With the help of an extensive panel of industry leaders, we bring you the official countdown of golfscape’s Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2020. Join us as we travel through forests, over clifftops, and across the desert to uncover the world’s top golf courses.
The golf courses featured in this official ranking offer experiences to remember, from the refined luxury of golf in Marbella and magnificent Iceland golf courses, to the charming Irish character of Dublin’s golf courses and historic home of St Andrews golf.
80. Mount Juliet Estate & Golf Club, Ireland
Opened in 1991, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is a visionary parkland course set across 180 acres of rolling Irish countryside. Playing host to numerous exceptional tournaments, Mount Juliet will be hosting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the first time in 25 years!
79. Castle Stuart Golf Links, Scotland
Co-designed by Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse, the 18 holes of Castle Stuart Golf Links are designed to be enjoyable and engaging, featuring severe contours on occasion and elements such as asymmetrical greens to demand focus. The seaside location provides a captivating atmosphere.
78. Angkor Golf Resort, Cambodia
Constructed on a former paddy field; the course is a challenging 7,279 yards, par-72, and built to challenge all levels of golfer. In 2008, Angkor Golf Resort was voted in the top three new courses in Asia. This immaculate Faldo Design layout has become one of South East Asia’s hidden gems.
77. Coppinwood Golf Club, Canada
30 minutes east of Toronto surrounded by serene countryside, this Tom Fazio design covers 357 hectares of rolling landscape with beautiful elevation changes. Manicured bent grass fairways, contoured greens, and dramatic bunkers, this is considered to be Fazio’s work at it’s finest.
76. The Dunes Course at Costa Navarino, Greece
Designed by Bernhard Langer, The Dunes Course is set in diverse topography with spectacular sea and river views, and of course, tall dunes. Inspired by the character of the natural landscape, much of the contouring mirrors the rugged outlines of the distant mountains.
75. Falsterbo Golfklubb, Sweden
Located in a nature reserve in Sweden’s southernmost tip, this club was founded in 1909 and is amongst the oldest in Sweden. Flasterbo is considered one of the few true classic links courses in continental Europe and features impressive craftsmanship.
74. Royal Dublin Golf Club, Ireland
The Royal Dublin Golf Club is a magnificent links course nestled in Bull Island that has been widely accepted as one of the greatest links courses worldwide. Designed by Harry Colt, the traditional layout is one of the biggest golf clubs in the country, offering a challenging yet rewarding experience for today’s golfer.
73. The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, Mexico
A Jack Nicklaus design spanning across a landscape of desert, mountain, and sea – uniquely distinct from Cancún golf . Five of the holes here meander their way along the rugged shoreline providing awe-inspiring views. An especially notable hole is the 17th, a par-3 that plays downhill towards the ocean.
72. West Cliffs, Portugal
Emerging seamlessly from its natural surroundings, rolling sand dunes, and coastal foliage across 7,003 yards give impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean from every hole. With a choice from several sets of tees, it’s an experience for all levels of player.
71. Hanazono Golf, Japan
This 7,003-yard championship course in Hanazono is spectacular and is the most sought-after course in the Niseko area. The varied terrain is spread across 18 challenging holes (par-72), each with its own spectacular view of Mt. Yotei.
70. Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, Spain
This golf course first opened its doors in 1964. Designed by Trent Jones with one goal in mind; to create a course both challenging for experienced golfers, yet inviting to newcomers. The golf course has been recently renovated and turfed with 37 hectares of Bermuda grass placed on fairways and rough.
69. Druids Glen at Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort, Ireland
Host of the Irish Open for four years in a row, this esteemed Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock design opened its doors in 1995. Manicured fairways, spectacular water features, and historical landmarks all add to this locations country charm, considered one of the most challenging and enjoyable golf courses in Europe.
68. Punta Espada Golf Club, Dominican Republic
A Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, it incorporates paradise-like characteristics throughout its 18 holes, 8 of which are oceanfront. The 13th hole, a 250-yard, par-3 is the “Signature Hole”, which features a long carry over the water and a stunning view of the Punta Espada cliffs.
67. Bro Hof Slott Golf Club, Sweden
A Robert Trent Jones Jr design stretching 6,545 yards, The Stadium Course at Bro Hoff Slott is a picturesque test of skill. Since it’s opening in 2007, it’s gained a strong reputation. With the course acting as a lakeside path with well-placed bunkers and large greens, it’s easy to see why.
66. BRG Da Nang Golf Resort, Vietnam
BRG Da Nang Golf Resort offers incredible views of the Marble Mountains, East Sea, and the Cham Islands. The Golf Resort is designed by 2 world-class golf designers – Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus – and features blown-out bunkers as well as firm, fast fairways that bleed gently into wild seaside vegetation.
65. Finca Cortesin, Spain
This resort’s 18-hole championship course has hosted an array of high profile events. Cabel B. Robinson’s design and Gerald Huggan’s landscaping come together here to create a Mediterranean treasure – providing the ultimate test of your game and a thrill for your senses.
64. Brautarholt Golf Club, Iceland
If you fancy playing a round of midnight golf under rays of sunshine, then Brautarholt Golf Course is just the place. At this location, terrific landscapes rest atop exciting clifftops. Due to its unique location, golfers can benefit from unique views to Reykjavik city and the beautiful Snæfellsjökull glacier.
63. Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, New Zealand
A breathtaking clifftop location, 6 holes here keep you open to the elements with vast views of the shimmering ocean, while the inland holes meander through beautiful marsh, farmland, and forest. Designed by David Harman this stunning layout spans 7,139 yards.
62. Handara Golf & Resort Bali, Bali
Handara is the oldest golf club in Bali and has seen many distinguished patrons and passionate golfers from around the world. Located in the central highlands, it is nestled down inside the crater of a dormant volcano at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level.
61. Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, New Zealand
A host of the New Zealand Open 12 times, Paraparaumu Beach is a revered course situated on the waving dunes of the Kapiti Coast. Designed with renowned designer Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1949, the course has great hole variety and provides amazing mountainous views.