We bring you a selection of the most picturesque places to practice this sport. The Ryder Cup has just finished, so what better time to show you the most impressive golf courses in the world? From spectacular views of the crystal clear waters of a turquoise sea, to ancient rock formations or huge sand dunes. These are some of the many golf courses that you can find across the planet. msn.com
Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
New Zealand is a land of majestic views and the Cape Kidnappers countryside in Hawkes Bay, North Island, is no exception. Built in 2003 in a 5,000-acre cattle station, the field extends along several portions of land that look like fingers that glide over cliffs over 180 meters high to the sea. In keeping with the rugged beauty of the terrain, architect Tom Doak has focused on landforms and bunkers as obstacles, which turn out to be as dramatic as the views.
Hamilton Island Golf Club, Queensland, Australia
Australia has no shortage of options when it comes to impressive golf courses, but it only has one that can boast being in the spectacular location of the Whitsundays Islands (about 70 islands located in the Great Barrier Reef). Located on Dent Island, a 5-minute boat ride from Hamilton Island, this 18-hole course was designed by British Open champion Peter Thompson. Players can enjoy views of the Whitsundays from each hole, as well as test themselves with escaped valleys, lakes, trees and natural stones.
Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa
Do you feel like playing a few rounds, and then having an afternoon of big game on a safari? The Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Limpopo Province of South Africa offers both. The private hunting ground is the home where lions, rhinos, hippos, buffalo, wildebeest and zebras roam freely, next to an 18-hole course, designed by 18 of the best players in the world and a beast from par 3. The '19 º Extreme 'is accessible only by helicopter, with the' tee tee 'located on the majestic Hanglip Mountain, and with the' green 'about 400 meters ahead.
Located at the tip of the Falsterbo peninsula, in Sweden (where the Oresund and the Baltic are located), this field is considered one of the few true classical courses in Continental Europe. The conservation area is also very popular among birdwatchers, who come to see migratory birds from white sand beaches. Founded in 1909 (originally there were nine holes around the lighthouse, and amounted to 18 in 1930) this club offers players a piece of golf history, as well as stunning landscapes.
Doonbeg Golf Club, Ireland
Opened in 2002, the Doonbeg field, designed by Greg Norman, west of Clare County, in Ireland, is a mile and a half from the beach and uses ancient and imposing sand dunes in its path. With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, and with one of the most beautiful opening holes in the world, its 14 'greens' and 12 'fairways' make it one of the most picturesque golf courses in Europe.
Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Hawaii
You don't have to go far to find some truly impressive fields in Hawaii. The Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, located in the picturesque southeast corner of Kauai, offers the golfer a truly special vacation. It was renovated in 2011 (the works were supervised by architect Jack Nicklaus) and it is now said to have the longest stretch of holes in the ocean in Hawaii. So you can go and enjoy the views.
Fairmont Banff Springs Course, Canada
Located within one of Canada's most beautiful national parks, and dominated by the Rocky Mountains, the Fairmont Banff Springs Course in Western Alberta, Canada, offers panoramic views that are hard to beat. Do not be surprised if the moose roam the roads (they have priority passage in the area) as well as the course of the field winding through the impressive valleys of the Bow River. Built in 1928, 9 new holes were added in 1989, resulting in the 27 that are currently.
Yas links, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Located on the western coast of Yas Island (one of the most popular entertainment destinations in Abu Dhabi), Yas Links has more than 100 bunkers established between hills and mangrove plantations. The first 'Links' (former) style golf course in the Middle East is this 18-hole course designed by Kyle Phillips to make the most of the beautiful views of the Persian Gulf. And it does not disappoint.
Carrick, Loch Lomond, Scotland
St. Andrews is normally ranked as one of the best golf courses in the world. But, of course, he is not the only one that Scotland offers us. Located on the banks of the Loch Lomond, the Carrick (designed by architect Carrick Doug) has incredible moors and the majestic backdrop of the mountain range (nine holes in the lowlands and another nine in the highlands) as well as a water hazard Awesome: the great lake.
Pebble Beach Golf Links, USA
Few golf courses are more impressive than the spectacular Pebble Beach Golf Links, located along the rugged head of Carmel Bay, in California. Ranked as the number one of the public fields in the United States by Golf Digest, it is home to five of the Open held in this country. This 72 hole course offers stunning sea views and a real sense of history.
Stone Forest International Country Club, China
This 54-hole course near the Shilin National Landscape Area, about 75 kilometers southeast of Kunming, in Yunnan Province, China, is hard to beat. It has three magnificent fields, each surrounded by incredible rock formations. Designer Brian Curley has also incorporated many prehistoric monolithic stones, turning the place into an exciting mix of open areas and difficult holes between the rocks.
The Mayakoba Chameleon, Mexico
If your idea of golf paradise is to take the first blow in front of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, look no further. Camaleón Mayakoba, a luxury resort located 40 minutes drive from Cancun, in Mexico, is your perfect place. Designed by Greg Norman, this 18-hole course is located in a tropical jungle and its paths are full of sand dunes and mangroves, as well as natural holes and crystalline lagoons as obstacles.