Top 15 Best Golf Courses in the World

Cypress Point

What are the 15 best golf courses in the world? If you are a fan of golf, then you would have seen some truly iconic moments take place over the past few years. Some of these moments have occurred during high-pressure situations, such as the end of a major golf tournament. Other unforgettable moments have come when the course or conditions have come into play. Below are some of the most difficult, beautiful, and exciting courses in the world right now!

We here at Bet Station have scoured the globe searching for the top 15 best golf courses in the world. In case you didn't know, golf has a rich history dating back well over 500 years. They founded the Old Course at St. Andrews in the 1550s and it's certainly partially responsible for shaping golf into the sport it is today. That does not mean we are only looking for the great courses of yesterday. Instead, we have a fantastic list of new and historic golf courses you could visit today!

If you ask any of the best golfers of all time what their favorite golf course is, they usually come out with some surprising answers. In our list below, we have tried to factor in a variety of different features when compiling our list. This includes the professional opinion of the course, the quality of the holes, and whether the background would make an excellent Instagram post.

15. Hirono Golf Club

Hirono Golf Club is a beautiful Japanese golf course located a few miles west of Kobe. Charles H. Alison designed the routing for the course. They commissioned him to design a couple of golf courses while he was on a brief tour of the country. This included Hirono, Kawana Hotel’s Fuji Golf Course, and a course for the Tokyo Golf Club. The course in Tokyo did not last long, but the Fuji course and Hirono have survived the test of time and they both have a reputation of being amongst the best in the world

Looking specifically at Hirono, there is a lot to celebrate at what we considered to be Japan’s best golf course. Alison made use of the natural landscape, incorporating the valleys, rivers, and cliffs. The course is iconic thanks to its large, sprawling bunkers, often surrounding and outstretching the greens they protect. Mackenzie & Ebert revitalized Hirono in 2019. The famous golf course architects channeled their inner Alison to restore Hirono above and beyond its former glory. They restored and renovated the sprawling bunkers, tidied up the roughs and fairways, plus they injected a new lease of life to the already iconic golf course.

View post on Twitter

Honestly, it may sound like we are exaggerating the work done at Hirono, but you simply have to see it to believe it. The club took photos in 1933 during and after its development. Plus, Mackenzie & Ebert followed the same procedure, taking photos before, during, and after the redevelopment. This will give any golf fan the perfect insight into the incredible work that goes into renovating a golf course.

  • Location: Hirono, Japan
  • Course Rating: 74.8
  • Slope Rating: 131
  • Par: 72
  • Length (yards): 7,169
  • Founding Year: 1933

14. Sand Hills Golf Club

Sand Hills Golf Club is a famous golf course in Mullen, Nebraska. It has a fantastic reputation as one of the best golf courses designed in the last 50 years. Opened in 1994, the Sand Hills golf course is one of the newest on our list. When it comes to the best golf courses of all time, it is difficult not to look back at just the most iconic venues. These courses have helped shape modern golf and provided several iconic moments during major golfing events. However, one aspect these old courses have done is inspire a new generation of designers, as you will see at Sand Hills.

Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Sand Hills is one of the most beautiful thanks to the rolling hills and stunning Nebraskan climate. The course is beautifully marked thanks to the incredibly well-kept fairways and perilously thick grassy roughs. Sand Hills was in the pipeline for several years while the designers spent years surveying the land for the perfect golf course. They found 130 natural golf holes, which they slowly whittled down into 18. The final decision was to secure land from the owner of a field in the adjacent pasture and the rest is history.

The course was an absolute bargain by today’s standards, costing around $1.2 million. This was because the sand at the property was perfect for golf greens, reducing the average cost per green from $40,000 to $6,000. This reduced the cost of the fresh course by $700,000 and effectively gave the course its name: Sand Hills.

  • Location: Nebraska, USA
  • Course Rating: 70.5
  • Slope Rating: 123
  • Par: 71
  • Length (yards): 6,209
  • Founding Year: 1994

13. Royal Dornoch Golf Club Championship Course

The Royal Dornoch golf course in Scotland is one of the oldest golf courses to never hold a modern professional tournament. It has hosted the Scottish Amateur three times and the British Amateur Championship once in 1985. There are 36 holes at the Royal Dornoch split into two courses, the Championship Course and the Struie. The links-style course is internationally renowned as one of the best in the world, regularly ranking in the top 15 best golf courses in the world.

Dornoch has been the home to golf since around the early 1600s. They officially established the club in 1877 and it achieved royal status in 1906. They attribute the design of the Championship Course to the legendary golfer and golf course designer, Old Tom Morris. That is not the only big name in the world of golf to be associated with the Royal Dornoch. Tom Watson is an honorary member of the golf club and played there before his 1980 Open win at Muirfield. He said:

It's the most fun I've ever had on a golf course!

- Tom Watson

The golf course has a reputation for being a tricky test for golfers, even at the top of their game. Situated on the coast of Northern Scotland, it’s not just the bunkers and uneven terrain to contend with, but the elements themselves. An often unpredictable sea breeze means the course rewards players who are accurate and cautious with their approach. With tiny bunkers and virtually no trees, the Royal Dornoch has nothing to hide. It is an exquisite golf course in what many consider the home of golf.

  • Location: Dornoch, Scotland
  • Course Rating: 73
  • Slope Rating: 136
  • Par: 70
  • Length (yards): 6,748
  • Founding Year: 1877

12. Ballybunion Golf Club Old Course

One of the best links courses in the world is undoubtedly Ballybunion. This golf course certainly falls into the category of a hidden gem, hosting very few major golfing events in its almost 130-year history. The club began in 1893 and it got off to a rocky start. Financial problems hit until they secured an investment, paving the way for the first nine holes. They gradually expanded the course, finally ending up with 18 holes by 1927.

Ballybunion is another golf course that comprises 36 holes, the Old Course and the Cashen. The course we are talking about today is the Old Course, a popular choice amongst certain golf connoisseurs. Tom Watson enjoyed the course so much that he remodeled it in 1995. U.S. President Bill Clinton was also a fan of the course, sampling the Old Course during his presidency and returning a few years later. Famous golf writer, Peter Dobereiner had this to say about Ballybunion:

If sheer pleasure is the yardstick, then Ballybunion’s Old Course gets my vote as the No. 1 in the world.

- Peter Dobereiner

You could visit any of the golf courses on our list and say “wow, that’s beautiful!” Yet, there is something remarkably special about this remote golf course on the southwest coast of Ireland. If you have any doubts about its beauty, simply visit the official Ballybunion website and just gawk at its beauty. Of course, each hole has its own name, most of which face the incredible North Atlantic Ocean.

  • Location: Ballybunion, Ireland
  • Course Rating: 72
  • Slope Rating: 110
  • Par: 71
  • Length (yards): 6,739
  • Founding Year: 1893

11. Tara Iti Golf Club

Tara Iti Golf Club is the newest addition to our list, having only opened its doors in 2015. It's the only course on our list in New Zealand, around a hundred kilometers north of Auckland. The golf course is just a stone’s throw away from the South Pacific Ocean, leading to some of the most exquisite backdrops in golfing history. Thanks to its beachfront location, Tara Iti is one of the most bunker-filled golf courses in the world.

The course has already established a very high-end reputation, with an exclusive invite-only membership scheme. Every detail surrounding who is a member and the membership fees are completely confidential, adding to the mystique at Tara Iti. The aim of the club is to take golf back to its roots. There is no grand entrance to the course, no buggies, and members have to stay the night at the property whenever they play. They encapsulate the ethos of the club thanks to the slogan on the walls of the locker room; “no assholes”. Tara Iti is not just another golf course full of loud-mouth cursing and frat boy cheers. It’s a secluded, beautiful escape to find your love for golf all over again.

While Tara Iti might sound pretentious, find us a golf course that isn’t! We here at Bet Station believe the “no asshole” rule should be enforced worldwide on every golf course. Golf already has a snooty reputation, it is not helped when angry Chads throw their clubs in a fit of rage. We are not saying really nice things about Tara Iti, hoping to be invited out there. Instead, we are simply applauding a sophisticated ethos. P.S. Tara Iti hook us up!

  • Location: Mangawhai, New Zealand
  • Course Rating: 73.8
  • Slope Rating: 136
  • Par: 71
  • Length (yards): 6,537
  • Founding Year: 2015

10. Oakmont

Oakmont is a historic golf course in Pennsylvania, USA. The Oakmont golf course regularly appears on lists of the top ten golf courses in the world, and it is the oldest top-ranked golf course in the States. The course was the only one designed by Henry Fownes back in 1903 and Tom Fazio renovated it in 2015. Oakmont is easily recognizable thanks to its famous Church Pews bunker. A 100-yard long bunker with 12 grass-covered ridges in the middle, which resemble church pews.

Oakmont is a famous course for its lack of water hazards and abundant use of bunkers. There are 210 bunkers on the course, and there are virtually no trees used anywhere on the course. Oakmont also features large and fast greens, giving the course a reputation for being one of the most difficult in the United States. When asked about the greens at Oakmont, Tiger Woods said:

That golf course is going to be one of the toughest tests that we’ve ever played in a U.S. Open, especially if it’s dry. It will be unreal because those greens are so severe.

- Tiger Woods

The course has given us some truly iconic moments over its 119 years of existence, none more exciting than the 1962 U.S. Open. Oakmont Country Club was 40 miles from Arnold Palmer’s hometown, resulting in a huge turnout for the golfing great. However, they paired winless rookie Jack Nicklaus with Palmer to create an iconic playoff on Sunday. Nicklaus won the day, pulling off one of the greatest upsets in golf history to win his first of 18 major trophies.

  • Location: Pennsylvania, USA
  • Course Rating: 76.9
  • Slope Rating: 71
  • Length (yards): 7,254
  • Founding Year: 1903

9. Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course

Trump Turnberry is a stunning golf resort in southwest Scotland. The Trump Organization purchased the club in 2014 and rebranded the Turnberry to the name you see today. The golf course has a fascinating and disrupted history, serving as an airbase and hospital in both world wars. After WWI, they renamed the two courses Ailsa and Arran; Ailsa being the course we are talking about today.

Willie Fernie, the 1883 Open Championship winner, designed the original Turnberry. After the world wars, both the hotel and course needed complete refurbishment. Mackenzie Ross redesigned the course for its re-release in 1951, and Martin Ebert handled the redesign in 2016. The course has hosted the Open Championship four times, the Amateur Championship four times, the Senior Open seven times, and the Walker Cup in 1963.

One of the most iconic moments at Turnberry was at the Open Championship of 1977. The “Duel in the Sun” was a classic battle between two golfing greats, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. The battle went the way of Watson after an incredible up-and-down final round. They both headed to the final three holes on -10, with Nicklaus slipping up first on the 16th. Nicklaus then slashed his drive on the 18th, putting him on the back foot for the last hole. He then recovered immaculately, finding the edge of the green and sinking a huge birdie putt. This forced Watson to play his two-yard putt, which he sank; cool as you like!

  • Location: South Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Course Rating: 77
  • Slope Rating: 139
  • Par: 71
  • Length (yards): 7,448
  • Founding Year: 1906

Pebble Beach is a famous part of the Californian coastline on the west side of the USA. There are several renowned golf courses in this area, but the Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of the best public golf courses in the world. In 2001, it set a record for the first public course to reach the number one spot in America, as rated by Golf Digest.

The course has hosted six U.S. Opens, one PGA Championship, and the 1988 Tour Championship; the final event of the PGA Tour. Pebble Beach Golf Links will make history in 2023, becoming the first to host a women’s, senior’s, and a men’s golf competition in the same calendar year. Jack Neville and Douglas Grant designed Pebble Beach Golf Links in 1919 and Arnold Palmer and Thad Layton renovated the course. Jack Nicklaus also contributed to the iconic course multiple times, including the 1998 expansion where the course purchased more land adjacent to the coastline.

View post on Twitter

Pebble Beach is an iconic golf course thanks to its picturesque views and legendary battles. The seventh hole is perhaps the most famous, a 100-yard shot from an elevated tee overlooking the rough waters of the Pacific Ocean. There have been seven different winners in each of the major tournaments hosted at Pebble Beach. The U.S. Open winners include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, and Gary Woodland. Woods had the most impressive victory in 2000, taking the title by a whopping 15 strokes.

  • Location: California, USA
  • Course Rating: 75.5
  • Slope Rating: 145
  • Par: 71
  • Length (yards): 7,075
  • Founding Year: 1919

7. Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills is the oldest incorporated golf club in America and was the first club in the States to allow female members. It is also the first golf course to host the U.S. Open in three different centuries. The club is one of the five founding members of the United States Golf Association, alongside Chicago Golf Club and The Country Club, in Massachusetts.

Shinnecock Hills has hosted several noteworthy events, such as five U.S. Opens, a U.S. Amateur, one U.S. Women’s Amateur, and one Walker Cup in 1977. The winners of the U.S. Open tournaments include James Foulis, Raymond Floyd, Corey Pavin, Retief Goosen, and Brooks Koepka. They have scheduled the course to host a sixth U.S. Open in 2026.

Willie Davis originally designed the course in 1891, but it only included 12 holes. In 1892, the club made history again by erecting the oldest golf clubhouse in America, designed by Stanford White. Shinnecock built the first ladies-only golf course in 1893. It only had nine holes. It wasn’t until 1894 when Shinnecock Hills got its first 18-hole golf course, thanks to Willie Dunn, adding six more holes to the original 12. Charles B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor redesigned the course in 1901, where it stayed unchanged until 1931 by William Flynn.

  • Location: California, USA
  • Course Rating: 75.5
  • Slope Rating: 145
  • Par: 71
  • Length (yards): 7,075
  • Founding Year: 1919

6. Royal Melbourne West

Royal Melbourne is a stunning 36-hole golf course in Black Rock, Australia. The West course is easily in the top 15 best golf courses in the world, and it’s number six on our list. Founded in 1891, the Royal Melbourne Golf Club is the oldest continually existing golf club in Australia. The oldest club in Australia is The Australian Golf Club, which did not have a course between 1888 and 1895.

Royal Melbourne has hosted many events during its 131-year history, including 16 Australian Opens. It was the first course outside the United States to host the Presidents Cup in 1988, and it has hosted the cup two more times since. The most recent Presidents Cup was in 2019, which the United States won 16-14. Tiger Woods captained the US team and South African Ernie Els captained the International team. Royal Melbourne also hosted the Women’s Australian Open in 2012 for the first time and held it again in 2015.

View post on Twitter

They founded the Melbourne Golf Club in 1891, where it had to wait until 1895 to adopt the Royal prefix. In 1898, they started development in Sandringham for the West course, as the original site had to make way because of urbanization. The move took place in the mid-1920s, where Australian golfing legend, Alex Russell, oversaw the development of the West Course. He built the famous course in line with the principles made popular by legendary architect Alister MacKenzie. Russell exercised his own creativity for the 1931 East course.

  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Course Rating: 72
  • Slope Rating: 129
  • Par: 72
  • Length (yards): 6,646
  • Founding Year: 1891

5. Royal County Down Championship Course

Royal County Down Golf Club is in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. It is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland and it has 36 holes in total. One set of 18 holes is the world-famous Championship Course, the other is the Annesley Links. The Royal County Down opened in 1889 as a nine-hole course created by George Baillie. The council then commissioned Old Tom Morris to advise on the back nine. Morris spent two days at Royal County Down, where they introduced three new holes immediately. They introduced the remaining holes over the year, and the full 18 were ready by 1890.

Arguably, the most important years for the Royal County Down came in the early 1900s. George Combe, with recommendations from other golfing greats, tweaked the course into two loops, which began and ended at the clubhouse. In 1925, Harry Colt gave the course its two most iconic holes, the fourth and ninth; they remain the most photogenic holes to date. There were some more course changes in 1997, followed by a complete redesign of the 16th hole in 2004.

View post on Twitter

The rich history of the Royal County Down includes more than just redesigns. They have hosted many important tournaments over the years. The Senior British Open Championship took place here on three consecutive occasions, plus two Amateur Championships. They have also hosted the Curtis Cup, Walker Cup, Palmer Cup, Irish Open, and the European Ladies’ Team Championship. The Royal County Down was also prominent for female players, hosting the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship on eight occasions.

  • Location: County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Course Rating: 75
  • Slope Rating: 142
  • Par: 71
  • Length (yards): 7,186
  • Founding Year: 1889

4. Cypress Point

Cypress Point is another immaculate golf course, regularly mentioned as one of the best courses in the world. It’s on the coast of California, and it features iconic holes adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter designed the course, which was established in 1928. The natural beauty of the landscape is not only incredible to see, but it provides unique challenges you won’t find on your local public golf course.

Arguably, the most iconic hole at Cypress Point is the 17th, which takes place next to the often rough Pacific coastline. The 231-yard tee shot is well guarded by trees and bunkers, plus the mid-sized green hangs over the rocky coast itself; so dropping it short on this hole is not an option! Even the course creator, Alister MacKenzie, knew how special the course was going to be before he even finished creating it. He said:

I do not expect anyone will ever have the opportunity of constructing another course like Cypress Point, as I do not suppose anywhere in the world is there such a glorious combination of rocky coast, sand dunes, pine woods, and cypress trees.

- Alister MacKenzie

He was right. Building a golf course in a picturesque location like Pebble Beach would surely be taboo nowadays, and that’s fine! Stopping imitators is exactly what has made this course even more special, as there are few places on this earth where you can play golf in such a beautiful environment.

  • Location: California, USA
  • Course Rating: 73.1
  • Slope Rating: 141
  • Par: 72
  • Length (yards): 6,554
  • Founding Year: 1928

17-Hole Course

There is some debate surrounding this exclusive golf club. For starters, Jimmy Demaret described the course as “The best 17-hole course in the world”. Many players agree with Demaret, especially since the holes on the back nine are arguably some of the best in golf. Unfortunately, the final hole of the course offers no scenic views along the coastline, which has surely dampened many players’ near-perfect rounds.

The hole is dog-legged that goes uphill to the right. It’s a blind tee shot, thanks to the strategically placed cypress trees and picturesque bunkers. The green is a little uneven and exposed at the top of a hill, not to mention the two large bunkers on either side. While Demaret considers Cypress Point good for 17 holes, many see the last challenge of the 18th as the perfect ending to one of the best golf courses in the world; and we completely agree!

The challenge of the final hole at Cypress Point is a betting fan's worst nightmare. An unpredictable hole where the tournament can be turned on its head just by the run of the green. Many betting sites would offer fantastic odds, especially if an underdog wins on the final hole. What better course is there for final shot dram than Pebble Beach's finest, Cypress Point?

3. Pine Valley

Pine Valley was a labor of love for course designer George Arthur Crump. He sold his hotel and all his possessions to build a golf course in line with his philosophy. He believed; that no two consecutive holes should play in the same direction, players should not be able to see another hole other than the one being played, and no hole should be parallel to the next. This resulted in marshlands having to be drained and 22,000 tree stumps pulled from the ground.

Pine Valley almost falls into the category of art, as the creator died penniless before his creation was completed. They established the club in 1913, and the first eleven holes were ready by 1914. Crump died in 1918, with the 12th-15th holes nearing completion. It wasn’t until 1922 that Pine Valley had a full 18-hole course. What Crump created was one of the toughest courses on the planet as he felt a round of golf should force each player to use all the clubs in the golf bag.

World Golf Hall of Famer Robert Trent Jones Sr. had nothing but positive feelings towards Pine Valley. In the 1954 book, The Complete Golfer, Jones said:

Pine Valley is frequently alluded to as the most difficult course in the world, and this reputation is justified. To my way of thinking, it also possesses more classic holes than any other course in the world.

- Robert Trent Jones Sr.

These are certainly kind words coming from a man who has contributed to over 500 golf courses across the world. Pine Valley is a magnificent golf course and is up there on every list that discusses the best golf courses on the planet.

  • Location: New Jersey, USA
  • Course Rating: 76.6
  • Slope Rating: 155
  • Par: 70
  • Length (yards): 7,181
  • Founding Year: 1913

2. St Andrews Old Course

St Andrews is a beautiful golf club in Fife, Scotland. The Old Course at St Andrews is the oldest golf course in the world, with its routes tracing back to 1552. The course was 12 holes in 1754, ten of which were played twice; equaling 22 holes in one round. In 1764, William St Clair of Roslin declared that the first four holes are too small and should merge into two, resulting in the first 18-hole golf course (nine played twice).

The Old Course at St Andrews is where The Open Championship began. It has hosted the oldest major in professional golf 29 times and will host another in July 2022. The Old Course has hosted many other impressive tournaments during its extensive tenure, including the Women’s British Open in 2007 and 2013, plus the Senior Open Championship in 2018.

An ESPN article from 2005 perfectly sums up the experience that awaits golfers at the historic St Andrews. It said:

No other golf course has as many famous landmarks as St. Andrews. Its 112 bunkers and endless hills and hollows have been cursed for centuries, and many have their own names and legends.

  • Location: Fife, Scotland
  • Course Rating: 73.1
  • Slope Rating: 132
  • Par: 72
  • Length (yards): 7,305
  • Founding Year: 1552

Bobby Jones and St Andrews

Courses like St Andrews are rare. Each hazard and feature has a name, and almost certainly each has a story to tell. One iconic story comes from Bobby Jones, the founder of Augusta National. His ball landed in a bunker in the 11th hole, where he took four swings to get the ball out before giving up. He refused to hand in his scorecard, disqualifying himself from the 1921 British Open.

View post on Twitter

Six years later, Jones got his chance at revenge by winning the Open at St Andrews. In 1930, he won the British Amateur at the Old Course as well as three other majors that year. Making him the only player in golf history to win an original grand slam. When asked how he felt about the iconic course, he said:

If I had to select one course upon which to play the match of my life, I should have selected the Old Course.

- Bobby Jones

Jones’ love affair with St Andrews didn’t end there; in 1958 they gave him a key to the city. He was the second American to receive such an honor behind Benjamin Franklin in 1759. After receiving the key to St Andrews Jones said:

I like to think about it this way that... now I officially have the right to feel as much at home here in St. Andrews as I have presumed to feel unofficially for a number of years.

- Bobby Jones

The raw emotion he felt towards St Andrews, and how the locals revered Jones as one of their own, is a unique feeling few athletes have ever experienced, let alone golfers. As far as special goes, it would be hard to find a moment as iconic as that across any sport!

1. Augusta

The Augusta National Golf Club is home to one of the best golf courses on the planet. Augusta, or the National, is the home of the Masters, the only major tournament to only take place in the same location each year. The course has an incredible history, founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, and designed by Alister MacKenzie and Jones. They established Augusta in 1933 and they have held the Masters here almost every year since 1934.

The course draws in fans from across the globe not only because it’s one of four majors in the golfing calendar, but because of the workmanship and brilliant flower beds on display every year. A lot of courses from our list allow Mother Nature to provide beauty, with incredible views of the ocean and roaming hills as far as the eye can see. At Augusta, not only is there incredible rich, and beautiful woodland to enjoy but some truly superb flower displays that are sure to get nana up from her rocking chair.

View post on Twitter

If we are examining the course for what it would feel like to play, then there would be no moment quite like winning a green jacket at Augusta. Sure, it would be nice to lift the open at any course on the planet, but the green jacket of Augusta has inspired young golfers across the globe for almost 90 years. It’s the pinnacle of golf, and it has the privilege of providing iconic moments every single year.

What Makes Augusta Special?

A lot of the courses above remain true to the original designers and deserve commendation for doing so. However, Augusta has not been afraid to update, edit, and evolve with the spirit of the game; not hanging on to what it used to have. GolfClubAtlas, a meticulous course architecture site, said:

Augusta National has gone through more changes since its inception than any of the world’s twenty or so greatest courses. To call it a MacKenzie course is false advertising, as his features are essentially long gone and his routing is all that is left

- GolfClubAtlas

The readiness to step away from the work of golf legends, MacKenzie and Jones, allowed Perry Maxwell to adapt the current tenth hole. When Augusta first started holding the masters, the starting hole (which is now the tenth), was an uninspiring par four. In 1937, Maxwell moved the green 50 yards back on top of a hill. Making the tenth hole one of the toughest in Masters history. Two-time Master winner Ben Crenshaw called the move “one of the greatest strokes in golf architecture”.

If you tuned into the Masters in 2022, not only would you have seen the incredible comeback of golfing legend Tiger Woods, but you would have been treated to some fabulous golf. Everyone's eyes were on Tiger, seeing how he would deal with the endless hills and uneven ground at Augusta. The pundits were quick to remind us all that there are only 18 parts of the golf course on level ground, the tee boxes.

  • Location: Georgia, USA
  • Course Rating: 78.1
  • Slope Rating: 137
  • Par: 72
  • Length (yards): 7,475
  • Founding Year: 1933

Honorable Mentions

No list at Bet station is complete without some honorable mentions. The list of the best golf courses in the world can change annually as clubs continue to tweak and alter holes looking for perfection. Any of the courses listed above or below are truly exceptional places any of us should jump at the bit to play on.

  • National Golf Links of America
  • Muirfield
  • Morfontaine
  • Sebonack Golf Club
  • Royal Dornoch
  • Address Montgomerie