|1. Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand||8. Cruden Bay Golf Club, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||15.La Cana Golf Club, Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic|
|2. Castle Course at St. Andrews Links, Scotland||9. Champion Course at Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, Scotland||16. King's Course at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland|
|3. Old Course at St. Andrews Links, Scotland||10. Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare, Ireland||17. European Club, Brittas Bay, County Wicklow, Ireland|
|4. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, British Columbia, Canada||11. (tie) Barnbougie Dunes, Tasmania, Australia||18. (tie) Golf de Morfontaine, France|
|5. Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club, County Kerry, Ireland||11. (tie) The Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada||18. (tie) Muirfield Links, Scotland|
|6. Dundonald Links, Ayrshire, Scotland||13. The Palmer Ryder Cup Course at the K Club, Kildare, Ireland||20. (tie) Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand|
|7. The Green Monkey at Sandy Lane, Barbados, West Indies||14. Corales, Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic||20. (tie) The Bay Course at Costa Navarino, Greece|
It came close last year, but Tom Doak’s 2004 New Zealand marvel secured the top spot in this year’s balloting.
It’s not that hard to see why, with its spectacular cliffside holes perched high above Hawke’s Bay.
It’s a topographical joyride combined with a sensual flow not easily matched.
The nine-day Tiger Tour is the ultimate luxury approach to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and its sister properties, Kauri Cliffs and Matakauri Lodge.
Jewel of the Caribbean
Corales Golf Club
Tom Fazio’s briny Caribbean gem skirts the blustery Caribbean Sea on six holes, most ferociously on the last, and it’s an exhilarating adventure.
Opened just in 2010, Corales adjoins La Cana Golf Club on the list, its older P.B. Dye sibling at the Puntacana Resort and Club.
Seduction by the Sea
The Bay Course at Costa Navarino
Master architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. said of his seaside Grecian creation: “This is a golf course that will put its arms around you and embrace you.”
The sumptuous dual resorts at this coastal outpost are pretty seductive too.
Ready for its Close-Up
The new championship layout completed in 2011 at the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers stretches to 7,245 yards.
It will receive its first competitive test in July when it hosts the 2013 British Open.
Ernie Els, who won the Open Championship the last time it was played here, in 2002, will defend his title.
CHECK IT OUT
For a tidy £13,500 (roughly $20,000), TPEGs Unlimited Golf Experiences will chopper you around to five iconic Scottish courses, install you in the luxury Member’s Lodges at Archerfield Links for six nights, throw in Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart as host, and sit you down to a whisky tasting. For starters.
Pinehurst Resort, hosting both the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in 2014 on course No. 2, has constructed a vast 18-hole putting course called Thistle Dhu, free to resort guests.
No caddie necessary.