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Carnoustie Golf Links
The Castle Course at St. Andrews Links
Colonial Country Club
The Farms Golf Club
Jubilee Course at St. Andrews Links
The Links at Spanish Bay
Merion Golf Club
New Course at St. Andrews Links
Old Course at St. Andrews Links
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Real Club Valderrama
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club
Royal Troon Golf Club
Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Wentworth Golf Club
1. Carnoustie Golf Links(Carnoustie, United Kingdom)
Carnoustie’s Championship course has become regarded as one of Britain’s finest, and most challenging, tests of golf. Carnoustie has hosted The Open Championship on eight occasions, most recently in 2018 with Francesco Molinari winning the event.
2. The Castle Course at St. Andrews Links(St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
The newest addition to St Andrews Links, The Castle Course opened in 2008 becoming the seventh course at the Home of Golf and part of the largest public golfing complex in Europe. Set on a rugged cliff-top with spectacular views over St Andrews, The Castle Course offers a memorable golfing experience.
3. Colonial Country Club (Fort Worth, Texas)
Colonial Country Club has hosted an annual PGA Tour event, the Colonial National Invitational, since 1946; it is the longest running non-major tour event to be held at the same venue. Currently named the Charles Schwab Challenge, Kevin Na is the most recent champion in 2019.
4. The Jubilee Course at St. Andrews (St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
The third championship course at the Home of Golf, the Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging course on the famous Links. Built in 1897, it was originally intended for use by ladies and beginners; however, after seeing its prime golfing location between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was converted to a championship layout in 1988.
5. The Links at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach, California)
Situated on acreage that was once occupied by a sand-mining operation, The Links at Spanish Bay was built on vast sandy wasteland ideally suited for creating a true links-style course. Since 2015, The Links at Spanish Bay has co-hosted the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours during the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational presented by Dell Technologies.
6. Merion Golf Club (Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
Merion’s East Course has played hose to more USGA Championships than any course in America. Most recently the East Course was host to the 2013 US Open Championship with Justin Rose winning the event.
7. The New Course at St. Andrews (St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at the Home of Golf was built by the Keeper of the Green, Tom Morris in 1895 and it was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbour. Boasting undulating fairways and challenging greens, the New Course is a classic test of links golf.
8. The Old Course at St. Andrews (St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all. The Old Course has hosted The Open Championship 29 times, with Zach Johnson winning most recently in 2015. 2022 will bring The Open Championship back to The Old Course.
9. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, California)
Pebble Beach Golf Links, unanimously rated the No. 1 Public Course in the Country. Pebble Beach hosted its sixth U.S. Open Championship in 2019, more than any other course over the last 50 years. Future championships include a first U.S. Women’s Open in 2023, and a seventh U.S. Open in 2027. Every February, the PGA TOUR visits for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a tradition that began in 1947.
10. Real Club Valderrama (Cadiz Spain)
Built by Robert Trent Jones Sr, the Real Club Valderrama is constantly ranked among the best courses in the world. Valderrama has played host to the Volvo Masters, 1997 Ryder Cup, AMEX World Championship, Andalucia Masters and the Spanish Open.
11. Royal Birkdale (Southport, United Kingdom)
Royal Birkdale has held more Championship and International events since World War 2 than any other course in the world. Open Championships, Ryder Cups, Women's British Opens, Senior Opens, Amateur Championships, Walker Cups and Curtis Cups. Royal Birkdale Golf Club has been voted the number one golf club in England, one of the top five clubs in the UK and amongst the top 35 in the world. Most recently host The Open Championship in 2017 with Jordan Spieth winning the event.
12. Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club (Lytham St. Annes, United Kingdom)
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club was constructed in 1897. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, host to eleven Open Championship, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments including the Women’s and Seniors Open Championship and the Walker Cup in 2015.
13. Royal Troon (Troon, United Kingdom)
Royal Troon was founded in 1878 and initially only had 5 holes. Currently, Royal Troon plays host to 45 holes, 18 of which are on the rotation for the Open Championship. The Open Championship has been played at Troon nine times, with the most recent event being held in 2016 and Henrik Stenson hosting the Claret Jug that year.
14. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Pebble Beach, California)
If Pebble Beach is the Greatest Meeting of Land and Sea, then perhaps Spyglass Hill should be dubbed the Greatest Meeting of Sand and Trees. The defining takeaway at Spyglass Hill is how starkly the first five holes juxtapose the rest of your round. Sweeping ocean views with holes darting through a daring dunescape give way to the understated natural beauty and brawn of the Del Monte Forest. Pine Valley-by-the-Sea meets Augusta National, as Sports Illustrated eloquently described it.As an annual co-host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, as well as a stroke-play venue for a pair of U.S. Amateur Championships (1999 and 2018), Spyglass Hill’s championship pedigree has been validated by the game’s very best.
15. Wentworth Golf Club (Surrey, England)
Wentworth Club has been known as the home of golfing champions since the precursor to the Ryder Cup was played here in 1926. Most recently has played host to the BMW PGA Championship.
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