30 of The World’s Most Difficult Golf Courses
Most golfers appreciate challenge, but when it comes to course design, there’s a fine line between difficult and sadistic.
The locations featured here have been given diabolical ratings by the USGA, who keep a close eye on the difficulty of courses in America and beyond
30. Course No. 2 At Pinehurst Resort It's a well-known sanctuary for golfers, with nine different 18-hole courses. While six of them have a USGA rating of at least 74, it’s No. 2 that is legendary for its challenges.
29. East Lake Golf Club From the championship tees, East Lake has a USGA rating of 76.2, which makes the prize of winning the unique “Calamity Jane” putter trophy one that is truly earned
28. Harbour Town Golf Links Boasting a USGA rating of 75.6 (against a par of 71) and a slope rating of 148 from the PGA Tour’s Heritage tees, it was designed by the notorious Pete Dye
27. Champion Course At PGA National Golf Club The course’s already-stiff difficulty grew in 2002, when Jack Nicklaus began his first of several redesigns of its layout.
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