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With so many spectacular golf courses surrounded by extraordinary history and scenery, the fanatics at Function18 have shortlisted the top 10 best golf courses that should be on every golfers hit list. What are you waiting for?

1. Pinnacle Point, South Africa

18 holes, 5,725 yards, Par 72

Described by Darren Clarke as the best on the planet, Pinnacle Point golf course is a must-visit for every golf fanatic. Standing on top of majestic cliff tops in Mossel Bay and overlooking vast expanses of the Indian Ocean, this challenging course is surrounded by breath-taking scenery that is sure to inspire one of the best games of your life.

2. The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland

18 holes, 7,279 yards, Par 72

As one of the world’s oldest golf courses, St Andrews must be on every golf fan’s hit list. The course originally had 22 holes, but as members quickly concluded that a few holes could be combined, this number was reduced. As such, St Andrews is probably one of the most influential courses in golfing history, as it set the standard for the 18-hole course.

3. Luana Hills Country Club, Hawaii

18 holes, 6,193 yards, Par 71

It’s surrounded by the stunning Koolau mountains, so the backdrop to this intricate golf course is simply spectacular. It’s full of surprises, and the difficulty of the 13th hole is likely to take you by surprise, with the fifth hole needing to be played uphill. A round of golf in this tropical paradise is one you won’t forget in a hurry.

4. Punta Cana Corales, Dominican Republic

18 holes, 7,650 yards, Par 72

With ocean coves and sweeping cliff tops, this is easily one of the most dramatic golf courses on the planet. Your technique will be put through its paces over a challenging 18 holes, culminating with The Devil’s Elbow, which is the course’s crowning glory. Caribbean views cement this beautiful course as a must-visit destination.

5. Big Sky Golf Club and Country Club, Canada

18 holes, 6,753 yards, Par 72

Consistently ranking as one of the best in the world, this course is special and provides a premium golfing experience. With Mount Currie towering overhead and the surrounding picturesque rivers and lakes, you’ll struggle to keep your eye on the course when there’s so much natural beauty in every direction, but this game will be one you’ll remember forever.

6. Pebble Beach, California

18 holes, 6,828 yards, Par 72

You’ll be among golfing legends in Pebble Beach, with masters of the game honing their technique on this course. As you make your way around, you’ll relive some of the greatest golfing moments that have cemented the game’s place as something truly special. Located on the stunning coastline of California, this is a destination that every golfing fan deserves to visit.

7. Barnbougle Dunes, Australia

18 holes, 6,721 yards, Par 71

One of the most consistently highly rated courses, it has been making waves in the golfing world since its official opening in 2005. Described as a true haven, after one look at the surrounding sweeping scenery it’s not difficult to see why. As golf carts aren’t allowed, you’ll have plenty of time to breathe in the clean air and take in those spectacular views.

8. Hirono Golf Course, Japan

18 holes, 6,925 yards, Par 72

Ranked as the number one course in Japan by Golf Digest in 2016, its meticulously managed holes are as beautiful as they are cleverly designed. With rolling hills covered with pine trees, deceptively difficult greens and watery perils around every corner, this exclusive course offers a playing experience that won’t be forgotten.

9. Augusta National Golf Course, Georgia

18 holes, 7,435 yards, Par 72

We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you about this course – after all, there’s a reason why it’s one of the most famous courses in the world. Home to the Masters Tournament, this course has seen every golfing great. It might be tricky to get the chance to play, but you know all that effort will be more than worth it in the end.

10. Pine Valley, New Jersey

18 holes, 7,057 yards, Par 70

This course is no stranger to Golf Magazine’s top spot, and it’s even more spectacular than you would expect it to be. It’s not the easiest to locate, which makes it even more intriguing as it manages to maintain its elusive nature. The surrounding woodlands enhance its natural beauty. It’s time to grab your clubs and get out there!

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