Golf has always been a gentleman’s game, filled with politeness and a quietly driven patience and determination. From beaconhall.com to the local 18-hole, there is a vast difference in the golfing experience when one lays on different courses and of course, it varies even more when playing in different countries. Several places have risen above the rest and proved themselves to be the golfer version of Paradise. This could be because of an exceptionally designed and maintained course that takes advantage of the natural lay of the land, its difficulty or even features like golfing during night or the use of the very best equipment and complementary services.
Needless to say, with many of the greatest golfers hailing from the United States of America, there are a plethora of high ranking and very well-known golf courses that are bursting with ingenious design features, scenic beauty and holes galore. Shinnecock Hills Club is one of the first golf clubs built in the US and also first to allow women members. Perhaps one of the most famous of the bunch is Pebble Beach in California. The course is designed to give golfers a winding view of the rocky shores of the Pacific coast, though wind plays an important factor on this course. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Pine Valley has the dubious reputation of being one of the most private clubs in the country and is well hidden in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Those lucky enough to have found it, claim it is one of the world’s finest courses.
Not to be left behind, Ireland and Scotland have their own offering of golf clubs that are among the best in the world, not to mention some of the most difficult. Muirfield Village Club in Scotland is the oldest in the world at over 200 years and counting and is a demanding trial of ability. Equally distinguished is the 100 year old Royal County Down Club in Northern Ireland is as beautiful as it is difficult to play, nestled between the windy Mourne mountains and Irish Sea and any golfer worth their skill would wish to test it in Scotland’s St Andrew’s Old Course. The course has offerings for all skill sets and is set amongst the dunes of the North Sea.
Island nations have always been a favorite of golfers, mainly because of the different courses that are possible in a single course. Australia offers the Royal Melbourne, a lovely private course hosting two 18-holes. Right next to the island nation, New Zealand, also has one of the most dramatic and fearsome courses in the world, which includes dark ravines, harsh cliff sides and sculpted greens. Cape Kidnappers is a favorite of the more adventurous golfer. Barbados’ Green Monkey Golf course builds up the tension slowly, with the only salvation between you and the last hole being an island in the shape of a monkey. The Canouan in the Grenadine islands is situated on the rim of a dead volcano and offers cliffs, coastlines and ravines while the Domaine de Sperone in Corsica has unique mixture of coastal and inland holes to quell even the most daring of players.