Best Golf Courses In 205 Countries
Exploring the seven continents for the best courses in the world
This is our eighth edition of Planet Golf. When we began in 1999, we ranked the best courses in 100 different countries. Since then, we have greatly expanded our lists to include every golfing territory on earth. We now present course rankings for 205 individual countries, territories and dependencies, two more than our last Planet Golf edition two years ago, thanks to Azerbaijan joining the league of golfing nations, and Haiti's Pétionville Club getting back to normal after serving as a refugee camp following the massive, devastating 2010 earthquake. We have identified 40 nations bereft of golf courses (scroll to the end), including five with populations above 10 million: Iraq, Yemen, Guinea, South Sudan, and Somalia.
To create our rankings, we first compiled a large ballot of the world's best layouts, from Aamby Valley to Zimbali, and sent it to our U.S. course ranking panelists, our 27 International editions and their respective course ranking panels, and other selected people we have come to know and trust. In total, 846. knowledgeable, well-traveled golfers completed our survey, rating each course they were familiar with on a 10-point scale. This data was used to create our first ever World Top 100 Golf Course ranking, and served as a starting point for our country rankings, which were completed with the help of our panelists, our colleagues at our international editions and affiliate magazines, our network of knowledgeable golfers around the world, and copious amounts of additional research involving golf associations, tourist boards and other organizations, and, of course, the World Wide Web.
Expect future rankings to change dramatically. While many mature markets like the U.S. are facing decline—there are 500 fewer courses in America than in 2005—elsewhere there are pockets of growth, fueled by prosperity, tourism and, in two years, golf once again becoming an Olympic sport. China for instance has seen its courses triple in number in less than a decade—despite a technical government ban. The Chinese golf market will inevitably become the largest in the world.
KEY: The number in parentheses after each country name is the approximate number of golf courses in that country. Where a facility has more than one course, the name of the ranked course is shown in parentheses. Abbreviations: C.—Club; C.C.—Country Club; G.—Golf; G.C.—Golf Club; ★ ranked among Golf Digest's World 100 Greatest Courses.
NORTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, CARIBBEAN AND ISLANDS Anguilla (1 course) 1. CuisinArt Resort & Spa G.C., Merrywing, West End
Antigua and Barbuda (2 courses) 1. Cedar Valley G.C., St. John's, Antigua
Aruba (3 courses) 1. Tierra del Sol C.C., Malmokweg
Bahamas (10 courses) 1. Ocean Club G. Cse., Nassau 2. Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Abaco 3. Lyford Cay Club, Nassau 4. Emerald Reef, Great Exuma 5. Sandals G.C., Emerald Bay
Barbados (8 courses) 1. Royal Westmoreland G.&C.C., St. James 2. Sandy Lane Resort (Green Monkey), St. James 3. Apes Hill Club, St. James 4. Sandy Lane Resort (Country Club), St. James 5. Barbados G.C., Durants
Belize (2 courses) 1. Caye Chapel G.C., Caye Chapel
Bermuda (7 courses) 1. Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Town 2. Port Royal G. Cse., Southampton 3. Tucker's Point Club, Harrington Sound 4. Riddell's Bay G.&C.C., Warwick 5. Belmont Hills G.C., Warwick
Canada (2,400 courses) 1. St. George's G. and C.C., Etobicoke, Ont. ★ 2. Cabot Links, Inverness, N.S. ★ 3. National G.C. of Canada, Woodbridge, Ont. ★ 4. Hamilton G. and C.C. (West/South) Ancaster, Ont. ★ 5. Sagebrush G. & Sporting Club, Quilchena, B.C. 6. Capilano G. & C.C., West Vancouver, B.C. 7. Highlands Links, Ingonish Beach, N.S. 8. Devil's Paintbrush, Caledon East, Ont. 9. Muskoka Bay Club, Gravenhurst, Ont. 10 The Links at Crowbush, Cove Morell, P.E.I. 11. Jasper Park Lodge G.C., Jasper, Alb. 12. Toronto G.C., Mississauga, Ont. 13. Royal Montreal G.C. (Blue), Ile Bizard, Que. 14. Beacon Hall G.C., Aurora, Ont. 15. Banff Springs G. Cse., (Thompson), Banff, Alb. 16. Westmount G. & C.C., Kitchener, Ont. 17. Shaughnessy G. and C.C., Vancouver, B.C. 18. Eagles Nest G.C., Maple, Ont. 19. Redtail G. Cse., St. Thomas, Ont. 20 Coppinwood, Uxbridge, Ont.
Cayman Islands (3 courses) 1. Blue Tip, Grand Cayman
Costa Rica (10 courses) 1. Four Seasons Resort G.C. at Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste 2. Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste 3. Reserva Conchal G.C., Guanacaste 4. Valle del Sol G. Cse., Santa Ana 5. Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & G. Resort, Playa Herradura
Cuba (2 courses) 1. Varadero G.C. Varadero
Curaçao (4 courses) 1. Old Quarry G. Cse., Nieuwpoort
Dominican Republic (30 courses) 1. Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog), La Romana ★ 2. Punta Espada G. Cse., Cap Cana 3. Casa de Campo (Dye Fore), La Romana 4. Puntacana Resort and Club (Corales), Cap Cana 5. Casa de Campo (La Romana), La Romana
El Salvador (3 courses) 1. Club Salvadoreño, Corinto
Greenland (2 courses) 1. Nuuk G.C., Nuuk
Grenada (1 course) 1. Grenada G.C., St. George
Guadeloupe (1 course) 1. G. International de St. François, St. François
Guatemala (10 courses) 1. La Reunion G. Resort, Antigua
Haiti (1 course) 1. Pétionville C., Pétionville
Honduras (10 courses) 1. Black Pearl at Pristine Bay Resort, Roatan
Jamaica (12 courses) 1. White Witch G. Cse., Rose Hall 2. The Tryall Club, Montego Bay 3. Half Moon G. Cse., Montego Bay 4. Cinnamon Hill G. Cse., Montego Bay 5. Superclubs G.C. at Runaway Bay, Runaway Bay
Martinique (1 course) 1. G. de l'Impératrice Joséphine, Trois-Ilets