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1. St. Andrews, Scotland: The Old Course
Known as the "home of golf," St. Andrews' Old Course boasts a rich history dating back over 600 years. Its wide fairways and challenging greens make golfing at St. Andrews an experience like no other.
Facilities: Offers a golf academy, pro shop, and two clubhouses with restaurants and locker rooms.
Green Fee: Between £95 and £195 depending on the season.
While you're in Scotland, consider staying at the Old Course Hotel, located just adjacent to the 17th fairway of the Old Course.
2. Pebble Beach Golf Links, USA
Nestled in the picturesque Monterey Peninsula in California, Pebble Beach Golf Links offers spectacular ocean views. Its dramatic coastline and lush greenery make it a favorite among seasoned players and beginners alike.
Facilities: Offers a golf academy, three pro shops, and multiple dining options.
Consider staying at the Pebble Beach Resort, which offers a variety of luxury accommodation options.
3. Brautarholt Golf Course, Iceland
Located in the capital city of Reykjavik, Brautarholt Golf Course is uniquely situated on a peninsula, offering stunning views of the surrounding bay and cityscape. Its layout capitalizes on the natural landscape of cliffs and coastlines, offering a challenging and exciting game of golf. In the summer months, enjoy the midnight sun with 24 hours of daylight.
Facilities: A small clubhouse with a cafe and a shop selling golfing essentials.
Green Fee: 9,000 ISK (around $70 USD) for 18 holes during peak season.
While visiting Reykjavik, consider staying at the Hotel Borg by Keahotels, a historic and luxurious accommodation located in the heart of the city.
4. Royal County Down, Northern Ireland
Ranked as one of the world's best golf courses, Royal County Down offers stunning views of the Mountains of Mourne and the Irish Sea. The naturally rugged terrain provides a challenging and unforgettable golfing experience.
Facilities: Pro shop, clubhouse, and dining options.
Green Fee: From £60 - £240 depending on the season.
Consider staying at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, located adjacent to the golf course and offering views of the coastline and mountains.
5. The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, AustraliaThe Royal Melbourne Golf Club is renowned for its Composite Course, which combines holes from the club's East and West Courses. Its strategic design and fast greens make it one of the most challenging courses in the world.
Facilities: Pro shop, clubhouse, practice facilities, and dining options.
Green Fee: Private club; international visitors can play on weekdays by prior arrangement.
When in Melbourne, consider staying at the Park Hyatt Melbourne, offering luxury accommodations in the heart of the city.
Each of these courses offers unique challenges and incredible scenery that make for an unforgettable golf vacation. Be sure to check the individual course websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding green fees and availability.