Who doesn’t love a relaxing game of golf? You can go at your own pace, there’s a lot of lovely greenery with beautiful views, plus you can take out your daily frustrations by giving the golf ball a good hit with a club. Then afterwards you could wind down and relax in a luxury spa and it’s quite easy to find these Golf and Spa Breaks. In particular, if you are looking to get away for a few days then searching for Hotels in Cheshire is easy thanks to Cardenpark.
Let’s have a look at some of the world’s best golf courses. There are many to choose from, however these three in particular seem to have something extra special. In no particular order, here are 5 top picks from around the world.
Pebble Beach, California: Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble beach is a golf course open to the public, situated in California. It is a well-known golf course in the United States, having been voted one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. With a clear view of rocky shores and California beaches that make up part of the pacific coast.
It was designed by Jack Neville, Douglas Grant and opened on February 22, 1919. LaterJack Nicklaus redesigned some of the holes, in particular the 5th hole. The course is 17 miles long and spans over 4000 square feet. So definitely enough room to practice your swing!
Although it’s not exactly cheap, it was rated one of the most expensive golf clubs in the world costing $530 OR £361 for one round of golf!
The PGA Tour and Champions Tour play annual events at Pebble Beach. Pebble beach has also hosted six men’s major championships and five U.S. Open including other tournaments. The course is included in many golf video games, such as the Links series and the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series.
St. Andrews (Old Course) St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
People have been able to play golf here since the 15th century. Located on Scotland’s east coast, it offers a driving range to suit all levels of players. Ranging from some of the most difficult, to a practice range for beginners.
Whilst the course is open to the public, it is very popular and in high demand and therefore it’s vital you book a session, you may be disappointed to find that the facility is full.The course even accommodates children, with a 9 holed round which is perfect for them.
One of the most famous golfers of all time, Bobby Jones, enjoyed playing at St Andrews. He first played there in 1921, in the open championships. Although his first time there was not great and he ended up leaving mid game due to frustrations. He returned 6 years later in 1927 and went on to win the open championship that year.
The old course has a variety of unique features, one of which is the addition of large double greens. 7 of which share 2 holes each. With only the 1st, 9th, 17th and 18th holes having their own greens.
Another unique feature is the Swilcan Bridge, spanning the first and 18th holes and is over 700 years old.
The Old Course is also home of The Road Hole, which is one of the world’s most famous golf holes. It has a lot of distinguishing features such as:
Players using the back tees cannot see where their shots land; because they must take aim over a corner of The Old Course Hotel. Other than rough the primary hazard in front of the green is a sand trap known as the “Road Hole Bunker.” Other hazards include a tarmac roadway and an old stone wall.
Pine Valley Golf Club Clementon, New Jersey
The final Course on the list is known as Pine Valley. Although this one is not really open to the public. Located in New Jersey, it was ranked the number one course in Golf Magazine’s 100 Top Courses in the U.S. and the World in 2012.
It was founded in 1913 bya group of amateur golfers from Philadelphia. Designing and building it was a monumental task as marshlands had to be drained and 22,000 tree stumps had to be pulled with special steam-winches and horse-drawn cables. This was compared to how most other courses at the time were being built, with minimal earth being moved. The amount of effort into making this course might also be why it is rated so highly.Pine Valley is a private club. Consisting of Male-only memberships, by invitation from the board of directors only.There are about 930 members spread throughout the world, with only the club itself knowing who they are.
The only way a non-member can get in is to be invited and accompanied by a member. Although it’s a men only club, Women are allowed to play the course on Sunday afternoons but they cannot apply for membership.
So if you ever want to visit any of these gold courses, maybe it might be a good idea to get some practice in first by visiting Hotels in Cheshire and booking your Golf and Spa Breaks!
Grecia is the author of tournavationmke.com. She loves to travel around the world and share her experience and knowledge about the travel industry, features about travel trends. Prior to travel writing, Grecia covered Internet and Technology articles and contributing for many other web blogs.