Ready to play the golf game of a lifetime? We’ve tracked down the 10 priciest rounds of golf that should be on your must-play list.
1. Shadow Creek Golf Course – NV, U.S.
The most exclusive golf course by far is the Shadow Creek Golf Course. Don’t plan on just showing up with your clubs; You can play by invite-only. Those who do get lucky enough to get an invite, and, are willing to pay $500 dollars for one round of golf, will be driven by limousine to this lush course tucked away in the Nevada desert. Remarkably, over 20,000 trees surround the meandering course featuring mountain views, crystal blue waterways, and over 200 varieties of trees.
2. Pebble Beach Golf Links – CA, U.S.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is famous for its plentiful photo-ops. It is such a beautiful course with magnificent views. For instance, the Cliffs of Doom, the infamous cliff side snapshot into the Pacific Ocean. One round comes in at $475, making Pebble Beach Golf Links the second priciest golf game in the world. Justin Timberlake, Kenny G, and Aaron Rogers are just a few celebs who play here.
3. Old Head Golf Links – County Cork, Ireland
Located on the South West Coast of Ireland is the unique Old Head Golf Links. It juts out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is, perhaps, one of the finest ways to take in Ireland’s rugged landscape. The course features cliff side views, green pastures, and hundreds of species of flora and fauna – it’s worth every penny of the $400 dollars to play.
4. The Pinehurst Course No. 2 – NC, U.S.
Pinehurst, North Carolina is our next priciest golf-lover’s destination. Here, the Pinehurst Course No. 2 will set you back $375 a round. But hey, that’s a fair price considering the course has hosted more golf championships than any course in the U.S.! One thing’s for sure, you’ll need to bring your a-game; the course designer, Donald Ross, said it was “the fairest test of championship golf” he had ever designed.
5. TPC Sawgrass – FL, U.S.
Located between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, in Ponte Vedra Beach, the TPC Sawgrass is the place to put your golf skills to the test while taking in some Florida sunshine. The course features wall-to-wall immaculately-manicured green Bermuda and picturesque tropical plants. For $350 a round, you can play at the TPC Sawgrass, ranked #41 by Golf Digest in their 2011-2012 edition of 100 Greatest Golf courses.
6. The Ocean Course – SC, U.S.
Want to feel the ocean breeze and have it blow your ball around as you play? Well, the Ocean Course was created for just that! It’s the ultimate challenge for a master golfer. One round runs around $320 – Not bad considering every hole has views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the world’s best golfers have played here in tournaments like the Ryder Cup, World’s Cup, UBS Cup, and PGA Championship.
7. The Spyglass Hill Golf Course – CA, U.S.
The Spyglass Hill Golf Course is among the highest-rated and priciest places to play golf. The beautiful 18-hole course is surrounded by the naturally beautiful Del Monte Forest, glassy ponds, and ocean side views which make it totally worth $315 dollars a game. The course was ranked #11 in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.
8. Kingsbarns Golf Links – St. Andrews, Scotland
If you’re travelling to Scotland, you will not want to miss out on the Kingsbarns Golf Links. Located in the village of Kingsbarns on Scotland’s east coast, it’s about a 20-minute drive from St. Andrews. The course boasts high ratings in numerous publications, including #17 in Golf Monthly’s 2017 – 2018 edition of “Top 100 Courses of UK and Ireland” and #1 in Scottish Golf Tourism Award’s 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions of “Scotland’s Best Golf Experience”.
9. Whistling Straits – WI, U.S.
Whistling Straits features not one but two stunning courses, The Straits and The Irish. Each are distinct but each landscape shares an Irish feel. The Straits is a 2-mile long course that runs along Lake Michigan’s shoreline with open and rugged grassland and dune bunkers. The Irish is equally tranquil with four streams that really sets it apart. Whistling Straits also happens to offer one of the priciest golf games in the world at $300.
10. The Barton Creek Foothill and Canyon Golf Club – TX, U.S.
Another golf course that is among the priciest in the world is the Barton Creek Foothill and Canyon Golf Club, and, yet again, it is found in the U.S. It’s a hot destination for golfers for its challenging course and spectacular scenery. You’ll find waterfalls, limestone caves, and lush green fairways with cliff side views here. One round will set you back just under $300.