In pictures: The best public courses to host the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf



Shell's Wonderful World of Golf was one of golf's greatest showcases. It ran from 1961-70 before Golf Channel revived it from the mid-1990s to 2003. The made-for-TV exhibition matches paired the game's hottest players on coveted courses around the world.

This photo gallery celebrates the public courses that hosted the event. All of these courses are scenic enough for television and tough enough to test the mettle of the pros.

37. King & Bear Course at the World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.

Match: 1998 (Gary Player vs. Lee Trevino) and 2001 (Jack Nicklaus vs. Arnold Palmer)

36. Tierra Del Sol Golf Course, Aruba

Match: 1998 (Payne Stewart vs. Nick Price)

35. Palms Course at Palmas del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico

Match: 1995 (Chi Chi Rodriguez vs. Trevino)

34. El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Match: 1969 (Palmer vs. Gay Brewer vs. Rodriguez)

33. Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas, Nev.

Match: 2001 (Karrie Webb vs. Annika Sorenstam)

32. Grand Bear Golf Course, Saucier, Miss.

Match: 2000 (Paul Azinger vs. Jesper Parnevik)

31. Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, Maui, Hawaii

Match: 1964 (Dave Ragan vs. Bob Charles)

30. Crosswater Course at Sunriver Resort, Bend, Ore.

Match: 1999 (Fred Couples vs. John Daly)

29. Virtues Golf Course, Longaberger, Ohio

Match: 1999 (Dottie Pepper vs. Webb)

28. Mahoney's Point at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Killarney, Ireland

Match: 1964 (amateur Joe Carr vs. Al Geiberger)

27. East Course at Dorado Beach Resort, Dorado, Puerto Rico

Match: 1964 (Doug Sanders vs. Rodriguez)

26. Royal Westmoreland, Barbados

Match: 1997 (Tom Lehman vs. Nick Faldo)

25. Nicklaus North Golf Course, Whistler, Canada

Match: 1998 (Couples vs. Ernie Els)

24. Bay Harbor Golf Club, Bay Harbor, Mich.

Match: 1998 (Lehman vs. Phil Mickelson)

23. Blue Monster Course at Trump National Doral Miami, Fla.

Match: 1968 (Billy Casper vs. Gay Brewer)

22. Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club, Brooksville, Fla.

Match: 2002 (Mickelson vs. David Toms)

21. Kings Course at Gleneagles Resort, Scotland

Match: 1963 (Gene Littler vs. Eric Brown)

20. Mount Juliet Golf Club, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Match: 1997 (Couples vs. Tom Watson)

19. Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand

Match: 1963 (Bob Goalby vs. Bob Charles)

18. Highland Links Golf Course, Ingonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Match: 1965 (George Knudson vs. Al Balding)

17. The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Match: 1964 (Dow Finsterwald vs. Peter Alliss)

16. White Witch Golf Course, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Match: (2000 Notah Begay III vs Hal Sutton)

15. Leopard Creek Country Club, Malelane, South Africa

Match: 1999 (Price vs. Els)

14. Mauna Kea Golf Course, Kamuela, Hawaii

Match: 1969 (Dan Sikes vs. Geiberger vs. Alliss)

13. Portmarnock Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland

Match: 1963 (Casper vs. Harry Bradshaw)

12. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C.

Match: 1994 (Palmer vs. Nicklaus)

11. Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Town, Bermuda

Match: 1967 (Alliss vs. Tony Lema)

10. Manele Golf Course, Lanai, Hawaii

Match: 1996 (Palmer vs. Player)

9. Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Match: 1994 (Raymond Floyd vs. Couples)

8. Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff, Canada

Match: 1962 (Jack Burke, Jr. vs. Stan Leonard)

7. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, S.C.

Match: 1996 (Sorenstam vs. Pepper)

6. Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Match: 1968 (Don January vs. Christy O'Connor)

5. Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland

Match: 1966 (George Will vs. Dave Marr)

4. Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Match: 1996 (Nicklaus vs. Trevino)

3. Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand

Match: 2003 (Couples vs. Michael Campbell)

2. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Match: 1963 (Nicklaus vs. Sam Snead) and 1995 (Nicklaus vs. Watson)

1. Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland

Match: 1962 (Gene Sarazen vs. Henry Cotton) and 1968 (Phil Rodgers vs. Dave Thomas) and 1995 (Paul Azinger vs. Seve Ballesteros)

Apr 11, 2016



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Jason Scott Deegan

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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.