This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
Get into the swing of things with our list of the top golf courses in the world. These historic, pristine courses are closely guarded by incredibly exclusive membership rules, so even the most accomplished and high-profile businessmen and golfers struggle to tee off.
National Golf Links of America
SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK, USA
Named the National Golf Links of America because the 67 founding members all lived in different areas of the US, the course is more commonly known as National. Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald in 1908, the course is laid out over 250 acres of Long Island scenery and is a blend of original holes and others inspired by famous courses in Britain — the third hole, Alps, is a par four that requires a blind approach shot to the green, similar to the 17th hole at Prestwick, and the 13th hole, Eden, is a par three that imitates the 11th hole at St Andrews. There’s a windmill between the second and 16th holes, apparently placed there at the suggestion of a member — Macdonald purchased a windmill when he was in Europe and sent the member the bill. Membership is invitation only, and fees can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps the reason it’s known as “America’s Snootiest Golf Course.”
Tournaments hosted Walker Cup
Notable members Roger Waters