean frontage, Doak created unorthodox routing, including four par 3s on the back nine. The rolling greens and rumpled fairways are framed by rugged sand dunes and marvellously grotesque bunkers.
Pebble Beach, CA
Pebble Beach represents the greatest, most extensive meeting of land and sea in American golf. Pebble Beach isn’t just the No. 1 public course in America. Pebble Beach is the No. 1 Golf Resort in America.
With three Top 50 public courses canvasing the spectacular coastline that wraps around California’s Monterey Peninsula, golf at Pebble Beach Resorts is a truly unforgettable experience.
In 2019, The US Open returned to Pebble Beach for a sixth time — more than any course in the last 50 years.
PGA National - Champ Course
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Home to the PGA of America and PGA Tour Event The Honda Classic, PGA National Resort & Spa boasts five incredible championship golf courses with a full resort attached.
Of the 5 courses, Its most famous is the “The Champion”, originally designed by Arnold Palmer. The course hosted the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship. Today, it is best known for hosting the Honda Classic and of course the Bear Trap. This three-hole stretch of the par-3s (15/16/17)15th, was named after Jack Nicklaus, nicknamed the Golden Bear, who also redesigned the course!
Designed over 100 years ago by Donald Ross, Pinehurst #2 hosts more championships than any other course in the USA!
Known to be highly challenging, Pinehurst #2 is famous for incredible green complexes and stunning views.
Pinnacle at Troon North
Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Phil Smith, Pinnacle at Troon North represents a stunning golf experience blended into the Arizona desert. Natural beauty abounds this “GOLF Magazine Top 25 Course” with steep arroyos, natural washes, forests of saguaros and desert foliage.
Portions of some fairways are hidden behind boulders and hills. Huge greens surrounded by large bunkers and sloping terrain challenge golfers on every approach shot.
Perched 300 ft above the Pacific lies Hawaii’s #1 course . Princeville Makai Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. is one of the world’s most stunning golf courses.
The Makai Course reached all of golf’s respected rankings imaginable: including Golf Digest’s Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses and being named to the list of America’s “Top 5 Great Golf Settings” in the world by National Geographic Traveler.
Immaculate course conditions and six oceanfront holes combine with “Aloha Spirit” to deliver a peerless experience!
Host to the Wells Fargo PGA Championship, Quail Hollow is a 18-hole par 70 layout that is 6,325 yards from the back tees and has a course rating of 70.7 and a slope rating of 129. The course features stunning views of the Treasure Valley and the mountains that surround it. It also features an abundance of wildlife including but not limited to: deer, rabbits, bobcats, foxes, and a variety of birds. Quail Hollow can be a challenging course to play, as it includes strategically placed hazards, elevation changes, and sloped greens.
Rich Harvest Farms
Sugar Grove, IL
Opening in 1999, Rich Harvest Farms quickly became a premiere golfing destination. It consistently attracts prestigious amateur and professional tournaments, including the 2009 Solheim Cup.
When opened, Rich Harvest Farms was rated the 5th Best New Private Golf Course by Golf Digest. Three years later, Golf Digest placed the course on “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,” where it remains to this day.
Pebble Beach, CA
Meandering among sweeping sand dunes along 17-Mile Drive, The Links at Spanish Bay unveils spectacular seaside views of Pebble Beach. Rolling fairways flow through and around the dunescape, briefly weaving between towering Monterey Pines, before returning to the white sand of Spanish Bay Beach. Golfers love the thrilling finish along the wind-swept coast.
A twilight round is punctuated by the tunes of the famed Spanish Bay bagpiper, who puts the course to bed every evening.
Monterey Peninsula, CA
The Spyglass Hill Golf Course located on the Monterey Peninsula, California, is part of the Pebble Beach Resort. If often ranks as high as #5 by Golf Digest, and constantly makes Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list. The course has been in the rotation for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a February tournament on the West Coast Swing of the PGA Tour, since 1967.
Teeth of the Dog
La Romana, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a major golf destination, and Teeth of the Dog started it all back in 1971. The international masterpiece by Pete Dye has stunning routing: a clockwise front 9, counter clockwise back 9, with seven holes hunkered on the ocean, merely 20 feet above the surf. Every hole is unique and scenic.
The Old Course - St. Andrews
Affectionately known as the home of Golf, the Old Course at St. Andrews has been played for over 600 years. The most iconic golf course in the world begs ALL golfers to visit and play at least once in their lifetime. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised globally…Perhaps the Old Course’s greatest feature is that it remains a public golf course!
La Jolla, CA
Perched on California’s coastal cliffs, Torrey Pines delivers an incredible and world-renowned golf experience. This Top 100 Ranked Course is named after the Torrey Pine – a rare, wild tree that only grows on the San Diego coastline.
Two picturesque and widely recognizable championship golf courses create a bucket list course serious golfers simply must play in their lifetime. Every year, Torrey Pines hosts the PGA TOUR Farmers Insurance Open event.