Originated in the 15th century Scotland, modern-day golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible. A golf player has to cope up with a varied terrain, unlike other ball games. This varied terrain is a key feature of the game and a golf course consists of either an 18-hole progression course or a 9-hole progression depending upon the seriousness of the game.
The R&A (an offshoot of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) are the ruling bodies of golf that control all the game related decisions.
The rules of golf limit each player to a maximum of 14 clubs in their bag. Strict rules prohibit sharing of clubs between players and each player has his own set.
Out of the ten longest golf courses in the world, seven are located in the United States.
The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club holds the distinction of being the longest golf courses in the world. Situated in the Chinese province of Yunnan, the golf course covers a distance of 8,548 yards.
Coming in at the second spot is the Legend Golf & Safari Signature Course, which covers a distance of 8,473 yards. Located in Waterberg, South Africa, many of the golf course’s holes have elevated tees. However, the one that stands out from the rest is the par-3 hole. What makes it unique is that you need a helicopter to access it.
The third spot is occupied again by a South African golf course Blair Atholl Golf Course. Covering a distance of 8,420 yards, the golf course is situated in the South African city of Johannesburg. It became operational in 2007.
At 8,325 yards, The International Golf Club – Pines Course is the fourth longest golf course in the world. Located in Bolton, Massachusetts, the golf course opened in 1901 but as a nine-course hole. It was designed by Geoffrey Cornish, a golf course architect.
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge, which is located in Hoover, Alaska, is the fifth longest golf course. At 8,191 yards, it also is a very scenic golf course and features two man-made lakes and a waterfall.
Antler Creek Golf Course covers a distance of 8,114 yards and is located in Peyton, Colorado. The sixth longest golf course, it has played host to several tournaments. Some of these are the USGA major tournament qualifiers and the Colorado Golf Association Stroke Play Championship. The special features of this course are the 73 bunkers and three lakes.
French Lick Resort, Dye Course is a fabulous golf course. Covering a distance of 8,102 yards, it is the seventh longest golf course in the world. But playing here is tough, as high grass and difficult greens make it also one of the most difficult golf courses to play on. Nevertheless, it is a great place to play golf and played host to the 2015 Senior PGA Championship. It is located in French Lick, Indiana.
Coming in at the eighth spot is the Painted Valley Course, which is located in Park City, Utah. Spread over a distance of 8,098 yards, it also holds the distinction of one of toughest golf courses in the state.
The ninth longest golf course is Shoals Golf Club, Fighting Joe in Alaska. It covers a distance of 8,092 yards.
The tenth longest golf course is Dunes Course at The Prairie Club in Nebraska. IIt covers a distance of 8,058 yards.
Here is a tabular representation of the top-10 longest golf courses in the world.
|1||Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club||China
|2||Legend Golf & Safari Signature Course||South Africa
|3||Blair Atholl Golf Course||South Africa
|4||The International Golf Club – Pines Course||USA||8,325|
|5||The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge||USA||8,191|
|6||Antler Creek Golf Course||USA||8,114|
|7||French Lick Resort – The Pete Dye Course||USA||8,102|
|8||Promontory Club – Painted Valley Course||USA
|9||The Shoals Golf Club, Fighting Joe Course||USA
|10||The Prairie Club – Dunes Course||USA||8,058|
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