10 Bucket List Golf Holes
Whether they are on the acclaimed courses of the world or have the most incredible design ever imagined, these golf holes should find a place on every golfer’s bucket list.
Pebble Beach has always been a premier golf spot, but the 6th hole captures the beauty of the course. A difficult hole, to say the least, it is still a joy to play because every stroke leads you further out onto the point and closer to the ocean. By the time you’re on the dance floor, it feels like you’re on an island surrounded by the deep blue water below.
Augusta National. The most prestigious golf course in the world with a legacy that continues to grow with each Masters and no hole is as legendary as the 12th hole on Amen Corner. Only a perfectly placed ball will land on the green. Otherwise, you’re in the rough or the sand.
Punta Mita is one of the premier golf courses in Mexico and is definitely worth the visit. Unlike most island golf holes, this hole is not man made. It’s a natural landform just off the shore but just as challenging as any island hole. With the rocks in the background, a long ball is a gone ball.
One of the most difficult holes in golf is the 17th hole at Sawgrass. With swirling winds and a tree island added in as an extra challenge, few can land on the green. Even when on the green, the 17th is no cake walk. Uneven surfaces and holes placed on the edges of the green make the 17th a difficult two-putt. That being said the 17th is still an iconic hole and a joy to play, no matter how many strokes it takes.
Playing on the side of a cliff is always a great rush, and the 4th hole at Old Head delivers. A golfer can have two approaches to this hole, play it safe and keep to the right of the fairway, or go for the low score and try and cut over the left edge of the cliff. The scenic views and the duality of the hole provides a truly exciting experience.
No list about golf is ever complete without mentioning St. Andrews Old Course. From it’s rich history to its impossible sand traps, every golfer dreams of one day playing it. However, if you could only golf one hole it would have to be the 18th. To tee off and cross the Swilken Bridge would make any golfer happy to be there despite the fact that his ball is probably in a trap somewhere down the fairway.
Like most golf course the holes can be moved around the green to keep the course interesting. The 14th hole at Cour D’Alena takes that concept to a whole other level. The green itself can be moved. A par 3 at 100 yards can be quickly changed to 270 yards. To top that off a golf cart is swapped out and a boat brings you onto the green.
Home of the Ryders Cup, The Belfry has had its share of amazing moments in golf history, but no other hole is as fun to play as the short par four on the 10th hole of Belfry. Protected by a river this hole has the opportunity for eagle or double-bogey.
One of the unique golf courses in the world, Cape Kidnappers, is perched away in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. The 14th hole is the hole that you start to realize why the golf course is also called the “Pirates’ Plank”. Each side of the green has a sheer drop down into the ocean. No one has ever fallen to their deaths here but many golf balls have been lost forever.
The 19th hole at Legend Golf and Safari Resort is the most extreme of all golf holes in existence. Golfers are brought by helicopter the edge of a mountain and tee off into the abyss. Few hit the Africa-shaped green below, and even fewer can even find their ball at all. The resort has offered the reward of a $1 million dollars to whoever can get the first hole in one. So far they haven’t paid out a cent.
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