The famous St. Andrew's building in Scotland is in the background while a golfer is teeing off on the golf course
St. Andrews Links is located in the small town of Fife on the east coast of Scotland.
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Tee off on Some of the Planet's Most Stunning Golf Courses

The Finest Greens Around the Globe

If your idea of a dream vacation includes bringing your clubs and playing a few holes, then these destinations should be on your bucket list.

There are golf courses all around the world, but some of them are simply more stunning than others. They feature top notch fairways amid gorgeous scenery that will make it difficult for you to keep your eye on the ball. Here are some of the best golf courses in the world.

St. Andrews Links, Fife, Scotland

One of the most famous golf courses in the world, St. Andrews Links is located in the small town of Fife on the east coast of Scotland. The rugged scenery of the Scottish Highlands is absolutely stunning and you can visit the historical Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, founded in 1754.

The 600 year old St. Andrews Links follows seven impressive courses, including the legendary Old Course. Soak up the history and admire the gentle rolling hills, rocky beaches and crumbling stone bridges.

The Royal County Down golf course in Northern Ireland includes the miles of greeneryRoyal County Down Golf Club's fairway offers an interesting challenge with its plenty of difficult shots making this course the perfect golf vacation.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / jenkahn

Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, North Ireland

When it comes to golf courses with amazing views, there are few as spectacular as Royal County Down. It offers a stunning vista along its dunes, stretching down to the Irish Sea.

You can see a panorama of Newcastle and the striking Victorian redbrick building of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. The fairway is challenging and interesting, with plenty of difficult shots making for the perfect golf vacation.

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The tall cedar trees around the Pinehurst Resort golf course cast shadows all along the fairwayPinehurst is one of the top golfing resorts in the USA.Photo Credit: Pinehurst

Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina, USA

Pinehurst is one of the top golfing resorts in the USA and it is home to the fabled No.2 course which hosted the Ryder Cup in 1951 and the US Open in 1999 and 2005. The quality of the courses here is on another level — Pinehurst No. 8, No. 4 and No. 2 are often ranked the best in America.

The No. 2 course is especially interesting. Designed by famous golf course architect Donald Ross, it features unique upturned-saucer-shaped greens that deflect approach shots into bunkers and make putting quite a challenge.

It’s also one of the most luxurious golf resorts in the world, featuring impressive hotels with fine dining, spas and more.

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