30 Most Difficult Golf Courses  to Play 

  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.

Most golfers appreciate a good challenge, but when it comes to course design, there’s a fine line between difficult and sadistic. We’ve taken a look around the globe and picked out some of the golf courses that have brought even the best players in the world to their knees.

Course No. 2 At Pinehurst Resort

No. 2’s considerable length, severely sloped greens and an approach game that’s as demanding as any in the sport all contribute to it being ranked among the 20 toughest courses in the United States by Golf Digest.

It’s a Scottish links-style affair loaded with moguls and deep bunkers, which landed the Stadium Course among Golf Pass’s 10 most difficult public courses in the United States.

The Stadium Course at PGA West

5 out of 5

The deep pot bunkers at the Championship Course are the stuff of legend, while high winds, ultra-firm fairways and walls that elevate some of the greens areas are just icing.

Championship Course at Carnoustie, Scotland

Players will find more than 8,100 yards of distance from the back tees, and when you pair length like that with Dye’s signature sadism you’ve got a recipe for high scores.

Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

The length alone, which spans more than 7,800 yards from the black tees, makes it a test of physical endurance unlike many other courses used by the PGA Tour.

South Course at Torrey PInes Golf Course