Five of the best courses you’ve probably never heard of

September 25, 2019
The Dunes Club in New Buffalo, Mich.

Looking for an under-the-radar gem to tell your friends about? Our raters share five of the best courses you’ve probably never heard of.

1. THE DUNES CLUB, NEW BUFFALO, MICH.

“Picture Pine Valley in miniature — nine holes across 60 acres of lilting, sandy land with multiple sets of tees but no tee markers and wild variations in the challenge.” (See main photo above.)

Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England.
Kevin Murray

2. FORMBY GOLF CLUB, MERSEYSIDE, ENGLAND

“The variety of terrain here is unmatched in Great Britain, with links, heathland and forest coming together into a terrific course that’s as fun to play as it is challenging.”

The 17th tee at Brora Golf Club in Brora, Scotland.
Brian Oar

3. BRORA GOLF CLUB, BRORA, SCOTLAND
The 4th and 5th holes at Sweetens Cove.
Brian Oar

4. SWEETENS COVE GOLF COURSE, SOUTH PITTSBURGH, TENN.

“An extraordinarily creative design that makes you look hard and think hard. It’s a breath of fresh air — totally different and outrageous in a very positive way.”

Beau Desert GC in Hazelslade, England.
bdgc.co.uk

5. BEAU DESERT GOLF CLUB, HAZELSLADE, ENGLAND

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