12 Golf Courses to Play Before You Die

My number one goal in life – after a healthy and happy family – is to play these 12 golf courses! These courses are a mix of prestigious courses and unforgettable locations. Anyone lucky enough to play even one of these courses should count their blessings!

These courses are all over the world and might contain some surprising selections!

    The Old Course – St. Andrews Scotland

A pilgrimage to the home of golf is at the top of any self respecting golfers bucket list. Getting a tee time isn’t easy but it would be worth the hassle. Ideally, you could extend your visit to Scotland and include plenty of scotch tasting and golf the other magnificent courses.

    Augusta National – Augusta, Georgia

A round at Augusta National would require some finesse or connections but surely it would be worth the legwork. The home of the Masters is truly an American masterpiece. A round here would be the focal point of an epic golfing tour of Georgia or the Carolinas.

  • Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California

The number one public golf course in America can seem expensive but the unmatched setting of coastal Northern California make this course worth any price. Combine this trip with a round at San Francisco’s venerable public courses for an amazing West Coast swing. Don’t forget to indulge in some wine tasting

  • Sunningdale – Berkshire, England

This quintessential English course is a short hour drive from London in the picturesque English countryside. A golf tour of England would be woefully incomplete without a round at the Old Course in Sunningdale. Pack for all weather and prepare for some pints at the pub during an English golf adventure.

  • Old Head – Kinsale, Ireland

The rugged coast of Ireland hosts a number of spectacular courses. The best in class is Kinsale’s Old Head. The course is highlighted by a landmark Lighthouse and tremendous winds. Pack a wind breaker and let’s go!

  • Cabot Links – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Just a quick flight from New York or Boston this Canadian gem will have you believing you are playing a coastal Scottish course. Put this links course on your list and make a point to get it done soon before it starts to get too popular!

    TPC – Scottsdale, Arizona

Escape the winter blues and head southwest to the home of the fratty Waste Management Open. Don’t let the rambunctious tourney atmosphere scare you – this is an amazing course and a great place to kickstart your season.

    Ocean Course – Kiswahili, South Carolina

The Ocean Course at Kiawah is the best course in the Southeast outside of Augusta! Spend a week eating and golfing around Charleston in early autumn!

  • Mid Ocean Club – Tucker’s Town, Bermuda

Picture yourself teeing off while enjoying a nice breeze off the Atlantic at this Bermudan gem. A quick flight from the US but a world away the Mid Ocean Club has a luxurious yet relaxed feel. The challenging course has been played by a number of US Presidents so be sure to book a tee time well in advance!

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    Fontainebleau Golf Club – Fontainebleau, France

Just a quick hour drive south of Paris sits a quintessential European track. While most Americans don’t think of France as a golf destination there are a number of excellent courses. Treat your wife to a trip to Paris while treating yourself to some unforgettable golf!

    The Olympic Club- San Francisco, California

The esteemed San Francisco club offers 45 incredible holes with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. A round or two at this picturesque club would pair nicely with a West Coast wine and golf trip!

    Bandon Dunes – Bandon, Oregon

The 5 links courses in Bandon make for an amazing golf vacation. I am dying to make the trip to southern Oregon for some unforgettable golf.