), 1 [1] ROYAL COUNTY DOWN G.C. 63 Tokyo Golf Club (a 1939 layout back on the ranking after a two-year absence). Look for four of its plateau greens, namely those at the 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 14th, to have a large say in who wins the 2021 PGA Championship. 21 [24] CAPE WICKHAM LINKS 7,396 yards, par 72. (Down 2), The only Irish course to host The Open is perennially ranked in the world's top-15 courses, thanks to a superior 1929 H.S. Credit architects H.S. 98 Tralee in County Kerry, Ireland (1986). 68 [83] OLD HEAD OF KINSALE 6,990 yards, par 71. Dubai, United Arab Emirates They used cool-season grasses to promote bounce-and-roll on their topsy-turvy fairways. Built in the late 1940s, this design came before Jones had acquired his Oakland Hills “monster” rep. More of Stanley Thompson’s influence is seen in Jones’ early work, highlighted here by his imaginative — and enormous — punchbowl green at the 10th. Recent work includes restoration by Tom Doak. Most of the older golfers in the Hamptons tend to favor Shinnecock Hills as their country club of choice due to its rich history and the lineage of its membership. The design is mostly the work of Weiskopf, who lived on site supervising construction while Morrish recovered from a heart attack at home. Fingal, Victoria, Australia Alex Russell (1932), Tom Doak (2012) New owners took charge in 1949 and decided to remodel it, hiring Alex Russell, the Australian champion golfer who turned to course design after working with Alister Mackenzie. Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan Some of its template holes, including the Alps 3rd, the Redan 4th, the Short 6th and the Leven 17th, are arguably superior to their namesake holes in the United Kingdom that Macdonald copied. Pat Ruddy (1992, 2000-’11) While many courses cater to players of all skill levels (and rightly so! 7,159 yards, par 72. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea hosted the 2015 Presidents Cup, won by the U.S. team captained by Jay Haas over the International side headed by Nick Price. At ultra-exclusive Ellerston, he and design partner Bob Harrison adapted MacKenzie strategies and bunker stylings on a rugged landscape, resulting in the one of the strongest, most option-laden tests in the Southern Hemisphere. Robert Simpson (1888), James Braid (1925), Martin Hawtree (2011) Tom Watson called it the most fun he'd had playing golf. As the name suggestions, Phillips fashioned this as a warm-weather links, using two million cubic yards of sand dredged from an adjacent marina to and give the layout the shape and contour, then covering everything with salt-tolerant Paspalum turf. (New), Some sniff at the artificiality of a course being hewn from a swamp, yet that’s also what makes the Stadium Course stand out from the crowd. With a … 18 [23] THE CLUB AT NINE BRIDGES W. Laidlaw Purves (1887), H.S. 71 [84] NARUO G.C. Seaton, South Australia, Australia Lionel Hewson (9, 1906), Reginald Beale (9, 1927), Tom Simpson (1937), Martin Hawtree (2011), Graeme Webster (2015) Shizuoka, Japan Campbelltown, Scotland 7,091 yards, par 72. That's evident from the opening hole, which drops down a tumbling fairway framed by twisted pines to a green with Sagami Bay as its backdrop. Namhae Island, South Korea There is much to admire here, including the 606-yard, par-5 12th, which arcs around the bay and the 212-yard, par-3 15th that demands a carry over the sea. (If anything, South Cape's tiny downhill par-3 14th to a thumb in the ocean is more treacherous than the short seventh at Pebble Beach.) The beauty of Oakmont is how it doesn’t doll itself up, and yet to a purist the view from the crest of the hill on 15 is as breathtaking as any in the country. East Lothian, Scotland 50. After its opening, Norman said, "We had no need to consider forward tees, resort traffic or weaker hitters. 6,729 yards, par 70. Tiger Woods, who won the 2002 "People's Open," as that U.S. Open came to be known. A 1932 layout by English architect C.H. 82 Le Golf National’s Albatros course in France (opened in 1990 and site of the 2018 Ryder Cup). Dye and owner Herb Kohler engineered a mind-boggling cleanup, moved 3 million cubic yards of dirt, trucked in 7,000 loads of sand to create the hills and bunkers and relocated the bluffs back off the shore. Many consider Royal County Down a supreme examination of one’s game, which is why it earns such high scores. Thirteen years ago, American architect Kyle Phillips updated the layout, adding a new 12th green to extend the par 5 by 60 yards. Donald Steel altered holes and added length early in this century. Colt in the 1930s, was the Open site back in 1951, and was again in 2019. With bunkers and water hazards framed by railroad ties and tall native grasses scattered throughout, the distinctive Dye style began to take hold. (Mackenzie had routed a nine-hole East Course that was never built. The design by Kyle Phillips (who also has No. 28 Royal St. George's. 7,156 yards, par 70. T-35 [63] PUNTA ESPADA G.C. Due west of Sunningdale G.C. Woodhall Spa Golf Club - Hotchkin course. Located kitty-corner across a road from Royal Melbourne, Victoria Golf Club is the home course of stars Peter Thomson and Geoff Ogilvy. 7,279 yards, par 72. Only four days were spent moving earth for fairways and greens, Doak says. It's a toss-up as to which course is prettier. 6,975 yards, par 72. 7,202 yards, par 71. Farther down the list are veteran layouts less modified and more reflective of an earlier game of persimmon and even hickory: the delightful North Berwick (1877) at No. 38 [42] VALDERRAMA G.C. “The land is simply cascading toward Lake Taupo,” says Chris Cochran, longtime Nickaus senior designer, who assisted Nicklaus in the design, as did design coordinator Brian Pollock, who lived on the site for two years. Stanley Thompson (1929), Les Furber (1999) 89 Ba Na Hills Golf Club in Vietnam (2016). The Clyde/Squirrel combo was used for the 1913 Open when local lad Francis Ouimet stunned the big, bad Brits. (Down 53), Preeminent Canadian architect Stanley Thompson hit his professional peak at this quiet club near downtown Toronto. Des Soutar, Carnegie Clark, Alister MacKenzie (1928), Eric Apperly (1936), Greg Norman (2010), Tom Doak (2018) 96 [NR] PORTSTEWART G.C. The more the world speeds up, the more people appreciate clubs like Swinley where calm reigns supreme. Within a year, Rymill collaborated an improvement plan with other members. 70 [54] MID OCEAN CLUB 28), the Royal Cinque Ports links rolls over gentle oceanfront sand dunes with some holes playing off a single prominent ridge that runs the length of the property. That’s great architecture. The club prides itself on its firm playing surfaces and when the coastal breezes kick in, watch out. (New), The companion to Barnbougle Dunes yields a Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design that differs from its Tasmanian sibling in that its huge dunes run both parallel and perpendicular to the ocean, so holes play up and over the dunes, as well as between them. Old Tom Morris, Archie Simpson (1899), Tom Simpson (1926), Tom Mackenzie (2015) It originally opened in 1895. Colt design that maximizes its setting in the high dunes along the Irish Sea. Old Tom Morris (1891), H.S. Unlike at No. 6,592 yards, par 72. The closing five play due north and sport some of the most intense bunkering on the 18. New tees on 18 eliminate its old dogleg tee shot. (Up 4), Thanks to a 25-year-long restoration effort with meticulous attention to detail, Somerset Hills has reached the point where it joins Winged Foot and San Francisco GC as exemplars of Tillinghast's enormous talent. 5 [3] ROYAL MELBOURNE G.C. (Down 1), East of Edinburgh sits this fabled links — at least in architectural circles — thanks to its 15th hole, the much-copied Redan, a par-3 played to an elevated, diagonal green. 70 Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda. The par-3 9th (pictured) is one of the hidden gem one-shotters in the Northeast, though it may take a few rounds to figure out why. The next hole, a dogleg right, calls for a fade. Rod Whitman (2013) Partly because it was created on a site far more rugged than the duo normally tackle—land that housed a World War II Army barracks, complete with stone tunnels. One of the best is this property, where Colt teased a diverse collection of holes from the rolling landscape. In 2006, Americans Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley remodeled everything, changing parallel holes into curving fairways by adding ponds and relocating greens, while still preserving those legendary Siam undulating putting surfaces. Kudos to Kyle Phillips as the seamless melding of flat farmland and Old World links contours is quite the design accomplishment. The highest new entry at No. Maidstone has struck the perfect balance. If you’re looking for only the best in public-access golf… 6,045 yards, par 69. 7,312 yards, par 72, No other course on the World Top 100 is so brutally honest about its intention to be a ball buster. The result is a low-profile design that beguiles. A slight flaw may be that all four par 3s play in the same northerly direction. That was the result of H.S. Each year we publish three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses, Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses, Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play, state by state.We also have Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam are among those who won Irish Opens at this low-profile but character-filled Dublin-area links. (WEST/SOUTH) Alison's 1936 design for Japan's first golf resort has long been dubbed the "Pebble Beach of Japan," but the layout is far more mountainous. On a site just across the river from sister Barnbougle Dunes (No. 7,080 yards, par 73. Ba Na is the only course on the World 100 Greatest that is lighted for night play, and given the heat and humidity in Vietnam, that’s not a bad idea. Not a links, more like a stratospheric Pebble Beach, high atop a windswept plateau some 500 feet above the sea. Bridport, Australia Mission accomplished. Its par-3 first hole is unusual, while its finish, six straight par 4s, is a terrific challenge that was, in 2011, the downfall of Adam Scott and a triumph for Ernie Els. His own sense of aesthetics complemented the rustic site’s color palette of browns, rusts and tans. H.S. 15 Sunningdale Old, mainly because Colt's greens are smaller, with subtle contours that nudge balls toward bunkers hard along the collars. The middle of the back nine has some of the finest green contours of any links. Colt, who was the club's secretary from 1901 to 1913, laid out the New Course in 1923, well after he'd established his reputation as a grand golf architect. He took full advantage of that chance, developing an exciting routing that plays from highlands of desert cacti over dry washes and down to the sea on both nines. 6,829 yards, par 72. Of the 10 courses that join our World 100 ranking, four are 21st-century designs: ► No. (Photo: Courtesy Myopia Hunt Club). T77. 6,564 yards, par 70. Luss, Scotland The result is Canada's first authentic links. Tillinghast may have crafted his most gorgeous collection of bunkers at this low-key Bay Area hideaway that avoids publicity as steadfastly as its neighbor the Olympic Club embraces it. (OLD) This par-73 layout is named for obscure architect S.V. Colt (1923), Martin Ebert (2010) A superb aerial game is needed to clear deep bunkers and reach greens perched perilously close to the Pages Creek. James Braid, C.K. 78 Royal Cinque Ports in Kent, England. But no course in America has views of giraffes, hippos and crocodiles in the wild. The design was immediately embraced, and the minimalist movement started in earnest, with this course arguably kicking off the second Golden Age. 91 [70] CABO DEL SOL (OCEAN) Mexico's first true links, fashioned by Davis Love III and his design team (which included his brother Mark Love and designer Paul Cowley) from a fantastic set of white sand dunes along the Pacific Ocean, huge portions of which are without vegetation and seem like enormous snow drifts. The previous ranking indicated on this list is the course's ranking on our previous World 100 list—when U.S. courses were included. 22 [17] CAPE KIDNAPPERS G. CSE. Mangawhai, New Zealand RELATED: What it took to turn Royal Portrush into a fully loaded Open Championship venue, 9 [49] SOUTH CAPE OWNERS CLUB (Photo: Evan Schiller), Greg Norman has never been shy about professing his admiration for Alister MacKenzie. 9 this year. Greg Norman (2002), Martin Hawtree (2014-’16) Who knew inland golf could be this exciting? Golfers may ground the club anywhere. The rest of the property has more modest topography but you are unlikely to notice that fact as the expansive greens offer such interesting targets. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images), Diamante’s free-form architecture rests gently on the land, and the absence of any hard lines let the golfer’s eye soak in the delightful contrast between the dazzling Pacific Ocean, the dunescape and the emerald playing surfaces. Still, the first hole, a stern dogleg-right around an internal out-of-bounds, is considered one of the most testing opening holes in links golf. Considered an Alister MacKenzie design, but in fact Australian golf professional Des Soutar designed the course in 1925. Kyle Phillips (2013) John Darby (2008) Chohei Miyazawa (1968), Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1997) 40 [58] PORTMARNOCK G.C. Woodhall Spa is his design legacy, an intriguing heathland/inland-links blend, an oasis of tumbling terrain amid the surrounding flat fenland of Lincolnshire. To quote Hanse, "The course enjoys a perfect sense of place and balance." For the 2014 U.S. Open, a Coore-Crenshaw restoration brought back the tawny-edged fairways and native areas last seen in the 1940s. J.B. Mackenzie (1908), Alister MacKenzie (1926), Neil Crafter, Paul Mogford (2016) 6,951 yards, par 72. Situated on the side of a hill, the course is guaranteed to catch any wind that is about. The famous par-4 11th, where Bobby Jones clinched the 1930 Grand Slam, is slashed by a creek, while the par-4 16th demands a shot over an abandoned stone quarry. 82. The Old Guard isn’t just well-established, it’s entrenched. 7,199 yards, par 72. Thompson's typical sprawling bunkers are everywhere, some staggered diagonally across lines of play, others on the margins of a hole, poking out from beneath tree lines. 81 is Ardfin, located on the Isle of Jura in Scotland, which was designed by … Shanghai, China But it’s good to have some new blood too, right? Twenty-three of the 100 Greatest courses outside the United States for 2020-’21 were founded in the 19th century, including Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down, No. Alison introduced to Hirono in the early 1930s, so similar traps built on any course since are known as “Alisons.” Originally, the course bore a sandy, scrubby appearance, but heavy tree planting changed Hirono's character over the years. But there’s a youth movement at every corner of our latest ranking. St. Andrews Beach is perhaps the most minimalist of any Doak design. The greatest meeting of land and sea is clearly up for debate. Call it Canada's Portmarnock, though Ireland has no match for Cabot's postcard par-4 11th, a dogleg-left around a tidal yacht basin. “The MacKenzie bunkering is phenomenal. Hard to find better playing angles. When Jack Nicklaus first saw this Baja Peninsula site, what can best be described as Scottsdale-meets-the-Sea of Cortez, his thought was: "This is my chance to design a Pebble Beach." Its fairways are flat, its vistas bleak. Which courses would you've liked to see? A succession of post-war architects has slowly re-established the integrity of the design, most recently Greg Norman. So, arguably, it’s links-like, although manmade and far from an ocean. 7,192 yards, par 72. Click the star icon to create and share a list of Top 100 Courses you’ve played! Yorkshire, England 6,928 yards, par 70. (Down 6), Tucked away in a nearly impossible-to-find forested location 40 miles north of Paris is a low-key heathland design that is utterly charming and utterly private. You haven’t favorited any courses yet. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf and Tom Watson are among the Americans who have won at Troon, yet the most memorable shot was struck by a non-winner, 71-year-old Gene Sarazen, who aced the 123-yard “Postage Stamp” 8th during the 1973 Open — with a 5-iron! His birdie on 17 in the final round was the margin of victory. (Down 4), This 14-time British Open host dates to 1887. Built by American designer Tom Doak from what had been a pine-covered Sahara along the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, it's far more links-like than the country's other coastal courses, most of which are on rock. The routing wanders the rugged high desert plateau on the outward nine, toward the Sea of Cortez, hopscotching a dramatic canyon on the par-3 eighth. Ireland 10 [10] TRUMP TURNBERRY (AILSA) One would not be surprised to see a giraffe lope by one of the squat, umbrella-like moonah trees that are scattered along hillsides. The course’s most famous hole is also its most feared, the 650-yard, par-5 15th which falls away on both sides of the fairway and which sports a horizon green perched precariously on a bluff overlooking the sea. Bernard Darwin famously said golfers playing Ganton suffer either sandy or prickly disaster. 50 [81] ANYANG C.C. Together, they took bunker configuration and angled greens to new heights in the 1920s. Valderrama contains one of the more controversial holes in golf: the par-5 17th guarded by water in front, which European captain Seve Ballesteros toughened for that Ryder Cup. What helped Myopia jump up the list was recent restoration work whereby trees came down, and fairways were expanded/reconnected to Herbert Leeds’s fabulous pit bunkers. While some argue that the closing stretch is too flat to inspire affection, it is undeniably tough, earning Troon its long-held accolades. Tom Doak, Mike Clayton (2004) MacKenzie made a brief visit the following year and suggested the bunkering, which was constructed by greenkeeper Mick Morcom before he built Royal Melbourne's two courses. 6,855 yards, par 71. Both have the same owner, but this one Dale alone designed. 13 H.S. There are a pair of reachable par 4s, the ninth and the 14th, the latter a favorite of Weiskopf's. Melbourne, Australia Greg Norman (2001) Its two nines are quite diverse, the first being on more open land while the second jumps into the woods where Tillinghast incorporated natural water features to perfection. next door.) Designer Ron Fream, a globe-trotting American, routed as many holes as he could along the water's edge, resulting in the now-famed "Dragon's Tail," a loop of holes, four through six, with island fairways around a tidal basin. 48 Yas Links on our list, and has remodeling credit at No. Probably not, given its last one was in 1908. In 2017, the CJ became a U.S. PGA Tour event and was played at—you guessed it—the other Nine Bridges. 8 [7] ROYAL PORTRUSH G.C. Panelists aren’t examining birth certificates or sell-by dates. Old Head Golf Links. 7,100 yards, par 71. James Watt (1930), Alex Russell (1952) The putting surfaces are tightly bunkered and full of hidden undulations. Augusta National, Augusta, Ga., (Cobb & Roberts/1958) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 17 Ballybunion. Troon dates from 1878, was given its Royal title 100 years later. (Down 1), Accessible by ferry or air, this exclusive retreat off the Connecticut coast is populated by the oldest of the Old Money crowd, many of whom still enjoy hoofing it. 16 Barnbougle Dunes, No. His placement of the green sites — some on knobs or plateaus, some at ground level and the magnificent 10th green at the hole’s low point beyond a hillock define the challenge. A.W. Alison's superb bunkering and strategies mix with undulating terrain that make it worth the three-hour trip from Tokyo. Norman routed along natural seams between tall hills, simply mowing out most fairways and greens, and scratching a few notches into the sides of dunes to create sand bunkers. This was C.B. Alison (1930), Harry C. Crane (1948) There's internal out-of-bounds all over the lot. LINKS Magazine is the ultimate resource for The Best of Golf — golf travel, course architecture, real estate, and more #links #bestofgolf After reaching the far point on the par-5 ninth, the course turns for home over similar terrain, via two more outstanding par 3s, the 11th and 14th. 39 [25] NORTH BERWICK G.C. One writer has suggested Walton Heath ranks with Pine Valley as the best neophyte design in golf. 90 [NR] AYODHYA LINKS G.C. (New), One of Pete Dye's early masterworks, this rural retreat in suburban Columbus is where Jack Nicklaus first learned about design, as an unpaid consultant. Jack Nicklaus (2009) Nine Bridges has revetted bunkers; Haesley has big, bold flashed-sand ones. 7,626 yards, par 72. David Harman (2000) (EAST) Cargie Rymill, C.L. Colt's "bold hazards, well designed" at St. George's Hill. Echoed five-time Open champion Tom Watson, “It is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere.” Greenkeeper John Bambury embarked several years ago to convert the poa greens to fine fescue and to re-establish the running game. Others might relish the shelf green at the 9th that poses similar intriguing questions as the 12th at the Old Course. World's Best New Golf Course 2019 Nominees Chee Chan Golf Resort (Thailand) FLC Quang Binh Golf Links (Vietnam) Golf De Saïdia, Teelal (Morocco) 7,414 yards, par 72. Its age and general design pose as a wonder when it comes to golf courses as a whole. Some even trumpet it as Tilly’s finest design for regular play. The game’s best front nine includes the 217-yard, par-3 4th and the blind par-4 9th with its views of the Irish Sea, the Mountains of Mourne and the red-brick steeple of the Slieve Donard Hotel. After Donald Trump purchased the course, Martin Ebert of the firm of Mackenzie & Ebert made notable changes, creating new par 3s at Nos. Both intended for Augusta National to reflect the spirit and strategic options of the Old Course at St. Andrews, the course that they admired most. Its outstanding cluster of gently rolling par-4s, notably the 6th and the 11th, provided a terrific canvas for amateurs such as Justin Rose and Jason Gore in the 1997 Walker Cup. It has wide corridors flanked by jungle gunch, big intricate greens and eye-catching ragged-edge bunkering, yet Shanqin Bay is perhaps the most controversial design the highly regarded firm of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has ever built. Alison (1936) In short, Merion has everything, including newly installed sub-air and irrigation systems that lend more control over the firmness and speed of the playing surfaces. 6,998 yards, par 71. 7,288 yards, par 72. Hard against the Atlantic, which can be harsh, Doonbeg suffered storm damage about the same time as then-game-show-host Donald Trump bought the resort and rebranded it in his name. 6,557 yards, par 73. It took until 1910 to implement his revisions, which included 90 bunkers, many of which were criticized by Alister MacKenzie when he inspected the course in 1926. Other holes have humpbacked fairway and greens tucked beneath huge rock outcroppings. Scramblers best test their games elsewhere. That doesn't matter. H.S. Ocean views stun the senses, along with bluff-top sand dunes sprinkled with Scotch broom and gorse bushes, coastal pines, crashing surf, wind-whipped tall native grasses and stacked sod bunkers. ► No. (CHAMPIONSHIP) Da Nang, Vietnam Guyancourt, France 4 Royal Dornoch (1892) and No. (Up 5), The first great American public oceanside course, Pebble benefits from an ingenious routing that brings the player right to the ocean's edge, then away into the woods, then back again. Kyle Phillips, Mark Parsinen (1999) (Up 2), A.W. South Cape’s rise was dramatic, but it wasn’t the biggest move on this year’s list. Fescue fairways help the ground-game options flourish. 6,938 yards, par 71. Thomas’s famous quote — "Strategy is the soul of the game" — manifests itself at Riv. A fascinating H.S. Which makes its maze of bunkers and subtle greens all the more testing. To complete the new look, Ebert replaced revetted bunkers with ragged-edged ones. Singapore 7,578 yards, par 73. Created by Gary Player and then-associate Phil Jacobs from a dead flat airfield, over 760,000 cubic yards of earth were churned and piled to create the first faux links in South Africa. Great attention has been paid to the mow lines, with short tight fairway grass on the high side of the entrance to all the greens. 6,888 yards, par 72. But they couldn’t blame the Albatros Course, a Florida-style design of the late Robert von Hagge, who delighted in sculpting courses with massive humps and bumps that cast shadows at high noon and carving out water hazards at every turn. Cape Kidnappers was also the International winner of a 2012 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, co-sponsored by Golf Digest. He also remodeled two of the top 100 courses, No. Hunter Valley, Australia 43 [37] KAURI CLIFFS Which comes as no surprise as it also tops the list of the most exclusive golf courses in the UK. The sea is on the left on holes five through eight, on the right on holes 15 through 17. A superb set of par-5s is but one of the highlights. Every bunker is at least knee deep, encircled with stacked-sod faces. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Modern architecture did itself no favors by pursuing holes that constantly scream at the golfer, because at some point the golfer goes tone deaf. Colt and S.V. Opens? 14 [8] SHANQIN BAY G.C. Architects either favor the Old Course's blind shots or detest them, either embrace St. Andrews' enormous greens or consider them a waste of turf. (Photo: Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour), From London’s heathland to the cliffs of Northern Ireland to sandy sites in the Netherlands, Colt enjoyed many fine sites in Europe over his extended career. For decades, the land was smothered underneath a canopy of trees but Keith Foster and then Gil Hanse have opened up the property for all to admire. Alison did design a course for Tokyo in 1932, but its land was requisitioned by the Imperial Army in the lead-up to WWII. Lakes, creeks and wooded slopes not only contribute to the beauty and variety, but are seamlessly integrated into the design. 7,857 yards, par 72. North Berwick must be played with good humor. 88 Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg in Ireland (2002). Colt (1911), Frank Pont (2012) His crisp bunkering, with vertical edges, a foot or taller, chew into fairways and putting surfaces. Architect Guy Campbell reclaimed the course in 1946, using a bulldozer to create new holes. Thirty ranked courses were built in the 21st century, including two in the top 10 and seven of the top 20. (Photo: Joann Dost), This seaside classic is worth the journey. W.C. Pickeman, George Ross, Mungo Park (1895), Martin Hawtree (2000-’04) No other links in the world sports cactus. 11) and Cabot Links (T-35) is the 80-year-old Highlands Links in Cape Breton, a sterling Stanley Thompson design routed to give golfers the full coastal experience, from ocean beach to river's side and deep forest. 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