Love hitting the golf course on a regular basis? Love to travel? Then you might want to combine the two and visit one or five of the world's best golf courses.
Kauai Lagoons Golf Club
This course is found in Lihue, Hawaii and boasts the longest stretch of continuous ocean holes on the islands, making it a must-see for golf-loving beach-goers. Enjoy mountain and blue, blue ocean views as you tee off on this 18-hole course. You'll start in mango and guava tree forests before making your way down to the water's edge.
St. Andrews Golf Club
If you've ever dreamed of playing golf with Sean Connery in Scotland, St. Andrews is for you. While you may not get to play with the original Bond, there's still much to enjoy on this historic course located outside of Edinburgh. Pick from several magnificent course options, including the award-winning Castle Course, which features plenty of rolling hills. Golfers have been using this area, considered "the home of golf," for some 600 years.
Pine Valley Golf Club
Found in Pine Valley, New Jersey, this course ranked #1 in 2011 and 2013 in a "world's best courses" survey by Golf.com. Featuring numerous islands that serve as isolated greens and hailed as one of the most challenging courses on Earth, Pine Valley is a difficult mistress for even the most seasoned golfers. Nestled in the famous Jersey Pine Barrens and featuring an old L-shaped pebbledash structure clubhouse, it remains a favorite for pro and amateur golfers alike.
This course in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Offering gorgeous views in addition to a challenging course, the Fuji Classic is a must for anyone traveling in the area, whether or not you're a golf fan.
Kingston Heath, found in Victoria, is one of Australia's best golf courses and features "superb conditioning all year long." Its bunkers have been described as "long, sinewy, shaggy, gnarly and windswept," making this beautiful course both challenging and fun for any player.