The World’s 30 Most Difficult Golf Courses

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.

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.

East Lake Golf Club

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

5 out of 5

Harbour Town Golf Links 

Hilton Head is an oasis for golf lovers and Harbour Town Golf Links offers the stiffest challenge on the island.

Champion Course At PGA National Golf Club

You’d have to expect a real challenge from the top course at PGA National Golf Club — and you’ll be in for one if you ever play the Champion Course.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

While nearby Pebble Beach Golf Links is the more famous of the pair, Spyglass Hill Golf Course is arguably the toughest of these two West Coast classics.

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