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Top 50 Modern International Courses

15 OCT 2021

Golf Week's Best 2021: Top 50 Modern International Courses

We're sharing Golf Week's Top 50 Modern International Courses, starting with 41-50.
You can read the full article here.

This is the first year for this International Modern list, and it is comprised of thousands of individual ratings of courses around the world. We also have published the new Classic Courses version, shining a spotlight on the best international courses built before 1960.

The 800-plus members of our ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings on each course are averaged to produce a final rating for each course, which is then ranked against other courses to produce the final lists.

Each course is listed with its average rating next to the name, the location, the year it opened and the designers. After the designers are several designations that note what type of facility it is.

There are a few wonderful courses that don’t appear on this list because they haven’t received enough votes from raters. This most often happens at hard-to-reach private courses that don’t allow much guest play. One such example would be Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic, a stunning Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout that has been renovated by Rees Jones but that hasn’t received enough votes to make this international list. Given time and more votes, it’s entirely possible this seaside layout will make a strong climb into the various course rankings.


r: resort course
d: daily fee
p: private course
t: tour course
re: real estate
* Some international private courses allow limited outside play.
Contact the courses indicated for more information on their guest policies.


41. The Club at Nine Bridges 7.11
Jeju Island, South Korea; Ron Fream, David Dale, Steve Wenzloff (2001); p, t

42. Tobiano 7.06

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; Thomas McBroom (2007); d, re

43. Royal Westmoreland 7.04
St. James, Barbados; Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1994); r, re

T44. Tralee 7.01
Tralee, Ireland; Arnold Palmer (1984); d

T44. Cabo del Sol (Cove Club, formerly the Ocean) 7.01
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus (1994); r, re

T46. National Golf Club of Canada 6.99
Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada; Tom Fazio, George Fazio (1975); p

T46. The Hills 6.97
Arrowtown, New Zealand; John Darby (2007); p*

T48. San Lorenzo 6.96
Almancil, Portugal; Joe Lee (1988); r

T48. Moonah Links (Legends) 6.96
Fingal, Victoria, Australia; Ross Perrett (2003); r

T50. Georgian Bay Club 6.94
Clarksburg, Ontario, Canada; Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, Jason Straka (2004); p, re

T50. TPC Danzante Bay 6.94
Loreto, Mexico; Rees Jones (2016); r, re

Published By Golf Week