It is the dream of every golfer, amateur and professional, to be able to play a round on the best courses in the world. Whether it is on a casual golfing trip through Europe or on the 18th hole of a major championship, people put in years of golf training to prepare themselves for such moments. As you develop your game, you may be presented with the chance to live out your golfing dreams and play the most famous courses anywhere. However, a great course is made by more than just being on television or being part of a professional event. You should also pay attention to location, playability, and overall course atmosphere. With that being said, where are the best courses in the world?
Europe and Asia
Some of the world’s best golf courses can be found scattered around continental Europe and Asia. Golfers from all over know that the modern game traces its roots back to Scotland, which is why it is no wonder that St. Andrews tops the wish list of almost everyone. In addition to the rich tradition and hundreds of years of legacy you find at St. Andrews, other top courses in Europe give you the chance to see amazing scenery and present fun challenges. PGA Catalunya, specifically the Stadium course, took over a decade of design in Spain before it was complete. The course is the European equivalent of TPC Sawgrass in the United States.
Europe is not the only place overseas where you’ll find some of the world’s top courses. The increase in tourism and business in Asia has led to the development of championship courses throughout the region. Forbes ranks the Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Thailand as one of the best in Asia. The course boasts distinct greens and fairways surrounded by freshwater lakes, and Tiger Woods has described Blue Canyon as one of the most memorable courses he has ever played.
The United States
When it comes to breathtaking golf courses, you hardly have to step outside your own front door. The United States is home to outstanding golf courses, from the home of the Masters at Augusta National to the views of the Pacific Ocean from Pebble Beach to the iconic lighthouse behind the 18th green at Harbour Town Golf Links. No matter where you live in the U.S., you are never far away from playing a round of golf at one of the world’s top courses. In addition to taking a vacation with family and friends for a weekend of golf, you should also find ways to incorporate your individual golf training.
The International Junior Golf Academy enrolls full-time students who go to school, train, and play on gorgeous courses around Hilton Head, South Carolina and the rest of the region. Attending a weekend program or summer camp gives you the opportunity to learn and compete at professional facilities and on courses that you once only dreamed of playing. Contact a member of the IJGA staff today to learn more about available opportunities so you can begin your journey to play on every top course you can. Call 843-686-1500 to get started.