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.
40. Real Club Valderrama, Spain
Just a few miles from Gibraltar lies this par-71 championship course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr and measuring 6,356 meters from the professional tees. The fairways have been described by top pros and leading golf writers as the best in Europe, if not the world.
39. The Championship Course at Cruden Bay Golf Club, Scotland
In the ‘home of golf’ itself, on the east coast of Scotland, Cruden Bay sits right next to the blustering shore. This is links golf old fashioned style and is, in fact, one of the best links courses in all of Scotland. Enjoy the panoramic views while you play against the elements on this engaging course.
38. The Golf Course at Adare Manor, Ireland
A stately manor adds to this location’s appeal and stature. Renovations to the course brought in Tom Fazio’s architectural mastery to turn this award-winning course into parkland perfection through every facet.
37. St George’s Golf & Country Club, Canada
Recognized as a true test of golf and hand-selected by the legendary Stanley Thompson, St George’s is full of character and speaks to the land’s natural beauty. Furthermore, the course is praised by many for its classic design and is poised to welcome the sixth and seventh RBC Canadian Opens in the near future.
36. Waterville Golf Links, Ireland
Known as one of the best true links course in Ireland, Waterville dates back to 1889 with a modest 9 hole course. Renovated by the legendary Tom Fazio, Waterville is surrounded by sea and its gently undulating fairways are accompanied by the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range.
35. Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Wales
Formed in 1891, Royal Porthcawl offers a stern test of golf while displaying glistening sea views from every hole. Having staged many Championships, Cups, and Opens, the course will also be hosting the Women’s British Open in 2021 for the first time.
34. The Old Links at Ballyliffin Golf Club, Ireland
Refined by the incredible Nick Faldo, the Old Links presents an enjoyable challenge derived from its natural terrain. Renowned as one of Ireland’s leading links, the course displays panoramic views of the countryside and a round to remember.
33. Dubai Hills Golf Club by Jumeirah, Dubai
Nestled within Dubai Hills Estate, a luxurious residential and lifestyle development, the 18-hole par-72 championship course is as challenging as it is stunning. The course meanders through a series of valleys and wadis, with the stunning Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa as its backdrop.
32. The Serapong at Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
The stage for the esteemed Singapore Open, the Serapong course is a composition of fast, challenging greens, and huge lakes with beautiful stone-lined walls. Although first designed by Ronald Fream, it underwent a huge revamp in 2006 incorporating modern technology and enhanced bunkering.
31. Streamsong Black at Streamsong Resort, USA
Designed by Gil Hanse, Streamsong Black took the industry by storm through its natural, flowing elevation changes with ridges, tumbles, and rolls. Moreover, the par-73 course has five par-5s giving players plenty of opportunities to score with far-reaching panoramic views and vast landscapes.
30. Meadow Links at Mission Hills Haikou, China
Based upon the traditional US Open courses of the eastern United States, this layout features lay-of-the land sensibilities and somewhat geometric shapes in both bunkering and fairway lines. Distinctive features such as the fabled “Church Pew” bunkers make for a unique look.
29. Thai Country Club, Thailand
Designed by Dennis Griffiths to United States Golf Association specifications, this 7,097-yard course was first seriously tested by Tiger Woods during the 1997 Asian Honda Classic. This beautiful course is upheld for its pristine conditions, hole variety, and interesting features.
28. East Championship Course at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, South Africa
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington has hosted just about any Championship worth mentioning in South Africa, including nine SA Open Championships and 11 Johannesburg Opens. The East Course has been considered Africa’s Best Course for the past two years.
27. Heritage Golf Club, Mauritius
A Peter Matkovich design, this beautiful location was voted the no. 1 golf course in the Indian Ocean every year from 2014 – 2018. With breathtaking scenery and a layout suitable for golfers of all levels, this is 2,500 hectares of golfing paradise.
26. Leopard Creek Country Club, South Africa
On the banks of the aptly-named Crocodile River, at the gate to the Kruger National park, lays this Gary Player design. The par-5 13th hole is one of the most memorable experiences here, right on the edge of the river (safely above water level), it offers amazing views of both the river and park surrounding.
25. The K Club, Ireland
The Ryder Cup Course has hosted some of the best golfers in the world. Beautifully composed by Arnold Palmer, whose favorite hole is the 4th, it’s been consistently ranked within the top 3 parkland courses in Ireland. This course is designed to engage and bring out the best in your game.
24. Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
Yas Links represents the first true links golf course in the Middle East region, designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world’s leading golf course designers. The par-72 Championship Links course is located on the west shores of Yas Island. Ten holes are set against the backdrop of the dramatic Arabian Gulf.
23. Spyglass Hill Golf Course, USA
Set in Pebble Beach, one of the world’s most desired golf destinations, Spyglass Hill is considered as one of the most challenging tests of golf. This Robert Trent Jones layout recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and is the annual co-host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
22. Lofoten Links, Norway
This seaside Norwegian treasure has the ocean for a water hazard, the beach as a natural bunker, and shows 18 holes in a whole new light. Lofoten Links is one of the only golf courses in the globe to offer golf in the sun, 24 hours a day. Not to mention the awe-inspiring experience of seeing the Northern Lights.
21. The Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
The Majlis course has developed a worthy reputation worldwide as a testing layout for even the best golfers. The course features hundreds of indigenous species of flora and fauna, beautifully complemented by meandering fairways, and seven both fresh and saltwater lakes.