30 of the Toughest  Golf Courses in the World

The locations featured here have been given diabolical ratings by the USGA, which keep a close eye on the difficulty of courses in America and beyond.

We’ve ranked these courses in terms of their difficulty, using the USGA’s ratings from the farthest tees offered to non-professionals as a baseline.

30. Course No. 2 At Pinehurst Resort

North Carolina’s Pinehurst Resort is a well-known sanctuary for golfers, with nine different 18-hole courses awaiting anyone who visits.

29. East Lake Golf Club

The Tour Championship, presented as the PGA Tour’s ultimate challenge as it ends their playoff season, is hosted annually at East Lake Golf Club.

28. Harbour Town Golf Links

The course does not favor long drives off the tee because of its tight fairways, which are lined with trees.

27. Champion Course At PGA National Golf Club

The course’s already-stiff difficulty grew in 2002 when Jack Nicklaus began his first of several redesigns of its layout.

26. Spyglass Hill Golf Course

Spyglass Hill Golf Course is arguably the toughest of these two West Coast classics.

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