The best golf video games of all time

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As far as games come, golf video games aren’t usually that well known. That being said, there are actually plenty of them worth checking out. In this post, we’ll be covering the best golf video games of all time. From multiplayer to singleplayer, PlayStation to Xbox, tournaments to mini putt, these games are sure to keep you entertained for a while…

Xbox1 Golf Games

Here are some of the best golf video games that you can play on your Xbox1.

PGA Tour 2K21

PGA Tour 2k21 provides players with gameplay that simulates real golf. Every golf shot needs to be aimed and set up with precision. On top of that, you can compete against your friends and pros in tournaments and win virtual prizes. With real courses and a crazy realistic physics engine, you’ll get as close to a real-world golf experience as you can through a video game.

Features:

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  • Real golf courses to play and compete on
  • PGA Tour Career Mode which lets you try your hand at making it in the big leagues for golf
  • 12 real pros you can play against including Justin Thomas
  • A multiplayer version with mini-games (Divot Derby)
  • Myplayer option lets you build your player with custom clubs and apparel
  • Build your own golf courses with tons of customizable features

Quick Stats:

  • Game Consoles: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Release Date: August 21, 2020
  • Genre: Sports simulation
  • Current Price: $59.99 (Nintendo, PS4); $79.99 (PC, Xbox1)

The Golf Club 2019

Developed by Canadian game developer HB Studios, The Golf Club 2019 is award-winning The Golf Club franchise’s newest addition. As a golf simulation game, The Golf Club 2019 offers players a realistic venture into the world of tournament golf. Play, compete and win against real players via The Golf Club’s online matchmaking features. With crazy attention to detail in regards to the real-life golf courses and an upgraded UI, The Golf Club goes the distance.

Features:

  • Career mode lets you play your way through the ranks and try to become the best golf player in the world
  • Course designer lets you design, build, and share your courses online
  • Compete against other players head to head with online matchmaking or private matches
  • Real-life physics engine which makes The Golf Club iconic
  • Six TPC courses that come with the PGA’s license

Quick Stats:

  • Game Consoles: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
  • Release Date: August 28, 2018
  • Genre: Sports simulation
  • Current Price: $29.99 (PS4), $49.99 (Xbox1), $66.99 (PC)

Powerstar Golf

Designed by Zoë Mode and exclusive to the Xbox One game console, Powerstar Golf is a silly yet fun golf simulation game that almost has an RPG feel to it at times. Play as a variety of characters each with their own unique strengths and abilities as you try to tackle beautiful courses and take down your friends. As you play and win, you can obtain new gear that will help you and add to your golfing arsenal. Whether you’re just playing to chill after work or competing in a fierce tournament against your friends, Powerstar Golf will provide you with a fun challenge that will last hours at a time.

Features:

  • Each character has a unique special move that lets them perform much better than normal when used
  • An RPG-esque experience points system that lets you level up your characters by completing small challenges during your rounds
  • A multiplayer mode that allows players to play against the “ghost” of other players on the leaderboard
  • A unique caddie system, with caddies having their own move sets that players can leverage
  • “Booster” perks that you can buy with your virtual prize money which help you play better (like a slice or hook reduction or the ability to skip your ball across water)

Quick Stats:

  • Games Consoles: Xbox One
  • Release Date: November 22, 2013
  • Genre: arcade, sports simulation, RPG
  • Current Price: $19.99 for the full version (Xbox1)

PS4 Golf Games

If you’re not so much of an Xbox fan and instead own a PlayStation, here are the best golf games that you can play on your PS4.

Everybody’s Golf VR

Created by Japanese game developer Clap Hanz, Everybody’s Golf VR is the best virtual reality golf game on the PS4. It allows you to strap on your PSVR and step onto the golf course in a way you’ve never before experienced. Although the controls take a little getting used to, once mastered, they are extremely intuitive… and accurate! Some players report that their shots in the game actually reflected their shots in real golf!

Features:

  • Play with either your DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move controller
  • Unlock three 18 hole courses with Forest, Seaside, and Dinosaur themes
  • Unlock 4 different caddies with unique personalities who help you out on the course
  • Review extensive statistics that reflect how well you’re doing in the game
  • Push yourself harder by comparing your scores to the online leaderboard in-game

Quick Stats:

  • Game Consoles: PlayStation 4
  • Release Date: May 21, 2019
  • Genre: VR, sports simulation
  • Current Price: $34.99 (PS4)

3D MiniGolf

Developed by Z-Software, 3D MiniGolf is a classic golf game that you can enjoy with friends and family. Unlike some of the other entries in this post, 3D MiniGolf is solely focused on the putting aspect of golf and doesn’t have the full swing part of the game. Don’t let that discourage you though. With 54 unique holes and up to 4 players in multiplayer mode, this game will keep you entertained and having fun for hours.

Features:

  • Try your hand at intense golf with 18 official tournament holes
  • Experience 54 unique holes over 3 different scenarios/backdrops (Park, Beach, Camping Site)
  • Compete with challenge mode or tournament mode for play by yourself
  • Beat your family and friends with up to 4 people playing at a time in multiplayer mode
  • Earn medals and achievements along the way

Quick Stats:

  • Game Consoles: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Release Date: May 29, 2015
  • Genre: Sports simulation
  • Current Price: $9.99 (PS4), $19.99 (Nintendo Switch), $4.99 (PC)

Golf With Your Friends

Another mini-putt game, Golf With Your Friends is challenging, fun, and multiplayer! With 11 courses (18 holes each) and up to 12 players per round, you’ll find that there’s a lot to enjoy about this game. The best part of Golf With Your Friends is the easy-to-master controls and the simplicity of joining and starting servers. This means that you can connect with new or existing friends and start playing in a matter of seconds.

Features:

  • Play with Classic, Dunk, and Hockey game modes (or create your own!)
  • Use unique abilities such as different ball shapes, low gravity, and jumping
  • Customize your ball with floaties, hats, and even trails
  • Compete on 11 different 18 hole courses with themes including Forest, Haunted, and Candyland
  • Pick up powerups that let you trap your opponents in honey, freeze yourself in mid air, and more

Quick Stats:

  • Game Consoles: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: January 29, 2016
  • Genre: arcade, sports simulation
  • Current Price: $19.99 (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox1, PC)

Other Consoles Golf Games

Last but not least, if you don’t have an Xbox or PS4, you’re sure to at least have a computer or a phone. Here are the best golf games on other consoles.

Golf Clash

Arguably one of the most addictive mobile golf games, Golf Clash lets you face off against real opponents in real-time. With simple controls and cartoonish visuals, this game isn’t meant to be a replica of real golf… but I’ll be damned if it isn’t fun! Thousands of players wait to be challenged and if you win, you can move up the ranks and challenge even tougher players. With worldwide golf tournaments every two weeks and live chat functions during a match, Golf Clash will bring out the competitor in you as you compete to become the Golf Clash King!

Features:

  • Compete via quick-fire 1 on 1 real-time gameplay
  • Discover new courses added to the game every month
  • Save and share awesome shots in the replays section
  • Progress through level after level of tours as you advance through the ranks
  • Unlock new balls and clubs that give you different abilities like power, accuracy, spin, and curl

Quick Stats:

  • Game Consoles: Mobile
  • Release Date: January 18, 2017
  • Genre: sports
  • Current Price: Free with paid in-game upgrades (Mobile)

Perfect Golf

Developed by indie-game creator Perfect Parallel, Perfect Golf has some of the most stunning visuals out of all golf games. Only playable on your computer, Perfect Golf aims to be the best golf simulation game in the industry… and delivers. With hyper-realistic gameplay and a truly immersive experience, you’ll forget you’re on a PC altogether. As if that wasn’t enough, Perfect Golf also offers a multiplayer version so you can compete and enjoy the game with your friends.

Features:

  • Play on 12 different courses, each with their own dedicated driving range and practice facility and all geo-referenced to their corresponding part of the world
  • Build your own golf course with Course Forge, Perfect Golf’s design software which is included for free in the game
  • Change your set up with a number of golf clubs and different options
  • Customize your green speed based on the official golf STIMP metric
  • Compete with over 20 different game modes including stroke play, match play, and skins

Quick Stats:

  • Game Consoles: PC
  • Release Date: May 3, 2016
  • Genre: sports simulation, realistic
  • Current Price: $34.99 (PC)

Golf Battle

Similar to Golf Clash, Golf Battle is also a 1v1 mobile golf game. How it differs is that Golf Battle focuses solely on mini-putt. You can challenge players from around the world or compete with your friends and try to putt your way to the top. With super intuitive and easy controls, Golf Battle is the perfect golf game for you to keep in your pocket at all times.

Features:

  • Play with up to 6 of your friends at the same time
  • Watch your friends compete in real-time
  • Play on beautiful courses against golfers around the world with online multiplayer matches
  • Collect, customize, and upgrade your clubs and balls
  • Enjoy amazing 3d graphics and unique hole layouts

Quick Stats:

  • Game Consoles: Mobile
  • Release Date: October 24, 2018
  • Genre: sports
  • Current Price: Free with paid in-game upgrades (Mobile)

Start Playing Some Golf (Video Games)!

From Xbox to PC to Mobile, this post has covered all the best golf games on multiple different consoles. Plus they’re all super affordable. It doesn’t matter if you’re making 5 figures or millions, you’re bound to find something you can enjoy on this list.

So what in the world are you waiting FORE? Start getting these games and enjoying the world of (video game) golf!

This article originally appeared on Gamer Investments and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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The most difficult golf courses in the world, ranked

The most difficult golf courses in the world, ranked

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.

The locations featured here have been given diabolical ratings by the USGA, who 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. You’ll want to invest in some lessons before dragging your golf clubs to these spots.

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North Carolina’s Pinehurst Resort is a well-known sanctuary for golfers, with nine different 18-hole courses awaiting anyone who visits. While six of them have a USGA rating of at least 74, it’s No. 2 that is legendary for its challenges.

This nearly 7,600-yard monster boasts a rating of 76.5 from the U.S. Open tees, which means scratch golfers can expect to shoot at least four strokes over the par of 72. From the farthest tees used by regular players, its rating of 73.7 is a bit more manageable.

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.

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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 because of its considerable difficulty. From the championship tees, East Lake has a USGA rating of 76.2, which makes the prize of winning the unique “Calamity Jane” putter trophy one that is truly earned, while normal players can expect a rating of 74. 

The titular body of water comes into play often, including on hole No. 8, which starts with a forced carry tee shot and then forces the player to court the lake along the entire left side of a tight fairway.

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Hilton Head is an oasis for golf lovers and Harbour Town Golf Links offers the stiffest challenge on the island. Boasting a USGA rating of 75.6 (against a par of 71) and a devastating slope rating of 148 from the PGA Tour’s Heritage tees, this is one of several courses on our list designed by the notorious Pete Dye. The course does not favor long drives off the tee because of its tight fairways, which are lined with trees. Bleacher Report called it one of the 10 toughest courses used by the PGA Tour and the world’s top players likely wouldn’t argue with that.

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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. The course’s already-stiff difficulty grew in 2002, when Jack Nicklaus began his first of several redesigns of its layout. As you’ll see from several courses on this list, Nicklaus can be something of a sadist when he’s plotting links and the Champion Course’s “Bear Trap” — which is the water hazard-filled stretch of holes from Nos. 15-17 — has caused even the world’s best players to lose plenty of strokes.

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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. Spyglass Hill is loaded with character, thanks to its incredible scenery and holes that are nicknamed after bits from “Treasure Island,” but its difficulty dampens the charm a bit. At hole No. 4, nicknamed “Blind Pew,” anything less than a perfect tee shot is punished with a blind approach to the green on the second stroke. It’s no wonder Golf Digest ranked it among America’s 20 toughest venues.

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As the birthplace of golf, the United Kingdom has some of the most iconic courses in the world, but not all of them are considered as challenging as modern venues. Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down is home to one of the most diabolical courses in the world, however, on its Championship Links.

The USGA has given the par-71 course a rating of 74.8 and a slope rating of 142 from the blue tees, which is just shy of the maximum difficulty grade of 155.

When golf writers from Mississippi Today played a round on the Championship Links, they cited the howling wind, rain and deep bunkers as reasons why no one has allegedly ever broken 70 from the back tees used by regular players.

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The aforementioned Pete Dye didn’t earn his nickname, “The Marquis de Sod,” for nothing. Another of his notorious courses, this one part of the six PGA West venues in La Quinta, has a USGA slope rating of 148 from the black tees (remember, the maximum grade is 155). 

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. While you’re visiting PGA West, hit up the even longer Nicklaus Tournament Course for another bear of a challenge, provided you still enjoy the game after your round on the Dye links.

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Situated about an hour from Manhattan, Pound Ridge Golf Club offers New York swingers one of the best challenges they’ll find that close to the city. With a vicious USGA slope rating of 148 and overall grade of 75.9 from the black tees, it’s no wonder Pound Ridge was listed among the toughest public courses in the United States by Golf Pass. 

This one is all about accuracy and trust in your own game, as the fairways and approach windows are often ultra-tight, as you can see from this frightening shot of the 15th green. Would it shock you to know Pete Dye designed this one, too?

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Formerly known as Le Touessrok, this course designed by legendary PGA Tour golfer Bernhard Langer offers the toughest golf you’ll find off the east coast of Africa. Located on a separate island off the island nation of Mauritius, to even play Ile Aux Cerfs you’ll need to reach the course by either a helicopter or boat, the latter of which leaves every 30 minutes. 

CNN called it one of the world’s 10 toughest golf venues, blaming long carries over swamps, water hazards, tiny greens and massive bunkers as the chief reasons. But the selfies you’ll take while losing your golf balls will be very tough to beat!

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Arguably Pete Dye’s most famous course, TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course is known for making even the world’s best players sweat over their club selection. The final two holes in particular will destroy a respectable score in a hurry, with the notorious 17th hole providing the most intimidating forced carry on the PGA Tour.

In 2018, some of the best amateur players in the world averaged a score of 98.74 at the Stadium Course, according to Golf Pass. When the course is played from the TPC tees, it has a USGA slope rating of 155, the absolute maximum, while non-professionals can play it at a 149 slope rating, which isn’t much more forgiving.

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With more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, your legs will be as tired as your mind after you’re done wrestling with The Olympic Club’s Lake Course. Like all venues on the U.S. Open rotation, the challenges here are immense, and they reward planning over power. The par-71 course has a USGA rating of 75.1 from the black tees and can get even tougher if the marine layer settles in, making you cross your fingers after each shot.

Tiny, elevated greens and difficult sight lines make this a true test even for the world’s most gifted players. The players at the 1955 U.S. Open found that out the hard way, when they collectively averaged nearly nine strokes over par for the tournament.

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Michigan’s Grand Traverse Resort is home to a trio of beautiful golf courses, but The Bear may just eat your confidence alive. The black tees give the course a USGA slope rating of 150, which has to make designer Jack Nicklaus grin like the Grinch. Users at Golf Pass rated it as one of the five most difficult public courses in the United States in 2020, thanks to mogul-filled roughs that will shred your score. Grand Traverse’s Wolverine course also offers a great challenge if you’re still feeling brave.

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Every course we’re featuring on this list has a USGA bogey rating of at least 100 from the back tees, meaning average golfers likely won’t score below that massive number even on their best days. Old American Golf Club, located just north of Dallas, has a bogey rating of 102.1, partly because the course is stacked with hazards on virtually every hole and high winds frequently wreck a player’s accuracy. In 2020, Golf Pass ranked Old American as the second toughest public golf course in the United States, after a survey of thousands of its users.

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No list of great — or difficult — golf courses would be complete without historic Shinnecock Hills. This legendary New York venue has been punishing players since the late 19th century and has been called one of the 20 toughest courses in the United States by Golf Digest in the past decade. When playing from the red tees, which are the longest on offer, great golfers can expect to shoot about a 74 on this par-70, links-style course, per the USGA’s rating system. Despite the immense challenge presented by its tight greens and often windy conditions, one writer at Golf Channel called Shinnecock Hills “the best golf course in America.”

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A mainstay of the brutal rotation of U.S. Open courses, Winged Foot’s West Course is one of the more well-known venues on our list. This USGA 76.4-rated course features tight fairways, dense roughs and greens that may prompt you to schedule an eye exam after you inevitably misread them. It shouldn’t surprise you that the West Course was rated as the toughest course on the entire PGA Tour schedule for the 2020-21 season.

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A pair of challenging courses awaits players at TPC San Antonio, with the 7,400-yard Oaks Course — co-designed by golf icons Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia — being the more sinister sibling. This venue has only been open since 2010, but it’s already earned a reputation for being one of the biggest challenges on the PGA Tour circuit.

“It was viewed as an unfair golf course, almost too tough,” Larson Segerdahl, director of the Oaks Course-hosted Valero Open, told the San Antonio Express News, revealing comments made to him by professionals in the early years of the event.

Changes were made to soften the punishment in 2012, especially on the greens, but the course still has a USGA rating of 76.6 from the black tees.

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At the 1975 Western Open, Lee Trevino got struck by lightning while playing Butler National and that seems to be an apt metaphor for the venue’s dangers.

This super-tough course situated in the Chicago suburbs has been easily ranked among the 20 toughest courses in the United States by Golf Digest. It demands precision off the tee and on the approach, as the roughs are known to be long and exacting. 

From the farthest tees, Butler National holds a maximum USGA slope rating of 155 and a blistering bogey rating of 107.9 against a par of 71, which means that average golfers can expect to miss par by nearly 40 strokes!

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While courses with intimidating names can sometimes underwhelm, Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead more than lives up to its venomous title. More than 7,200 yards of distance await players from the black tees, which hold a USGA rating of 75.9 for a par-71 expectation. After 15 challenging holes of golf, Copperhead plays mind games with its players by displaying a large bronze statue of a striking snake ahead of the final three.

That stretch of holes is known as the “Snake Pit” and requires pinpoint accuracy and perfect club selection to avoid the many hazards and winds that can gust up to 30 miles per hour.

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Precision putting is the name of the game at Oakmont Country Club, where getting on the dance floor is where the fun really starts. This Pennsylvania landmark, which has been testing golfers since the early 1900s, is a par-70 layout with a USGA rating of 75.3 and a bogey rating of 101.1 from the non-professional tees, meaning average golfers have virtually no chance at a respectable score. While the fairways aren’t particularly tight, the rough comes into play often because of slopes, and the approach shots require a local caddie’s knowledge to hope for anything close.

In a writeup for Links Magazine, scratch-golfer Graylyn Loomis called it a “diabolical test” and reported that he shot a 91.

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For nearly 100 years, golfers of all skill levels have been shouting obscenities on the links at Carnoustie’s historic Championship Course. From the farthest tees not used by the pros, the USGA gives the course a 75.2 rating and a bogey rating of 101.1 on a par of 72. 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. CNN calls it the second-toughest golf course in the entire world and PGA Tour professionals have called “Carnasty” the most difficult test they see in Europe.

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The course at Quail Hollow Club is a mainstay on the PGA Tour, including as a venue for the PGA Championship. The par-72 course holds a USGA rating of 77.2 from the farthest tees and a bogey rating of 104.6, which would be considered a solid score from those tees by an average player. 

The whole round at Quail Hollow is challenging, but the nightmare really begins at hole No. 16, where the three-hole closing stretch is dubbed “The Green Mile.” All three holes beg players to lose a ball in the water, as the greens are surrounded by a lake and a creek.

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Like so many of the courses on this list, stunning views belie how nasty the challenge is at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, which was co-designed by Pete Dye and his wife, Alice Dye. This PGA Tour mainstay is legendary for its punishing difficulty, with both Golf Digest and CNN ranking it as the toughest golf course around. 

From the championship tees, which are mercifully only used by the pros, the Ocean Course’s USGA rating is a ridiculous 79.1 and holds a bogey rating of 108.1, which is the highest of any course we researched.

For non-tournament players, the Ocean Course is a bit more manageable, with a USGA rating of 73.9 and slope rating of 148, but is still no beachside picnic.

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The natural beauty you’ll see while playing at Wisconsin’s Scottish links-inspired Straits Course is in sharp contrast to the terror you’ll feel while marking down your scores. This course punishes any and all mistakes and will give your sand wedge a serious workout, provided you don’t lose your ball off a cliff. 

It’s got a USGA course rating of 77.2 from the black tees and both CNN and Golf Pass have it ranked among the 10 toughest courses around.

If you’re up for an “easier” challenge, the Whistling Straits Irish Course has a rating of 75.6, meaning it could qualify for this list as well.

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Getting the chance to even play at Augusta National is nearly impossible for a non-member of the elite club, but if you do, you’ll be in for a vicious challenge. While the course isn’t officially graded by the USGA, an unofficial assessment of the difficulty puts it at a rating of 78.1 from the back tees, according to Golf Digest

The course, which is arguably America’s most beloved golf venue, boasts more than 7,400 yards of distance, plenty of water hazards, tough pin positions and greens that are known to frustrate even the best putters.

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While PGA Tour professionals like Stuart Appleby and Kevin Chappell have shot sub-60 rounds at Old White, you will likely have no such luck at this Appalachian beauty. It’s nearly 7,300 yards long from the black tees and boasts a USGA rating of 76, putting it in rarefied air in terms of difficulty. Undulating greens, tight fairways and that marathon length contribute to the challenging reputation of this century-old course.

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Arguably Pete Dye’s final masterpiece, the course named for him at Indiana’s French Lick Resort is a sprawling brute that promises to exhaust any player both mentally and physically. 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. 

The USGA rated the course at 80, which makes it the only course on our list to hit that mark. Golf Pass users have regularly ranked it among the toughest courses in the United States, citing greens that are “almost impossible” as a chief reason.

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Located just outside of Chicago, Cog Hill is home to four golf courses and the Dubsdread (aka No. 4) is the crown jewel. With more than 7,500 yards of total distance from the black tees, the course is one of few to surpass a USGA rating of 78, making the par of 72 seem like a pipe dream.

In a detailed course review at Breaking Eighty, writer Sean Ogle reported on deep bunkers, tricky sight lines and unforgiving roughs, adding up to a score of 97.

“Dubsdread is essentially the golf equivalent of someone who is into S&M,” Ogle wrote. “The entire round is a combination of pleasure and pain.”

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While all the courses on the U.S. Open rotation are challenging, the South Course at Torrey Pines is among the most demanding. 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. 

The par-72 venue boasts a USGA rating of 78.8 and challenges players to stop their approach shots on greens that sit right against the edge of cliffs over the Pacific Ocean. Tight fairways and deep bunkers that seem unavoidable await anyone that plays at Torrey Pines South.

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The USGA slope rating for New Jersey’s Pine Valley Golf Club hits the maximum of 155 from the back tees, but even if you’re playing from the senior tees, it’s got a grade of 150! This par-70 venue demands pinpoint accuracy from the tees and with the irons, as trees and massive sand traps await any off-target shots, quickly ruining a player’s score. Golf Digest named it the second-toughest course in the United States in a 2011 roundup, which we agree with.

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Long Island’s Bethpage State Park is home to five 18-hole courses, with some genuine challenges among them. The Bethpage Red Course has a brutal USGA rating of 74.4 from the back tees, but the Black Course’s rating of 77.5 beckons confident players from all over. Bethpage Black plays mind games with its challengers before the first tee shot is taken, thanks to an infamous sign that reads, “Warning: The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.”

The shortest par four here plays like 400 yards thanks to an uphill carry, which is just one reason why Golf Pass has called it the toughest public course in the United States. We’ll do them one better than that and say it’s golf’s ultimate test.

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