The Most Expensive Golf Courses You Can Play On

IMAGINE for a moment that money was no object, that you have a string of fancy cars in the driveway of your eight-bedroom house.

We’ve looked at some of the golf courses in the UK that offer the best value for money. Now, we explore the ones where gambling fees would cause most of us to cringe and walk away.

But before that, let’s take a look at what we think are the five most expensive courses on the planet, with tantalizing green fees:

Shadow Stream

Green fee: $1,000

Yes, you read that right. $1,000 for 18 holes! We think Shadow Creek is the most expensive golf course in the world. He first won the crown in 2019 when he increased his green fees to $600 per game during peak season. The Las Vegas-based course has since increased its fees to $1,000 per spin. And there’s more. It’s open to the public, but only if you’re staying at one of the MGM Resorts International properties in Los Angeles, and it’ll cost you at least $300 a night.

royal melbourne

Green fee: $750

I have a friend who once hit his first tee shot at Royal Melbourne in the clubhouse! He’s a reporter who was in town covering the Australian Open tennis tournament and had been invited to play the course as a guest, so the shot he hit had nothing to do with it. do with the fact that he was asked to pay the green fee of $750! Founded 131 years ago in 1891, it is located in Black Rock, Victoria, southeast of Melbourne in Australia. The Royal Melbourne has hosted many national and international events such as the 1959 Canada Cup, the 1972 World Cup and the Bicentenary Classic, a tournament to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary in 1988.

Trump’s National Dorale

Green fee: $650

You will find that the name Trump stands out a lot in these lists. The former president owns Doral. It was designed in 1962 and spans approximately 800 acres of land. Apart from the golf course, it also offers luxury lodges and 700 hotel rooms. It is one of the most expensive golf courses in the world, most famous for the Blue Monster course.

pebble beach

Green fee: $620

Pebble Beach is described as a public course, but it’s unlike any other, having hosted the US Open on several occasions, as well as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am every year on the PGA Tour. It has also been voted America’s Best Public Course by Golf Digest since 2013. So, a public course. How much do you charge for 18 holes? A fee of $620. If you stay at Casa Palmero, you’ll get a $45 discount on that green fee, but it’ll cost you $1,000 per night to stay there.

TPC Sawgrass

Green fee: $600

Built in 1980, the TPC Sawgrass hosts both the PGA Tour and the Players Championship. Every year thousands of golf balls are lost in the lake surrounding the famous 17th par three and golfers who do so are willing to shell out $600 for the privilege, but for that money you also get a golf cart and golf bag. balls. hitting during warm-up.

So how do the UK and Ireland compare? As you’re about to find out, you can quickly empty your bank balance on a host of famous courses across Britain and Ireland.

And the most expensive of the lot? This honor goes to…

Ailsa Course, Turnberry

Ailsa course

Green fee: £425

Donald Trump spent a fortune remodeling the Ailsa course in Turnberry. It was a wonderful course anyway, but now it’s a work of art. Sadly, Trump’s political views led to Turnberry being dropped from The Open rotation, and that’s a real shame. This green fee from June 1 to September 30 costs £425 from Friday to Sunday. The rate drops out of season though, although playing Turnberry in the winter can be a less than pleasant experience.

Adare Manor

Green fee: £377

Adare Manor was bought by JP McManus in 2015 for around £30million. And it looks like he’s determined to get his money back. The park’s superb layout hosts the JP McManus Pro-Am and will also host the Ryder Cup in 2027. Its high season green fee for 2023 will be €430 (£377). You will also need to factor in the cost of a caddy, at around £90 per ride or a buggy for around £50. It’s cheaper if you can afford to stay at Adare Manor. How many? Around £2,500 for two nights with a round of golf and breakfast included.



Green fee: £374

Another Scottish golfing great, Kingsbarns, sits third with the highest green fee at £374 next summer. Yes, it is expensive, but what a spectacular golf course! I had the good fortune to play here and I consider it to be the best course I have ever played. It hosted the Women’s Open and is one of the courses used for the Dunhill Links Championship.

old head

old head

Green fee: £342

Old Head Golf Links is a spectacular golf course with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean through the front and back nine. You might not be surprised to learn that these sights come at a hefty price tag – €395, which translates to £342. It can be played for around £190 between October and April in ‘low season’.

International asset

Green fee: £325

Yet another golf course owned by Trump. This one was designed by Martin Hawtree and is located near Aberdeen. It’s a fabulous link, but is it really worth £325 in peak season? Play it in the winter and it’ll cost you ‘just’ £175.


Green fee: £325

One of the joys of our sport is that mere mortals can tread the same fairways and greens as our heroes. But this has a cost. There’s no denying that Muirfield is one of the best links courses on the planet, but if you’re planning on playing it in the high season in 2023 you better start saving now as it’ll set you back £325 for 18 championship holes. However, between November and December it will only cost £125, which is a heck of a discount. Oh, and by the way, if you’re a visitor, you can only play on Tuesday or Thursday.

royal troon

Green fee: £315

Another Open room that will relieve you of over £300 for the privilege of allowing you to play the mythical Postage Stamp and follow in the footsteps of Henrik Stenson. Troon is located close to Prestwick, Western Gailes and Dundonald – and the town is also home to excellent civic courses.

Royal Lytham and St. Anne

Green fee: £305

We believe the honor of being England’s most expensive course goes to Royal Lytham, one of the most iconic Open venues. This is a classic course with undulating fairways and lots of bunkers. It is famous for being the scene of Tony Jacklin’s memorable Open triumph in 1969. 18 holes here will set you back £305 in the summer months, but just £160 from November. until February.

Sunningdale old and new

Green fee: £300

Without doubt the best moorland courses in England, with beautiful greens and fairways and plenty of gorse and heather. Both old and new cost £300 each to play or you can play both on the same day for £500. Despite the cost, there is a huge demand to play on these fabulous courses.

Royal Birkdale

Green fee: £300

Another venue open, and another that won’t give you any change over £300. This is the course that hosted Jordan Spieth’s Open triumph in 2017 and is located in an area that has many fabulous courses including Hillside. Out of season you can play here for £185.

Royal County Down

Royal County Down

Green fee: £300

Anyone lucky enough to have visited Royal County Down will tell you that this links course in Northern Ireland is one of the best they have played. It is simply an unforgettable place to play this wonderful game. And there are great bargains to be had off season.

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Michael C. Ford