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  • Writer's pictureGarrett McMillan

DREAM 18: The Best 18 Holes in Golf

If you missed the last post, we are developing our DREAM 18 of the Best 18 Holes in Golf around the world! Our front nine includes the following holes:

1. Augusta National Golf Club (Augusta, Georgia) - Hole 12, Par 3

2. St. Andrews Links (St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland) - Hole 17, Par 4

3. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Monterrey, California) - Hole 7, Par 3

4. Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Melbourne, Australia) - Hole 12, Par 4

5. Old Head Golf Links (Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland) - Hole 12, Par 5

6. Cabot Cliffs Golf Course (Inverness, Nova Scotia) - Hole 16, Par 3

7. Pinehurst No. 2 (Pinehurst, North Carolina) - Hole 2, Par 4

8. Carnoustie Golf Links (Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland) - Hole 18, Par 4

9. Cypress Point Club (Pebble Beach, California) - Hole 15, Par 3

What are your thoughts on the front nine? How do you think you would score? Now, let’s play the back nine!

10. TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida) - Hole 18, Par 4

You saw TPC Sawgrass and assumed the island green on the 17th, right? How about the 18th though?! A par 4 with water up the left the whole way! Talk about a tough finishing hole for any golfer, let alone someone trying to win on the PGA Tour! Flare it right and you’re in the trees, hit it left and you’re in the water re-teeing!

Hole 18 at TPC Sawgrass

11. Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pennsylvania) - Hole 17, Par 4

At 313 yards, players will undoubtedly take a rip at the green. However, deep rough and severe bunkering will make those hitting wayward drives pay.

Hole 17 at Oakmont Country Club

12. Augusta National Golf Club (Augusta, Georgia) - Hole 13, Par 5

The 13th hole, Amen Corner's, also known as "Azalea," is a par 5 featuring Rae's Creek and an undulating green that tests the best golfers. You can’t play the 12th on the front without playing the 13th on the back!

Hole 13 at Augusta National Golf Club

13. Turnberry Golf Club (Turnberry, Scotland) - Hole 9, Par 3

This long, uphill par 3 is considered one of the most challenging in golf, with the famous lighthouse as a backdrop.

Hole 9 at Turnberry Golf Club

14. Bay Hill Club and Lodge (Orlando, Florida) - Hole 18, Par 5

The King’s course, known as Arnold Palmer’s home course. This par 5 holds a tough second shot if you’re going to try and hit the green. 555 yards with water up the right side on the second half of the hole, Mr. Palmer famously hit driver off the deck and rolled it onto the green in one of the final tour events he played.

Hole 18 at Bay Hill Club and Lodge

15. Cabot Cliffs Golf Course (Inverness, Nova Scotia) - Hole 2, Par 4

Breathtaking views of the ocean and pine trees along the coast. A seemingly tough tee shot over dunes and trees with a very wide fairway target off the tee. The further you hit your tee shot the more blind your second shot becomes to the green high above you. If you’re going to Cabot, you’re in for views of a lifetime.

Hole 2 at Cabot Cliffs Golf Course

16. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Oregon) - Hole 16, Par 3

The 16th hole at Bandon Dunes offers spectacular ocean views and a green perched atop a sand dune.

Hole 16 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

17. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Monterey, California) - Hole 8, Par 4

Just like Augusta’s 12th and 13th, you can’t play the 7th hole without the difficult 8th! A par 4 in which your second shot flies over a cliff with the beach below. Jack Nicklaus once called it “The best second shot hole in golf.”

Hole 8 at Pebble Beach Golf Links

18. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Monterey, California) - Hole 18, Par 5

Ok, we get it, you like Pebble Beach! Guilty. Is there a better finishing hole in golf? With the ocean up the right side of the entire hole with no bail out, a small tree on the right side of the fairway tempting you to cut more of the corner, and then a long second shot into the green if you choose to take the risk, that’s how you finish the DREAM 18! Top it off with a cocktail looking out at Stillwater Cove and you’ve had yourself a day.

Hole 18 at Pebble Beach Golf Links

Shockingly, we found ourselves with a Par 72 golf course! What do you think you’d shoot?!

Golf is not just a sport. It's an art form that blends natural beauty with strategic design. The best 18 golf holes in the world represent some of the most iconic and challenging golfing experiences, each with its unique character and charm. Whether you're an avid golfer or simply an admirer of the sport, these holes offer a glimpse into the magic of golf courses around the world.

What do you think of our DREAM 18? Did we miss any holes that you think need to be on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Golfing!

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