Are you out for some swift golfing experience that none of the normal golf clubs offers? If yes, then it is high time for you to visit these golf clubs and resorts to enjoy the sport and experience it to the next level. These are the 30 Extremely Exotic Golf Courses around the World that you should try.
Top 30 Amazing Golf Courses In The World
- Bahai Beach Resort and Golf Club
The Bahai Beach Resort and Golf Club is located in Puerto Rico. The resort’s slogan says that their place will be a haven of golf for you as it will delight both your soul and spirit. The resort also offers professional and apprenticeship program wherein you will be taught with proper skills and techniques when it comes to playing golf. There are many things that you can do at this golf club, and they offer great and exotic courses that are certainly unique at their place alone.
- Cabo Del Sol Golf Course
The Cabo Del Sol Golf Course offers a lot of golf experiences that you can enjoy as they ensure that they have the best golf course design and management for the highest US Standards of play. They have an ocean and a desert course. The ocean course stretches more than a mile of the craggy rock outcropping coastline. It has been dubbed for having the “three finest finishing holes in all of the golf.” Meanwhile, there desert course provides you with the ocean views from all of its 18 holes. This certain course combines the beauty of a mixture of desert and ocean. The course differs in length from 4,810 to 7,100 undulating greens.
- Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club
What makes Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club unique? Well, you should keep off the grass when you are playing since you could not even see anything green to walk on. This golf course offers an 18-holes grassless course that you can enjoy playing on. It has also been voted as one of the top 10 unique courses in the world which give it a top spot on our list of the 30 extremely exotic golf courses around the world too. It is also considered as the only golf club in the world, which offers reciprocal playing rights at the home of golf, St. Andrews in Scotland. It is located 3.5km north of the town centre.
- Danang Golf Course.
Designed by Greg Norman, this golf course is built on the soil of China Beach. Fairways at the golf club are pretty generous and often involved limited use of water and OB. However, if you take on a shot, you must be careful so that you can go for pins on the bunkered and undulating greens. The fairways are lined and long needle pines clearly defines them, hence, you should be really careful not to miss your shot as you might be prompted to take your shot at the sand and pine needles just to get back to the game.
- Elea Golf Club
The golf course offers excellent golf in what the management calls “stunning setting.” It is located at the center of the Elea Estate in Cyprus, the Elea Estate Golf Club have Par 71, 18-hole courses, all of which are challenging. Designed by Sir Nick Faldo, this Mediterranean masterpiece combines natural key features and relaxes you with the Mediterranean beauty.
- Falsterbo GolfKlubb
The golf club in Sweden has been played at since 1911. Of all the gold clubs in the world, Falsterbo gives the most romantic aerial hand drawing that you can ever imagine. It has been famous, not only in Sweden but the world, because of its challenging 6-hole start. The first hole at 450 yards is the longest par four on the course. Should there be winds blowing left to right from Denmark, you will have a daunting experience as balls will bound along the right. There is also a path walk that cuts the course at mid-section. On its northern side, where the fourth, fifth and eleventh holes are located have been well known to be threatened by water due to the marshlands.
- Firestone Overseas Golf Course
The Firestone Overseas Golf Course is a 9-hole golf course that is very much available to the public. It is located just outside the Monrovia, Liberia at the Firestone Rubber Plantation. However, the course does not have real grass nor fairways that they can boast off. Instead, what make them unique are their substitutes to these two. Fairways are rough, and they call the supposed to be grass as “browns” because of its colour and components. These Browns are composed of sand, iron, oil, and ore since maintaining real grass are a bit expensive compared to having these browns.
- Himalayan Golf Course
Whenever you are in Nepal, you clearly should not miss the Himalayan Golf Course as it boasts awe-inspiring mountain sceneries plus a great game for golf with its unique and exotic golf course. The golf course has been the place for the Nepal Surya Western Open, the 2nd biggest golfing tour in Nepal, for the past 12 years. What makes it unique? Perhaps it is their 6th whole as it had been previously chosen by the world’s leading golf architects as one of the 80 unique holes in the world. It is also the only nominated hole in Asia which can compete with the road hole of St. Andrews, and the Par 3 16th of cypress point. The sixth hole is also the only island hole to have been built on a natural river.
- Kauri Cliffs at Matauri Bay
David Harman constructed the entire golf course. It covers 7,119 yards/6,510 meters. The par 72 championship golf course can challenge every skill level with its five sets of tees. There are 15 holes looking over the Pacific Ocean with six of them played alongside cliffs plunging into the sea. After it had been renovated by Reese Jones, there were notable changes such as the 5th hole which became a short drop-shot par three from its original long, uphill, forced carry par-3, as well as tees addition on the 2nd and 9th holes. There is also a renovated bunker on the fourth hole.
- La Jenny
La Jenny was developed in 1993 and has been widened since 2009. If you want to play and practice golf in a naturalist setting, then La Jenny’s golf course is definitely for you as it is probably the only place in Europe wherein you can play in such condition. There are six real holes, which are four pars 3 and two pars 4. It includes water hazard, the genuine driving range of 20 that stands including ten that are perfectly sheltered.
- Leopard Creek
Leopard Creek saw to it that lakes and small streams would be diverted to create interesting golf strategies and scenic views. There is, however, a golfing hazard that you need to consider at Leopard Creek as their waters is a home to one of the creatures you do not wish to associate yourself with… crocodiles. Aside from the crocodiles, you can also get the chance to see hippos, buffalos, antelopes and elephants. However, be assured that the golf course has been designed to protect you and the game from these animals naturally. One of the most memorable holes in Leopard’s Creek is their 505m par-5 13th hole since the green is right at the edge of the Crocodile River yet 32 meters above water level.
- La Iguana Costa Rica Golf Course
This particular golf course in Costa Rica boasts of par-72 and is designed by Ted Robinson. It has 18-holes in total and is located along an exotic rainforest that gives you a great view of the ocean. There are also golf guides available that will guide you along the way and lead you to the highlights of their thrilling course. The La Iguana Costa Rica Golf Course assures you that you will have a very worth it and challenging game that is worthy of conquering.
- Mission Hills Golf Club
A golfer’s dream at the paradise isle of Phuket; Nicklaus Design created this golf course. Considered as a championship world-class golf course with its 18-holes, it allows the golfers to play in a picturesque backdrop with white-sand filled bunkers which highly contrasts the lush green fairways and the Andaman Sea. The ocean view plus the sea breeze can be a challenging one though since the water comes in the game at seven holes. One thing that can also be a factor should be you wish to play golf is the time of the day as you might face on a strong headwind, but then again, do not worry as the gives you golf lessons should you need advice.
- Nirwana Bali Golf Club
Legendary golfer Greg Norman designed this visual masterpiece of Nirwana Bali Golf Club. It combines dramatic views of the ocean with the beautiful lush of the Balinese landscapes. You can play on its award-winning golf course while looking at the vastness and iconic scenery of the Indian Ocean. With its terraced rice paddies providing a challenging and world-class, unique experience, the Nirwana Bali Golf Club is right and best for all skill levels.
- Oitavos Dunes
Oitavos Dunes has been a family legacy. Three generations of the Champalimaud family ensured the vision of their patriarch will continue despite the latter’s death. The golf course is only an added beauty to a residential estate and great tourist attraction. Arthur Hills created this golf course and intertwined it with the beauty of nature while maintaining a sense of environmental sensitivity as he integrated a golf course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. If you are not very well-versed with golf, you can be coached at their Gold Academy. If you are a starter or you simply want to hone your skills, there is no better way to practice it at the Oitavos Dunes.
- Old Head Golf Links
This particular golf course is dubbed as one of the most remarkable development in golf history. Why? It has been said that this golf course can never be equalled in terms beauty and drama. One of the exotic features of this particular golf course is the fact that it is highly elevated located above beautiful cliffs with a 360 degrees view of the ocean. If you want to get into this golf paradise, you should follow signs that will lead you to Cork if you come from Dublin/Shannon/Killarney. Once in Cork, track R600 through Kinsale and over the bridge. You can see signs from there, and all you have to do is follow it.
- One-hole course in Panmunjom
This golf course is considered the most dangerous in the world even if it is not as large as the other golf courses included on this list. This small golf course is located in Panmunjom which is strategically (or rather, unfortunately) placed in between South and North Korea. Since both countries are at war, there is no way that you can retrieve the ball should you send it to a wrong direction. The village of Panmunjom is the demilitarisation zone between the two countries and this particular single hole course was primarily developed to give joy to the 50 stationed soldiers while they ensure the Armistice Agreement between the two sides. Just be careful, though, just one wrong move and your golf ball may land on a live mine field. Now, you do not want that, do you?
- Punta Espada Golf Course
Almost 10 years into the business (Punta Espada Golf Course opened in 2006), it is already considered as one of the world’s finest and best golf courses. It was even named as the number 1 best golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico by the GolfWeek publication. There are eight holes that you can try strategically located along and over the sea. You can certainly enjoy the very beautiful view of the Caribbean while playing on their par 72 course. Punta Espada also hosted The Cap Cana Championship between 2008-2010, which was televised internationally by the Golf Channel.
- Shadow Creek Golf Course
Built by Steve Wynn and designed by Tom Fazio, the Shadow Creek Golf Course offers 18 holes in North Las Vegas, Nevada. One reason why many considered this as an exotic golf course is probably because only limited people have seen it or went to play on it. The golf course is only open to all MGM Resorts International guests, in which they still should play the green fee of $500. The course also uniquely features waterfalls, lakes, rolling hillsides, rocky outcroppings, 200 kinds of trees, and even exotic birds.
- Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., this course is located on the west coast in the United States. It is actually a link of golf course and was themed after Treasure Island, the classic novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson. It has two different terrains which affects how the holes look and play. You need to pass through the sandy seaside dunes for the first five holes, which will challenge you to choose the safest path that you can see. The next 13 holes are as equally challenging since they are placed in areas that cut through the pines, bunkers and lakes. With this, there is no question why the Spyglass Hill Golf Course is considered as one of the hardest courses in the world. Will you try your luck?
- The Brickyard Crossing
The Brickyard Crossing was designed by Pete Dye and offers four holes in the oval. There are also another 14 holes near the back of the race track. The golf course has been voted as one of America’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses by both GolfWeek and Golf Digest. It is only one of the very few golf courses who had the privilege to host LPGA, PGA, and the Champions Tour Events. Also, the one hosted the 2009 and 2015 Indiana State Open Championship.
- The Broadmoor Resort
Originally, The Broadmoor Golf Club offered an 18-hole course made possible by Donald Ross in 1916. For Ross, himself, he considered this golf course in Colorado Springs his best work among others. In 1918, Broadmoor East opened and the golf course has considered as the highest in the US being 6,400 feet elevated. Come 1948, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was called to create another additional nine-hole. The new East Course was then opened in 1952 with the new nine holes from Jones plus another nine from Ross’ – which is now called as the “Back Nine.” After 12 years in 1964, Jones was asked to develop nine new holes plus redesigning nine from the original course – this formed the West Course. The last course at The Broadmoor is the Mountain Course, which was designed by Arnold Palmer; however, Nicklaus Design renovated it.
- The Coeur D’Alene Resort
Golf Digest described Coeur d’Alene as the America’s most beautiful resort golf course. You need to ride a mahogany boat just to reach its well-maintained fairways. Every hole in the course comes with a great view of the Lake Coeur D’Alene which made the ambiance and the entire golfing experience more exotic.
- The Legend Golf and Safari Resort
Three of the 13 most terrifying, frightening and fear-inducing holes in golf are found in The Legend Golf, and Safari Resort as said by Golf Digest. The Extreme 19th is the longest par 3 in the whole world. You have to take a helicopter for you to reach the top of Hanglip Mountain where you will take your shot, and it will approximately need 20 seconds for your golf ball to reach the South African course. The other two holes included are the August number 12 and the 17th.
- The Links at Fancourt
The Links featured Gary Player’s most iconic and best work as a golf course architect. It gives undulating and windswept terrain plus boasting off a Dune-style landscape. The Links has a distinctive design, but it did not alter much the course of nature as it is even considered as a Certified Audubon Cooperation Sanctuary.
- The Peninsula Hotel and The Thai Country Club
The Thai Country Club is managed by the Peninsula Hotel and is one of the most prestigious courses in Bangkok as it has an excellent service. The golf course has 18-holes par 72 and set at 7151 yards. The design made by Denis Griffiths varies from the easy day-to-day game to the hardest challenges used in tournaments and PGA events.
- The Port Royal Golf Club
If you want to have a golfing experience that is in combination with the Civil War history, then you can visit The Port Royal Golf Club. It is one of the best public golf courses in the world and even named as the Bermuda’s finest course. The golf club has 18 championship holes situated across a 6,842 yards that showcased the beautiful picturesque Bermuda.
- Uummannaq Greenland golf course on an ice
Tired playing golf on grass? Why don’t you try it on ice instead? Greenland offers you the chance to play golf on ice where the greens are called whites. Just brace yourself though as the temperature can fall below 50 degrees Celsius, hence, you really need to bundle up yourself from the cold.
- Verdura Golf and Spa Resort
Located in the beautiful Sicily, there is no doubt, why the Verdura Golf and Spa Resort are included on this list. You will have the view of the waves crashing on the beach sand. The golf course covered an entire 120 hectares that gives off two 18-holes as well as one 9-hole courses for you to enjoy.
- Yas Links
Located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, it is placed on the Persian Gulf. Yas Links has more than 100 bunkers that it can boast of. It is a par 72 golf course stretched over 7,394 yards.