With Spring just around the corner, many golfers will be making plans for their return to the course. Some will be looking to try different local courses, while others might even be planning to pack their golf bags and try different courses around the world. With this in mind, we’ve selected 15 of the world’s most popular courses and analysed their Instagram hashtags in order to rank them by Instagram popularity. We recorded the number of times each golf course was hashtagged on the social media platform and ranked them from most to least mentioned. Below are the final results:
|Golf Course||Location||Cheapest Summer Green Fee Price||No. of Hashtags|
|Old Course St. Andrews||Scotland||£195||42,159|
|Cape Kidnappers||New Zealand||£181||11,305|
|Pebble Beach||California (USA)||£421||8,546|
|Bandon Dunes||Oregon (USA)||£264||5,609|
|Augusta National||Georgia (USA)||-no green fees; members only-||4,427|
|Oakmont Country Club||Pennsylvania (USA)||-no green fees; members only-||4,271|
|Royal County Down||N. Ireland||£200||3,963|
|Barnbougle Lost Farms||Australia||£59||1,205|
|Castle Stuart Golf Links||Scotland||£225||915|
|Trump International Golf Links Scotland||Scotland||£150||637|
The Old Course at St. Andrews is the oldest golf course in the world. It’s no surprise that this course, known to most golfers as ‘The Home of Golf’, is the most Instagrammed location on our list with just over 42,000 hashtagged posts. If you decide to try your golf clubs on this course, the green fee price won’t break the bank either as St. Andrews comes in sixth for cheapest summer green price.
Another Scottish golf course, Muirfield, comes in second with over 13,000 tagged Instagram posts. Muirfield opened in 1744 and is one of the courses used in rotation for The Open Championship.
Cape Kidnappers is the only golf course located in New Zealand on our list. It does place in a respectable third though with more than 11,000 tagged Instagram posts. Also one of the most modern courses on the list, it was designed by famous golf architect Tom Doak and was opened to the public in 2004. With the spectacular ocean vistas on offer, it’s no surprise that Cape Kidnappers is one of the most Instagrammed golf courses in the world.
Two courses located in the U.S.A. complete the top 5. Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes are separated by about 3,000 hashtags in our ranking. However, the price differential for a summer green fee is quite significant: it’ll cost you £157 more to golf at Pebble Beach than Brandon Dunes. The courses offer similar vistas since they’re both located right beside beaches; golfers on a tighter budget can be opt for the cheaper option in Brandon Dunes.
There’s your next vacation sorted!
Pick out your best golf clothing and plan a trip to one of these beautiful courses if you have the means to do so! After all, there’s definitely a reason these are the most hashtagged courses on Instagram. From classic courses, such as Old Course at St. Andrews, to more modern ones, such as Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand, there’s something for every golfer on this list. Put your golf gloves on and get ready to hit a few balls on one of these beautiful courses!