The 50 most beautiful golf courses in the world you can play

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Canada's National Parks, like Banff Springs, showcase some of the most naturally spectacular courses in the world.

When great golf courses meet the world's most stunning land forms, it makes for the most epic experience in the game.

Golf is generally considered best along a cool coastline. But the game in the mountains, desert or along lakes is quite nice, too. The Golf Advisor Staff has determined the 50 most beautiful courses with public access. We've done our best to select courses around the world in a variety of settings, built in different eras by various architects and have different price points. Yes, some of these courses are actually reasonably affordable.

The greatest hubs for spectacular, beautiful golf? Hawaii is a good place to start. So is the Dominican Republic. Too warm? Grab a sweater and head to the west coast between Monterey and Bandon, or venture to Great Britain and Ireland. You can also point your compass towards either side of Lake Michigan.

We selected only golf courses that allow public, semi-private or resort-guest access, and sorted them from least expensive to most. That said, many of these courses offer seasonal discounts or stay-and-play package specials. A handful of these courses are partners of Golf Advisor and we've provided links their stay-and-play packages currently on offer, or you can browse their online tee times. We've also made a note as to whether the round is walkable or not (after all, the world's greatest terrain is best experienced on foot).

Combing through the world's 30,000-plus golf courses for the most beautiful is a tough list to whittle down. After all, just about any course is vastly more scenic than the cubicle you're reading this from. Who have we snubbed? Let us know the most beautiful course you've ever played in the comments, or review it here.

All prices estimated USD exchange rate as of 8/19. Sorted from least expensive peak fee to highest.

  1. Pebble Beach Golf Links
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    Pebble Beach, California | Architect: Jack Neville, Chandler Egan
    Green fees: $550 - $595 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "We watch it on TV, we hear the legend, but to play it in person is the single most breathtaking 18 holes in golf. It doesn't just live up to the hype, it exceeds it." - KiraKazantsevGA

  2. Manele Golf Course
    On the Hawaiian Island of Lanai, Manele Golf Course is one of Hawaii's most spectacular rounds.

    Lanai, Hawaii | Architect: Jack Nicklaus
    Green fees: ($225 - $485) | Read reviews
    Walking: No
    What they're saying: "This is simply the best golf course in Hawaii. There is never a crowd, you can play 18 holes in under 3 hours and you will never see another player. The golf course is picture perfect on every hole and every hole as an ocean view." - almitsi

  3. Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry
    A view of the 12th green at Ailsa Course from Trump Turnberry Resort

    South Ayshire, Scotland | Architect: Willie Fernie
    Green fees: $315-$470 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "But the scenic value, the tremendous caddie experience, the history of the place and the post-round beer at the lighthouse made it well worth it." - BrandonWebb

  4. Real Club Valderrama
    View of the 14th hole ahead of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters at Real Club Valderrama on October 17, 2018 in Cadiz, Spain.

    Cadiz, Spain | Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
    Green fees: ($450) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Amazing condition in a superb setting. I had heard many times about the great condition of Valderrama. Its even better than I thought!!" - Felipe9073926

  5. Whistling Straits
    A view from the seventh hole of Whistling Straits Golf Course on October 15, 2018 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

    Sheboygan County, Wisconsin | Architect: Pete Dye
    Green fees: ($385 + $65 mandatory caddie fee) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Visually, this course is just what you'd expect based on TV. It's beautiful, and just a little scary. OK... A LOT scary!" - toothysaw2, Texas Local Golf Advisor

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  6. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island
    The Ocean Course has an infamous reputation as one of the toughest courses in the U.S.

    Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Architect: Pete and Alice Dye
    Green fees: ($354 - $397) | Stay-and-plays in Kiawah Island from $292
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "The back nine is so cool. You start playing along some beach mansions and then finish 14-18 along the ocean." - dahlryan

  7. Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo
    My favorite Pete Dye course and it's not even close. One of his earlier works, Teeth of the Dog is a marvelous routing and on a whole more mellow than its sinister name suggests.

    La Romana, Dominican Republic | Architect: Pete Dye
    Green fees: ($195 - $395) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Most known for the 'seven holes created by God', this seven hole stretch is remarkable. Rarely will you play holes that are so close to the water." - EthanZimman

  8. Kauri Cliffs
    MATAURI BAY, NEW ZEALAND- MARCH 17: 'Rainbow' the 472 yard par 4, 17th hole on the Kauri Cliffs Golf Course at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, on March 17, 2005, in Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

    Matauri Bay, New Zealand | Architect: David Harman
    Green fees: ($375)| Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "this is a bucket list golf course, and the resort is nice too. Seaside with beautiful views, it out-Pebbles Pebble Beach, easily." - picayune1

  9. Cape Kidnappers
    HAWKES BAY,- JANUARY 11: The par 3 11th hole (left) and the par 4 12th hole (centre) with the par 3 13th hole in the distance at Cape Kidnappers, on January 11, 2005, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

    Hawke's Bay, New Zealand | Architect: Tom Doak
    Green fees: $214-366| Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Golfing Cape Kidnappers is a dream come true and a true Golfer's dream. I love this course because each hole is unique and the majority of them are signature holes." - Hbell2015

  10. Dye Course at French Lick
    The Dye Course at French Lick sits above Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana.

    French Lick, Indiana | Architect: Pete Dye
    Green fees: $350 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "If I've ever played a better-conditioned course, I don't remember it. The Dye Course at French Lick is everything you expect a Pete Dye course to be. It challenges your eye. It provokes a little self-pity. The greens are almost impossible." - dwayneham

  11. Pacific Dunes
    BANDON, OREGON, UNITED STATES - JUNE 16: The 444 yard par 4, 13th hole on the Pacific Dunes Course, designed by Tom Doak at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on June 16, 2005 in Bandon, Oregon, United States. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

    Bandon, Oregon | Architect: Tom Doak
    Green fees: ($100 - $335) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Pacific Dunes is one of the most beautiful courses I've ever seen ... The bunkering and minimal tree coverage make every hole look dramatic and long, even the par threes." - Plumlord, Michigan Local Golf Advisor

  12. Bandon Dunes
    The short, par-4 16th hole at Bandon Dunes is one of the property's most dramatic tee shots.

    Bandon, Oregon | Architect: David McLay Kidd
    Green fees: ( $100 - $335) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "We found this to be the most fun of the 4 courses. The greens were in amazing shape and you could spray it without getting into too much trouble. Holes along the ocean were great (especially 16). Playing late in the day the finish is great for views/photos etc." - salim

  13. Bay Harbor Golf Club
    No. 2: No golf course in Michigan can match the setting of Bay Harbor, which features both quarry and lakefront holes.

    Bay Harbor, Michigan | Architect: Arthur Hills
    Green fees: $213-329 | Read reviews or browse tee times
    Walking: No
    What they're saying: "The scenery is gorgeous, unlike anything I've seen. I didn't think the course could get much better until I made the turn. The Quarry nine might be my favorite none holes of golf in Michigan." - plumlord, Michigan Local Golf Advisor

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  14. Old Head Golf Links
    Playing the Old Head Golf Links under sunny skies was a magical experience.

    Kinsale, Ireland | Architect: Paddy Merrigan
    Green fees: ($225 - $325) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "The views and experience of Old Head made my 98 feel like a 75. I was smiling for all 18 holes." - mcnultyn1

  15. Cabot Cliffs
    A Trio of spectacular courses on Canada's Cape Breton Island

    Cape Breton, Canada | Architect: Bill Coore
    Green fees: $265-320 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "There are cape holes, punchbowls, half pars, and a steady build to a climactic finish, which includes the 16th hole, one of the most fun, dramatic and spectacular par 3s in golf." - MattGinellaGA

  16. Quivira
    Quivira Golf Club is only accessible with a stay at a Pueblo Bonito resort property.

    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Architect: Jack Nicklaus
    Green fees: ($233 - $323) | Read reviews
    Walking: No
    What they're saying: "Quirky? Maybe a little. But That easily gets overshadowed by the breathtaking views and immaculate course conditions." - agwade89

  17. New South Wales
    Stuart Appleby of Australia waits to play his fairway shot on the 5th hole during the second round of the 2009 Australian Open at New South Wales Golf Club on December 4, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.

    Sydney, Australia | Architect: Alister MacKenzie
    Green fees: ($310 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Fantastic course, very challenging with spectacular views. Great layout with all kinds of holes, doglegs, carries over waste areas, seaside holes." - picayune1

  18. Plantation Course at Kapalua
    A sunset scenic view of the ninth hole at the SBS Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua on January 7, 2017 in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.

    Maui, Hawaii | Architect: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw
    Green fees: $189-300 | Read reviews
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    What they're saying: "Wow.... is my first word for this course. The course is in great conditions. Greens are fast....views are breathtaking." - Pask

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  19. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
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    Stateline, Nevada | Architects: George & Tom Fazio
    Green fees: $210-300 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Top line: come for the lake views and high national ranking, stay for the unique architecture and variety of shots." - Bjsmith7533

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  20. Fuji Course at Kawana Hotel
    Kawana Hotel's Fuji Course is the most spectacular resort course you can play in Japan.

    Kawana, Japan | Architect: Charles Alison
    Green fees: $250-300| Write a review of Kawana
    Walking: Yes (caddie required)
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  21. Punta Espada Golf Course
    Great tee shots at Punta Espada

    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | Architect: Jack Nicklaus
    Green fees: ($235 - $295) | Read reviews
    Walking: No
    What they're saying: "Nothing better in the Caribbean. Played great courses in Jamaica, Cancun, Bermuda and none compares to this. About 1/2 the holes are on the Caribbean, the other have are beautifully carved out of the sandstone and hills making this course visually incredible." - rayalfonso

  22. Princeville Makai Golf Club
    The par-3 seventh hole plays over the ocean at Makai Golf Club, one of Kauai's most spectacular oceanfront par 3s.

    Princeville, Hawaii | Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
    Green fees: $239-299 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "The spectacular scenic value of the ocean holes at Makai will give you pause, as will the shot value on these holes. To me, these holes are a poor man’s Cypress Point. The view you get playing the approach into the par-4 12th hole sets the stage." - BrandonWebb, Alabama Local Golf Advisor

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  23. Royal County Down
    Northern Ireland's Royal County Down has been considered the top golf course in the world.

    Newcastle, Ireland | Architect: Old Tom Morris
    Green fees: $150-290 | Read reviews
    Walking only

    What they're saying: "The views throughout the course were spectacular and often made it hard to stay focused on your game. The course is a stunning sweep of rough land that has been meticulously carved to form imaginative and challenging holes." - jcech344

  24. Mid Ocean Club
    The 17th and first holes at the Mid Ocean Club play beside each other and overlook the ocean.

    Tucker's Town, Bermuda | Architect: Charles Blair Macdonald
    Green fees: ($275) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "The setting, the views, the property, the excellent strategy and variety of holes are all excellent. The course is right on the ocean with beautiful views." - LICC, New York Local Golf Advisor

  25. Fairmont Banff Springs
    The elevated 15th tee box used to be the No. 1 hole at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

    Banff, Alberta, Canada | Architect: Stanley Thompson
    Green fees: ($125 - $249) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "All in all, this place is magical, simple as that....it is a historic powerhouse with some of the best holes and scenery you will ever play." - Ienjoygolfing75, Minnesota Local Golf Advisor

  26. Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee
    View of the 11th hole from the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee

    Eatonton, Ga. | Architect: Jack Nicklaus
    Green fees: $200-250 |
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  27. South Course at Boulders Resort
    Posh amenities and dazzling scenery highlights The Boulders Resort in Carefree.

    Carefree, Arizona | Architect: Jay Morrish
    Green fees: $ $69-259 | Read reviews or browse tee times
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "There are rocks that look precariously perched and appear to defy gravity." - goofygolferm

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  28. Wolf Creek Golf Course
    The dramatic, elevated first tee at Wolf Creek Golf Club.

    Mesquite, Nevada | Architect: Denis, John Rider
    Green fees: $65 - $230 | Read reviews
    Walking: No
    What they're saying: "I wish I could play here every week. The course has very high elevation changes with incredible 360 degree views." - Titaniumhen, California Local Golf Advisor

  29. Tralee Golf Club
    Tralee Golf Club's scenic 16th hole is one of many back-nine highlights.

    Kerry, Ireland | Architect: Arnold Palmer
    Green fees: ($179 - $257) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "A course surrounded by the Atlantic with some of the most stunning beachscapes you will ever see from a golf course." - Reviewer IAN1196853

  30. Fazio Course at Red Sky
    Red Sky features 36 holes of spectacular mountain golf in Colorado

    Wolcott, Colorado | Architect: Tom Fazio
    Green fees: $155-260 | Read reviews
    Walking: No
    What they're saying: "The scenery and fun of the closing stretch that plays so dramatically downhill sets the Fazio apart from the Norman." - JasonDeeganGA
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  31. Bay Course at Costa Navarino
    The Bay Course is named for the protected bay that flows in from the Mediterranean Sea.

    Costa Navarino, Greece | Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
    Green fees: $164-204 | Write a review
    Walking: Yes

  32. Championship Course at Royal Dornoch
    The 353 yards par-4, 5th hole with the 161 yards par 3, 6th hole behind at Royal Dornoch Golf Club on May 6, 2009 in Durness, Sutherland, Scotland.

    Dornoch, Scotland | Architect: Old Tom Morris/George Duncan
    Green fees: $125 - $225 |Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "There are not enough good things to say about Royal Dornoch. The only other places that I've ever felt what I felt at Royal Dornoch are Augusta National and Pebble Beach." - CaptWillard

  33. Bluffs Course at Arcadia Bluffs

    Arcadia, Michigan | Architect: Warren Henderson
    Green fees: ($90- $215 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "An amazing course that will absolutely live up to expectations. You cannot beat the views here, and the design and layout are top-notch." - ajpalmer2

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  34. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has one of the most spectacular national park settings in the world and is playable for all levels.

    Alberta, Canada | Architect: Stanley Thompson
    Green fees: ($109 - $209) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "JPL might be golf's most stress-free round. All you do is just hit shots and marvel at Mother Nature and the mountains." - JasonDeeganGA

  35. Royal Isabela
    Royal Isabela, one of the newest courses in the Caribbean, showcases the spectacular northwest coast of Puerto Rico.

    Isabela, Puerto Rico | Architect: David Pfaff
    Green fees: $125-200 | Book tee times here
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "I was blown away with the views on the course, so many holes with Ocean views but hole 17 was incredible. The course has a great layout. Truly amazing." - Frank1089032

  36. East Course at Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau
    A bird's eye view of the East Course at Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau.

    Hong Kong | Architect: Robin Nelson, Neil Haworth
    Green fees: $$110-187
    Walking: Yes

  37. TPC Danzante Bay
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    Loreto, Mexico | Architect: Rees Jones
    Green fees: ($79 - $179) | Read reviews
    Walking: No | Play unlimited golf (or spa!) at Danzante Bay
    What they're saying: "Spectacular views on nearly every hole and #17 is every bit as special as any ocean course anywhere." - nmalden

  38. Oitavos Dunes
    A general view of the 11th hole during second round of The Estoril Open de Portugal The Oitavos Dunes Golf Course on April 4, 2008 in Cascais, Portugal.

    Cascais, Portugal | Architect: Arthur Hills
    Green fees: ($82 - $174) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Very challenging greens, and you need to drive it straight. Beautiful ocean views from several holes." - mmcneill

  39. Black Jack's Crossing
    Black Jack's Crossing's spectacular 14th hole plays downhill and overlooks the Rio Grande.

    Terlingua, Texas | Architect: Lanny Wadkins
    Green fees: ($125 - $175) | Read reviews
    Walking: no
    What they're saying: "There are highlights on both nines, but the holes on the back nine that overlook the Rio Grande are especially a treat. No. 14 showcases the river, Lajitas peak in the distance and the border of the national park to the left. It's a most surreal moment on course that serves up many of them." - BrandonTuckerGA

  40. Ardglass Golf Club
    General View of the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship on the first hole at Ardglass Golf Club on August 18, 2018 in Ardglass, Northern Ireland.

    County Down, Northern Ireland | Architect: David Jones
    Green fees: ($88 - $163) | Book a tee time or read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "What a course! Absolutely amazing from start to finish. The views are spectacular, and I believe you can see the coast from every tee and green - truly a wonder to be hold!" - RyanAdams18

  41. Hamilton Island Golf Club
    Queensland's Hamilton Island golf course is on an island next to the main island from where golfers take a short barge trip to tee it up.

    Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia | Architect: Peter Thomson
    Green fees: ($110 - $160) | Read reviews
    Walking: No
    What they're saying: "It is a five-star setting on its own island (you take a short boatride from the resort to get there). There really aren't many more scenic courses I've ever played, and I was on the course on a cloudy day." - BrandonTuckerGA

  42. Cape Wickham Links
    Spectacular Cape Wickham in Australia

    King Island, Australia | Architect: Mike DeVries
    Green fees: $119-156 | Write a review of Cape Wickham
    Walking: Yes

  43. Jack's Point

    Queenstown, New Zealand | Architect: John Darby
    Green fees: ($102 - $159) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes

  44. Church Course at St. Enodoc Golf Club
    The par-5, 16th hole at the St Enodoc Golf Club, on May 24, in Rock, England.

    Rock, Wadebridge, UK | Architect: James Braid
    Green fees: ($63 - $145) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "St. Enodoc provides an almost spiritual golfing experience, from the famous 6th hole with Himalayan bunker, to the stunning views over the Camel estuary and St. Enodoc's church adjacent to the 10th green." - Chris7734818

  45. Top of the Rock
    It's just a a nine-hole, par-3 course, but Top of the Rock features dazzling Ozarks scenery in Missouri.

    Ridgedale, Missouri | Architect: Jack Nicklaus
    Green fees: ($80 - $135) | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Great course. It was in pristine condition. Scenery is awesome." - Mike8927905

  46. Thracian Cliffs
    Aerial view of the course ahead of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort on May 15, 2013 in Kavarna, Bulgaria.

    Bozhurets, Bulgaria | Architect: Gary Player
    Green fees: $59-109| Write a review of Thracian Cliffs
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "From 1st hole (on), this course is simply amazing, beautiful, challenging." - Czexican

  47. Lofoten Links
    The 14th hole at Lofoten Links, a seaside links course in Norway.

    Gimsoyand, Norway | Architect: Jeremy Turner
    Green fees: $55-100 | Have you played Lofoten Links? Leave a review here!

  48. Golf Club at Redlands Mesa
    The par-4 16th at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa works around a lake.

    Colorado | Architect: Jim Engh
    Green fees: $60-87| Read reviews
    Walking: No
    What they're saying: "Constant scenery of the Grand Mesa, the Book Cliffs Mountains, the Colorado National Monument and desert canyons accompanies players throughout the round." - JasonDeeganGA

  49. Nefyn & District Golf Club
    Wales' Nefyn & District features a surreal lanscape full of cliffside holes.

    Gwynedd, Wales | Architect: Howard Swan
    Green fees: ($33 - $78) | Browse tee times or read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "This course is a unique/quirky special place. One of the better meetings of land and sea. If it was in the States, you would be paying triple." -JeffArenson, Colorado Local Golf Advisor

  50. Pinnacle Point
    A general view of the clubhouse, and 9th and 18th holes of The Caves Course at Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort on December 4, 2006 in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

    Mossel Bay, South Africa | Architect: Peter Matkovich
    Green fees: $55-65 | Read reviews
    Walking: Yes
    What they're saying: "Simply put, this course will blow you away. There are views of the Indian Ocean from every hole, and it isn't just the views. The holes are pretty well designed, too." - MikeBaileyGA

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Trevor

Tobacco Road? North Carolina.

Stephne Ashworth

Pebble Beach?? What a con! Awful golf course. Awful hotel. How much did someone get paid for that glowing review? Yuck!

Jim

The Samoset Resort course in Maine is also a hidden gem.

Mike

Bethpage Black?

Scot

Have you considered the White Witch in Jamaica or Arrowhead in CO?

BrandonTuckerGA Staff

Definitely. Arrowhead narrowly missed out. Liked Redlands' low green fee a little more

mjuceam3636

Great article. Have played 13 of these courses. It gives me something else to shoot for!

mjuceam3636

I would put Cruden Bay, Castle Stuart or the Castle Course at St. Andrews way ahead of Old Head.

Jason

Cabo del Sol Ocean Course is missing

JasonDeeganGA Staff

Cabo del Sol would have made the list in the past, but this year started the process of closing and developing two of its best ocean holes, the par-3 17th and par-4 18th. It's still beautiful, but not as glorious as it once was.

Jack

You might consider adding Öland Golf Links in Sweden. I played it a few weeks ago and not only was it an enjoyable course, it was incredibly beautiful. After my round, I only had to walk back to my "stuga" or cabin located in the middle of the course. It was a magical experience and although I wouldn't put it in the top 10, I think it deserves consideration for your list. Oh - the price? About $45 US.

JG

Donald Ross did not design the championship course at Royal Dornoch.

JasonDeeganGA Staff

We have made the correction. Thank you!

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