Top 100 Courses: Remote Golf Courses

1 of 7 Wood Sabold
The best courses in the world aren't always as easy as a charter flight to Myrtle Beach. Golf Magazine's Josh Sens picks the most remote courses in the Top 100 that are well worth the extra travel.Bandon Dunes (34 U.S., 63 World), Pacific Dunes (12 U.S., 20 World), Bandon Trails (49 U.S.), Old MacDonald (45 U.S.) Mike Keiser built it, and they came. So he built another. And another. And another, drawing on the talents of the game's top architects: Doak, Kidd, Coore, Crenshaw. The result: the property with the most Top 100 courses on the planet. On the one hand, the Oregon coast is a long way to go. On the other, once you get there you never want to leave. (Pictured: Pacific Dunes)
2 of 7 Larry Lambrecht
Barnbougle Dunes (34 World) and Lost Farm (72 World) Think Tasmania, and you picture a whirling cartoon devil. But think again. Wallabies are what you're more apt to see there, bounding across a stunning coastal dunescape. That, and two truly great layouts, sitting side by side, in a locale so far south you go Down Under, then head south a little more. (Pictured: Barnbougle Dunes)
3 of 7 Courtesy of Cape Kidnappers
Cape Kidnappers (38 World) and Kauri Cliffs (74 World) It's possible that you've played better courses (it's also likely that you haven't). But you've never teed it up anywhere more scenic than these unspoiled, cinematic settings. Sister layouts, Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs sit some 400 miles apart, but they're linked by air service: helicopters, planes. And once you've traveled that far, what's another two-to-three hour flight? (Pictured: Cape Kidnappers)
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Machrihanish (91 World) A puddle-jump from Glasgow, or a three-hour drive through the Scottish countryside, takes you to a quiet stretch of the Kintyre Peninsula, where, a century-plus ago, Old Tom Morris helped stretch a 12-hole track into a great 18 hole links. With dunes rising around you, you have the sense you've got the whole place to yourself. Look a little closer: turns out, you're right.
5 of 7 Ben Cowan-Dewar
Cabot Links (82 World) By golf standards, this course is just a baby (the full 18 opened in 2012). But it has the bearing of an ancient links, its rumpled fairways lilting along the western edge of Cape Breton Island, overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. How isolated is it? When the wife of the co-owner first moved here from Toronto, she said she felt as if she'd entered the witness protection program. What a perfect place to try to find your game.
6 of 7 Larry Lambrecht
Streamsong Red (52 U.S.) and Blue (62 U.S) On this former mining site in the center of the state -- an hour-plus from Tampa and twice that from Orlando -- wild, white dunes swell around you, giving way to open spaces as far as you can see. It seems a bit like Scotland. Or the Midwestern sand hills. Or maybe some distinctive cross between the two. Bottom line, Toto, we know the feeling. You'd swear you're not in Florida anymore. (Pictured: Streamsong Blue)
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Sand Hills (9 U.S.; 12 World) So much for the coast. In 1995, when this Coore-Crenshaw design opened, the game awakened to an undiscovered Eden: a sandy swatch of north-central Nebraska emerged as golf's great new frontier. In the years since, others have turned earth in the Sand Hills region. But none has come close to this groundbreaking layout, which -- architecturally and geographically -- remains a place unto itself.More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1 More Top 100 Courses in the U.S.: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1