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Great Golf Courses of the World

 

St. Andrews, Old Course, Scotland

 

Golf Entertainemnt: One of the Greatest Golf Courses in the World!

 

December 2009

 

 

The game of golf has turned into an enormously popular sport over the years, and has given rise to numerous golf courses scattered across the world. China is an effective example of the exceptional growth of the game. The first golf course was opened in China in the mid 1980’s and by 2005 there were 200 operating courses! With well over 32,000 golf courses on the planet and many more in the early stages of development, choosing the greatest golf courses in the world is nearly impossible. After doing a bit of research, though, there is some agreement as to a few of the most magnificent golf courses ever built. Some of the courses we found that were at the top of many charts are Valderrama in Spain, Muirfield Golf Course in Scotland, Cabo Del Sol in Mexico (a Jack Nicklaus design), Turnberry in Scotland, Leopard Creek in South Africa (this one runs alongside a wildlife conservation area!), and in the United States; Augusta National Golf Club, Cypress Point Club, Pine Valley Golf Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. This is of course just a scratch at the surface of the enormous amount of great golf courses. 


The first golf courses were built in Scotland, and were primarily laid out on links land, which is soil covered sand dunes directly inland from beaches. This gave rise to the term golf links, particularly applied to seaside courses and those built on naturally sandy soil inland. This brings us to one of the best and oldest golf courses known to the game of the golf, and one of the feature courses for this newsletter, St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland. St. Andrews is where the game of golf originated and can easily be called the spiritual home of golf. 

 

There are seven St. Andrews links courses, but the Old Course is by far the most well known. This old course is recognized as the most famous of links on the planet and boasts some of the biggest greens in the world. There are sand bunkers that were once a part of the natural landscape which abound on every hole. The course was not exactly designed by any one person, but evolved over the centuries, being shaped by the natural surroundings and years of play. Old Tom Morris helped to make the greens and course smoother and gave his helping hand at designing the first hole and the 18th green.

 

Old Course Swilcan Bridge

The course is rich with history.  According to golf legend, the course was played as early as the 12th Century and the Swilcan bridge on the Old Course is believed to have been built by the Romans. In 1764, the standard 18 hole round of golf was established at St. Andrews. Great golf legends throughout the ages have played on the course. There have been 27 British Open Championships held there, and the course has been one of the finest hosts for golf entertainment. The old, familiar golf course is entrancing and beautiful, with a sweeping view of the North Sea coast, and even after 600 years, remains a true test of championship golf. Though there is a waiting list to play, the Links at St. Andrews are open to the public and available for anyone who wants to experience golf at one of the most legendary golf destinations in the world.

 

 

December edition of News from J.L. Sports, LLC