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The Best Of The Rest:
A World Of Great Golf

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Trend is not destiny, Lewis Mumford observed. But destiny can be trend, regardless of economic obstacles. In some corner of the world, the next Royal County Down is being prepared for future world rankings.

100 Best Courses Outside The United States

1. Royal County Down G.C. Newcastle, N. Ireland
2. St. Andrews Links (Old) St. Andrews, Scotland
3. Muirfield Gullane, Scotland
4. Royal Portrush G.C. (Dunluce): Portrush, N. Ireland
5. Turnberry Resort (Ailsa) Turnberry, Scotland
6. Royal Dornoch G.C. (Championship) Dornoch, Scotland
7. Ballybunion G.C. (Old) Ballybunion, Ireland
8. Carnoustie G. Links (Championship) Carnoustie, Scotland
9. New South Wales G.C. Sydney, Australia
10. Sunningdale G.C. (Old) Sunningdale, England
11. Kingston Heath G.C. Melbourne, Australia
12. Royal St. George's G.C. Sandwich, England
13. Cape Kidnappers Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
14. Royal Birkdale G.C. Southport, England
15. Royal Troon G.C. (Old) Troon, Scotland
16. Lahinch G.C. (Old) Lahinch, Ireland
17. Royal Lytham & St. Annes G.C. Lytham St. Annes, England
18. Kingsbarns G. Links St. Andrews, Scotland
19. Hirono G.C. Hyogo, Japan
20. Barnbougle Dunes Bridport, Tasmania, Australia
21. Loch Lomond G.C. Luss, Scotland
22. Royal Melbourne G.C. (West) Melbourne, Australia
23. Woodhall Spa G.C. (Hotchkin) Woodhall Spa, England
24. Cabo del Sol (Ocean) Los Cabos, Mexico
25. Kauri Cliffs Northland, New Zealand
26. Royal Liverpool G.C. Hoylake, England
27. St. George's G. & C.C. Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
28. G. de Morfontaine Mortefontaine, France
29. Ganton G.C. Ganton, England
30. Portmarnock G.C. Portmarnock, Ireland
31. Kawana Hotel G. Cse. (Fuji) Shizuoka, Japan
32. National G.C. of Canada Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
33. Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) La Romana, Dominican Republic
34. Hamilton G. & C.C. Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
35. Beacon Hall G.C. Aurora, Ontario, Canada
36. Walton Heath G.C. (Old) Walton-on-the-Hill, England
37. Cruden Bay G.C. Cruden Bay, Scotland
38. Capilano G. & C.C. West Vancouver, B.C., Canada
39. Machrihanish G.C. Campbeltown, Scotland
40. North Berwick G.C. North Berwick, Scotland
41. The European Club Brittas Bay, Ireland
42. Highlands Links Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
43. Valderrama G.C. Sotogrande, Spain
44. Royal Porthcawl G.C. Porthcawl, Wales
45. Waterville G. Links Waterville, Ireland
46. Punta Espada G.C. Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
47. Les Bordes Beaugency, France
48 Royal Aberdeen G.C. (Balgownie) Aberdeen, Scotland
49. Leopard Creek C.C. Malelane, South Africa
50. Swinley Forest G.C. Ascot, England
51. Redtail G. Cse. St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
52. Banff Springs G.C. (Stanley Thompson) Banff, Alberta, Canada
53. Four Seasons G.C. at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste, Costa Rica
54. Gary Player C.C. Sun City, South Africa
55. St. Enodoc G.C. (Church) Wadebridge, England
56. Mid Ocean Club Tucker's Town, Bermuda
57. Ellerston G.C. Hunter Valley, Australia
58. Western Gailes G.C. Irvine, Scotland
59. Wentworth Club (West) Virginia Water, England
60. Old Head G. Links Kinsale, Ireland
61. Royal Adelaide G.C. Adelaide, Australia
62. Carne G. Links Belmullet, Ireland
63. St. Andrews Links (New) St. Andrews, Scotland
64. The Club at Nine Bridges Jeju Island, South Korea
65. St. Andrews Links (Castle) St. Andrews, Scotland
66. St. George's Hill G.C. Weybridge, England
67. Fancourt (Links) George, South Africa
68. Sheshan International G.C. Shanghai, China
69. Prestwick G.C. Prestwick, Scotland
70. El Dorado G. & Beach Club Los Cabos, Mexico
71. Olivos G.C. Buenos Aires, Argentina
72. Durban C.C. Durban, South Africa
73. Rye G.C. (Old) Rye, England
74. Spring City G. & Lake Resort (Lake) Kunming, China
75. Fox Harb'r Resort Wallace, Nova Scotia, Canada
76. Metropolitan G.C. Melbourne, Australia
77. Tralee G.C. Ardfert, Ireland
78. Devil's Paintbrush Caledon, Ontario, Canada
79. Vista Vallarta G.C. (Nicklaus) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
80. Oarai G.C. Ibaraki, Japan
81. Royal Montreal G.C. (Blue) Ile Bizard, Quebec, Canada
82. Kasumigaseki C.C. (East) Saitama, Japan
83. G. de Sperone Bonifacio, Corsica, France
84. The National G.C. (Moonah) Cape Schanck, Australia
85. G. de Moliets Moliets, France
86. Hamburger G.C. Hamburg, Germany
87. Buenos Aires G.C. Bella Vista, Argentina
88. Queenwood G.C. Ottershaw, England
89. Limburg G. & C.C. Houthalen, Belgium
90. Jockey Club (Colorada) San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
91. Noordwijkse G.C. Noordwijk, Netherlands
92. St. Andrews Links (Jubilee) St. Andrews, Scotland
93. Tokyo G.C. Saitama, Japan
94. Royal Zoute G.C. Knokke-Heist, Belgium
95. G. Santander Madrid, Spain
96. Monte Rei G. & C.C. Tavira, Portugal
97. Emirates G.C. (Majlis) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
98. Kennemer G. & C.C. Zandvoort, Netherlands
99. Santa Elena G.C. Santa Rosa, Philippines
100. G.C. Biella Le Betulle Magnano, Biella, Italy

Stephen Szurlej
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July 28, 2014

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