Other Parts of the World

The United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, South Africa may hold the monopoly of the best golf courses in the world, but other countries also offer something that attracts golfers around the world. Here are some other great golf courses every golf enthusiasts should play:

nine-bridges-south-koreaNine Bridges, South korea

Nine Bridges in South Korea is an amazing example of what results when effort, finances, and architectural ingenuity collide. Opened in August 2001and designed by David Dale and Ron Fream, the cost of this course was an astounding $100 million. It is not that many golfers describe it as the Taj Mahal of golf world. The Nine Bridges Club lives up to its “Where East Meets West” by hosting the World Club Championships.

Royal County Down, Northern Ireland

This golf course in Northern Ireland is one of the most socially conscious and exclusive (membership is by invitation only) golf clubs in the world. It is awash in lawyers, doctors, industrialists, and judges mainly from Belfast. A little patience is also in order to handle one of the world’s most beautiful but brutal links. It is not impossible for you to play as a guest, but you must bring a blazer and prepare to change shoes and clothes in the car park.

Hirono, Japan

For years Hirono has been Japan’s most private and finest golf courses. Its rolling parkland layout features numerous tree-lined fairways as well as heavily-bunkered green complexes that weave over hills and through valleys. The par-5 hole 15 will require you to hit over a ravine, similar to Pebble Beach’s 8th, to reach the green. Hirono also features challenging par 3s reachable par 4s, and long par 4s.

cape-kidnappers-new-zealandCape Kidnappers, New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand boasts of some of the most awesome views in golf. Nested on a 5,000-acre former sheep ranch on the cliffs above Hawke Bay and Napier city, this golf course is anchored around 7 long fingers of land stretching down toward the cliff. It contains the most memorable holes – The 650-yard par 5 15th hole is Cape Kidnappers’ signature hole. From the fairway, it will appear to you to drop off the end of the earth.

Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Legendary designer Pete Dye claims Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) in Dominican Republic as is his finest work ever. Measuring 7,363 and par 72 from the tips, this golf course plays along high bluffs then down to the Caribbean Sea. It is most famous for its par 3s, with the 5th hole as its signature hole. It will require you to hit over waves that splash on the beach to a green guarded by a tree.