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The 5 toughest golf courses in the world!

Course #5-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club, Lijiang, Yunnan, China



The longest golf course in the world at 8,548 yards, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain includes a 711-yard par-five (and two more that measure over 680 yards), a 525-yard par-four and a 270-yard par-three.

Of course the thin air of its location, more than 3,040 meters above sea level in the Himalayas, does make the golf ball fly further. But it also makes it fly further left or right, making it an extraordinarily difficult course for even the best golfers to break 80.


Course #4-Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin, United States



Another Pete Dye-designed exercise in masochism, Whistling Straits is suitably located on the site of an abandoned artillery range on the shores of Lake Michigan.

When current world No. 3 Lee Westwood first saw the course he said, "I'd been told there are 10 difficult holes and eight impossible ones. I'm still trying to work out which the 10 difficult holes are."

When golbuenosaires staffers visited the course they counted 967 bunkers. Yes, 967 bunkers on one course. That's an average of almost 54 per hole. Some of them are so small there's barely room for golfer and ball. Some of them are barely recognizable as bunkers, as Dustin Johnson found to his cost playing the final hole at the 2010 US PGA Championship with a one shot lead.

Johnson's tee shot landed on what he thought was some bare ground so he grounded his club before playing his second shot. Then he was told he'd been in a bunker and the subsequent two-shot penalty meant he missed the play-off by one shot.


Course #3- Ko'olau Golf Club, Oahu, Hawaii, United States



Though not as tricky as our first two, Ko´olau is still a monster golf course. When it first opened officials gave the course a 162 rating for difficulty, but USGA headquarters wouldn't accept this as the upper rating for difficulty is 155.

So they sent their own team out to Hawaii to rate the course. The result, an even higher slope rating of 172.

Since then the course has undergone alterations to make it easier to play (its slope is now 152) but fairways surrounded by Hawaiian jungle, over 80 deep bunkers, and six deep ravines make it a brute to play which is why it's third on our list.


Course #2- Carnoustie Golf Links, Dundee, Scotland



Laid out along the brutal North Sea coast, Carnoustie quickly earned the nickname "Carnasty" during the 1999 Open Championship, when the course played so tough that it reduced Sergio Garcia to tears after he finished dead last.

Measuring 7,421 yards, par-71 the course can play much longer when the wind whips in from the North Sea -- which it usually does.

Riddled with fiendish pot bunkers the course has even become part of a phrase in 21st century warfare -- the Carnoustie effect meaning the "psychic shock experienced on collision with reality by those whose expectations are founded on false assumptions."

This is probably what happened to Jean Van de Velde at the 1999 Open. Leading by three shots playing the last hole the Frenchman proceeded to implode, visiting the notorious Barry Burn, taking seven shots to finish the hole, and losing the resultant play-off to Scotsman Paul Lawrie.


Course #1-The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, United States



Top on our list has to be the Pete Dye-designed Ocean cours. Dye designs golf courses so difficult and torturous that he's earned the nickname "The Marquis de Sod."

Nowhere is this more evident than at the Ocean Course. Capable of being played at over 7,900 yards from the back tees the course's combination of huge sand dunes, thorny marshes, fiendish pot bunkers and superslick greens will reduce even the game's best to gibbering wrecks.

It's so tough that when the Ryder Cup was staged here in 1991 the game's very best players including Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples and Payne Stewart were winning holes with double-bogeys.


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