Best Golf Courses in the World

Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, GA
Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, GA
This par 72 has played host to the Masters Tournament since 1934. It is the only permanent venue of the four majors. In 2009 Golf Digest ranked Augusta as the greatest American course. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Ballybunion Golf Club - Kerry, Ireland
Ballybunion Golf Club - Kerry, Ireland
Located off the Irish coast, Ballybunion is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The 6,542-yard, par 71 course was ranked as the 7th best course outside of the United States in 2005 by Golf Digest. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Cypress Point Country Club - Monterey, CA
Cypress Point Country Club - Monterey, CA
Golf Magazine ranked Cypress Point as the second best golf course worldwide in 2007. The 16th hole, a long par three, plays over the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr./Allsport)
Merion Golf Club - Ardmore, PA
Merion Golf Club - Ardmore, PA
Merion will open its doors again to the U.S. Open in 2013, its fifth time hosting. Instead of flags, all pins at Merion's East Course are topped with wicker baskets. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Muirfield Golf Club - Gullane, Scotland
Muirfield Golf Club - Gullane, Scotland
Playing host to The Open Championship 15 times, this links course is world renowned for its unique setup. Provided the wind doesn't shift, the direction at every hole differs from the direction at the tee. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, PA
Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, PA
Opened in 1903, the Oakmont course has been home to the U.S. Open 9 times, more than any other course. The U.S. Open will return to Oakmont in 2016. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, CA
Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, CA
Pebble Beach is the first public golf course to be ranked as the No.1 Golf Course in America by Golf Digest. It has hosted to the U.S. Open Championships 5 times, most recently in 2010. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Pine Valley Golf Club - Pine Valley, NJ
Pine Valley Golf Club - Pine Valley, NJ
Golf Magazine rated this New Jersey course the best in 2009. This par 70 was founded by a group of amateur golfers in 1913. It has played host to the Walker Cup twice, in 1936 and 1985. (Photo by Getty Images/David Cannon)
Royal County Down Golf Course - Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Royal County Down Golf Course - Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Golf Digest named the Championship Course at Royal County Down as the best golf course outside of the United States in 2007. The fourth and ninth holes are widely considered the course's best. Tiger Woods once shot a 65 to capture the Championship course record. (Photo by Getty Images / David Cannon)
Royal Portrush Golf Club - Portrush, Northern Ireland
Royal Portrush Golf Club - Portrush, Northern Ireland
The Royal Portrush Golf Club possesses the third best golf course outside of the United States according to Golf Digest. It is the only club outside of Great Britain to have hosted The Open Championship. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - Southampton, NY
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - Southampton, NY
Claiming to have the oldest golf clubhouse in the U.S., Shinnecock Hills has been host to the U.S. Open four times. Since 2000 it has been included in the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
St. Andrews Links - St. Andrews, Scotland
St. Andrews Links - St. Andrews, Scotland
Considered the "home of golf," St. Andrews is one of the most famous courses worldwide. The "Old Course" at St Andrews, is presumably the oldest course in the world. It is believed to be over 600 years old. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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