Golf, as we know it, began in Scotland in the mid-15th century. It is a sport filled with history, tradition and legends. It was not until the end of the 18th century that golf moved to America. If you're a sports fan, traveling to golf courses can be an exciting way to see the world. Here is a list of five golf courses that every golfer should visit.
1. St. Andrews, old course
No list of golf destinations would be complete without mentioning St. Andrew's Course. It is one of the oldest golf courses in the world and is often referred to as the 'Golf Home'. It is located in Fife, Scotland. If you want to dig your ball in the Scottish Heather, you can soak it in golf history.
2. Pebble Beach Golf Links
When you're done with their world-class spa, relax on the rocky California cliffs at Pebble's Beach. They have hosted the US five times. Take a tour of the same track as great golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Graeme McDowell.
3. Osaka Golf Club
Located half an hour north of Osaka in Japan, the course is located among the striking cliffs of the Gulf of Osaka. It was founded in 1937, when the influence of Western culture spread in Japan. The courses were closed and confiscated by the Allies during World War II. It was not until 1953 that the course was reopened.
4. Royal West Norfolk Golf Club
The club, based in Norfolk, England, was founded in 1892. The course was built on a narrow strip of land between Brancaster Bay and the swamp marshes. Be sure to check the tides before playing! During high water the trail becomes an island. If you're not ready for a golf game on the semi-flooded track, have a drink and snacks at their Victorian clubhouse.
5. Princeville Hanalei's
If you want to play golf at one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, this is the place for you. Princeville's course is located on the picturesque island of Kauai in Hawaii. Descending the steep slopes of this challenging trail you will be surrounded by lush green mountains and rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean.
The next time you plan a vacation, you might want to travel to one of these great golf courses. Maybe turn to Princesa for a return trip from Osaka. This is a sure-fire journey for every sports fan.