The 30 Toughest Golf Courses in the World

We’ve taken a look around the globe and picked out some of the most difficult golf courses that have brought even the best players in the world to their knees.

We’ve ranked these courses in terms of their difficulty, using the USGA’s ratings from the farthest tees offered to non-professionals as a baseline. You’ll want to invest in some lessons before dragging your golf clubs to these spots.

Champion Course At PGA National Golf Club

You’d have to expect a real challenge from the top course at PGA National Golf Club — and you’ll be in for one if you ever play the Champion Course.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

While nearby Pebble Beach Golf Links is the more famous of the pair, Spyglass Hill Golf Course is arguably the toughest of these two West Coast classics.

The Stadium Course At PGA West

The aforementioned Pete Dye didn’t earn his nickname, “The Marquis de Sod,” for nothing. Another of his notorious courses, this one part of the six PGA West venues in La Quinta, has a USGA slope rating of 148 from the black tees.

Lake Course At The Olympic Club

With more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, your legs will be as tired as your mind after you’re done wrestling with The Olympic Club’s Lake Course.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

This legendary New York venue has been punishing players since the late 19th century and has been called one of the 20 toughest courses in the United States by Golf Digest in the past decade.

Butler National Golf Club

At the 1975 Western Open, Lee Trevino got struck by lightning while playing Butler National and that seems to be an apt metaphor for the venue’s dangers.

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