Golf is a sport steeped in tradition and heritage, celebrated for its historic courses that have challenged and captivated players for generations. However, the unveiling of new courses across the globe continually sparks a palpable buzz, highlighting the evolving nature of golf, where innovation meets tradition.

The following courses are some of the newest that you can play in 2024, and look set to become legendary golfing destinations in their own right, representing cutting-edge golf architecture and world-class playability.

For the golfing trailblazers always on the lookout for the next great course, these new additions offer the chance to be part of golfing history in the making.

Te Arai Links (North & South)

New Zealand

Te Arai Links captures the breathtaking diversity of New Zealand’s landscapes, from coastal dunes to native forests and stunning white sand beaches, and has truly made waves in the world of golf in the past couple of years.

Located just a short trip north from Auckland, golfers who come here find themselves in another world.

The South Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, was opened in 2022 and already finds itself ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the world. Awe-inspiringly photogenic, you’ll find 16 ocean view golf holes and eight holes directly bordering the ocean, in addition to spectacular natural dunes and firm fescue turf.

The newer North Course, designed by Tom Doak and opened a year later in October 2023, also offers incredible ocean-side golf, but then meanders inland, with holes reminiscent of Pine Valley.

Some of the most memorable holes include the par 4 5th, with its green sitting high on a ridge adjacent to an ancient Maori hill fortress, and the long par 5 11th, with a ‘whirlpool’ hazard sitting next to the elevated green.

The North and South Courses offer contrasting challenges, both embracing the natural features of the land to create golfing experiences that are as beautiful as they are challenging – in one of the most beautiful countries on the planet.

Dunas Course, Terras da Comporta


The Dunas Course at Terras da Comporta is rapidly emerging as a must-visit destination for golfers seeking the thrill of playing one of the world’s best new courses in 2024. Crafted by the acclaimed designer David McLay Kidd, known for his work on courses like Bandon Dunes, the Dunas Course seamlessly integrates into the pristine landscapes of Portugal’s Alentejo region, offering a playing experience that is both challenging and visually stunning.

The course is a masterclass in sustainable golf course design, meticulously planned to ensure that the natural beauty and ecological balance of the area are preserved. Golfers can expect a unique journey through diverse terrains, from lush forests to expansive dunes, with the Atlantic Ocean’s vastness serving as a constant, breathtaking backdrop.

A standout feature of the Dunas Course is its commitment to playability for golfers of all levels while still presenting a challenge to more experienced players. The strategic placement of hazards and bunkers, alongside the thoughtful layout of each hole, encourages creative shot-making and rewards careful planning.

Moreover, a sister course designed by Sergio Garcia is also underway, promising to complement the Dunas Course and enhance Terras da Comporta’s appeal as a premier golfing destination.

Dumbarnie Links


Crafted by the esteemed Clive Clark, Dumbarnie Links emerges as Scotland’s latest marvel of golf, offering a fresh twist on traditional links golf. The course’s design capitalises on its unique topography, boasting dual levels and a meandering escarpment, which means some 14 holes have stunning elevated tees with awe-inspiring views over the bay and the Firth of Forth.

The expansive sea views at Dumbarnie Links are framed by dramatic dunes, creating an experience that will live long in the memory for golfers exploring the renowned golfing region of Fife and St Andrews.

Situated on the Firth of Forth’s northern shoreline, just 11 miles from St Andrews – the revered Home of Golf – Dumbarnie Links stands on hallowed golfing ground. Flanked by Fife’s lesser-known gems, Lundin Links and Elie Golf Club, the course offers expansive views across the Forth Estuary towards landmarks such as Muirfield, North Berwick, and Edinburgh. The site spans 345 acres, featuring a mile and a half of beachfront, with a magnificent clubhouse perched 100 feet above sea level.

This Clive Clark-designed course is quickly gaining recognition as a must-play destination for golf enthusiasts, with its integration into Scotland’s prestigious golfing landscape. Notable holes like the 4th, 9th, 13th, and 14th, with their breathtaking coastal views and proximity to the beach, underscore Dumbarnie Links as a standout addition to Scotland’s golf offerings.

St Patrick’s Links at Rosapenna


At the Rosapenna Golf Resort, St Patrick’s Links – one of Ireland’s newest golf courses – stands next to one of the oldest in the Old Tom Morris Links, which was first staked out by the legendary golfer in the 1890s.

And St Patrick’s – designed by Tom Doak – is an incredible homage to the traditions of links golf pioneered by Old Tom. Doak’s minimalist design philosophy shines here, with the course hugging the natural contours of the land, offering an authentic links experience that’s both challenging and visually stunning.

St Patrick’s Links at Rosapenna

The dramatic seaside location along the rugged Donegal coastline, offers panoramic views of Sheephaven Bay and the dramatic dunes that define this area of Ireland. Combine the drama of the setting with the unpredictable Atlantic winds and every round here is an adventure, capturing the essence of golf in its purest form.

The course is celebrated for its strategic design, offering a challenging but fair test of golf. The natural contours of the land influence gameplay, requiring thoughtful shot selection and course management.

And it’s already attracted plaudits, with it already being ranked inside the top 50 courses in the world.

La Reserve Links at Heritage Golf Club


You may have already seen footage of the stunning La Réserve Golf Links at Heritage Golf Club, given it was immediately thrust into the limelight as the host of DP World Tour’s 2023 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

The course is considered to be the first and only contemporary links course in the Indian Ocean, designed in collaboration between renowned architect Peter Matkovich and 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen.

Each hole is crafted to highlight the natural beauty of the location, with ocean views and volcanic mountain backdrops from every hole. La Réserve offers a distinct golfing experience that marries the traditional elements of links golf with modern design principles.

Located next to a UNESCO biosphere reserve, great effort has been made to ensure the development and maintenance of the golf course stays in harmony with nature. This includes preserving the local flora and fauna, protecting natural water sources, and integrating the course seamlessly into the surrounding landscape without disrupting the delicate ecological balance.

The creation of La Réserve Golf Links as a contemporary links course in such a unique setting not only offers golfers the chance to play in one of the most beautiful locations in the world but also sets a new benchmark for sustainable golf course design.

Breathtaking beauty and pure golfing drama make La Réserve one of the best new golf courses to play on the planet.

The course is a testament to design that respects the delicate balance of the island’s ecosystem, offering sustainable golfing that contributes to the conservation efforts of the region.

Ombria Golf Course


As the first new golf course in the Algarve for 10 years, Ombria was always going to cause a buzz.

Designed to blend harmoniously with the natural landscape of the Algarve, Ombria Golf Resort is already celebrated for its environmentally conscious approach and commitment to preserving the beauty of its surroundings. The course’s challenging yet rewarding layout offers a diverse golfing experience that caters to players of all skill levels. Strategically placed hazards and undulating greens add to the course’s appeal, challenging golfers to use every club in their bag.

The standout aspects of Ombria include its exceptional condition, with perfectly manicured fairways and greens that speak to the care and maintenance invested in the course. The attention to detail in the course’s construction is evident, providing a premium golfing experience that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is challenging.

Aside from the golf itself, Ombria Golf Resort offers luxury accommodations and amenities that make it not just a destination for golf but a comprehensive resort experience. The Algarve, known for its stunning landscapes, warm climate, and rich culture, adds another layer of appeal, making Ombria a must-visit for golfers seeking new experiences in 2024.

Hills Course at Costa Navarino


The Hills Course at Costa Navarino has quickly established itself as one of the best golf courses in Europe, drawing attention for its innovative design and stunning setting.

Designed by two-time Masters champion José María Olazábal, The Hills Course is characterised by its challenging layout that respects the natural contours of the land.

Hills Course at Costa Navarino

Olazábal’s expertise and thoughtful approach to course design are evident in every aspect, from strategic bunker placement to the seamless integration of each hole with the surrounding environment. His design not only challenges golfers of all levels but also provides them with an immersive experience that highlights the beauty of the Peloponnese.

The Hills Course is notable for its location among areas of breathtaking natural beauty and cultural importance, including stunning views of the Ionian Sea and holes that weave through the region’s natural olive groves.

The Costa Navarino resort as a whole is world-class, offering luxurious accommodation options and amenities, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a golf holiday that combines sport, relaxation, and exploration of the rich Greek culture and history.

International Olympic Academy Course at Costa Navarino


The International Olympic Academy Golf Course – another new addition to the Costa Navarino resort and another Olazábal design – is the first golf course to carry the prestigious Olympic Academy name.

This innovative course is set against the stunning backdrop of Greece’s Messinia region, crafted to reflect the spirit of the Olympics, focusing on the values of excellence, respect, and friendship.

Its design harmonises with the surrounding landscape, featuring strategic challenges that test golfers of all abilities while providing them with spectacular views of the Ionian Sea and the surrounding mountains.

International Olympic Academy Course at Costa Navarino

With less room off the tee than The Hills Course, The International Olympic Academy Course is one that focuses on course management to be able to score well here. The course is also home to some of the best par 3s in golf, with dramatic drop-offs and more incredible views across the Peloponnese region.



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