TOP 100 GOLF COURSES YOU have never heard of but MUST VISIT

Imagine a list of the top 100 “unique and distinctive” golf courses. That would be a fun exercise. I am thinking about golf courses that hardly ever get any air / paper time….but should. Golf courses that people rarely hear about….but should.

I thought it would be a good exercise if I listed my personal Top 100 golf courses you probably have never heard of but must visit from those I’ve seen in person or plan to visit.

Here goes in no particular order. Note for this exercise I have not included any golf courses from the USA:

1.) Umdoni GC – Mesmerizing views over the Indian Ocean from many/most of the holes

2.) Hans Marensky – Play golf in nature

3.) Humewood – A warm season Links and one of S.V Hotckin’s best.

4.) Sishen, South Africa – About 300 miles from anywhere. One of Ernie Els favorite courses.

5.) Selborne – A journey though the coastal terrain prevalent in Kwa Zulu Natal

6.) Limuru GC – Varied, fun and could be the best golf course in Nairobi

7.) Elephant Hills – Close to Victoria Falls and teaming with wildlife

8.) Golf d Agadir – Golf in the Morocco is remarkably good and this might be the best

9.) The National / Turkey – Its said David Feherty had a hand in the design.

10.) Palheiro – A well designed golf course “on the side of a mountain” with unreal views out over Funchal

11.) Le Domaine Imperial – Some of the richest people on the globe live on this golf course and easy to know why.

12.) Elea –  Play golf high above the city of Pathos

13.) Rossmund, Swakopmund – Check it out on google Maps.

14.) El Saler – Spain has a lot of golf courses /not many great courses. This is a great course

15.) Furnas – Mackenzie Ross (Turnberry fame) designed a fun golf courses in the Azores

16.) Nordvestjysk – Denmark has some natural golf…this could be the most natural.

17.) Keiler – Iceland has some remarkable scenery and golf

18.) De Pan –  A great COLT designed golf course routed through sand and pine

19.) Hilversumsche – Harry Colt in the Netherlands again. Expect some really good golf

20.) Falsterbo – A Swedish Links

21.) Ljunghusens – Neigbour of Falsterbo but not second to Falsterbo

22.) Zoute – Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo, regarded this as a one of their favorites

23.) Sand Valley, Poland – Good golf architecture in Eastern Europe

24.) Royal Swazi Sun – There are 10 golf courses in Swaziland and this is the best.

25.) Bhatiary GC – A place to enjoy nature and golf in Chittagong

26.) Le Touessrok – Imagine a golf course that occupies its own island

27.) Skukuza – Watch out for the hippos and crocodile and lots of other wildlife.

28.) Bagan Golf – Play golf among 1000 year old Pagodas

29.) Mt Popa Golf – Play a golf course where the maintenance budget is $200 per annum.

30.) Brancaster – Is Brancaster (Royal West Norfolk) the most unique course in Britian?

31.) The Addington – Forget Surrey. Head to Croydon

32.) West Sussex – Maybe the most varied golf course on the planet

33.) Huntercombe –  Fun golf with some interesting golf course features

34.) Ganton – Some of the deepest bunkers in golf

35.) Royal Porthcawl GC – This could (should) host an Open Championship

36.) Pennard – wild and rugged Welsh beauty

37.) The Island – There is not only good golf on the west coast of Ireland

38.) Elie – Old school fun

39.) The New Course at St Andrews – The new (not so new) is almost as good as the Old.

40.) Tain – Not well known but as good as the well known golf courses in Scotland

41.) Western Gailes – Next door to Troon and Prestwick and certainly of equal

42.) Connemara – The Wild Atlantic Way

43.) County Louth – A great Links golf course

44.) Ballyliffin (Old) – Rumpled fairways and lots and lots of fun

45.) Shiskine – 12 holes of fun

46.) Silloth on Solway – Hard to fathom why this Links course is not spoken of more often

47.) Ardglass – A must play when in Scotland

48.) Royal Colombo GC – An active railway line bisects many of the holes on the front nine. Enough said

49.) Victoria, Sri Lanka – Beautiful scenery mixed with good design or good design taking advantage of beautiful scenery

50.) Nuwara Eliya GC – Wonderful climate, unique golf. A must play

51.) Delhi GC– A tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of  the city of Delhi. Home to hundres (no thousands) of peacocks and the odd tomb (or two)

52.) Royal Calcutta – The oldest golf club outside of GB&I

53.) Yangon Golf Club – One of the busiest golf clubs in Asia and Myanmar. A great gambling retreat

54.) Royal Hua Hin – Thailand is well known for over maintained / over green golf.  Royal Hua Hin is not one of those

55.) Jagorawi GCC (Old) – Peter Thomson (and team) did some really good work in Asia. This could be their best body of work. Note: Attention to detail is second to none

56.) Hong Kong GC (Old) – One of the most interesting golf courses in Asia / the world

57.) Royal Bangalore GC – 18 holes in 43 acres

58.)  Indah Puri – This could be one of the best golf courses on the globe because of its location. Just needs a renovation

59.) Royal Springs GC – Play golf in Kashmir surrounded by the Himalayas

60.) Wack Wack – not wacky but very good

61.) The Railway Golf Club –  nine holes in downtown Nairobi

62.) Banyan GC – A great club vibe

63.) Red Mountain GC – Awkward in parts but this hardly matters when the scenery is this good

64.) Royal Harare GC – Play golf among flamboyance and Jacaranda trees

65.) Sky 72 – Just because it is probably the busiest golf course facility on the planet.

66.) Paraparaumu – A wonderful warm season links.

67.) Dalat – One of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. The oldest golf club in Vietnam

68.) Danang Dunes (now BRG) – A great design on sand in Vietnam

69.) Laguna Lang Co – An edible golf course

70.) Arrowtown – No bunkers but who cares when the land and scenery is that good

71.) Himalayan – A journey of discovery through the Himalayas

72.) Gokarana Forest – The best golf course in Kathmandu.

73.) Ootacamund Gymkhana – A British hill town retreat

74.) Carey Island Sports Club (old) – Very unique …..a change from the myriad of golf courses in Malaysia that all look and play the same

75.) Chantilly – Northern Paris is home to some of the best golf on the planet. Chantilly is in Northern Paris

76.) Nchanga GC– A great layout in the heart of Africa. If this course were better maintained it will be a top 100 in the world (not that we care)

77.) Dunes at Shenzhou Pennisula – Tom Weiskopf (and team) have done great work around the globe. This is one of their best.

78.) Liphook – Another great golf course on the outskirts of London

79.) Wild Coast GC – A trek of discovery through some spectacular coastal land

80.) Guacalito De la Isla – A high end golf course in Nicaragua

81.) Kabaku Komatipoort – Maybe the best 9 hole golf course “experience” on the globe.

82.) Royal Copenhagen – Play golf on royal property among 1000’s of wild deer

83.) Beachwood – A hidden gem on the Kwa Zulu Natal coast

84.) Chiang Mai Highlands– If you want authentic Thailand visit Chiang Mai. The golf’s not bad either

85.) Royal Ashdown Forest – Imagine a great golf course without any bunkers and better than most golf courses with bunkers

86.) Jasper GC – We think its relatively well know but its so good that it needs to be on this list

87.) Highland Links (South Africa) – Play golf at the highest point in South Africa and enjoy the amazing views

88.) Shek O – The Pebble Beach of Asia

89.) Notts (Hollinwell) – One of the best inland golf courses anywhere

90.) Lookout Point, Niagara – Is Walter Travis the most underrated Golf course Architect. He did Lookout Point.

91.) Scarborough, Canada – Some fun and quirky holes on a difficult parcel of land

92.)  Kaziranga Golf Resort. – Play golf flanked by tea trees

93.) Yay Tagon Taung – Who would have guessed Myanmar would have so many “must play” golf courses. Yay Tagon Taung on the outskirts of Mandalay is a must play

94.) Royal Bangkok Sports Club – Multi Use golf at its best

95.) Nkana – A well kept and unique African golf course experience in the Zambian Copperbelt

96.) Perranporth – Another ultra quirky British golf course

97.) The Glen at North Berwick – There are 2 golf courses in North Berwick.

98.) Yemon Island Sports Club – Square greens & bunkers and miles & miles of bridges

99.) Cruit Island – My Irish friends talk about this golf course the most

100.) Santo Da Serra – Golf above the clouds




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