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NAT GEO’s TOP 5 Golf Courses in the World

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Choosing a top-notch golf course can be more demanding than finding a golf shop online. At the moment you strike that simple click, you can find a wide selection of the most sophisticated places that will surely motivate you to play and enjoy your sport. But where in the world could we find the best golfing destination?

National Geographic takes an interesting short list of the world’s finest golf courses judged basically from their architectural and aesthetic qualities.

1. Pine Valley Golf Club (Clementon, New Jersey)

Covering a par of 70, this 6,765-yard golf course was founded by a team of amateur golfers from Philadelphia in 1913. George Arthur Crump, Harry Colt, and their ingenious group dared to design this challenging project which is located at the pinelands of New Jersey. The rolling, sandy ground was formerly a favorite spot for hunting expeditions and rose into recognition when it became a full-fledged playing field years later. Pine Valley maintained its plain and simple appeal despite of its mysterious golfing circles. Considered as one of the world’s finest, this extremely private golf course offers a rich tradition of golf, from great rooms to bars and the picturesque virgin woods that enhanced the secluded beauty of the destination. Pine Valley ranked number 1 in the 2011 edition of Golf Magazine.

2. Cypress Point Club (Pebble Beach, California)

Globally known for its series of three dramatic holes playing along the Pacific Ocean, Cypress Point is a private golf club with 18-hole course of rolling fairways. This is located south of Pebble Beach, California’s stunning Big Sur country. It was designed by a golf course architect named Dr. Alister Mackenzie, pride of Augusta National Golf Club. Cypress has a par of 72 and covers an area of about 6,536 yards – a gorgeous destination set in coastal dunes that crosses through the Del Monte forest during the front nine and reemerges to the rocky shoreline for the final holes.

3. Muirfield Golf Club (Gullane, Scotland UK)

Home to the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, this luxurious and regal golf course is considered by most players as particularly demanding test of skill and ability. Muirfield is historical by name because golf was first played here in 1891, the time when this course had its original layout. Old Tom Morris laid out his 18-holes in this pioneer golf club. Having a par of 71 and total area of 7,221 yards, Muirfield have hosted significant events including the first open Championship in 1892 and in 1896. In fact, Jack Nicklaus conquered British Open here on this much storied fairways near Edinburgh.

4. St. Andrews (Scotland, England)

Taking up the 4th spot is the old golf course of St. Andrews in Scotland, United Kingdom. Having a par of 72 and occupies 7,279 yards, the famous course in the world has been a crowd favorite for golfers in Scotland since the 15th century. This heathery patch of land features an additional four more superb 18-hole courses including a single 9-hole course and a practice area to house golfers of all skill levels. It means that any golfer worth his or her weight in golf clubs can actually play here. All are open for the public. However, reservations are required. St. Andrews is set in the stormy North Sea dunes and is daring to even the most accomplished golfers. If you’re not trying hard to be Tiger Woods in the making, Strathtyrum Course fits for you. Children and novices can give a try to their nine-hole Balgove.

5. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Designed by Nevile and Grant in 1919, this stunning golf course in California’s Pacific coast is best known in the United States because of the panoramic views of its rocky shores.  As you move your way over the narrow greens, you can’t help but pause to catch a delightful glimpse of its good vista. The 18th hole, a 548 yards par 5 is a particular example of the beautiful scenes mentioned. And since wind can be a disturbing factor of your golfing, you better choose the right club if you want a great score.

This has been a guest post from Julio Brenes who is the owner of Cesar’s Golf Shop and Rentals – a golf rentals shop serving club renters from different Florida golf courses.

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