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The 10 Prettiest Golf Courses I Know

A colleague of mine was once asked «what is it like to be a golf writer?»

«It is better than having to work,» he replied.

Whether or not he had a point, shall be unsaid. However, there are certain things that go with the profession that I have no problem admitting is advantageous for those of us that are golf nuts.

One is that you get to see a lot of golf courses. Not all of them with your own eyes, though, but seen through the lens of some top photographer.

Underneath I have put together a collection of the 10 prettiest golf courses I have laid eyes on. Some of them I’ve played, some I’ve seen for real and also walked without my golf sticks and some I only know from the images that have been forwarded to me.


1: Castle Stuart Golf Links

Just outside Nairn in the Highlands. The new home of the Scottish Open and one of the prettiest courses on the prettiest site there is for golf.

2: Modry Las Golf Club

Gary Players first design in Poland. And what a stunning beauty it is! Here, the par 5 second hole.

3: Humewood Golf Club

Photo: Johnny Mjell

If I had to play only one course for the rest of my life, this would be the one. The only true links in Africa and one of only 246 true links courses in the world according to the Links Association. This is the approach to the 18th.

4: Golf Son Gual

One of the newer courses on the Balearic island of Mallorca, and a stunning image of a course I’ve never been to.

5: Praia D’El Rey Golf 

Photo: The Migrant Golfer

Along the Atlantic Ocean an hour North of Lisbon, : Praia D’El Rey is one of the most scenic courses I’ve ever seen.

6: Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

The Arabian Gulf’s first beachfront golf course is in Abu Dhabi, 
United Arab Emirates. This image is the proof that a picture says more than 1000 words.

7: St Enodoc Golf Club

Photo: David CannonThis James Braid designed course on the Atlantic side of Cornwall in England must be one of the world’s most hidden golf gems.

8: Lofoten Golf Links

Photo: Kai Hartmeyer

For two months of the year you can play this true links course in sunshine 24 hours a day. The sun will never dip below the horizon, making this Norwegian entry to the Links Association’s list of true links courses a must for every golfing purist.

9. The Scandinavian, Old Course

One of Scandinavia’s best new golf courses, and also one of the prettiest as this picture of hole 10 clearly shows.

10: Kingsbarns Golf Links

We started the list in Scotland, so no better way to finish it than in Kingsbarns, about 10 minutes South of St Andrews.

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