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The 10 Best Golf Courses in the World You Need to Visit

Golf, like life, is a complicated game. Just as it is difficult to rate people, the same can be said of golf courses. It is difficult to rate golf courses as it is to rate people. But we’ll still try and have some fun evaluating the best golf courses in the world that you need to visit. So which are the ten best golf courses in the world? Let’s take a look, shall we, starting from the bottom and working our way up.

10. Trump Turnberry Resort 

Scotland

7,489 yards, par 71

Number 10 on our list of the best golf courses in the world is the Trump Turnberry Resort. This golf course has sentimental value to many golfers world over as a beacon of hope. Built from the rubble of an Allied airfield in 1902 and spotting a lighthouse (beacon of hope), it always stirs up positive feelings for those who play on its course. With excellent shot value and a high pedigree, this golf course therefore deserves to make the top 10.

9.  SHANQIN BAY G.C 

Hainan Island, China

6,894 yards, par 71

This exciting and controversial golf course near the South China Sea was built on land that was previously a World War II Army barracks – complete with stone tunnels. The routing manages to take players around the hilly golf course with the help of some blind shots, two holes around a pond, and a highly unusual finish with two driveable par 4s in the last three holes.

8. Kingston Heath G.C

Heatherton, Australia

7,102 yards, par 72

Des Soutar designed The Kingston Heath Golf Course in 1925 and is one of Australia’s premier golf courses. Kingston Heath has long, gnarly, windswept bunkers that were strategically placed at the suggestion of Alistair Mckenzie, giving the course its strong appeal.

7. Sunningdale G.C 

England

6,627 yards, par 70

Willie Park Jr. designed Sunningdale in around 1901 and is probably the most advanced course among its peers. Sculpted from a beautiful pine forest but routed (and plays) like links the course has its ninth at the far end of the property and has a sand base beneath the turf. To some, Sunningdale may be reminiscent of Pine Valley or Pinehurst.

6. CABOT CLIFFS 

Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada

6,765 yards, par 72

If you’re looking for a golf course that has variety, Cabot Cliffs is it. Spotting sand dunes in the southernmost holes, Pebble Beach-type ocean cliffs in the north, and pine-lined Scottish highlands in between, this is one fantastic course to spend your day on.

5. Royal Portrush G.C. (DUNLUCE) 

Northern Ireland

7,317 yards, par 72

Royal Portrush is the only Irish course to have ever hosted The Open, and its glory days are still going to be relived as it will again host The Open in 2019. Renowned for having the best putting surfaces in the world, The Royal Portrush is getting a few touch ups in preparation for 2019 open in the form of new 6th and 7th holes.

4. Muirfield 

7,245 yards, par 71

Muirfield is arranged as two loops of 9 holes (departing from the regular setup), one clockwise and the other one anticlockwise. This makes the playing at Muirfield particularly impressive as the unique structure means every hole on the course has a different apparent wind direction from the tee. At any stage of the game, only a maximum of 3 consecutive holes follows the same path. The beauty of Muirfield is that every shot is visible, except for a blind tee shot on the 11th.

3. The Old Course at St. Andrews 

Fife, Scotland

7,279 yards, par 72

The Old Course at St. Andrews is the oldest in our list of the best golf courses in the world with the game being played on the links from as far back as the 15th.  It is also considered the home of golf by many. Not only is St. Andrews the home of 7 beautiful public courses, but it also hosts a golf academy, three clubhouses, and five shops, one of which is the oldest golf shop in the world – the Tom Morris Shop. As a result, this is one golf course that has a lot of history and character.

2. Royal Dornoch G.C 

Scotland

6,704 yards, par 70

This championship rated golf course has been called many things by many professional golfers. It is especially relevant that some have described it as the most fun golf course, others describe it as the most natural course, and others still call it home. Therefore whatever it may be called, the Royal Dornoch is a gorgeous golf course that offers players a challenging game as it is built on plateaus that are prone to gusts of wind.

1. Royal County Down G.C.  

Northern Ireland

7,186 yards, par 71

The Royal County Down tops our list of the best golf courses in the world and offers stunning views in tandem with great playing experience. Although originally designed by celebrated architect Tom Morris, it has received many face-lifts and improvements from half a dozen architects over the course of its life. Greens built on a rugged terrain covers this golf course. Although flat with numerous blind shots and bunkers that make for an interesting day on the green.

For some beginners, a more difficult golf course may cause a challenge. In our previous post, we tackle whether a golf course actually affects a player's game.

What to Know About the Anatomy of a Golf Ball

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When it comes to the “rich man’s” sport of golf, small things can make a difference in your game, and it’s outcome. One of those “small things” is the anatomy of a golf ball. With five different construction designs for different compression, which golf ball should you get?

The Anatomy of a Golf Ball

tips on choosing the right golf ball, learn more about the anatomy of a golf ball

 

1. Dimples

  • Dimples help the golf ball fly by creating a thin layer of air that increases lift and reduces drag.
  • Different shapes, sizes, and patterns of dimples affect distance, stability, and spin rate.s golf balls

Read up to know how many dimples on a golf ball may affect your game.

2. Core

  • The core is the inner part of the anatomy of a golf ball.
  • It determines compression which in turn affects the performance of a golf ball.

3. Outer Casing

  • There are two main types of golf ball covers – Surlyn® and urethane.
  • Surlyn®, is an ionomer resin developed by DuPont™ and are the most durable and have a lower spin off.
  • Urethane covers, are mostly found on higher-end balls and are preferred by more skilled players because they offer a softer feel and greater control.

The advances in today's technology enable the manufacturer to create a custom-fit golf ball. It would be interesting to know how golf balls are made.

5 Different Types of Golf Balls and Their Ideal Use

Golf balls come in 5 different primary types determined by the number of layers or pieces they have, which in turn, determine the performance and use of the ball.

1. One Piece Golf Balls

  • Don’t travel far because of low compression.
  • They are the least expensive golf ball type to produce

Construction

  • The simplest design and construction of a golf ball
  • Made of either a solid sphere of Surlyn with dimples molded in (hence the name “one piece” or a simple rubber core with a hard plastic dimpled outer casing.

Ideal Use

  • For beginners
  • Good for practicing your swing
  • On driving ranges
  • On “crazy” golf courses

2. Two Piece Golf Balls

  • Deliver maximum distance because they spin less than other golf ball types
  • Less feel and control

Construction

  • High energy core with a solid plastic outer cover.
  • Size and compression of the inner core can be varied to produce different compression and feel of the ball.

Ideal Use and Performance

  • These are the most popular golf balls among general golfers due to durability and being more economical than the other golf ball types.
  • Because they travel further than other golf balls, they are best suited for beginners, intermediate players, and recreational players who need the extra “push.”

3. Three Piece Golf Balls

Three piece golf balls are designed and constructed to provide extra spin and control of the ball.

Construction

  • Three piece golf balls are built with a solid rubber core surrounded by a second layer which is often made of a liquid or very soft rubber.
  • The final layer is made of a soft, thin urethane or Surlyn cover.

Ideal Use and Performance

  • Don’t travel as far as two-piece golf balls.
  • Usually used for shorter range shots were you want better control of the ball.
  • Because of the extra spin, they tend to exaggerate your slicing and hooking issues.

4. Four Piece Golf Balls

These are more of a cross between a two piece and three piece anatomy of a golf ball in turns of performance metrics such as distance, control, and feel.

Construction

  • The core is made from a soft rubber, designed to give the golf ball maximum traveling distance,
  • The second layer helps to transfer energy to the core.
  • The third layer is designed to increase driving distance without reducing spin and control.
  • The final layer is a soft urethane cover that as a result, gives an extra feel.

Ideal Use and Performance

  • Four piece balls are designed for the serious golfer who has mastered his swing and ball flight.
  • Maximum compression and, hence, distance – just as a 2 piece.
  • Soft feel and thus great control – just as a three-piece.

5. Five Piece Golf Balls 

These are a relatively new, high-end kind of golf ball designed to optimize the five major shot categories highly skilled golfers require.

Construction

  • Most noteworthy is a low compression core for high launch and low spin off (especially off the driver).
  • Soft inner mantle to optimize for speed (especially long iron shots).
  • A semi-firm, fast middle mantle (perfect for mid-irons) is used.
  • The 4th layer is a firm, fast mantle that gives the golf ball optimum spin on short irons.
  • The last layer is a soft urethane cover for extra feel.

Ideal Use and Performance

  • Designed to optimize performance in 5 main areas – driving, long irons, mid irons, short irons and short wedge shots.
  • Mainly used by professionals who have lowered their handicap.

Now that you know about the basic anatomy of a golf ball, your next step should be on how to improve your game by learning how to master your golf swing.

The New Golf Rules: Explained and Simplified

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Golf, like everything else in life, is ever evolving. And 2019 has a few exciting changes to the rules of the game as we await the  game-changing rule changes for 2019 to be published. Back to the new golf rules for 2019, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Saint Andrews (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) made a joint statement announced some significant changes to take place in the game of golf effective on January 1, 2019.

The 2019 new golf rules changes are being implemented as a “local rule,” meaning they affect each golf course differently according to the unique conditions of the course. The two golf governing bodies and the major professional golf tours deemed these changes too necessary to put off. The new golf rules are taken into effect as local rules until then.

 

First Major Change in 2019 Golf Rules: Wrong Score for Hole

New golf rules

The key change in rules is a new exception to Rule 6-6d, which relates to a player recording a wrong score for a hole. Here’s what rule 6-6d and its exception say:

“The competitor is responsible for the correctness of the score for each hole on his scorecard. If he returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, he is disqualified. If he returns a score for any hole higher than actually taken, the score as returned stands.

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Exception to the rule:

If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning his scorecard, he did not know he had incurred, he is not disqualified. In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule and an additional penalty of two strokes for each hole at which the competitor has committed a breach of Rule 6-6d. This Exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.”

In the new golf rules, you will no longer be the two penalty shots for signing an incorrect scorecard if you as the player are not aware of violating the rule when you sign the card. The new rule is penalizing the number of strokes for the infraction itself.

Lexi Thompson's four-stroke penalty

A classic example of how unfair the previous rule was, is the heart-wrenching story of LPGA player Lexi Thompson during the ANA Inspiration tournament (an LPGA Major) in April of 2017. She has penalized four strokes for wrongly replacing her ball on the 17th green during the 3rd round of the tournament. The 2-stroke penalty was for the infraction itself, while the other 2-stroke penalty was for signing an incorrect scorecard at the end of the round.Unfortunately for Lexi, she was unaware of the initial infraction at the time of play. The infraction came to light when a television viewer sent an e-mail to the LPGA alerting them about it. Poor Lexi didn’t become aware of the infraction until after the 12th hole in the final round – the following day. This meant she went from leading by two strokes to trailing by two strokes. She bravely rallied to tie the event at the end of regulation play. Eventually, Lexi lost to South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu in a dramatic (and teary) playoff. Lexi is not the only one to have suffered from this rule. It also bit Tiger Woods, as well as Dustin Johnson.

When scoring golf, it is also vital to understand penalties. You can read up our post on the fundamentals of golf scoring.

 

Second Major Change in 2019 Golf Rules: New Video Review Protocol

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The second significant change in the 2019 rules of golf is an off-spin of the first rule.

This new golf rule strips viewers of their power to direct how the game plays out. It happens when the viewers are sending their observations of infractions in a game – live or recorded. The sponsoring organization cannot take directives from a viewer’s comments.

The new golf rules will be implementing these video review protocol for events under the patronage of the professional golf tours that were part of the group responsible for drafting the changes. These include the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour, and the PGA of America. They have also encouraged other organizations that run televised golf events to adopt the protocol.

Some officials are to monitor the video broadcast of a tournament. It will help identify and resolve any rules issues as they may arise.

 

New Golf Rules – A Better Game for Everyone

These new golf rules are very much welcome amidst some resistance to changes. It’s a win-win situation for players and viewers alike. The game of golf has just become better. It will undoubtedly go a notch higher as the 2019 changes roll out on the 1st of January 2019. Fore!

 

Golf Facts You Probably Never Heard Of

There’s certainly nothing wrong with having some pop culture knowledge up your sleeve. This is especially true about the sport of golf. As one of the oldest sports in the world, golf’s history is quite rich and varied. There are details about its history that are still up for debate, but it’s quite evident that it has already made an indelible imprint on society. So today, we have a massive list of golf facts that you probably never heard of.

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Knowing these golf facts can make you look like a real connoisseur, even if your game is nothing to write home about. With that said, let’s move on to some interesting facts about golf.

Fun Golf Facts You Probably Don’t Know

  • The word “caddy” comes from the French word “cadet” which means student. “Cad-Day” is the correct pronunciation.
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Phil Mickelson and his caddy Jim “Bones” MacKay.
  • There’s a 12,500 to 1 chance of making a hole-in-one. Making two holes in one in a single round are approximately 67 million to 1. Getting hit by lightning is a far better chance.
  • Modern-day golf as we know it has originated in Scotland during the 15th century.
  • Golf, along with javelin throw, is the only sport that was played on the moon. Back on February 6, 1971, Alan Shephard of the Apollo 14 hit a ball one-handed using his 6-iron.
  • Feeling sorry for your high handicap? Don’t worry because 80% of golfers will never have a handicap of less than 18.
  • Golf allows only 14 clubs in a golfer's bags at one time during a round.
  • Back in the day, women get to have fun too. It was January 9, 1811, at Musselburgh, Scotland when the first-ever women’s golf tournament was held. The winner received a fishing basket while the two runner-ups won a silk scarf.
  • Making a hole in one on a par-five is called a condor and has only been verified four times.
  • In 1975, Coby Orr of Littleton, Colorado is the youngest player to have made a hole in one. He was five years of age.

Fun golf facts featuring celebrities

  • Tiger was eight years old when he made his first hole in one.
  • Phil Mickelson is a well-known left-handed golfer although he’s in fact, right-handed. Phil, as a child, studied his father while playing. It then shaped his own game. He never used right-handed club during his golfing career.
  • Mike Austin made the most extended ever professional golf drive in 1974. The ball traveled at an impressive 470 meters.
  • Actor Samuel Jackson is a big golf enthusiast. He has a contract clause that he must be allowed to play golf twice a week whenever he shoots a movie.
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Samuel Jackson is a big golf enthusiast.
  • We all know her for massive hits like “The Power of Love” and “My Heart Will Go On” but did you know that Celine Dion is a huge golf fan? Not only that, but she also owns a course, the Le Mirage Golf Club.
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Did you know that Celine Dion is a huge golf fan?

 

Fun facts about golf courses

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Walking in an 18-hole golf course (approximately 4 miles) is a good exercise
  • It is in Morococha, Peru where you can find the highest golf course in the world. The Tactu Golf Club sits 14,335 feet above sea level. The players suffered conditions like altitude sickness and nosebleeds leading to the course closing in 1993.
  • In America, making a hole in one means buying a round of drinks for your buddies. However, in Japan, golfers face the necessity of getting a hole in one insurance. Having insurance means that the lucky golfer can afford the cost of food and drinks for the celebration. Not so bad for an annual payment of $65 for $3,000 of food and beverages – that is if you make that shot.
  • If you walked on a typical 18-hole golf course instead of riding the cart, you would approximately walk four miles. Yup, golf is a good exercise alright.
  • The most extensive golf course is the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzen, China. It is a twelve-course 18-hole course resort with a total of 216 holes. On the other hand, the world’s longest golf course is the Nullarbor Links in Eyre Highway, Australia. It is an 18-hole par 73 golf course along the 1,365 kilometers of the Eyre Highway. The average distance between holes is 66 kilometers.

Fun facts about golf balls

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Image source: Pixabay
  • Golf balls travel faster during hot weather. The hotter the weather, the more resilient the rubber becomes which increases the ball’s elasticity.
  • A regulation golf ball has 336 dimples. The dimples are designed to reduce turbulence and allow the ball to travel further.
  • Golf balls were originally made from leather and stuffed with chicken or goose feathers. After feathers, golf balls were then made of wood.

Wrapping Up

And that wraps up our list of golf facts. So did you manage to learn something new about the sport? Do you have fun trivia that you can share? Let us know in the comments.

For more information about golf or courses, in particular, check out AtTheTee.com. From course listings to golf resources, it’s a great golf website for veterans and newbies alike.

Golf Jokes: Break The Ice With These Funny Puns and One-Liners

For the rest of the world, golf is a low-energy activity that is only played to relax. Serious golfers know that sentiment is far from the truth. Our sport is a tough one to master and requires a high level of skill and precision. Plus, the competitive atmosphere of the game can make casual spectators think that this is a really serious sport.

In reality, every golfer needs a good laugh every now and then, considering the intense seriousness of the sport. This is why we have compiled some of the best golf jokes that the internet has to offer.

Although you could probably get away with simply quoting Happy Gilmore, Tin Cup or Caddyshack, it certainly won’t hurt to improve your repertoire of golf jokes. Whether you’re playing with your boss or a client, feel free to use the following jokes to break the ice.

  • Golf Puns and Funny One-Liners

Here are some gold quick funnies from ThoughtCo:

Golf is a lot like taxes: You go for the green and wind up in the hole.

Wife: I'm sick and tired of your obsession with golf!
Husband: Why, is it driving a wedge between us?

Why do golfers hate cake? Because they might get a slice.

A good golf partner is one who's always a little bit worse than you are.

Q: How bad do you want to be a good golfer?
A: I have a driving ambition.

I'm not a bad putter, I just can't catch a break.

If you golf on election day, be sure to cast an absent-tee ballot.

A good golf partner is one who's always a little bit worse than you are.

Golf is what you play when you're too out of shape to play softball.

Q: How bad do you want to be a good golfer?
A: I have a driving ambition.

I like my women like my golf game; in the mid-80's with a slight handicap

I only hit two good balls today… I stepped on a rake.

Q: Is he a bad golfer?

A: It's a fore-gone conclusion.

Golf is the perfect thing to do on a Sunday because you will spend more time praying on the course than if you went to church.

  • Tiger Woods Golf Jokes

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Tiger Woods is definitely the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) of golf. However, when we think of Tiger Woods these days, it can’t be helped that the jokes would revolve around his DUI incident and cheating scandal. Here are the best ones we got:

I heard Tiger Woods got a DUI…

He should have picked a different driver.

Q: How do you “Tiger-proof” a golf course?

A: By strategically placing fire hydrants around it.

What's the difference between a car and a golf ball? Tiger can drive a golf ball 400 yards.

There’s a new drug out which not only improves your sex life; it also improves your golf game. It’s called TIAGRA.

Just wasted $20 on the latest Tiger Woods DVD “My Favourite 18 holes.” Turns out it was all about golf.

Tiger Woods is so rich that he owns lots of expensive cars. Now he has a hole in one.

Tiger has a new movie coming out. It's called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hydrant.

Tiger Woods was arrested for DUI…

He was three shots over.

  • Long Golf Jokes

Here are some long golf funnies that we have found. Again, these are pretty lengthy so you better brush-up on your storytelling skills.

From PGA:

  • Small World

Two men ran out to the course for a quick nine after work. They get to the tee and see two ladies playing ahead of them.

One of the men complains that the ladies will slow them down and says he is going to ask if they can play through. He goes halfway to the ladies and turns back.

The other man asked what was wrong. The man said, “I can't go up there that's my wife and my mistress.”

So the other man says he will go. He goes halfway and comes back. His partner asked what happened and the man replied, “Small world, huh?”

A Baptist pastor decides to play hooky on a Sunday to play golf. He's playing the best golf of his life when an angel asks God, “Are you going to let this slide? Do something!”

So God says, “Watch this.”

The pastor hits a 425-yard tee shot and the ball goes in the hole for a double eagle. The angel asks, “Why did you reward him?”

God says, “Who is he gonna tell?”

  • Baptist Pastor

A Baptist pastor decides to play hooky on a Sunday to play golf. He's playing the best golf of his life when an angel asks God, “Are you going to let this slide? Do something!”

So God says, “Watch this.”

The pastor hits a 425-yard tee shot and the ball goes in the hole for a double eagle. The angel asks, “Why did you reward him?”

God says, “Who is he gonna tell?”

From Reddit:

  • An Engineer, a Priest, and a Doctor Plays Golf

An engineer, a priest, and a doctor are trying to enjoy a round of golf. Ahead of them is a group playing so slowly and inexpertly that in frustration the three ask the greenkeeper for an explanation. “That’s a group of blind firefighters,” they are told. “They lost their sight saving our clubhouse last year, so we let them play for free.”

The priest says, “I will say a prayer for them tonight.”

The doctor says, “Let me ask my ophthalmologist colleagues if anything can be done for them.”

And the engineer says, “Why can’t they play at night?”

  • Tough Course

When you hit an atrocious shot (and I mean atrocious, this is reserved for the tops and shanks of the shot spectrum) you just look your playing partner square in the eye, say “tough course,” and shrug it off.

  • Wrapping Up

Personally, when it comes to golf jokes, I would just tell my golfing buddies, “Wanna hear a joke? Just watch my short game.” Hopefully, we have brightened your day and add a few gems to your golf jokes repertoire. Have a good golf joke to share? Feel free to make us laugh in the comments.

Looking for a good golf resource for courses? Check out AtTheTee for a directory of golf courses that might be near your area. Also, check out the blogs for some entertaining golf articles.