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Posted on November 10, 2009 | Travel DestinationsNo Comment



A game which can boost a lazy man to sacrifice his much-desired sleep, a game which can convince a submissive guy to fling his hard-earned 400$ into a hole, no other game are as boosting as this one? Can you give some guesses… no, it’s not that, ok I am unveiling it. Golf, see even you are feeling the sparks, so don’t you agree with me, that it has the potent to ignite fiery passions? I know I know, games can lead way for numerous debates as well. The moot point of any game is its best player; however Golf is an exception to it as the same doesn’t apply to it. From putting stances to swing tips, everything that is related to golf is on the tip of tongue of any golf fan, even I come in it, I am no exception to it guys.

Therefore today, I have come out with world’s top golf courses. Hey guys, now I can smell something different passing by my way, hmmm… now I got it, I am now realizing that I have opened the doors of criticism for myself. So, before you could come out with me, let me display the disclaimer first. When I selected the golf courses, playability of each one was an obvious factor. However, other thing which influenced my list was the pleasurable factor rendered by each golf course. All the golf courses tracked in my list are laid on the foundation of fine architectural structure and lovely surroundings. These golf courses are virtually soothing and rejuvenating to the senses. So, catch up a drive and land in these virtual ecstasies.

1. Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Royal County DownStanding firmly from more than a century, Royal County Down was instituted in the year 1889. It formulates a distinct spot for itself in the Ireland’s history as one of the oldest golf clubs of Ireland. Here, one can spot two golf courses, the Annesley Links and the Championship Links. The Championship Links is a really challenging one as it consists of a competitive series of hole, numerous blind tee shots and several obscure path shots.

So, if you are ready to take up the challenge and wish to enjoy the game in this course, then book your playing time at the Royal County Down in advance. Trust me, the waiting period falls short against the unique gaming experience. Royal County Down is worth it as it possesses a stunning setting as well as it has a rich historical background. Other visual enchantments like a five-mile long beach, Mourne Mountain Ranges which encompasses Ireland’s highest peak- Slieve Donard and the Strangford Lough Harbor are waiting for you.

2. Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo once used to be a snaggy Dominican coastline on the oceanfront at La Romana, it was given a complete makeover by Pete Dye in 1971. Dye transformed it into a whole new fascinating lush golf course; this is because of his endeavors that Casa de Campo constantly acquires position amongst the world’s top golf destinations. Here, the nearby Casa de Campo resort offers exciting activities like horseback riding, polo and tennis. The most spectacular treasure of this spot is the ‘Teeth of the Dog’ that consists of seven holes on the water and two holes whose access can be gained after a drive towards the nearby La Romana International Airport Runway. Certainly, the Seventh hole on the Teeth of the Dog is one of the most popular ones in the Planet Earth.

3. Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand

Established since 1949, the Championship course at Paraparaumu Beach has been standing stiff from so long, however, people traced its existence in January 2002, when the legendary American golf player Tiger Woods showed up in New Zealand Open. If, you too wish to experience the joy of playing in this legendary course, then book your playtime at least a week in advance, only then you can get an access to this ground.

Tucked at the southern rim of New Zealand’s northern island, Paraparaumu Beach falls under a course of heavy winds. Envision the imagery in your minds, verdant greenness reclining allover, and in midst some nasty bunkers catching the eye-sights, isn’t it great? renders a feeling of independence for playing and enjoying to the fullest. Get there and embrace your passion of playing golf, but beware as the course is quite challenging, even Tiger Woods got subjugated by the second hole.

4. Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England

The Hotchkin, Woodhall Spa’s Championship Course is ranked as one of the best inland courses in the country among woodhall spa golf clubthe Britons. The Hotchkin is certainly a spectacular marvel, encompassing the scenic beauty of rolling English countryside, narrow fairways and competitive bunkers. Mere view from the 11th hole makes day, really the lovely beauty is worth a trip.

Here, the first set of links poses tough challenges which are quite rationally expected from any championship course, don’t worry, it’s not that tough, you don’t require to be a professional for playing in this course. Even, Woodhall Spa peddles itself as “Spiritual home of amateur golf in England.” Keeping tourist’s comfort in mind, the ground runs a golf academy, so novice can start from there. Even the second course ‘The Bracken’ is targeted towards the beginners. Although after all this, if one finds that golf is not their cup of tea, then they would be happy to know that the Woodhall Spa also offers other facilities like lawn bowling, tennis and cricket.

5. Tierra Del Sol, Aruba, Caribbean

Recently, the Golf’s Digest rated Tierra Del Sol as one of the “best places to play.” Truly deserving the tag as it is the only 18-hole championship golf course in the entire Aruba. Established on the northwest point of the island, it is designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The vision behind creating this golf course took into account suitability for golfers of all skill levels, and the ultimate outcome surpasses the normal expectations, slew of multiple approach angles which can allow players to play from varied angles. This marvelous creation was instituted in January 1995 and the unique quality about Tierra Del Sol is that it is a pioneer course in the entire Caribbean to be equipped with golf cart with a satellite and a 10 inch color screen for augmenting the golfing experience. Don’t get engrossed in this user-friendly course this much that you might forget the natural surroundings of Caribbean. While there, explore Caribbean’s scenic beauty such as sand dunes, rock formations and the quaint ocean side.

6. Pine Valley, Clementon, New Jersey

Looked upon as one of the most highly-esteemed golf courses in United States, it was recently tracked as the number one course in Golf Magazine’s top 100 courses in US and the worldwide. Constituted in 1912, this golf course comprises of 18 holes and until today dozens of tournaments have been played here. This is the most venerated spot as almost every legendary golf personas have played here, so golf-enthusiasts don’t even think of skipping this spot. Pine Valley’s scenic vicinity makes it furthermore more tempting, the swampy terrain is roofed with sand and tall evergreens, the picturesque views are simply incredible. Don’t forget to carry your digital-cameras to capture the spectacular beauty.

pine valley golf club

7. El Saler, Valencia, Spain

The scenic locales of El Saler are sure to hit any first-time visitor; their memorable collections of landscapes will discover something distinct and unusual. Might be the beautiful collections will be fogged up by dark experiences that comes up by almost hundred bunkers, broad fairways and off-the-limit areas. All this is really a mess, because El Saler in real is a lovely course. Sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and Marshy woods, El Saler encapsulates sand dunes, coastline and pine groves.

8. Hirono, Kobe, Japan

The Hirono golf course was established in 1932 by the designer Charles Alison, today Japan boasts it as one of the best things it has to offer. And its claim is actually right. Set in the lovely settings of pine trees and gigantic ravines, Hirono is very pleasing to the eye-balls, however the same goes opposite to the nerves. The most tough and challenging holes here is a 550 yard par 5-12th that goes over both water and rough, and a 15th characterized by huge cross-bunkers. Up till today, Jack Nicklaus is the sole person to reach the green in just two shots. Apart from experiencing beautiful stretch of landscapes and mental breakdown, you will notice several Eastern golf customs that are followed here. For example: Hirono’s caddies are a famous substitute to motorized golf carts.

Hirono golf course

9. Cabo del Sol, Los Cabos, Mexico

Standing at the front of the Sea of Cortez, the Cabo del Sol is reputed for giving a tough challenge worldwide. Its holes are interrupted by various kinds of hindrances; however the coastal winds serve a helping hand for constant unpredictable playability. Famous professional golfer Jack Nicklaus has asserted Cabo del Sol’s last three holes to be the greatest finishing holes in the world, however one can’t ignore the fact that he designed the place in 1993. Jack’s views however contains a touch of biasness because of this, still I feel that this ground deserves to be so. Great blend of natural beauty and man-making art, Cabo del Sol forms a splendidly marvelous appearance. John Nicklaus’s ocean course turns even more beautiful by a second set of links that make up the Desert Course, the third mountain course however is still under construction. I am eagerly waiting for the completion of this project as it would be a fascinating one to view three full championship courses.

10. Nordcenter, Aminnefors, Finland

Finland is a spot which is very famous as a home to vodka and saunas, and only few would be acquainted with it as a golfer’s spot. Being one of Europe’s northernmost countries, the climate is very supportive and accommodating for outdoor activities. But there is no doubt that the winters can be quite prolonged and painful ones. Its summers are quite soothing with daylight and sunny atmosphere, which is enough to free from all the worries as Finland has a pretty good summer stretching from May to September.

Comprising more than 70 golf courses, Finland’s Nordcenter is probably the country’s one of the most extraordinary and well-maintained ones. It’s founded in the south, nearby the sailing town of Tammisaari, which is very close from the pleasant Helsinki. Nordcenter consists of 18 holes that have been designed by Ronald Fream. The golf courses are both soothing and challenging for the senses as its unusual curves run through woods, short hills, and alongside the sea.

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