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"The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course." - Billy Graham.

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GOLF is a precision club and ball sport in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course using the fewest number of strokes. Golf is defined, in the rules of golf, as "playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules."

It is one of the few ball games that do not require a standardized playing area. Instead, the game is played on a course, in general consisting of an arranged progression of either nine or 18 holes. Each hole on the course must contain a tee box to start from, and a putting green containing the actual hole. There are various other standardized forms of terrain in between, such as the fairway, rough, and hazards, but each hole on a course, and indeed among virtually all courses, is unique in its specific layout and arrangement.

Golf competition is generally played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, known simply as stroke play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes during a complete round by an individual or team, known as match play. Stroke play is the most commonly seen format at virtually all levels of play, although variations of match play, such as "skins" games, are also seen in televised events. Other forms of scoring also exist.

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  • The Royal Melbourne Golf Club - founded in 1891. 36-hole golf club located in Black Rock, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. It is Australia's oldest extant and continually existing golf club.
  • THE ABACO CLUB - on Winding Bay, a Ritz-Carlton managed club. The Abaco Club's spectacular greens, designed by world-renowned links architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, offer a thrilling Bahamas golf vacation experience. The par 72 championship layout blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings, playing to a length of 7,183 yards.
  • MISSION HILLS GOLF CLUB - stretching across Shenzhen and Dongguan, China. Mission Hills is the World's No.1 golf club. Designed by 12 world-renowned golf legends. 216 holes.
  • Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club - opened in January 1993 to world acclaim and since then it has been host to numerous tournaments and events, including the Dubai Desert Classic on two occasions.
    England, U.K.
  • Royal St. George's Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9PB.
  • BROCKET HALL GOLF CLUB - Welwyn, Hertfordshire.
  • Ganton GOLF CLUB - near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Founded in 1891. "Ranks among the very best of Britain's inland courses. It has played host to many Amateur and Professional tournaments. Following the staging of the Walker Cup, the Club has joined Royal Birkdale and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers as being the only clubs honoured to have also staged the Curtis Cup and the Ryder Cup."
  • QUEENWOOD GOLF CLUB - Surrey. Joining fee: £145,000. Membership list limited to 350. The most exclusive and the most expensive golf club in Britain.
  • ROCKLIFFE HALL - luxury golf and spa resort.
  • ROYAL BIRKDALE GOLF CLUB - Waterloo Rd Southport. "One of Britain’s finest golf clubs, has been voted the No 1 course in Britain and is among the best in the world."
  • Royal Liverpool GOLF CLUB - Meols Drive, Hoylake, Wirral. Founded in 1869 on what was then the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, and received the "Royal" designation in 1871 due to the patronage of the Duke of Connaught of the day, who was one of Queen Victoria's younger sons.
  • Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club - Links Gate, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire. "Founded in 1886 and the present Course constructed in 1897. The Clubhouse celebrated its Centenary in 1998. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, host to ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments including the Women's and Seniors Open Championships."
  • Royal St. George's Golf Club - Sandwich, Kent. Since 1887. One of the premier golf clubs in the United Kingdom, and one of the courses on The Open Championship rotation. It has hosted 13 Open championships since 1894, when it became the first club outside Scotland to host the championship.
  • SAND MARTINS GOLF CLUB - Wokingham, Berkshire.
  • STAPLEFORD PARK HOUSE HOTEL, SPA, GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB - Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF.
  • STOKE PARK CLUB - Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire. "Encircling the club's 300 acre Buckinghamshire parkland estate, the famous 27 hole Championship golf course, is undisputedly one of the finest parkland courses in the country. Created in 1908 by eminent golf architect Harry Colt, the Stoke Park course has been the inspiration for many of the world’s most famous holes, including Augusta’s infamous 16th."
  • Sunningdale Golf Club - Ridgemount Road, Sunningdale, Berkshire. Founded in 1900 and has two eighteen hole golf courses: the Old Course, designed by Willie Park, Jr., and the New Course, designed by Harry Colt 1923.
  • Swinley Forest GOLF CLUB - near Ascot, Berkshire. Established in 1909 and is ranked as the best golf course in the county by the website Top 100 Golf Courses. The course measures a little over 6,000 yards (5,500 m) and was designed by Harry Colt.
  • THE GROVE - Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire.
  • Walton Heath GOLF CLUB - Deans Lane, Walton on the Hill, Surrey. Founded in 1903. "One of the world’s most famous and prestigious clubs." The club comprises two 18-hole golf courses, both of which are well known for having heather covering many of the areas of rough. The Old Course was the first to open in 1904, and (as of 2009) has a championship length of 7,462 yards. The New Course was initially opened as a 9-hole course in 1907, but was later extended to 18 holes, which were completed by 1913, and (as of 2009) has a championship length of 7,026 yards.
  • Wentworth Club - since 1926. Wentworth Dr, Virginia Water, Surrey GU25 4LS. Privately owned golf club and health resort in Virginia Water, Surrey on the south western fringes of London, not far from Windsor Castle.
  • Woodhall Spa GOLF CLUB - the National Golf Centre, The Broadway, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Founded in 1891. "We enjoy sharing our two magnificent courses – including the Hotchkin Course, consistently rated among the world's finest heathland golf experiences and ranked 25th in Golf World magazine's World Top 100 Golf Courses."
  • Monte-Carlo Golf Club - opened in 1911. Route du Mont Agel, F-06320 La Turbie. France. 18-hole golf course.
  • PENHA LONGA GOLF COURSES - ranked in the top 30 Courses in Continental Europe, The Atlantic Course designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones jr, is escapist golf at its best. Sintra.
  • Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course - "The First 18-Hole Course in the Algarve." At Penina Hotel & Golf Resort.
    Scotland, U.K.
  • Old Course at St Andrews, West Sands, St Andrews KY16 9XL, Scotland, U.K.
  • Carnoustie Golf Links - 20 Links Parade, Carnoustie, Angus. Founded in 1850. Its historic championship golf course is one of the venues in the Open Championship rotation.
  • Castle Stuart Golf Links - Balnaglack Farmhouse, Inverness. "Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands - a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world. The centrepiece for this Scottish destination golf resort is Castle Stuart Golf Links, a championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle."
  • KINGSBARNS GOLF LINKS - Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, Fife. Ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the world.
  • Loch Lomond Golf Club - Rossdhu House, Luss by Alexandria, Dunbartonshire. Founded 1993. Located in Luss, Argyll & Bute, Scotland on the shore of Loch Lomond. The golf course is designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the 7,100 yard course is considered to be among the 'Top 100' finest golf courses in the world (ranked by Golf Magazine) The course makes heavy use of natural hazards such as streams and marshland areas.
  • Muirfield - privately owned links which is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Duncur Road, Gullane, East Lothian. Founded in 1744 (1891). One of the golf courses used in rotation for The Open Championship. Holds the claim of being the oldest verifiable organised golf club in the world, although the game of golf is several centuries older. The club's records date continuously back to 1744, when it produced thirteen "Rules of Golf" for its first competition which was played at Leith Links for the "Silver Club".
  • Musselburgh Links - The Old Golf Course in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, is generally recognised as the oldest golf course in the world, and the oldest on which play has been continuous. Certified as the oldest golf course in the world by Guinness World Records, there is documented evidence that golf was played at the links in 1672, and it is reputed that Mary, Queen of Scots, played there in 1567.
  • Nairn Golf Club - since 1887.
  • North Berwick Golf Club - Beack Road, North Berwick, East Lothian. Founded in 1832. It is the 13th oldest golf club in the world and only St Andrews hosts a club which has played continuously over the same course for longer. Although the NBGC was the first club in the world to allow female members, full membership rights were only granted to ladies in 2005.
  • OLD COURSE HOTEL, GOLF RESORT & SPA - St. Andrews, Kingdom of Fife.
  • Royal Dornoch Golf Club - Golf Road, Dornoch, Sutherland. It is claimed that golf was played in Dornoch in the early seventeenth century. The current golf club was established in 1877. It was made a royal golf club in 1906.
  • Royal Troon Golf Club - Craigend Road, Troon, Ayrshire. Founded in 1878. Initially with five holes. The club was granted its "Royal" accolade in 1978. Its Old Course is now one of the host courses for The Open Championship, one of the major championships on the PGA Tour and European Tour.
  • ST. ANDREWS LINKS - founded in 1754. "The Home of Golf." St. Andrews, Fife. Invented the 18-hole game in 1764.
  • THE GLENEAGLES HOTEL GOLF & SPA RESORT - Auchterarder, Perthshire.
  • TURNBERRY GOLF COURSE - located in South Ayrshire on the rugged coast, it comprises three links golf courses, a golf academy, a five-star hotel, designed by James Miller and completed in 1906.
    South Africa
  • Fancourt Golf Resort, Montagu Street, Blanco, George, 6529, South Africa.
  • Fancourt Golf Resort - Montagu Street, Blanco, George. "South Africa’s premier golf resort, with all three of our golf courses ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa".
  • LEGEND GOLF & SAFARI RESORT - golfers are invited to tee-off from the edge of the mountain in an attempt to hit a hole-in-one on the 19th located at the bottom of the cliff. A hole-in-one will soon earn the lucky golfer US$1 mio. Garsfontein, Tshwane.
  • Maidstone Club, 29 Maidstone Ln, East Hampton, NY 11937, U.S.A.
  • ATLANTA ATHLETIC CLUB - founded in 1898. Johns Creek, Georgia. World-renowned private athletic club. Offers two 18-hole golf courses, a health center, indoor and outdoor tennis, a par-3 course, Olympic-sized pool, as well as fine dining.
  • AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB - founded in 1933. Augusta, Georgia. One of the most storied and exclusive golf clubs in the world. ranked course in Golf Digest's 2009 list of America's 100 greatest courses and is currently the number ten ranked course on Golfweek Magazine's 2011 list of best classic courses in the United States (written from a golf course architecture viewpoint).
  • BALTUSROL GOLF CLUB - founded in 1895. Springfield, New Jersey.
  • Bandun Dunes Golf Resort - 57744 Round Lake Drive, Bandon, Oregon. Founded in 1999. Complex of five golf courses. In 2009, Golf Magazine named the three courses existing at that time to its list of the 50 best courses built in the last 50 years. Pacific Dunes ranked second, Bandon Dunes twelfth, and Bandon Trails as thirty-third.
  • BOCA RIO GOLF CLUB, PALM BEACH - Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Burning Tree Club - founded in 1922. Private, all-male golf club in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., not too far from the Congressional Country Club, home of the 2011 U.S. Open golf tournament. Membership in the club is extremely exclusive. The course at Burning Tree has been played by numerous presidents, foreign dignitaries, high-ranking executive officials, members of Congress, and military leaders. The course was designed by the legendary architect Alister MacKenzie. 8600 Burdette Rd, Bethesda, Maryland 20817-2899.
  • Cohasset Golf Club - established in 1894, Cohasset Golf Club is one of the oldest private clubs in New England. Members enjoy a challenging 18-hole Donald Ross course, practice on a conveniently located driving range. Cohasset, Massachusetts.
  • Cypress Point CLUB - 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. Private golf club in California. The club has a single 18-hole course, one of eight on the Monterey peninsula near Monterey, California. The course is well known around the world for its series of three dramatic holes that play along the Pacific Ocean: the 15th, 16th and 17th, which are regularly rated among the best golf holes in the world. The 16th is a long par three that actually plays over the ocean.
  • HAMPTON GOLF CLUB - designed by Arnold Palmer. Fernandina Beach, Florida.
  • HERITAGE CLUB - Mason, Ohio.
  • Hyannisport Club - founded in 1897. Private club with an 18 hole golf course, located at 2 Irving Avenue (at Scudder Avenue) in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The club boasts some of the most scenic views on Cape Cod and is known for having water visible on every hole although coincidentally, there are no water hazards on the course. The course is located adjacent to the Kennedy Compound and the Kennedy family have long been members of the club.
  • Kiawah Island Golf Resort - near Charleston, South Carolina. Opened in May 1976 and has five golf courses, most notably the Ocean Course, added in 1991.
  • Liberty National Golf Club - Jersey City, NJ. Founded in 2006. Country club in Jersey City, New Jersey with a 7,346 yard course designed by Robert E. Cupp and Tom Kite. The club cost over US$250 million to build, making it one of the most expensive golf courses in history. Club designers added amenities such as an on-site heliport, yacht services, a spa and a restaurant. Liberty National is noted as a unique course because of its proximity to both the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, as well as the fact it was built on a former landfill.
  • Maidstone Club - founded in 1891. Off Old Beach Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937. Private country club. In addition to a private beach, pool, tennis house, and club house, Maidstone has both an 18-hole and 9-hole private golf course. From its earliest days, East Hampton’s Maidstone Club attracted New York’s oldest, most socially prominent families. Jacqueline Kennedy’s father, John Vernou “Black Jack” Bouvier III, who was a golfer, belonged to the club, along with other family members like "Little Edie" Beale, of Grey Gardens fame. Because of its extraordinary assets and aura of exclusivity, the club has been the envy of the East End’s socially ambitious for decades. Read more: Maidstone Club's Luxurious Links, Hamptons Magazine.
  • Merion Golf CLUB (East) - 450 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1912. The club has two courses: the East Course, and the West Course. The East Course has been consistently rated by Golf Digest among America's greatest golf courses, and it has hosted five U.S. Opens, most recently in 2013.
  • National Golf Links of America - 325 Sebonac Inlet Road, Southampton, New York. Prestigious links-style golf course in Southampton, New York, located on Long Island between Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and Peconic Bay. Though the course is noted for hosting the initial Walker Cup in 1922, which the United States won 8 and 4, it has never hosted a major men's championship. The Walker Cup will again be held at National in 2013. The private club has been called "America's snootiest golf course" due to its exclusive nature.
  • Oakmont Country CLUB - 1233 Hulton Road, Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1903. Country club and the "oldest top-ranked golf course in the U.S." With a USGA course rating of 77.5 and some two hundred bunkers it is generally regarded in the golf community as one of the most difficult in the United States. It features large, extremely fast, and undulating greens.
  • Pebble Beach Resorts - 1700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach California. Founded in 1919. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, it hugs the rugged coastline and has wide open views of Carmel Bay, opening to the Pacific Ocean, on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. In 2001 it became the first public course (i.e., open to the general public for play) to be selected as the No.1 Golf Course in America by Golf Digest. Greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 (plus $35 cart fee for non-resort guests) per round in 2008.
  • PINE VALLEY GOLF CLUB - Pine Valley, Camden County, New Jersey. Founded in 1913. Ranked the number one course in Golf Magazine's 100 Top Courses in the U.S. and the World in 2012.
  • Sand Hills Golf Club - Highway 97, Mullen, Nebraska. Founded in 1994. Currently ranked No. 8 in the U.S. and No. 11 in the world.
  • Seminole Golf Club - private golf club located in Juno Beach (901 Seminole Blvd), Florida. Designed by Donald Ross in 1929, it is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the United States.
  • SHINNECOCK HILLS GOLF CLUB - 200 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, New York. Founded in 1891 it is the oldest formal organized golf club in the United States.
  • The Apawamis Club - founded on June 25, 1890 as a social organization by a group of 40 gentlemen from Rye, New York, and the surrounding area. Golf and country club. The Apawamis Club has a rich golf history. The golf course was designed by Willie Dunn, Jr.
  • THE BEAR'S CLUB - Jupiter, Florida. Founded in 1999 by Jack & Barbara Nicklaus. Recognized as one of the world's elite private club experiences.
  • THE RIVIERA COUNTRY CLUB - founded 1927. Pacific Palisades, CA. The Riviera Country Club's internationally renowned golf course was established in 1926 and has been open for play since 1927. Noted for its spectacular beauty and uniquely challenging design, the George C. Thomas masterpiece is perennially rated among the very finest in the world.
  • The Valley CLUB - 1901 E Valley Rd, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA. Since 1909. Private golf club. Ranked #85 in the world.
  • Trump International Golf Club - 3505 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406.
  • WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB - founded in 1921. Mamaroneck, New York.
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  • ACG - since 2000. Custom Golf Carts.
  • BIGDOG - since 2013. Custom Golf Carts.
  • Bradshaw Electric Vehicles - "Since 1998, Bradshaw has exclusively used Club Car golf buggies and Club Car utility vehicles for reliability and rock solid engineering that will not let you down."
  • CLUB CAR - since 1958. "The fleet golf gold Standard."
  • Columbia GOLF CART - since 1946. Legacy series.
  • Cool Carts of Texas - "Custom Golf Carts That Get You Noticed."
  • Cushman - since 1903. "Whether you're working to manicure fairways and bunkers or taking care of members and guests, these vehicles know what it takes to get the most out of every hour on and off the course."
  • E-Z-GO - since 1954. "Leading manufacturer of golf cars and personal transportation vehicles."
  • Garia - since 2005. "Garia Luxury Golf Cars." World renowned Danish luxury golf and leisure car manufacturer.
  • Hitachi - "Working On Wonders." Golf Carts.
  • - Custom Golf Carts.
  • Melex - since 1971. "Model 427 is the latest generation of golf vehicles constucted to improve comfort and functionality."
  • Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car.
  • Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car - "The Garia Special Edition. Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car."
  • Orange County Golf Carts - "The Largest Stocking and most Respected Dealer of High End Luxury Golf and Leisure Cars in the United States."
  • pennwick - "We provide the largest selection of custom golf carts, estate vehicles & electric carts in the world."
  • Star EV - since 2003. Golf & Recreation. All models.
  • Streetrod Golf Cars - since 1995. "Streetrod Golf Cars are not your ordinary golf cart, they are the World's Finest Golf Cars."
  • Tomberlin Electric Golf Carts - Emerge series.
  • Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies - Solar Golf Carts.
  • YAMAHA GOLF CAR - "Discover why over 2,071 courses switched to Yamaha golf cars!"
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