Tee up on the world’s most exclusive golf courses

Timeshare favourite Scotland features twice in the Top 10

With golf season now in full swing pretty much year-round, timeshare owners heading to their (Scottish?) resort for a few days of pitching and putting won’t want to miss this line up…

The equivalent of a “dream global golf map”,  leading website Billionaire.com has rounded up its picks of the most exclusive golf resorts around the world.  And while American courses have made the top 3, France and Scotland are not far behind…there’s even one in Japan!

1. Cypress Point, California, US

Based on the Monterey Peninsula between Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, it’s rumoured that John F Kennedy was once denied entry to the restaurant at Cypress Point. Designed by golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1928, this course boasts some spectacular scenery.

2. National Golf Links of America, New York, US

Designed by famous architect Charles Blair Macdonald, this course has been described as “perfection”. Built on 250 acres of rolling landscape, membership at the club mostly stays within the family.

3. Augusta National, Georgia, US

With only 300 members including Bill Gates, Augusta National is home to the Masters. It was famously designed by champion golfer Bobby Johns and Dr. Alister MacKenzie.

4. Golf de Morfontaine, Mortefontaine, France

This course was designed in the 19th century for Duc de Guiche and his friends and still retains much of the original design. After the duke died, the club became the property of its 450 members and is now the most exclusive club in continental Europe.

5. Loch Lomond, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Scotland is one of the most popular destinations for gold in the world, and timeshare owners who play may already have fallen in love with the course at Gleneagles (see No. 10!) near Club La Costa’s resort in the same area – Duchally Country Estate. Meanwhile, Loch Lomond Golf, set on a remote and beautiful estate, was once home to Rossdhu Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots is said to have written her love letters. The golf course offers panoramic views of the lake and woodland beyond and is a huge favourite of celebrities and billionaires.

6. Los Angeles Country Club, California, US

Built in Beverley Hills, this club is ultra exclusive and is full of America’s oldest family dynasties. Despite being close to Hugh Heffner’s infamous Playboy Mansion, the club reportedly has a strict no ‘movie-star’ policy.

7. Royal Melbourne (West), Melbourne, Australia

This club is the oldest and most prestigious in the Pacific and is the work of golfing architect Dr Alister Mackenzie. Golf aficionados consider it to be the kingpin of the Melbourne sand belt.

8. Hirono, Hyogo, Japan

The immaculately kept fairways at the Hirono course are extremely exclusive – to see the course, you have to attend one of the Japanese golf tournaments or be invited to play by a member.

9. Swinley Forest, Berkshire, England

Known as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, Swinley Forest was originally built as the playground of Lord Derby and his friends. It retains many of its traditions to this day and would-be players still have to hand-write application letters. It is a ‘one-out, one-in’ club and is mostly made up of English aristocracy.

10. Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland

Home to three top ranking golf courses, a five star hotel and a two-Michelin star restaurant, Gleneagles is also the location of this year’s prestigious Ryder Cup Championship. Membership fees start at £2,545 with a £600 joining fee.


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