The Top 10 Golf Courses Around the World

National Geographic has come up with this list of the 10 most awe-inspiring golf courses from all over the globe. We've also included some stories to help you plan a meeting in each of the cities mentioned.

1. Pine Valley Golf Club, Clementon, NJ
This private club is a bit of a secret: located in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, the course runs over almost 600 acres of picturesque virgin woodland.

2. Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, CA
This Big Sur 18-hole course was designed by Dr. Alister Mackenzie, who also masterminded the Augusta National Golf Club.

3. Muirfield Village Golf Club, Scotland
This course, opened in 1744, is where Jack Nicklaus won his first British Open.

4. St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland
The Old Course at St. Andrews is often called the most famous course in the world. Its stormy North Sea dunes make it a challenge for the most seasoned of golfers.

5. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA
This course is known for its narrow fairways and gorgeous views of California’s rocky Pacific coast.

6. Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia
This private golf club has two 18-hole courses created in 1959 when the club hosted the World Cup.

7. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, NY
Built in 1893, this Long Island course plenty of variety is buffeted by Atlantic winds that make it quite challenging for players.

8. Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA
This club hosts the annual Masters Tournament and lays claim to three of the sport’s toughest and most famous holes.

9. Pinehurst Country Club, Pinehurst, NC
This resort boasts a total of eight corses ranging in difficulty. All of the picturesque courses have tree-lined fairways.

10. Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, UK
Built more than a century ago, tho Royal County Down Golf Club has two 18-hole courses. Players say this is as tough a place to play as it is a beautiful one to see.