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Eight of the world's most beautiful golf courses

travel Updated: Mar 06, 2013 12:50 IST

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As Northern Hemisphere golfers get ready for spring, dusting off their clubs and practising their strokes, we take a look at some dream golf destinations. From dramatic ocean views to sweeping cityscapes, here is a sample of what some of the world's most gorgeous golf courses have to offer.

Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Hawaii, USA
Hawaii boasts a plethora of breathtaking golf courses, but the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club claims to have the longest stretch of continuous ocean holes on the islands.

Emirates Golf Club, Majlis, Dubai, UAE
One of the best links in the Middle East, this classic course was the first grass course in the area and features seven fresh and saltwater lakes, along with sweeping cityscapes.

St. Andrews Golf Club, Scotland
St. Andrews is probably the most famous golf course in the world -- with golf being played on this land since the 15th century -- and is considered to be the "home of golf."

Cape Kidnappers, Napier, New Zealand
Built on a 5,000-acre former sheep ranch sat atop the vertical cliffs that descend into the Pacific Ocean, Cape Kidnappers has some of the most astounding views of any course on earth.

The Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada
Tucked inside one of Canada's most beautiful national parks, the Fairmont Banff Springs Course in western Alberta offers stunning panoramic views as the course winds its way along the valleys of the Bow River.

Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland
This gorgeous locale which opened in 1744 is home to the world's oldest golfing society. More than 200 years later, Jack Nicklaus won his first British Open here on

Fuji Classic, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
This gorgeous course designed by Desmond Muirhead is right at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA
Established in 1894, Pinehurst oozes not only golf history but Carolina charm, with a sample platter of courses designed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.