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Top 100 Gems - Worldwide

Butterfield Trail

Gem USA - Best in Area

One of only a small number of public golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, the 18-hole layout at Butterfield Trail cost a reputed $23 million to construct on land adjacent to El Paso International Airport. The course was closed briefly during 2020 before being reacquired and reopened.

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Emerald Hills Country Club

Gem USA - Best in Area

The course at Emerald Hills Country Club – designed by Bruce Devlin with Robert von Hagge – debuted in 1969. Twenty years later, the layout was redesigned and reopened as The Club at Emerald Hills.

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Southern Hills Plantation

Gem USA - Best in Area

Pete Dye took full advantage of a rolling Brooksville landscape when he routed the fairways of the Southern Hills Plantation course within a large, upmarket residential development.

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Old Toccoa Farm

Gem USA - Best in Area

Old Toccoa Farm features nearly 300 feet of elevation change from its highest to its lowest point, running alongside the scenic Toccoa River, and gravity will have a significant role to play on nearly every hole.

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Chester Valley

Gem USA - Best in Area

Host to the United Hospitals Senior Golf Championship on the Champions Tour between 1985-1987 (and subsequently under different sponsorship until 1997), Chester Valley Golf Club has flown quietly under the golfing radar since then.

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Nassau

Gem USA - Best in Area

Nassau Country Club is where Bobby Jones started putting with his Calamity Jane putter and also where the Nassau golf bet was created by a member named J.B.C Tappan...

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Banyan

Gem USA - Best in Area

The course at Banyan Golf Club opened for play in 1973 and Joe Lee designed it. On first seeing the property, the architect proclaimed: “This place is majestic! All you have to do is listen and the land will tell you what to do.”

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Manasquan River

Gem USA - Best in Area

Manasquan River Golf Club boasts 600 yards of river frontage and also lays claim to ownership of the highest land point on the Atlantic Seaboard for more than 1,000 miles between Atlantic Highlands in the north and Florida to the south.

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Hendersonville

Gem USA - Best in Area

Hendersonville County Club might be regarded as a little bit off the beaten trail for golfing in the Tar Heel State but it’s here in the Blue Ridge Mountains that Donald Ross laid out an 18-hole course for the members back in the day.

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Old South

Gem USA - Best in Area

Designed by Clyde Johnston, Old South Golf LInks has several spectacular holes located on the intra-coastal waterway and it features all the exciting qualities that golf on Hilton Head is known for: island greens, towering live oaks and an abundance of wildlife.

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Quail Valley

Gem USA - Best in Area

Designed by Nick Price and Tom Fazio II, Quail Valley Golf Club has hosted USGA qualifiers, Florida State Golf Association events, and the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational (hosted by McNeese State University).

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Arcadia Bluffs (South)

Gem USA - Best in Area

Located slightly inland, a mile to the southeast of its famed sibling, The Bluffs, the unimaginatively named South course at Arcadia Bluffs opened for play in 2018.

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Aviara

Gem USA - Best in Area

Aviara is a 7,007-yard Arnold Palmer resort course that is routed close to the tidal wetland of the Batiquitos Lagoon… naturally there’s water hazards aplenty.

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Presidio

Gem USA - Best in Area

Set close to downtown San Francisco, the Presido Golf Course dates back more than 100 years. It’s a popular facility that winds over hilly ground between stately pines and eucalyptus.

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Forest Dunes (The Loop - Red)

Gem USA - Best in Area

The reversible Loop at Forest Dunes is the realization of Tom Doak's “dream concept”. The Red course features the anticlockwise routing, but one question must be answered. Should The Loop be rated as one or two courses?

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Ring of Kerry

Gem Ireland - Best in Area

The Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club sits high above the spectacular Kenmare Bay. It's one of Ireland's most scenic courses.

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Taymouth Castle

Gem Scotland - Best in Area

The golf course at Taymouth Castle closed to members and visitors in August 2011 following approval to restore and remodel the James Braid-designed layout. It's not yet known when the course will re-open.

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Hampstead

Gem England - Best in Area

A tranquil and traditional 9-hole golf course lies in wait for unsuspecting golfers at Hampstead Golf Club, just a few miles from central London.

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Hans Merensky

Gem South Africa - Best in Area

Don’t be surprised to see elephants, antelopes, giraffes, monkeys and baboons in and around the perimeter of Hans Merensky's fairways, whilst hippos and crocs can be found at some water hazards!

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