Many people love golf because it allows them to get outdoors, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy beautiful scenery all around them. Covering large, open spaces, golf courses are often found in some of the most beautiful places in the world, boasting exquisite landscapes and picturesque views while you play a round with your friends. If you’re a golfer, there really is nothing better than playing a new course in a foreign location surrounded by sheer natural beauty wherever you look.

Even better than a beautiful course, however, is one near the ocean. Here are 5 of the best seaside golf courses around the world.

  1. The Royal Portrush Golf Club

Enjoy panoramic views of luscious landscapes and neighbouring lands from the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. From the course, you can see the Isle of Islay, the Southern Hebrides, the Giant’s Causeway and the Skerries on the eastern side.

The club’s courses are overlooked by the majestic 13th century Dunluce Castle which gives its name to one of the most famous courses in the area, the Dunluce Links

  1. Corales Golf Course

Found in Mexico, Corales Golf Course is one of the most exceptional courses you’ll find, offering a dramatic and exciting game for all. Opened in 2010, the course boasts six Caribbean Oceanside holes making for incredible views as you compete against your friends and peers.

In addition to the seaside scenery, Corales traverses natural cliffs, ocean, coves, bays, inland lakes and coralina quarries, making your experience on the course one that you’re unlikely to forget, regardless of whether you win or lose.

  1. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Beach Resort

Found on the eastern-most end of the American island of Kiawah, this course offers rugged oceanside views and a great 72-par course. With blue waters extending seemingly infinitely in one direction and lush greenery and bodies of water in the other, Kiawah Beach Resort is a gorgeous scenic course to enjoy.

  1. Sandpiper Golf Course

Enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean when you play at the Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara. The golf club was established in 1972 by Ken Hunter and several of its holes are positioned alongside the coast, allowing for breath-taking views as you play a round.

  1. Vale Do Lobo Royal Golf Course

One of the most prestigious golf courses in the country, Vale Do Lobo is certainly worth a visit if you’re a passionate golfer. It was designed by Rocky Roquemore, world renowned American golf architect, and features two of the most photographed holes in all of Europe. This includes the almost island green, the course’s ninth hole, and the infamous 16th with an incredible cliff-top carryover.

  1. Emerald Bay Golf Course

Known by many as a golfer’s paradise that offers as much action as live betting sites in NZ, Emerald Bay Golf Course is found in the Bahamas. There’s very little that can beat this seaside course, boasting incredible views all around. Emerald Bay has 6 signature holes that are situated just off the shoreline.