The Best Countries to Play Golf Around the World

Adventurous golfers often travel far and wide when exploring golf courses, that’s because some of the best countries to play golf are spread right around the globe. Scoring a par can be even more enjoyable when the backdrop is one of rolling hills, blue skies and accented by glorious summer rays with very little wind.

With that in mind, as well as the upcoming holiday season ready to grace us all with its presence, it seems an appropriate time to get online and book that dream golfing holiday that you’ve always dreamed of.

Now the scene is set, enjoy this list of the greatest locations to enjoy a round of golf around the world.

Our roundup of the best countries to play golf around the world

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Topping our list of the best countries to play golf is Scotland. Which comes as no surprise as it also tops the list of the most exclusive golf courses in the UK. Often described as the home of golf and looked up to as an iconic location to play the sport, Scotland tops the list with locations such as St. Andrews, Muirfield and Eden course. Boasting tranquil, historic 18-hole courses, Scotland offers some of the best courses to make use of your brand new driver.


Staying in Europe, Italy is second on our top countries to play golf list. Boasting over 200 golf courses nationwide, there’s no better place to play continuous games of golf, whilst uncovering the historic and beautiful landscape of the southern European country. Some of the best Italian golf courses include, Villa d’Este, Biella and Roma Acquasanta.

Fun fact – An 18-hole game of golf for a group of four people takes on average 4 hours and 11 seconds, now that multiplied by Italy’s estimated 250 golf courses, would take an estimated 1000 hours and 45 minutes, that’s 41 (or so) solid days of driving and putting to work through – our recommendation is if you never want to stop golfing, visit Italy. Although, you might need to repair your golf clubs if you do after all that putting!

New Zealand

This time we’re hopping on a plane for about 24 hours to reach number 3 in our best countries to play golf list. We have arrived in the elegant, breath-taking country of New Zealand and, in particular, Kauri Cliffs in the bay Islands. The 18-hole course offers 18 different views of the Pacific Ocean and the natural beauty that surrounds it. Other popular golf courses on the Island include, Tara Iti, Kinloch Club and Jack’s Point.

New York

One of the best countries to play golf in the world is, of course, the United Stated of America. What would a list of the best places around the world to play golf be without a location in the homeland of Tiger Woods. Although not in Woods’ home town, number four on the list is Westchester Country Club, situated in New York. Voted by 2017 Masters Tournament champion and Spanish national, Sergio García as the best golf course to play an 18-hole game on. Sealed with the approval of an international champion, this is easily one of the greatest courses to practice your swing on.


Staying in the States, this time moving south, to Florida, this location boasts an enormous amount of public golf clubs, for everyone to enjoy. Accentuated by constant beaming rays, the sunshine state offers not only world renowned 18-hole courses, but also has the above mentioned, bonus of perfect weather conditions, which is great news for getting your golf balls to do what you want. Some of the best courses on offer include, Streamsong Resort Red, Worlds Woods G.C. and PGA National Resort and Spa.


Finally, on our list is the North American, volcanic Island of Hawaii. For obvious reasons this breath-taking location made the list. It’s got natural beauty in abundance and provides incredible weather to top off a weekend of nonstop golfing on a luxurious course. Some of the most popular locations include, Nanea, Makai and Hualalai Golf Course.

That concludes our list of the greatest places to enjoy a round, or two, of golf. So go and pack up all your best golfing equipment ready for your next golfing adventure.

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