The 20 Most Popular Public Golf Courses

The best part of golf is enjoying the open field and fresh air with friends and with people you care about. Unfortunately, with so many prestigious golf clubs being private and membership only, that is not a possibility.

Still, if you try hard enough, you can find amazing public golf courses all over the world to play on with your friends. This post is a compilation of 20 of the very best public golf courses in the world. Although not all of the courses below are “open to the public,” there are ways to get on them without having to pay an annual due. Some of the courses on this list have a straight daily fee structure, while others require you to purchase a golf package (or overnight stay package) to play.

Pinehurst (No. 2), USA

With legendary inverted saucer greens, rolling fairways through tall pines, and native areas brought back by the restoration, Pinehurst No. 2 is a golf course that will make you use every single one of your golf clubs in the bag.

Pebble Beach, USA

As one of the original oceanside courses in America, Pebble Beach does more than live up to its famed name. The course stretches along the ocean’s edge, then brings players up much higher, before delivering two final dramatic holes near the cliffs. Whatever expectations you have about Pebble Beach, it’s sure to deliver on them and then some when you first visit.

Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand

Laid out close to the ocean, Kauri Cliffs offers golfers a cliff-top golfing experience that plays both to the physical senses and to the emotions. The stunning sea views and enormous land gives golfers the feel of a nice resort course, but the tall long grass threatens to capture stray balls and keep them forever.

Mission Hills (World Cup), China

Designed by Jack Nicklaus and ushering in a new era of golf in China, the World Cup course at Mission Hills was named one of the most influential golf courses in the world in 2008. The course is extremely long at almost 7300 yards and over a flat terrain which affords players views from tee to green. Don’t let it’s lack of altitude fool you though. Mission Hills is a course that rewards good shots, but punishes bad shots severely.

Bethpage (Black), USA

With a sign at the first tee that reads “only for highly skilled golfers,” Bethpage Black is one of the hardest courses in the world, teeing up a championship course experience that’s tough to beat. Arguably the best golfer of our time, Tiger Woods was the only one able to break par over 72 holes at this rugged track in the 2002 U.S. Open.

Swipe Up to learn more!

Swipe Up to learn more!