June 7, 2012 | By Annette McLeod, MSN Travel
The most elite golf destinations

From the desert to the ocean, here are some of the world's most incredible golf courses.



Here are the best golf courses from around the world. Featuring locations such as California, Scotland and Australia. (© iStockimages)
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  • Here are the best golf courses from around the world. Featuring locations such as California, Scotland and Australia. (© iStockimages)
  • Arizona is home to many golf courses such Troon North, Whisper Rock, Pine Canyon, amd Forest Highlands. (© iStockphoto)
  • Australia's notable golf courses are Kingston Heath, Royal Melbourne, New South Wales Golf Club, and the Barnbougle Duens. (© iStockphoto)
  • Bermuda has the highest concentration of golf courses per square mile. (© iStockphoto)
  • California is home to some of the most famous golf courses in the world. Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, and Torrey Pines are on the top of many golfers list. (© iStockPhoto)
  • Hawaii offers an incredible gambit of golf courses such has the Makaha Resort, Poipu Bay and the La'anapali. (© iStockphoto)
  • Ireland has many golf courses, some designed by legendary Arnold Palmer. (© iStockphoto)
  • When you're not at a casino, you better be on the links in Las Vegas. (© iStockphoto)
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Most golfers believe that a bad day golfing is better than a good day doing anything else, but if you're going to duff a few, it doesn't hurt to be in a gorgeous place, on an expertly designed course, preferably with an ocean view. Certainly takes some of the sting out of landing in the bunker. These top 10 destinations are really about the elite, affordability and ineptitude be damned - nothing wrong with a little daydreaming. Because they're so subjective, we've simply put them in alphabetical order.

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