Teeing off on the green usually means you are already swimming in the green, if you get the meaning. However, if you feel you are still not spending enough on golf then maybe you would like to try any of these; the most expensive places to play golf in the world.
10 The Barton Creek Foothill and Canyon Golf Club – Texas, U.S.A. ($298 per person, per round)
Located in Austin, Texas, the course is dotted with cliff-lined fairways, waterfalls, limestone caves laid out by the design of golf architect Tom Fazio in 1986. However, don’t let the beauty of the course fool you, it’s designed to offer golfers no lack of challenge.
Golfweek Magazine has rated the course #4 among America’s 50 Best Resort Courses. Some of the holes have also been listed among Texas’ best of most beautiful holes.
9 Whistling Straits – Wisconsin, U.S.A. ($300 per person, per round)
Whistling Straits actually has two courses, the Straits Course and the Irish Course. The Straits Course, described as an ideal walking-only course, follows two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline; while the Irish Course is described as more challenging with its layout of grassland and dunes made to look like Irish terrain.
Both courses were designed by Pete Dye and both have been ranked among the best in the U.S. Whistling Straits has hosted events such as the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships, the Palmer Cup and the U.S. Senior Open. It is also set to host the 2020 Ryder Cup.
The name of the course takes after when the wind picks up, making the game a challenge for even the most experienced golfers in the world.
8 Kingsbarns Golf Links – St. Andrews, Scotland ($300 per person, per round)
Situated in St. Andrews, the “home of golf”. This course was designed by Kyle Phillips and yearly takes part in hosting the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
While the golf resort was just opened recently, golf has been played on the site since 1793.
The course takes pride in its caddies, assuring guests of customer satisfaction. In fact, they guarantee to reimburse the caddy fee if the caddy “fails to enhance” your golfing experiences for any reason.
Guests are also assured of Scottish hospitality from Cambo House and MacDonald Rusacks Hotel just close to the green.
7 The Spyglass Hill Golf Course – California, U.S.A. ($315 per person, per round)
First opening in 1966, Spyglass Hill takes its name from the legend that ‘Treasure Island’ author Robert Louis Stevenson once went there to gather ideas for his novel. Keeping to tradition, some of the holes in the course are named “Black Dog” and “Billy Bones” in obvious references to pirates.
6 The Ocean Course – South Carolina, U.S.A. ($320 per person, per round)
Located on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, this course was also designed by golf architect Pete Dye. It was designed to let the wind have an immediate affect on the game, making it a challenge for starting and experienced golfers. In fact, the Golfers Digest in America voted this course as the toughest in the United States in 2010.
Making it to the holes is a reward in itself, the course promises a great view of Atlantic Ocean from any hole in the course.
It has already hosted huge golfing events like the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 1997 and 2003 World Cups, the 2001 UBS Cup, the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship, 2007 Senior PGA and last year’s PGA Championship.
5 TPC Sawgrass – Florida, USA ($350 per person, per round)
This course in Jacksonville, Florida, is another design of Dye. This one is said to be a true test of anyone’s golfing skills as it is devised not to favor any particular style of play. Golf Digest has ranked its stadium course as #41 their list of 100 Greatest Golfing courses for 2011-2012 while Golfweek considered it the best course you can play in the State of Florida.
While their price may be steep they are also offering promos for June, slashing more than $170 and $135 for their weekday and weekend rates, respectively.
TPC Sawgrass usually hosts the ‘fifth major’ of each year.
4 The Pinehurst Course Number 2 – North Carolina, USA ($375 per person, per round)
While the Pinehurst golf resort in North Carolina features eight unique courses, it’s the Number 2, the Number 8 and the Number 4 courses that have been consistently ranked as among the best in the golfing world.
Designed by Donald Ross, the course has already hosted several major tournaments and is set to be the venue for the 2014 US Open.
Aside from tee time they also offer packages for those seeking more than just golf. Among these is their Donald Ross Package which offers three rounds of golf, two nights of accommodation with dinner and breakfast at $398 per person per night based on a two-night minimum stay; and their Pinehurst Golf Package which offers a round of golf, accommodations and breakfast at $297 per person per night. Rates vary with the season.
3 Old Head Golf Links – County Cork, Ireland ($400 per person, per round)
This golf course is located in the Old Head of Kinsale, a headland near Kinsale, County Cook, in the south of Ireland. Designed by John and Patrick O’Connor, this golf course promises an excellent view to go with your game of golf.
The course promises a challenging play among the rugged nature of the terrain while the clubhouse promises the best of Irish hospitality including the Lusitania Bar, a five-star restaurant and a private dining area.
The location of the course is not without controversy, local residents are incensed that the club prohibits them from the Old Head of Kinsale. Aside from the stunning view, the Old Head, a local landmark, was the closest point of land to where the RMS Lusitania sank in 1916, prompting the U.S. to enter World War 1.
2 Pebble Beach Golf Links – California, U.S.A. ($475 per person, per round)
Often the venue for the US Open and Ryder Cup tourneys, Pebble Beach Golf Links is considered as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, with a rugged coastline and a view of the Pacific Ocean in Carmel Bay. Just don’t let the wind from the sea throw you off your game.
Designer Jack Neville placed many holes of the course as close as possible to the rocky coastline. The holes were also designed to take the game into a peninsula jutting out into the ocean.
How much should you set aside for a round per person? $475. That plus a $35 cart fee for non-resort guests.
1 Shadow Creek Golf Course – Nevada, U.S.A. ($500 per person, per round)
Located in North Las Vegas, Nevada, this 18-hole golf course owned by casino mogul Steve Wynn and also designed by Tom Fazio opened in 1989. Built from the desert floor it reportedly has over 21,000 trees of over 200 varieties to make sure the course is hidden from public view.
How much it cost to make the course is under debate but estimates place it between $60 million to $100 million. So what does $500 get you? First up you will be driven to and from the course in a limo. You will also get your own personal caddy for the round to guide you through each of them.
You can’t also just pack up and go there as only invited guests of MGM Mirage resorts are allowed to play.