There are many aspects to a golf course that have the potential to make it great, and a survey done by Golf Digest suggests that course conditions and design are some of the things that golfers care most about while pace of play was least important. Here are some of the best courses around the world that encompass these characteristics.
Pine Valley Golf Club; Clementon, New Jersey
This is mysterious and hard to find club. It is also extremely private, and is said to be one of the worlds finest clubs. It was founded in 1913 and had 184 acres, which later expanded by 416 acres. Pine Valley is often praised for its level of challenge and conditioning on each hole. It arguable has the best collection of par fives and threes in the world. The championship tees have a slope of 155, yardage of 7057, and a par of 70.
Muirfield Village Golf Club; Gullane, Scotland, United Kingdom
Muirfield is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, opening its doors in 1744. Many believe that this club is the best example of championship golf in all of the British Isles. Like Pine Valley Golf Club mentioned previously, it is also praised for its level of challenge and is extremely private, though it is easier to find.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club; Melbourne, Australia
This is a 36-hole (2 18-hole) course founded in 1891. It plays host to the many national and international events, like the Australian Open and the World Cup, and can seat 15,000 people. The 2 18-hole courses are named East and West, and a composite of them may be used depending on the event being held. The East course does not have many noteworthy holes, but the West does though they are not longer compared to current championship standards of par 4’s and 5’s.
Golf De Morfontaine; Senlis, Oise, France
This course was opened in 1913 when the Duke of Guiche transformed an old polo pitch into a 9-hole golf course. Morfontaine looks a lot like a course around London, with windswept pines and heather on a base of sand. But it’s tighter and the forest surrounding holes is far denser. A decade ago, American architect Kyle Phillips updated the layout, adding a new 12th green to extend the par-5.
The Links at Fancourt; George, Western Cape, South Africa
This is a rather new course, opening at the turn of the century. Its designers based it on Scottish clubs after studying them at great length, though it lacks the weather of the Scottish clubs and it is built on an old airfield. You do not have to be a member to play on the course, if you stay at the attached hotel you have a few tee times available to you.