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.
100. Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Designed by Rodney Wright, and spread across a vast coconut palm plantation, the 18 hole golf course at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort offers spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, with distinctive challenges for both beginners and seasoned players. The course offers lush fairways and challenging bunkers.
99. Golfclub Am Mondsee, Austria
Situated in an ethereal setting at the lakes Mondsee and Drachensee, the course is 18 holes in harmony with nature, blending seamlessly with its scenic landscape. Playing golf here is a feast for the senses with cleverly positioned bunkers and long fairways.
98. Longcross Course at Foxhills Club & Resort, UK
Accuracy and precision are in high demand to plot your way around the 18 memorable holes here, with some sweeping doglegs and elevation changes requiring full focus from the tees. There’s also a clutch of memorable par-3 holes, and the greens are notoriously fast and true.
97. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
This nine-hole course is a challenging layout with beautiful vistas. Designed by Greg Norman, the journey through the holes is engaging – with green variations, doglegs and cleverly placed hazards. Surrounded by palm trees, this is a golfing paradise for many.
96. West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The West Course is a pristine and stunning layout, it’s championship design and artistic natural beauty has made this location multi-award-winning since it’s opening, and has hosted major international tournaments.
95. Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, Mauritius
Designed by world-famous golfer, Bernhard Langer, the prestigious 18 hole, par-72 championship course promises an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by one of the biggest lagoons in Mauritius, and winding across 38 hectares of natural beauty, there are incredible ocean views from every hole.
94. Troia Golf, Portugal
The picturesque grounds at Troia are a blend of pine trees and coastal plants, with a back drop of the Atlantic Ocean and Arrábida mountain range. The par-4 3rd hole is considered by Robert Trent Jones Senior as one of the best he’s ever designed.
93. Championship Course at Al Mouj Golf, Oman
The 18 hole Championship course at Al Mouj is a Greg Norman design, stretching across two kilometers of captivating coastline. This is Oman’s first links style course, featuring cleverly placed bunkers, water hazards and natural dunes with a backdrop of the majestic Hajjar Mountain range.
92. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
Designed with consideration to the surrounding natural environment, this par-72 Gary Player design harnesses the Gulf’s captivating beauty. With the glistening ocean views accompanying your round, 18 holes have turned Saadiyat Island into a golfing paradise.
91. Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Ireland
Designed by Bernhard Langer and opened in 1995, this location is a combination of furrowed Irish history and luxury, this classic links course includes all the trademarks of a perfect links course – unpredictable coastal winds, challenging roughs and deep pot bunkers.
90. The South Course at Quinta do Lago, Portugal
The South Course at Quinta do Lago is considered the clubs ‘crown jewel’. Set amongst lakes, wild flowers, and umbrella pine trees, it overlooks the Ria Formosa Natural Park. The course now holds a prestigious reputation and has become a flagship European Tour course.
89. Tralee Golf Club, Ireland
Arnold Palmer said about this design – “I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course”. This serene links course is perched on the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland’s south west, and represents a true paradise for those willing to take on the challenge.
88. Pärnu Bay Golf Links, Estonia
Here, links golf is embodied in true form. A coastal location with sandy earth, fescue grasses, and wide fairways. Course designer Lassi Pekka Tilander paired with Mick McShane as the lead shaper, who in fact is best known for shaping the famous St. Andrews Links’ Castle Course and Kingsbarns Golf Links.
87. Golf de Spérone, France
It’s said that as soon as Robert Trent Jones Snr saw the bare grounds of what is now Golf de Spérone, he could see his vision clearly. It’s now 75 hectares of exhilarating play, nestled in the wilderness. A notable hole from the 18 here is hole 16, where the player must drive over the sea.
86. The King’s Course at Royal Bled, Slovenia
Royal Bled, having first held a round of golf in 1937, is considered the birthplace of golf in Slovenia. The course is flanked by towering mountains and the impressive valleys of the Alps. With excellently manicured grounds, many hail it as one of the most beautiful courses in all of Europe.
85. The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami, USA
With a redesign composed by legendary architect Gil Hanse, this historic course has played host to prestigious PGA tour events for 55 years. The 7,608-yard course features deep, strategically placed bunkers, long fairways, undulating greens, and a testing assortment of water hazards.
84. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club, Canada
Master golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, created some of his finest work with the design of Jasper Park. With holes aligned with distant mountain vistas, the 18 hole layout features elevated tee boxes and dramatic bunkering. Fairways meander through thick forest complimenting the sites natural contours.
83. Great Northern, Denmark
A passion for the sport, uncompromising quality, and an inclusive environment. Great Northern is created with inspiration from some of the world’s best golf courses and built up with respect for the local area’s countryside and history. This is a Nordic design combined with Nordic nature.
82. Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
Ranked the no. 1 course in the Caribbean, Teeth of the Dog is one for the bucket list. The course is hand-carved out of furrowed rock and coral, with 7 holes taking you right along the ocean. This is serious golf in serene paradise, full of the natural beauty native to this region.
81. Real Club Sevilla Golf, Spain
A host of major international tournaments, Real Club Sevilla Golf features impressively wide fairways accented with Bermuda, extensive bunkering, and plentiful water features. This Jose Maria Olazabal design is considered a balanced layout suitable for every level of player.