The World’s Best Rated Golf Course
Since the 15th century the modern game of golf has been played in Scotland. From the humble, rolling sheep-grazing spaces of the early courses of the British Isles, through the grand venues of the Open rota and similar, to the wide-ranging masterpieces there are brilliant golf courses to choose from.
Here is the list of some of the world’s best-rated golf courses.
1.The Royal and Ancient Golf (Scotland)
2.Shinnecock Hills (New York)
3.Merion Golf (Pennsylvania)
4.Pine Valley (New Jersey)
5.Augusta National (Georgia)
1. The Royal and Ancient Golf (Scotland):
Established In: 1754
Length: 6,721 yards
Membership cost: By invitation only ($50,000–$1,500,000 for a home, plus $396 for the links ticket.)
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is the oldest and most prestigious golf club in the world. Founded in 1754 it is regarded as the worldwide “Home of Golf”. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (but not The R&A) had a male-only membership policy until 2015 when it welcomed their first honorary female member including Princess Anne and several pro golfers. Membership is by invitation only, and they have 2,400 members from all over the world.
2. Shinnecock Hills (New York):
Established In: 1891
Length: 6,996 yards
Membership cost: Ranges from $850,000
Venue for five U.S. Opens since 1986, most recently in 2018, this is William Flynn’s undisputed design masterpiece. Apart from being handed a magnificent piece of land upon which to work, Flynn was given something else nearly as valuable: time. Work commenced in 1928 and the course didn’t open until 1931. William Gordon led the project for Flynn and he enjoyed the help of 150 American Indians. The great depression commenced during construction but the grace with which the holes flow across the property is a tribute to the hands on, slow build process.
3. Merion Golf (Pennsylvania):
Established In: 1912
Length: 6,590 yards
Membership cost: Initiation fees start at $70,000
Merion Golf Club is a private golf club located in Haverford Township, Pennsylvania bordering Philadelphia, The club offers one of the most amazing locker rooms ever with a two-level men’s locker room including legendary showers.
4. Pine Valley (New Jersey):
Established In: 1913
Length: 7,181 yards
Membership cost: Ranges from $250,000 to $500,000
Uniquely beautiful and brutal, the 101 year-old routing serves up multiple forced carries on holes that hopscotch from one island of turf to the next. One simple way to judge a course is by the quality of its hazards and greens. Pine Valley excels at both, with some contending it has the most formidable hazards and sophisticated green complexes in golf. Throw in a wonderful routing across the rolling, sandy landscape and you have a course that hasn’t budged from the No. 1 spot for decades.
5. Augusta National (Georgia):
Established In: 1933
Length: 7,768 yards
Membership cost: Estimated $40,000
Augusta National is the vision of Bobby Jones and his chosen architect, Alister MacKenzie. Nearly every hole at St. Andrews and Augusta National provides a safe route to the green and also a riskier one. Combined both staggering beauty and Masters tradition it's easy to see why Augusta National is so revered. Known for being an exclusively male club, Augusta recently opened its doors to women as well.