Golf is undoubtedly one of the most adored outdoor games. It is a ball game which is played on a golf course which consists of a progression of about nine or eighteen holes. Golf tournaments are highly competitive and they attract thousands of fans all over the world. At the centre of this noble ball game, is USA. USA is arguably the leading nation when it comes to golfing. The country has the highest number of professional golfers and has 50% of the total number of golf courses in the world. It has prestigious golf courses with wonderful architectural design. The following is a list of the ten best golf courses in USA.
Pine Valley is the best course in America and in the world. It is located in Pine Valley in Southern New Jersey and is marked by vast areas of sand, scrub and thick pine trees. The private course was founded in 1913 by George Crump. This was Crumps first design and he was assisted by renowned designers like A.W. Tillinghast, George C. Thomas Jr. and Walter Travis. Indeed, no golf course is a par with the 18-hole course.
Augusta National G.C
Located in Augusta Georgia, Augusta National is home to Augusta National Golf Club. The 18-hole course was officially opened in 1933 after 3 years of construction. The course has been consistently listed among the top golf courses in America.
Cypress Point Club
This splendid golf course is located in Pebble Beach, California. The course, whose architecture is Alister MacKenzie, is located in the serene Pacific coastline and is ranked number one among private fun courses in America. However, according to critics, the golf course is wanting in a number of areas. They cite that the course has several easy holes and that it has a weak finisher.
Shinnecock Hills is considered to be one of the earliest links in America. It was designed by Willie Dunn, Jr. and (R) Dick Wilson. The private 18-hole course has not being tinkered with for close to a half a century. The golf course, which is located in Southampton New York, has hosted a number of golf competitions and is set to host U.S Open Championship in 2018.
Oakmont Country Club
Oakmont is a wonderfully designed private 18-hole golf course, located in Oakmont in Pennsylvania. It was designed by two great architects Henry Clay Fownes and William Fownes. The course has since been restructured to represent the zenith of architectural restoration. The course will host the upcoming U.S open in 2016.
Merion East G.C
The East course has long been considered the best course in America. In fact, it has been consistently listed among the best courses in America by golf experts. The course, which was designed by Hugh Wilson, has hosted a number of U.S open golf championships.
Located in California, Pebble Beach is a public golf course with 18 holes. It was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant in 1919. The course has a Lodge and an Inn which is unquestionably of superb quality; blend perfectly with the course making it an attractive venue for golfing. The U.S Amateur competition in 2018 will be hosted in the course.
Winged Foot is a private 18 holed golf course designed by a brilliant architect, A.W. Tillinghast in 1923 and is located in Mamaroneck in New York.
Sand Hills Golf Course
The Sand Hills golf course is one of the few natural golf courses in America. Its architects, Ben Crenshaw and Bill did a wonderful job designing the course. They Sand Hills golf course is a hilly 18-holed natural golf course with man-made bunkers.
This is one of the last designs of the versatile architectures, Seth Raynor. The course is located in Fishers Island in New York and was constructed in 1926.