World's 18 most beautiful golf holes
While daunting greens and tempting fairways around the globe conspire to dash the dreams of many a player, there are others that, no matter how frustrating, you have to marvel at.
Here are 18 beautiful golf holes from around the globe that turn their courses from great to magnificent.
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1. 1st hole -- Doonbeg Golf Club, Ireland
567 yards, par 5
The most beautiful opening hole in the world, a gentle par five that plays slightly downhill to a green surrounded on three sides by towering dunes. From the fairway the Atlantic Ocean can be glimpsed through gaps in the dunes.
The Lodge at Doonbeg, Doonbeg Co. Clare, Ireland; tel. +353 65 90 55600; email@example.com; www.doonbeglodge.com
2. 2nd hole -- Saujana Golf & Country Club, Malaysia
204 yards, par 3
Two hundred yards over a jungle filled valley to a three-tier green surrounded by bunkers and more jungle. Malaysia's toughest hole. Deadly but beautiful. Jungle golf at its very best.
Saujana Golf & Country Club, Saujana Resort Seksyen U2 40150 Shah Alam, PO BOX 8148, Kelana Jaya, 46783 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia; tel. +603 7846 1466; firstname.lastname@example.org www.saujana.com.my
3. 5th hole -- The Abaco Club, Bahamas
312 yards, par 4
Every course needs a drivable par four and this one, with the turquoise waters of Winding Bay all along the left-hand side, is a classic. Don't let the heavenly setting distract you from your game.
The Abaco Club, P.O. Box AB20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas; tel. +1 242 367 0077; email@example.com; www.myabacoclub.com
4. 7th hole -- Kauri Cliffs Golf Club, New Zealand
220 yards, par 3
The spectacular panoramic view from this hole takes in small rocky islets and larger, lush green islands in the vast Pacific Ocean that begins beneath the cliff just right of the green.
Kauri Cliffs Golf Club, Matauri Bay Road, Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand; tel: +64 9 407 0010; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.kauricliffs.com
5. 13th hole -- Trump International Golf Club, Grenadines
498 yards, par 5
The jewel in any golfing crown, this hole provides 360-degree views of the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the neighboring Grenadine Islands. Never mind the golf, this one is perfect in all sorts of ways.
Trump International Golf Club, Charles Town, Canouan Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies; tel:+1 784 458 8000; email@example.com; www.canouan.com
6. 4th hole -- Anahita Golf Club, Mauritius
564 yards, par 5
A stunning par five at the best course on the paradise island of Mauritius. The green has nothing but the Indian Ocean behind it. Magnificent.
Anahita The Resort, Deep River, Beau Champ GRSE, Mauritius; tel. +230 402 2200; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.anahita.mu
7. 5th hole -- Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort, Malaysia
402 yards, par 4
Clearwater Sanctuary is set on a nature reserve reverberating with peace and tranquillity. This dogleg right hole leaves you with a second shot over a lily-filled pond to a green shaded by majestic rain trees behind it. After your shot to the green, get the camera out.
Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort, Lot 6019, Jalan Changkat Larang, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia; tel. +605 366 7433; email@example.com; www.cwsgolf.com.my
8. 13th hole -- Canyon Course, Blue Canyon Country Club, Thailand
390 yards, par 4
Teeing off over water, this hole then doglegs sharp right around a canyon uphill to a shallow green. With a forest along the left of the fairway, beauty and danger are everywhere.
Blue Canyon Country Club, 165, Moo 1, Thepkasattri Road, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand; tel. 66 (0)76 328 088; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bluecanyonclub.com
9. 7th hole -- Pebble Beach Golf Links, California, United States
109 yards, par 3
The shortest par three in Major championship golf, with the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean pounding onto the rocks behind.
Pebble Beach Golf Links, 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953, United States; tel +1 831 622 8723; www.pebblebeach.com
10. 9th hole -- Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
595 yards, par 5
A long par five framed by the South African bush where the strong and brave can risk going for the picturesque island green in two.
Gary Player Country Club, P.O. Box 6, Sun City, North West Province 0316, South Africa; tel. +27 014 557 1245; email@example.com; www.suninternational.com
11. 9th hole -- Turnberry Golf Club, Scotland
454 yards, par 4
With a professional tee perched 50 feet above breaking Irish Sea waves and a famous lighthouse to the left, the raw beauty of this hole represents the very best that links golf has to offer.
Turnberry Golf Club, Turnberry, Ayrshire KA26 9LT, United Kingdom; tel. +44 165 533 1000; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.turnberry.co.uk
12. 12th hole -- Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia, United States
155 yards, par 3
Always seen on TV during the Masters, the narrow green, fronted by a deep pond, is flanked front and back by deep bunkers, and framed from behind by red and purple azaleas. Frequently voted the most beautiful par three in golf.
Augusta National Golf Club, 2604 Washington Roag, Augusta, GA 30904, United States; tel. +1 706 667 6000; www.augusta.com
13. 13th hole -- Red Course, Royal Dar Es Salam Golf Club, Morocco
383 yards, par 4
A gentle dogleg left down a perfect fairway between forests of cypress, palm, eucalyptus and cork-oak trees. A truly lovely hole on one of Africa's most beautiful courses.
Red Course, Royal Dar Es-Salam Golf Club, KM 9, avenue Mohammed VI/road of ZaersSouissi, Rabat, Morocco; tel: +212 537 755 864; email@example.com; www.royalgolfdaressalam.com
14. 6th hole -- San Lorenzo Golf Club, Portugal
421 yards, par 4
From the tee the view is stunning, with the Ria Formosa nature reserve, then golden beaches and then the Atlantic Ocean stretching out in front of you. The best golf view in Portugal.
San Lorenzo Golf Club, Quinta do Lago, 8135-162, Algarve; tel: +351 289 396 522; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sanlorenzogolfcourse.com
15. 17th hole -- Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
455 yards, par 4
The toughest hole at the "Home of Golf," with a narrow green sandwiched between a fiendish pot bunker and a road, all framed by the Royal & Ancient clubhouse and picturesque town of St. Andrews.
St Andrews Links Trust, Pilmour House, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SF, Scotland; tel: +44 (0) 1334 466666; email@example.com; www.standrews.org.uk
16. 16th hole -- Cypress Point Club, California, United States
231 yards, par 3
Featuring a 200-yard carry over Pacific Ocean waves crashing against the rocks to a green on a promontory encircled by bunkers. If this doesn't take your breath away nothing will.
Cypress Point Club, 17 Mile Dr and Portolla, Pebble Beach, CA 93953, United States; tel: +1 831 624 6444; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.montereypeninsulagolf.com
17. 18th hole -- Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai, UAE
430 yards, par 4
With the magnificent Dubai Creek along the left and a second shot over a lake to a green set in front of the world's most stunning clubhouse, this hole is one of the most spendid in the Middle East.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Baniyas Road, Dubai, UAE; tel: +971 (0)4 380 1234; email@example.com; www.dubaigolf.com
18. 18th hole -- Lemuria Golf Resort, Praslin Island, Seychelles
520 yards, par 5
From a tee perched several hundred feet above the fairway and providing panoramic views across the Indian Ocean to numerous other islands, this hole is a worthy 18th as it plunges down to a fairway carved through rainforest and then to a green fronted by a lake.
Lemuria Resort Golf Course, Anse Kerlan, Ile de Praslin; Seychelles; tel: +248 281 281; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.lemuriaresort.com