The ranking was compiled by Surprizeshop, a British golf clothing and accessory shop. The shop’s staff analysed the geolocation of golf clubs and their Instagram hashtag mentions to find the world’s most scenic courses.
Clubs in Northern Ireland, USA, Portugal and Scotland are in the top 5 of the ranking. Full list on the store website.
1. Royal County Down Golf Club — Northern Ireland, UK
Royal County Down Golf Club is located in the Murlow National Park on the coast near the Mourne Mountains. The state protects the parkland to preserve the landscape: sandy hills and heathland, where greenery, heather and bramble abound. The club was founded in 1889 by Belfast businessmen.
There are two golf courses, a canteen and a bar. Club players wear special uniforms: dressing inappropriately can result in being banned from the course. The club has drawn up a list of clothing that should not be worn on the course:
Jeans and denim jackets.
Sleeveless and collarless shirts.
Clothes with prints.
- Players are also advised to come in golf shoes and wear knee-length socks.
Players are also advised to come in golf shoes and wear knee-length socks.
The Royal County Down course has hosted the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup, the Irish Open for amateurs and professionals. Each year the club organises golf championships and invites the public to play.
Prices per round vary depending on the season and start at £35.
2. Augusta National Golf Club — Georgia, USA
The Augusta Golf Club is one of the most famous clubs in the world. Architect Alistair Mackenzie and golfer Bobby Jones co-designed the courses. The club is loved by wealthy people and celebrities and was frequented by Ronald Reagan, the former President of the United States.
The club opened in December 1932. It has recreational facilities, a canteen, a library and a trophy room. The club holds tournaments every year. And as part of Masters Week, there is always a Champions’ Dinner.
Spectators have to buy tickets in advance in order to watch the tournament. Prices are advised at the time of booking and depending on the season and the number of days selected. It is not possible to come and play on the club’s fields: visitors only play by invitation from club members.
3. Quinta do Lago — Algarve, Portugal
Quinta do Lago is a resort with one of the most luxurious golf clubs in Portugal. It is located in the Algarve Nature Reserve. The resort has five-star hotels, restaurants and sports clubs for holidaymakers. There is a coastline with a sandy beach not far from the clubhouse.
For the past decade, the golf club has been in the local media ratings. Showbiz stars, athletes and other famous people can be found at the club. Close to the resort is the home of Madonna, who sometimes comes to Quinta do Lago to play golf with friends.
In 2011, the club opened the Paul McGinley Golf Academy, a four-time European champion.
All hotel guests are welcome to play golf if they book in advance. The Quinta do Lago course is known for its challenging obstacles and hole patterns, so it is suitable for experienced golfers.
4. TPC Sawgrass — Florida, USA
TPC Sawgrass was founded in the early 1980s in Florida. Two years later, the first championship was held at The Players, which is still played exclusively at the club.
Golfer Dean Beman and renowned architect Pete Dye designed the clubhouse’s courses to make the game exciting: there are complex hole patterns and unusual landscaping. Pine, oak and palm trees grow around the course. There are also clear lakes on the course, which are carefully monitored for cleanliness.
The clubhouse is built in a Mediterranean style. It is open to both professional and amateur golfers. It also offers excursions, relaxation in the galleries, restaurants and shopping. Prices start at $150 for a game.
5. Old Course — Scotland, UK
The Old Course is the world’s oldest golf course, dating back to the 12th century. Despite its status and fame, the course remains open to all. To play, all you need to do is make a reservation in advance or register at the entrance. It’s best to check for available places on the official website.
The club is located in the university town of St Andrews. There is a hotel, restaurant and guest shop nearby.
The landscape of the course has been shaped by nature and has hardly been altered. The layout of the holes is therefore unusual – the natural features of the area were taken into account in the design.
The price of the game depends on the club’s rates and starts at £85.
Residence permit and second citizenship for sporting holidays
Russian citizens need a visa to travel to the UK, Portugal and the US. Now the borders are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. A residence permit or second citizenship will allow you to holiday and travel around the world without restrictions. The fastest way is to participate in a state investment programme.
How to travel visa-free to the UK. A passport from one of the five Caribbean countries or Vanuatu is suitable for frequent travel to the UK. These states are part of the Commonwealth of Nations. Their citizens enter the UK without a visa and can stay on its territory for up to six months.
Caribbean citizenship or Vanuatu citizenship can be obtained through an investment programme. For this purpose, a foreigner invests from $100,000 into the country’s economy. It takes from 1 month to obtain a Vanuatu passport. The fastest way to obtain a Caribbean passport is in Dominica – it takes from 2 months.
How to freely enter Portugal. Citizens and residents of the country have the right to come to Portugal at any time – even during closed borders.
Portugal gives you the opportunity to apply for a temporary residence permit for an investment. Participation in the programme takes from 2 months. The minimum investment amount is €250,000. The advantages of a residence permit in Portugal also include the possibility to visit Schengen countries without a visa.
How to get to the USA. Russian citizens need a visa to travel to the United States. But getting it is difficult – a large percentage of refusals.
Businessmen can obtain an EB-5 visa if they plan to start a company in the States. To do so, a foreigner invests $900,000 or more in a business in the country, and the visa process takes at least two years.
Citizens of Grenada and Montenegro can obtain another business visa – the E2 type. This option is not available to Russians. To obtain a visa, an investor opens a business in the States, invests at least $200,000 in its development and creates 5 jobs. The E2 visa is issued for 5 years, it can be extended an unlimited number of times. It allows you to enter the country freely, live, work and do business and study in the USA.
It takes from 4 months to obtain citizenship in Grenada. Investors buy real estate or make a non-refundable contribution to a government fund. The minimum investment is $150,000.
It takes at least 6 months to obtain citizenship in Montenegro. In order to obtain the country’s passport, a foreigner invests from €350,000 in a tourist property.
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