With summer quickly approaching, golfers out there are ready to hit the links. And while some people like to play a nice easy round of golf, others want to be challenged. And if you want to be challenged these five courses are the toughest on the planet and are right up your alley.
1. Carnoustie in Scotland
This historic course has been thought to have been played on as early as the 16th century. This course is on the rotation for one of the most prestigious championship golf events in history, The Open. While the course only measures 7,421 yards, it plays so much longer due to the crazy winds that often whip on the course. The bunkers on the course are legendary and it was home to the biggest golf collapse in history at the 1999 Open Championship by Jean Van de Velde.
2. The Ocean Course in South Carolina
This beautiful course was designed so the golfers had a great view of the shoreline, but this also comes with some maniacal winds. While tough, it is still seen by many as one of the best courses in the country. The course measures 7,873 yards long and in 2010 was named the toughest course in America. This is because it has numerous deep bunkers, large slopes, tough grass and more. The legendary 1991 Ryder Cup took place here and players were winning holes with double bogeys, which says a lot about how tough the course is.
3. Whistling Straits in Wisconsin
This course does a fantastic job at replicating seaside links courses of the UK and is without a doubt one of the best courses in the USA. Measuring just shy of 7,800 yards, this course is extremely wide open and thus, leaves the golfers vulnerable to the conditions. The course hugs Lake Michigan and while gorgeous, is very tough to play. According to Golf Digest staffers, the course has a massive 967 total bunkers, which is about 54 per hole. Some are tiny, some are large, but all are annoying and are the reason why this course appears on this list.
4. Ko’olau in Hawaii
This course was actually so hard that changes were actually required to be made in 1999 to make it easier. Even with those adjustments, it is still a monster to play. While it is situated gorgeously in Oahu, the fairways are surrounded by Hawaiian jungles and there are numerous deep bunkers that are a mess to try and get out of. The few large ravines on the course also cause headaches for even the best golfers in the world.
5. Jade Dragon in China
When even the name of a course sends chills down your spine, you know you are in for a tough game. This course (which was only made in 2001), is actually the longest on the planet. The course measures a crazy 8,548 yards and has one hole that goes well over 700 yards. The course also has two other holes that are more than 680 yards and a 270 yard par three. Even though the course is very high above sea level (and thus the ball travels further), it is still incredibly hard to even hit par on this course.