Six of the world's best golf courses

Golf courses are among the most spectacular man-made landscapes in the world, but you’ll never get two golfers to agree on which is the best.

Just as most golfers have a favourite golf course on which they play, they also have a bucket list of courses they’d love to experience.

Just don’t get into a discussion about which courses they think are the best, as you’ll be debating for hours. Here are six of the world’s top golf courses featured in Golf Digest.

1. Royal County Down – Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland
With Dundrum Bay to the east, the Mountains of Mourne to the south and gorse-covered dunes in golden bloom, this course offers a spectacular view to both golfers and the passing public.

2. Pine Valley – New Jersey, USA
Pine Valley blends all three schools of golf design — penal, heroic and strategic — throughout the course, often on a single hole.

3. Cypress Point Club – Pebble Beach, California, USA
This masterpiece is woven through cypress, sand dunes and jagged coastline and still retains its original length, not compromising to accommodate modern technology.

4. Royal Dornoch Golf Club – Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland
Tucked in an arc of dunes along the North Sea shoreline, Dornoch’s greens sit mostly on plateaus and don’t really favour bounce-and-run golf.

5. Royal Melbourne – Victoria, Australia
The fairways fit snugly into the contours of the rolling sandbelt land, while the greens are miniature versions of the surrounding topography.

6. Cape Kidnappers – Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Set high atop a windswept plateau some 150m above the sea, this lay-of-the-land design has holes positioned out and back along a series of ridges perpendicular with the coastline, most framed by deep canyons.