Golf Digest ranks the best golf courses in every country

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To accompany our biennial World 100 Greatest Courses list, Golf Digest also publishes a ranking of the best golf courses in every country.

Yes, every country where there is golf. To do so, we surveyed our 1,700+ Golf Digest panelists from North America, who are as well-traveled a bunch as you’ll find in the industry, in addition to a panel of 350 golf enthusiasts from around the globe to help us with coverage on more remote parts of the world. The end result is as comprehensive of a country-by-country list as you’ll find. By our last count, there were 206 countries with golf in the world. We’ll hope there are even more the next time we do this ranking.

KEY: The number in parentheses after each country name is the approximate number of golf courses in that country. Where a facility has more than one course, the name of the ranked course is shown in parentheses.

The Best Golf Courses In Every Country:

Abbreviations: C.—Club; C.C.—Country Club; G.—Golf; G.C.—Golf Club
★ Ranked among Golf Digest’s World 100 Greatest Courses.


American Samoa
1.) Ili’ili G. Cse., Pago Pago

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Australia (1,520 courses)
(ranking by Golf Digest affiliate magazine in Australia)
1.) Royal Melbourne G.C. (West), Black Rock, Victoria ★ 2.) Kingston Heath G.C., Cheltenham, Victoria ★ 3.) Cape Wickham G. Links, King Island, Tasmania ★ 4.) Barnbougle Dunes, Bridport, Tasmania ★ 5.) New South Wales G.C., La Peruose, N.S.W. ★ 6.) Barnbougle Lost Farm, Bridport, Tasmania ★ 7.) Ellerston G. Cse., Hunter Valley, N.S.W. ★ 8.) Royal Melbourne (East), Black Rock, Victoria ★ 9.) Royal Adelaide, Seaton, South Australia ★ 10.) Ocean Dunes, King Island, Tasmania 11.) Victoria G.C., Cheltenham, Victoria ★ 12.) The National G.C. (Moonah), Cape Schanck, Victoria 13.) Metropolitan G.C., South Oakleigh, Victoria ★ 14.) The Australian G.C., Sydney, N.S.W. 15.) The National (Old), Cape Schanck, Victoria 16.) Cathedral Lodge & G.C., Thornton, Victoria 17.) Lake Karrinyup C.C., Perth, W. Australia 18.) The Lakes G.C., Eastlakes, N.S.W. 19.) The Dunes G. Links, Rye, Victoria 20.) Newcastle G.C., Fern Bay, N.S.W. 21.) Joondalup Resort (Quarry/Dune) (pictured below), Connolly, W. Australia 22.) Magenta Shores G. Cse., Magenta, N.S.W. 23.) St. Andrews Beach G. Cse., Fingal, N.S.W. 24.) Brookwater G. & C.C., Queensland 25.) Kooyonga G.C., Adelaide, S. Australia

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British Indian Ocean Territory
1.) Coral Sands G. Cse., Diego Garcia

Cook Islands
1.) Rarotonga G.C., Avarua District

1.) Natadola Bay G.Cse., Sigatoka 2.) Denarau G. and Racquet C., Denarau

French Polynesia
1.) Moorea Green Pearl G. Cse.

1.) Onward Mangilao G.C., Mangilao

1.) Ambo Island G. Cse., Tarawa

_Marshall Islands
1.) Holmberg Fairways, Kwajalein

1.) Nauru G. Cse.

New Caledonia
1.) Exclusiv’ Golf Deva Nouvelle Caledonie, Bourail

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New Zealand (400 courses)

(ranking by Golf Digest affiliate magazine in Australia)
1.) Tara Iti G.C. (video and photo above), Mangawhai ★
2.) Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay ★
3.) The Kinloch C., Taupo ★
4.) Jack’s Point G. Cse., Queenstown ★
5.) Cape Kidnappers (pictured below), Hawke’s Bay ★
6.) The Hills G.C., Arrowtown
7.) Wairakei International G. Cse., Taupo
8.) Paraparaumu Beach G.C. ★
9.) Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
9.) Arrowtown G.C., Arrowtown 10.) Royal Wellington G.C., Upper Hutt 11.) Muriwai G. Links, Muriwai 12.) Titirangi G.C., Auckland 13.) Carrington Estate, Northland 14.) Christchurch G.C., Christchurch 15.) Windross Farm G. Cse., Papakura 16.) Gulf Harbour C.C., Whangaparaoa 17.) Clearwater G.C., Christchurch 18.) Hastings G.C. 19.) Ohop International G.C., Ohope Beach 20.) Cromwell G.C.

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