Pacific Dunes Scenic Golf CoursesBetween the daunting doglegs and pesky sand traps of these spectacular and often awe-inspiring courses, you might want to practice the saying “can I do that over?” But even if your buddies don’t grant you a mulligan or two, you’ll still have a blast playing on the most scenic golf courses in the world. Prepare to be wowed and tested...

1. Pacific Dunes

Come to Oregon’s coast for a great tan and an even greater game of golf. When Pacific Dunes opened in 2001, it immediately surpassed its forbearer Bandon Dunes in jaw-dropping beauty. One of the world’s best golf courses doesn’t seem much like a golf course at all, but 18 strategically placed holes along naturally steep and rippling hills, long and untamed fescue grasses, and breathtaking sand dunes, which all meet the sea in a ruggedly romantic way. Don’t let the view of the Pacific Ocean distract you, though; remember, you’re always playing against a vicious competitor here – Nature. With Oregon coast vacation rentals, you'll find lodging that's as gorgeous as the greens.

Most Scenic Golf Courses

2. Pinehurst #2

Of the eight world-class courses the Pinehurst Resort offers, Pinehurst #2 is the most famed and fabled. #2’s first hole is your one and only chance for an easy drive; after that, it’s tough to keep up with the pros who’ve played there before you. You won’t stress over losing a ball, though, as no hazardous water or woods exist. Instead, you’ll be treated to a rolling, picture-perfect countryside. The century-old North Carolina course boasts a subtle beauty but there’s nothing subtle about the challenge it promises each and every golfer who gives it a go.  

3. Pebble Beach

Costal California is primed for scenic golf courses and Pebble Beach helps fulfill its potential. Pebble Beach is no stranger to U.S. Opens and vacationing golfers who want striking scenery to compliment their golf game, or redeem it if they play poorly. Easily the Golden State’s most scenic golf course (and that’s saying a lot), Pebble Beach is a must for any Links lover. The same goes for Pebble Beach vacation rentals.

4. Whistling Straits 

Due to its immaculate upkeep, Whistling Straits is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world and is certainly Wisconsin’s crowning achievement. Instead of a windswept beach, golfers enjoy the equally gusty shores of the always-in-sight Lake Michigan.

5. Bethpage Black

If you’re not a New Yorker, it will be difficult to secure a tee time here, but it’s well worth a try. Amongst the flawless (and often narrow) fairways are deep and intimidating bunkers, tall and thick roughage, and perilous trees. With such a dramatic setting and clever course design, it’s no wonder Bethpage Black was the site of the 2009 U.S. Open.

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