It was the first Presidents Cup contested in Asia. Royal Aberdeen's front nine runs north in dramatic dunesland along the shoreline, with the inward nine backtracking inland along softer terrain to the clubhouse. Due west of Sunningdale G.C. It took years to build the Serapong course back in the early 1980s.  JACK NICKLAUS G.C. The most unusual aspect of Ba Na Hills is that its fairways are lined with single or double rows of tall trees, which hide many equally tall light poles along each hole. 49  ROYAL TROON G.C. 68  OLD HEAD OF KINSALE Ireland Kirby recently added another, relocating the par-3 13th to cling along an ocean slope. Capilano is definitely Old School updated to modern times. Brittas Bay, County Wicklow, Ireland Three generations of the Hawtree design firm, oldest in the world, are responsible for Royal Birkdale. 85  SHESHAN INTERNATIONAL G.C. 90 [NR] AYODHYA LINKSÂ G.C. Campbelltown, Scotland The design is mostly the work of Weiskopf, who lived on site supervising construction while Morrish recovered from a heart attack at home. 6,802 yards, par 71. One writer has suggested Walton Heath ranks with Pine Valley as the best neophyte design in golf. Our expert course raters sized up the best golf courses on the planet to rank GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the World for 2020-21. It originally opened in 1895. Ireland England (If anything, South Cape's tiny downhill par-3 14th to a thumb in the ocean is more treacherous than the short seventh at Pebble Beach.) Some of those areas have now become homesites. 7,857 yards, par 72. Charles Hunter (1876),Â Sir Guy Campbell (1948) 6,724 yards, par 71. 66 Prestwick. On his brief but productive 1926 trip, Alister MacKenzie prepared a routing for the course, but it was radically altered during a 1936 remodeling by Eric Apperly and by neglect during WWII. If you love golf, you are going to travel to play it. It features two par 3s over ocean coves and another that plays out to an intimidatingly narrow green on a peninsula. ), 1  ROYAL COUNTY DOWN G.C. 31 Lahinch. ChoheiÂ Miyazawa (1968),Â Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1997) Recent work includes restoration by Tom Doak. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Alister MacKenzie's 1926 routing fits snuggly into the contours of the rolling sandbelt land. Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw (2015) 6,885 yards, par 72. 70  MID OCEAN CLUB It opened in 1992 and is still a family business today. With that dramatic deep bunkering, Naruo looks both lovely and lethal. Thereâs No. To do otherwise is to not properly appreciate its outrageous topography (some terrain is like an elephant cemetery) and outlandish holes, like the sunken 13th green beyond a stone wall, the renown Redan par-3 15th, blind from the tee, and the long, narrow 16th green with a gulch separating front and back plateaus, surely the model for the infamous Biarritz green, although purists say otherwise. Mexico's first true links, fashioned by Davis Love III and his design team (which included his brother Mark Love and designer Paul Cowley) from a fantastic set of white sand dunes along the Pacific Ocean, huge portions of which are without vegetation and seem like enormous snow drifts. And while, 93 years later, some are now tamer, with less ragged, jagged edges, their placements are still ideal. Nothing on this Greg Norman design looks manufactured or contrived. 17. But the game in the mountains, desert or along lakes is quite nice, too. Bernard Darwin famously said golfers playing Ganton suffer either sandy or prickly disaster. 6,829 yards, par 72. Handara Golf & Resort, Bali. American Mike DeVries and Australian golf writer Darius Oliver collaborated on a breathtaking site along Bass Strait, a notorious stretch of Australian seacoast that once shipwrecked many voyages. 7,224 yards, par 72. 58  FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE G.C. Many of these great layouts have been ranked within the World Top 100 since golf course rankings began. 6,910 yards, par 71. T-60  CASTLE STUART G.C. 14  SHANQIN BAY G.C. The late media mogul Kerry Packer commissioned Greg Norman to build him the nation's toughest course, and Norman complied. 70 Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda. Colt (1919),Â Martin Ebert (2011) It only took about another month when I realized that, while that was great, what I really wanted to do is play the actual Top 100 Courses in the country.. A succession of post-war architects has slowly re-established the integrity of the design, most recently Greg Norman. The Old Guard dominates the top 10. The course meanders along novel topography, full of odd elephant-shaped mounds, humps and abrupt gulches, lined with pine, fir, heather and bracken. Des Soutar, Carnegie Clark,Â Alister MacKenzie (1928),Â Eric Apperly (1936),Â Greg Norman (2010),Â Tom Doak (2018) A great myth is that Rye hasn't changed in a century. Located several miles up the road from Cabo del Sol (ranked T-91), this Tom Fazio design opened in 2000. Golf Digest ranked ranked the Stadium Course 10th overall among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” and Golfweek ranked the Stadium Course the No. Architect Guy Campbell reclaimed the course in 1946, using a bulldozer to create new holes. Troon dates from 1878, was given its Royal title 100 years later. Hard against the Atlantic, which can be harsh, Doonbeg suffered storm damage about the same time as then-game-show-host Donald Trump bought the resort and rebranded it in his name. (EAST) Before the 1920 Open, James Braid rearranged the layout, adding several new holes, including all four of the present par 3s. Situated on a pocket of sand in an otherwise inland landscape of clay and rock, Ganton plays firm and fast with holes hemmed in by blooming gorse. Karl Litten (1988),Â Tim Lobb, Ross Perrett (2014) Lying in the shadow of skyscrapers in the Songdo International Business District, this is an impressive Nicklaus design, one that transformed a flat, dull site into a surprisingly rolling, pine-dotted layout with water on 11 holes, equitably distributed with six hazards to the left and five to the right. Resting just three miles from Royal St. George's (No. 7,377 yards, par 71. 26 in 2020. In 2006, Americans Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley remodeled everything, changing parallel holes into curving fairways by adding ponds and relocating greens, while still preserving those legendary Siam undulating putting surfaces. Eighty years later, math teacher Des Giffin, who was Portstewartâs green chairman, and Michael Moss, the club secretary, added seven new holes, the second through eighth, in dramatic dunes. The design is dramatic and unusual, particularly the par-4 fifth, a dogleg right along the river, whose blind tee shot brings to mind the 17th at St. Andrews. The previous ranking indicated on this list is the course's ranking on our previous World 100 listâwhen U.S. courses were included. To American visitors, the look of Sunningdale brings to mind Pine Valley or Pinehurst. 6  THE OLD COURSE AT ST. ANDREWS Donald Ross called it his home, having been born in the village and learned the game on the links. Though the final stretch might be a bit underwhelming visually, its holes are just as testing. Honorary member Tom Watson suggested modest design changes in the 1990s. Golf Course Reviews. Designed by American Karl Litten, who'd previously specialized in residential development courses in Florida, the Majlis Course looks like a Florida transplant, with five lakes coming in play on eight holes. Sporting the same fescue turf mix as nearby sister course Cabot Links (ranked T-35), some tee shots seem to roll forever, but so do errant shots that miss greens. It has hosted two Opens since then, won in 2006 by Tiger Woods and in 2014 by Rory McIlroy. When Emirates G.C. Thompson's typical sprawling bunkers are everywhere, some staggered diagonally across lines of play, others on the margins of a hole, poking out from beneath tree lines. We were able to create a course that a golfer of my caliber would love to play everyday. 34  DIAMANTE G.C. 7,202 yards, par 71. Malelane, South Africa (CHAMPIONSHIP) 79 [NR] METROPOLITAN G.C. 64  ROYAL ABERDEEN G.C. 69  LEOPARD CREEK C.C. Alison, longtime partner of H.S. When he returned for the 1975 Open, he found it had been converted to a pot bunker. 7,301 yards, par 72. The 2017 Senior Open was contested at Royal Porthcawl, with Bernhard Langer winning a record 10th senior major. TomÂ Chisholm, Robert Bird (1891) (WEST/SOUTH) Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1995) Still, the first hole, a stern dogleg-right around an internal out-of-bounds, is considered one of the most testing opening holes in links golf. 29 Swinley Forest. Eight holes play along a vast intracoastal waterway that leads to the Persian Sea, including holes 14 through 18, a most invigorating stretch. Alison's 1936 design for Japan's first golf resort has long been dubbed the "Pebble Beach of Japan," but the layout is far more mountainous. Many consider Royal County Down a supreme examination of oneâs game, which is why it earns such high scores. 6,627 yards, par 70. Incidentally, Alisonâs longtime design partner, H.S. 71  NARUO G.C. 11 Cabot Cliffs is not a natural links, though it looks and plays like it. (BALGOWNIE) Gil Hanse, Mark Parsinen (2009) 6,706 yards, par 70. 39  NORTH BERWICK G.C. 6,894 yards, par 71. One of the least known of Scotland's great links has been even more overshadowed in recent years by its new neighbor to the north, Trump International Golf Links Scotland. The most mountainous of the Japanese courses ranked on our World 100 Greatest, Naruo reminds many Americans of courses found on the Monterey Peninsula, with … 7,050 yards, par 72. 6,854 yards, par 70. over the past 10 years, to fashion features that reflect Alisonâs, not Ohtaniâs, philosophy of design. 7,080 yards, par 73. 47  BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM When Jack Nicklaus first saw this Baja Peninsula site, what can best be described as Scottsdale-meets-the-Sea of Cortez, his thought was: "This is my chance to design a Pebble Beach." A true links in rolling ground with soft rather than dramatic dunes, Portmarnock, on a spit of land in the Irish Sea north of Dublin, is known for its routing, which hasn't been altered in over a hundred years and was revolutionary at the time for constantly changing wind direction with every shot. So I decided to do both.
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