Golfshake Users Select Bucket List Courses
Which three golf courses do you dream of playing the most? That’s a question we have been asking Golfshake users since August, who have taken the time to submit their ‘Top 3 Bucket List Courses’ resulting in a fascinating myriad of diverse choices.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Augusta National – home of the Masters Tournament – narrowly tops the list ahead of the legendary Old Course at St. Andrews, which has hosted the Open Championship on 29 occasions. These two venues are the most iconic within the game, and received 249 and 246 respective mentions from golfers, significantly ahead of the 184 submitted for the visually spectacular Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula in California.
However, elsewhere the results become more intriguing. TPC Sawgrass – showcased annually during the Players Championship on the PGA Tour – has recurred frequently, with golfers perhaps motivated to face the famous par three 17th. Cypress Point – essentially inaccessible to the public – retains an undoubted allure due to that exclusivity and breathtaking visuals just along from Pebble. Royal Melbourne is a true classic in Australia and remains the best-known example of the remarkable Sandbelt courses, which also include Kingston Heath and Metropolitan.
Cape Kidnappers may lack the name recognition of the above layouts, but this Tom Doak design in New Zealand is visually astonishing, and has developed a following in the years since it opened in 2004. Some will be surprised to see Wentworth rank so highly, but the prestigious club’s history within British golf – particularly from the BMW PGA Championship and old World Match Play – sees the revamped West Course hold a dear place in the hearts of many golfers throughout the UK.
Kingsbarns – recently presented during the Ricoh Women’s British Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – is continually growing in stature, while this year’s Open venue Royal Birkdale completing our top ten, narrowly seeing off Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina and the reimagined Ailsa Course at Turnberry.
We are still accepting entries, so please do submit your “Bucket List” Top 3 Golf Courses once you have narrowed the list down. One lucky entrant will be drawn to WIN a Dream Golf Holiday to Mauritius and experience the stunning Heritage Golf Club, which many of you were clearly hoping to play considering it made 13th on the standings. Click HERE to Enter Your Three Courses.
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Top 20 ‘Bucket List’ Ranking (2016/2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Rating in Brackets)
1. Augusta National – 249 Votes (2nd)
2. Old Course at St. Andrews – 246 Votes (8th)
3. Pebble Beach – 184 Votes (12th)
4. TPC Sawgrass – 63 Votes (N/A)
5. Cypress Point – 38 Votes (4th)
6. Royal Melbourne (West) – 35 Votes (6th)
7. Cape Kidnappers – 25 Votes (16th)
8. Wentworth (West) – 24 Votes (N/A)
9. Kingsbarns – 17 Votes (69th)
10. Royal Birkdale – 16 Votes (35th)
11. Pinehurst No. 2 – 15 Votes (63rd)
12. Ailsa Course at Turnberry – 15 Votes (22nd)
13. The Heritage – 14 Votes (N/A)
14. Gleneagles – 13 Votes (N/A)
15. Muirfield – 13 Votes (9th)
16. Royal County Down – 12 Votes (1st)
17. Pine Valley – 11 Votes (3rd)
18. Carnoustie – 10 Votes (26th)
19. Loch Lomond – 10 Votes (N/A)
20. Royal Dornoch – 10 Votes (5th)