With the great weather of summer right around the corner, golfers everywhere are excited and ready to make going out and hitting the links a weekly occurrence again. And while you may have a favorite course you play, there is no way it is as good as these four courses.
1. Cypress Point at Pebble Beach
This is truly one of the prettiest landscapes you will see. The Cypress Point golf course at Pebble Beach is situated among sand dunes, a gorgeous coastline, and of course, cypress. The course has also gone under very few refinements and changes compared to other top courses to keep its timeless and original beauty. It is also a public course and probably the most beautiful one on the world, but the green fees are not cheap as they will cost you almost $500.
2. Pine Valley
This course has a unique character and charm that make it one of the best in the world. The course is located inside of what looks to be a forest of pine trees and the course isn’t only gorgeous, it is also challenging. The fact the course is so tightly surrounded with trees runs the risk of hitting a ball in there, and good luck getting it out easily. The course has also been praised for its collection of par 3’s and 5’s. The membership list for the club is very exclusive and contains less than 1000 names worldwide.
3. Royal County Down
This is the only non-American course that will appear in this article, but it definitely deserves a spot on the list. This Northern Irish classic has been updated by numerous different architects over its 100+ year history. It boasts extremely flat green, which is a breath of fresh air after the numerous difficult shots and rugged terrain of the rest of the course. The course has also provided many great contributions to the history and growth of Irish golf over the last century.
4. Augusta National
We have finally gotten to Augusta National, the big daddy. This is one of the most famous courses on earth and has been home to the Masters since 1934, which is the most prestigious tournament in golf today. The membership to this prestigious course is by invitation only and has about 300 members at any given time and costs between $10,000 and $30,000 to become a member, with hefty annual fees as well. The course is gorgeous and has undergone numerous effective updates and refinements over the years to keep it a constant challenge for the Masters.