The world’s highest courses: The world’s highest courses information
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1. YAK COURSE - SIKKIM, INDIA - Highest course in the world

Photo credit : Sikkim Tourism

History & course facts :

"The 'Yak Golf Course' was started on 19 Sep 1972 at Kupup. The course was re-designed in 1979 by Brig JM Singh, Cdr 164 Mtn Bde & since then it has been developed by avid golfers. Under the guidance of Brig Ranbir Singh, Cdr 63 Mtn Bde & Col T K Murali, Dy Cdr 63 Mtn Bde the course had been redesigned & expanded to 18 holes. Located at Kupup in east Sikkim, the Yak Golf course is a challenging 18-hole course featuring meandering fairways across mountain streams & teasing browns. Its at a height of 13025 feet making it the highest golf course in the world. The Yak Environmental Park and Training Area formerly known as Yak Golf Club was relaid in Aug 1978 and the work on the course was completed by early 1979. The layout of the course coupled with the numerous rivulets that criss-cross the course add to the thrill of playing at this high altitude. The fairways are lush green with natural streams & ponds as hazards, which makes the game interesting & a challenge. The club is open seven days a week, round the year subject to snow conditions. However, it is generally playable from May to Dec. During winter, the golf course remains active by becoming a ski center - 'Ice Hockey', I,ce Skating' and 'Skiing' are popular. A golfer unless acclimatized to these majestic heights needs to move slowly on the course. Yaks are recommended to be used by senior members. For more information on this golf course click here

TRIVIA :

*In the Guiness book of world records - Located at 13025 feet making this the highest course in the world
*During Winter the golf course becomes a ski center
*At this high altitude YAKS are used as golf carts to carry players - especially the older players to avoid high altitude sickness
*Is a preferred lie course
*Foreigners need special permission to play

Address : Yak Golf course, Kupup, Sikkim, India
Telephone NA
Website: http://armycoursesikkim.golfgaga.com
Coordinates 27.34086,88.841322
Year built 1972
Designer The Indian Army
Holes and yardage 18 hole, 6025 yard, Par 72
Longest Par 5 518 yard, Par 5, 10th hole
Longest Par 4 423 yard, Par 4, 1st hole
Longest Par 3 251 yard, Par 3, 17th hole
Shortest hole 175 yard, Par 3, 6th hole
Toughest hole 470 yard, Par 5,5th hole
Grass : Natural grass
Green fee : Less than 5 USD ( 250 Rs )
Trivia : *In the Guiness book of world records - Located at 13025 feet making this the highest course in the world
*During Winter the golf course becomes a ski center
*At this high altitude YAKS are used as golf carts to carry players - especially the older players to avoid high altitude sickness
*Is a preferred lie course
*Foreigners need special permission to play
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope  
  Single tee 6025 68 113  
2. Fire & fury course, Leh, INDIA

History & course facts :

"The Fire & Fury course is located in Leh very close to the airport & at a incredible height of 11500 feet making it the 2nd highest golf course in the world. This is a army course with preferred lies & has browns instead of greens. Closed during winters because of snow it is playable from May to Sept. Playing at this altitude is not easy as you need a day or two to get acclimatized lest you end up with high altitude sickness. The greens are browns - made out a mixture of sand & oil. Once you putt the caddies need to smoothen the browns out as the ball lines are left behind. The fairways have no grass but have a gravel and sand mix as the terrain is that of a desert. Off the fairway shots are taken using a mat. It will take you some time getting used to this though & is the modus operandi on all desert courses across the world. Click here for more information on this course.

Address : Close to the Leh airport
Telephone NA
Website: http://armycourselehladakh.golfgaga.com
Coordinates 34.1395754,77.5804791
Year built 1995
Designer Indian army
Holes and yardage 18 Hole, 6700 Yards, Par 72
Longest Par 5 NA
Longest Par 4 NA
Longest Par 3 NA
Shortest hole NA
Toughest hole NA
Grass : Browns
Green fee : 10 USD approx
Trivia : This is effectively a desert course.
3. La Paz,Bolivia

Photo credit: La Paz golf course

History & course facts :

In 1911/12, British engineers building the railroad built the first golf course located in El Alto. It was a 9 hole course was completed and then expanded to a 18 hole course over an area of ??approximately 130 hectares at an altitude of 4,000 meters east of the road at Viacha Oruro, & was called the "La Paz Golf Club" because its launch coincided with the date of the founding of the city of La Paz. At that time, the "greens" and "bunkers" were blown sand from Oruro. That course was closed soon. In the mid 40's, locals & expatriates started the current course & over a 2 year period stones were cleared & after testing and analysis the first grass course in the country was created. Years later the balance 9 holes were completed with adequate irrigation. Over several decades of steady effort, they developed better systems to irrigate the field, implementing a major network of pipes for sprinkler irrigation and the construction of a dam. Rated by "Golf Digest" among the most attractive in the world this is a very scenic course with breathtaking views & a abundance of greenery. The majestic peak of Illimani (the 2nd highest mountain in the Bolivian andes) provide a spectacular backdrop to the course

Address : Mallasilla camino a Mallasa, La Paz, Bolivia
Telephone +591 (2) 274-5124, +591 (2) 274-5426
Website: www.lapazgolfclub.com
Coordinates -16.566513,-68.108497
Altitude 10886
Year built 1912
Designer No info
Holes and yardage 18, 6851 yards, Par 72
Longest Par 5 629 yard, 11th hole
Longest Par 4 480 yard, 3rd hole
Longest Par 3 218 yard, 2nd hole
Shortest hole 170 yard, 5th hole
Toughest hole 550 yards, Par 5,6th hole
Grass : Local grass
Green fee : 35 to 80 USD
Trivia : World's 3rd highest golf course
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope  
  Black 6851 70.8 122  
  Blue 6567 69.4 121  
  White 6065 69 116  
  Red 5613 69.3 127  
4. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain golf club, Lijiang

Photo credit : Robin Moyer

History & course facts :

The longest course in the world - hold your breath is a mind boggling 8548 yard monster. Don't take our word & hold your breath cause when you play this course in the thin air of the Himalayas at the high altitude you are bound to experience mild headaches & breathing problems. Located at an altitude of over 10,000 ft (3100mtrs+) in the Yunnan province close to Lijiang town, this course was built in 2001. Built in sync with the terrain & landscape the front & back 9 provide vastly different contours. The front 9 is built at the foot of the mountains & the lake while the back 9 has a more rugged appearance as its built along the slopes & has doglegs, inclines & more challenges. The weather through the year varies between 5 - 24 C making it a almost perfect year long course to play on.

The altitude will give you another 20 % carry on your shots so make the best of the lofty heights as you can brag about your 300 yard drives & 200 yard iron play & will make the course play to a more traditional 7000 yards.

Set in a beautiful valley of Shanghri-La t the base of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain the course was designed with on-site inputs from China's No. 1 golfer, Zhang Lian Wei. The valley faces the famous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that has eleven snow capped peaks. Due to the naturalness of the site, little dirt was moved in its construction & the course ebbs and flows with the natural landscape.

Lijiang is home to the Naxi minority, the world last remaining minority whose written language consists entirely of pictograms making it a world heritage site. The caddies tend to be from this community & where traditional clothes. The name comes from the lore that the peaks of the snow-covered mountain resemble a Jade Dragon lying in the cloud.

Address : Ganhaizi, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China (30mns fm town, 90 mns to the airport)
Telephone (852) 2180 2963
Website: www.lijianggolf.com
Coordinates 27.104978,100.259832
Altitude 10200 feet
Year built 2001
Designer Neil Haworth www.nelsonhaworth.com
Holes and yardage 18 holes, 8548 yards, Par 72
Longest Par 5 711 yards
Longest Par 4 530 yards
Longest Par 3 270 yards
Shortest hole 236 yard, Par 3, 3rd hole (Index 18)
Toughest hole 492 yard, Par 4, 14th hole
Grass : No info
Green fee : 90 USD ( includes caddy, cart, green fee )
Trivia : * The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the " lowest latitude " snow mountain in the Northern hemisphere.
* Golf carts come with Oxygen canisters to mitigat dizzy spells because of high altitide sickness !!!
* 5596 meters (18000 ft +) is the height of the Jade dragon snow mountains
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope  
  Record 8548 73.4    
  Blue 7790      
  White 6870      
  Red 5845      
5. Copper creek, Colorado

History & course facts :

"Your ball and buck go further at the Highest Championship Golf Course in America. A mix of links and mountain style holes designed by the venerable Pete and Perry Dye, Copper Creek accommodates the novice golfer from the forward tees while still providing a great test for the accomplished golfer. Spellbinding views of the 10 Mile Range provide the perfect backdrop for any golf outing and Copper Creek's outstanding service is sure to impress.

The front nine winds through natural alpine terrain, towering pines, numerous lakes and streams, all leading to rolling emerald greens that demand your best concentration. The back nine changes in character as the fairways cut through the forest and the scant remains of a 19th century mining town. Pete and Perry Dye's incorporation of the natural alpine terrain, unique use of railroad tie bulkheads and elaborate mound systems present you with thought-provoking challenges and scenic pleasures.

Info source : Course website
Address : Copper mountain resort, 104 Wheeler Place, Copper mountain, CO 80443
Telephone 866.841.2481
Website: www.coppercolorado.com
Coordinates 39.501921,-106.14603
Altitude 9725 feet
Year built 1972
Designer Pete & Perry Dye www.dyedesigns.com
Holes and yardage 18 holes, 6080 yards, Par 70
Longest Par 5 553 yard, 11th hole
Longest Par 4 441 yard, 4th hole
Longest Par 3 218 yard, 3rd hole
Shortest hole 119 yard, Par 3, 7th hole
Toughest hole 494 yard, Par 5, 6th hole
Grass : Bent grass
Green fee : 55 to 70 USD
Trivia : Highest golf course in North America
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope  
  Gold 6080 67.6 124  
  Blue 5674 65.9 117  
  White 5135 63 110  
  Red 4445 63.8 100  
6. Mt Massive, Colorado

History & course facts :

" Mount Massive Golf Course is a 9-hole public course on the outskirts of Leadville. Set in the open spaces of the Arkansas River Valley near the river's headwaters, ringed by the tallest mountains in the state, surrounded by ranchland and forest, it has a truly spectacular setting.Golf has been played on the site since the 1930s, originally on sagebrush fairways and sand greens. In the early 1970s, a $50,000 grant provided the funds for a single-row automated irrigation system. The irrigation system allowed Mount Massive to establish turf and to begin thinking of itself as a real golf course. Mostly dependent on donations and modest membership revenues, a few caring folks nurtured and tended the course into the late 1980s. As the tourism-driven regional economy boomed through the 1990's, Mount Massive saw a steady increase in daily-fee play and revenue. This led to hiring a full-time superintendent and staff, which led to improved maintenance and operations. The original irrigation system was replaced by a state of the art system in 2001, aiding in conservation efforts and further improving the already excellent turf conditions. Today, this affordable (18 USD for 9 holes) and friendly course caters to over 20,000 rounds annually. It is conditioned and maintained to a level that rivals the nearby resort courses which carry $100+ per round price tags."

Address : Mount Massive Golf Course,259 County Road 5,Leadville, CO 80461-9753
Telephone 719-486-2176
Website: www.mtmassivegolf.com
Coordinates 39.239059,-106.362357
Altitude 9680 feet
Year built 1939
Designer Adolph Kuss
Holes and yardage 9 hole, Par 36 - 6170 yards when played as 18
Longest Par 5 467 yard,8th hole
Longest Par 4 390 yard,3rd hole
Longest Par 3 148 yard,2nd hole
Shortest hole 138 yard,4th hole
Toughest hole No info
Grass : Blue grass
Green fee : 36 USD for 18 holes
Trivia : North America's 2nd highest golf course
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope  
  Blue/Black 6170 66.7 112  
  White /Blue 5685 64.2 104  
  Red/White 4958 61 95  
  Rew /White (women) 4958 64.4 110  
7. Telluride, Colorado

Photo credit : The Resort

History & course facts :

"Keeping your eye on the ball and off the towering peaks surrounding the Telluride Golf Course may be your toughest challenge when teeing off at this breathtaking course, perched 9,500 feet above sea level. This par 70, 6,574 yard, 18 hole, mountain resort course is surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000 foot mountains in the United States.

While the breathtaking beauty may be a distraction, the altitude works to your advantage as Telluride's air creates less resistance against the golf ball during flight, translating to 15 percent more distance. The Telluride Golf Course was constructed in 1992 and serves as a private club for members as well as a public course for locals and guests.

Private instruction and clinics are available daily from PGA professionals. Twilight and sunset rates are available A full practice range, complete with chipping and putting greens, is available. June to Sept is the best time for Golf"

Info source : Course website

Address : 565 Mountain Village Boulevard, Telluride, CO, 81435
Telephone 970.728.7335
Website: www.tellurideskiresort.com
Coordinates 37.938723,-107.849137
Altitude 9500 feet
Year built 1992
Designer Telluride ski company
Holes and yardage 18 holes, 6574 yard, Par 70
Longest Par 5 635 yard, 8th hole
Longest Par 4 486 yard, 15th hole
Longest Par 3 233 yard, 3rd hole
Shortest hole 137 yard, Par 3,17th hole
Toughest hole 486 yard, Par 4, 15th
Grass : Bent grass
Green fee : 190 USD
Trivia : Ski & golf resort
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope  
  Gold 6574 70.8 126  
  Blue 6074 68.4 121  
  White 5265 69.1 129  
  Red 4647 65.5 121  
8. Breckenridge, Colorado

Photo credit : Nicklaus website

History & course facts :

"The Town of Breckenridge can boast that it is the only municipality in the world to own 27-holes of Jack Nicklaus designed golf. The 27-championship holes of golf are situated in a beautiful mountain valley at an elevation of 9324'. At this elevation the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations, as there is less air resistance. The air not only allows you to hit the ball farther, but also offers temperatures that make you forget about the heat of the summer. Typical daytime summer temperatures range from 65 degrees to 80 degrees. Quite rarely will the temperature exceed 80.

Since the opening of the course, national and regional honors have been bestowed on Breckenridge. Current honors awarded by the Colorado Golfer (the State Golf Newspaper) for 2007 include; Best Mountain Course, and Toughest Mountain Course. Golf Digest rates Breckenridge as a 4 1/2 -Star ""Places To Play"" facility for 2006/2007. Locally Breckenridge was awarded the ""Best of Summit County"" by the readers of the Summit Daily Newspaper.

The course has four sets of tees so that each golfer may select the challenge equal to their game. From the Nicklaus Tees the course can play as long as 7,276 yards. Each of the three nines, The Bear, The Beaver, and The Elk all offer panoramic mountain views. The three nines are also similar in difficulty so any combination is sure to test your golfing skills.

Whether you are a golfer or not you will enjoy the "mountain living ambience" of the clubhouse. Have lunch or a beverage on the sunny deck or enjoy the cozy confines next to the fireplace. Whichever you choose you will sure to be more relaxed at the end of your stay."

Address : 200 Clubhouse Rd,Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Telephone 970-453-9104
Website: www.breckenridgegolfclub.com
Coordinates 39.527067,-106.033797
Altitude 9324 feet
Year built 1985
Designer Nicklaus design www.nicklaus.com
Holes and yardage 27 holes : Longest 18 holes - 7276 yards
Longest Par 5 580 yard, Par 5, 8th hole on Beaver course
Longest Par 4 473 yard, Par 4, 9th hole on Bear course
Longest Par 3 242 yard, Par 3, 5th hole on Elk course
Shortest hole 177 yard, Par 3, 3rd hole on Beaver course
Toughest hole 473 yard, Par 4, 9th hole on Bear course
Grass : NA
Green fee : NA
Trivia : NA
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope  
  Nicklaus NA 73.9 147  
  Tournament NA 71.5 139  
  Middle NA 73.6 151  
  Forward NA 68.3 133  
9. The Lodge, New mexico

Photo credit : Resort

History & course facts :

"For golf in New Mexico, this is one golf course you can't miss. As you tee off on the first hole, a 150 - foot vertical drop welcomes you onto The Lodge golf course. And that's just the beginning. At 9,000 feet above sea level, the terrain is as challenging as it is beautiful. In 1899, ""Less than twelve years after the first golf club in the United States had introduced the ancient game imported from Scotland, founders of Cloudcroft established their own links."" There were six holes, originally in Zenith Par, which ran through Cloudcroft where the highway is now. Due to the increase in the numbers of visitors to Cloudcroft in those days, golf became dangerous to picnickers and impractical for golfers.

A cabbage patch in Chautauqua Canyon was selected a likely spot because it had been partially cleared for farming. The new course was started in the early 1900s on its present location. It consisted of 9 holes played back and forth down the two ends of the wishbone canyon, with one and nine in their present locations up and down the hills.

Governed by the Scottish tradition of playing different tees and separate flags on each hole. this dramatic nine - hole golf course, when played twice, becomes a challenging 18 - hole round. An assortment of wildlife can be seen from time to time crossing the tree-lined fairways or watering in one of the three small ponds. Mountain bluegrass fairways and bent grass greens with temperatures in the low 80s make the course a cool haven for golfers from hotter climates.

The golf course is open seven days a week, April through October. we recommend that you call ahead for tee times."

Address : 601, Corona place, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
Telephone 800-395-6343
Website: www.thelodgeresort.com
Coordinates 32.950402,-105.742904
Altitude 9200 feet
Year built 1899
Designer Railroad engineers
Holes and yardage 18 holes, Par 68, 4858 yards ( 9 greens repeated)
Longest Par 5 478 yard, 7th hole
Longest Par 4 390 yard, 2nd hole
Longest Par 3 160 yard, 3 rd hole
Shortest hole 135 yard, Par 3, 6th hole
Toughest hole 390 yard, Par 4, 2nd hole
Grass : Bent grass
Green fee : 46 - 60 USD
Trivia : Built in 1899 by railroad engineers making it the oldest course in the world above 9000 feet
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope  
  Men 4858 63 97  
  Women 4319 65 103  
  NOTE : 9 greens - have to played from a different set of tees for a round of 18  
10. Pahalgam Golf Course

Photo credit : Golfgaga

History & course facts :

Ranjit Nanda designed course this course will take your breath away with its sheer beauty & design. This has to be on your list of courses you have to play. Set in the pretty town of Pahalgam & surrounded by soaring, fir-covered mountains with bare, snow-capped peaks rising behind them the course is set in a large bowl shaped expanse. At an altitude of 7250 plus feet your ball will travel a good 10 % further but that does not make this course any less challenging. The breathtaking beauty of the course is enhanced by the snow capped hills that tend to lull you into a state of exhilaration & get your adrenalin pumping. The course is long, has changes in elevation that make for a dramatic game, has water in play on 6 holes, has bunkers of all sizes & shapes & has its fair share of hazards & OB areas making it a course that will test your skills, strategy & patience. The greens are fast & true with bent grass. With the clean, pure & revitalising air of Pahalgam for company this is the closest you will get to attaining nirvana while playing golf. The Pahalgam town is set at the junction of the Aru and Sheshnag rivers.For more information on this golf course click here

TRIVIA :

Trivia : Carry enough golf balls with you. The crows on the front 9, the water bodies & the thick pine will gobble up a fair share of your balls for sure

Trivia : The course has its fair share of undulations & with the high altitude can be tough to play 18 holes unless you are fit & conditioned. Carry water & take it easy.

Trivia : As with most hill station courses the sun is bright & the weather unpredicatble. Dark glasses, sun tan lotion, light woolens & an umbrella in your gear will be of help.

Source : Course Website

Address : Pahalgam golf course, Pahalgam town, Jammu & Kashmir
Telephone: NA
Website: http://armycoursesikkim.golfgaga.com
Year built 2011
Designer Ranjit Nanda
Holes and yardage 18 hole, 7000 yards, Par 71
Longest Par 5 632 yard, Par 5, 5 th hole
Longest Par 4 483 yard, Par 4, 8th hole
Longest Par 3 225 yard, Par 3, 3rd hole
Shortest hole 163 yard, Par 3, 7 th hole
Toughest hole 632 yard, Par 5,5th hole
Grass : Bent grass greens
Green fee : Less than 10 USD ( 450 Rs )
Trivia : Located at a 7000 foot altitude
Base camp for the piligrims heading to Amarnath
Trout fishing & river rafting are activities that one can pursue here
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope
Single tee 7000 NR NR
11. Gulmarg Golf Course

Photo credit : Golfgaga

History & course facts :

"Golf is a way of life at Gulmarg. At an altitude of 8700 ft, in the heart of the world famous ski resort, is its rolling golf course, the highest in the world. The historic Gulmarg Golf Club was started in 1911 by the British who used the place as a holiday resort. Since then it has seen over 100 years of tournaments of both amateurs & professionals.

The origin of Gulmarg as the Golfing Mecca of India goes back to the late 19th century when a 6-hole course was made in 1890-91 by Colonel Neville Chamberlain - the greens were browns in those days. By 1896, three more holes in the nullah, below Raja Sir Amar Singh's house, were added. In 1901, the Maharaja of Kashmir donated land at Gulmarg for laying out a golf course, which came to be known as the Upper Golf Course. In 1915 a 9-hole course, also known as 'Rabbits Course' was also built. There was a separate 6-hole course for children. By the 1920s the resort was totally covered with golf courses: two 18-hole courses, the 'Upper' & the 'Lower' & one 9-hole course, which was more famous as the 'Rabbits Course'.

The first Golf championship was played at Gulmarg in 1922. The Nedou's Cup was introduced in 1929. In 1930, 'The World' beat Scotland. The same year saw the D.P. Vasu Championship for Women and the Children's Golf Competition. In 1931 the women's foursomes played at Gulmarg on the Lower Course. The Northern India Amateur Golf Championship was played from 1947 to 1953. After the troubled times of 1948 when golfing had come to stand still, the J&K government took over the maintenance of the now 18-hole course. Enthusiasts welcomed the revival of golf in Gulmarg in 1954 when many events, such as Duncan Vase, O.P. Vase, Civil Cup and Nedou's Cup tournaments were held. Peter Thomson Associates of Australia redesigned and laid out the golf course to fit it with its natural beauty, by changing the location of greens and making it more challenging. The Northern India Championship was played at Gulmarg till 1989 when it had to be shifted to the Delhi Golf Club due to problems in the Valley.

Gulmarg, with its rarefied atmosphere, is natural all the way. As the ball is hit, it 'whistles' its way to the next hole. The turf, since it lies buried six to eight feet under snow for five months of the year, is soft. The greens have a combination of moss and a high variety of grass and natural slopes, which are fast to play on, and the thin air carries the ball further. Golfing at Gulmarg's 18-hole course is a unique experience - you literally feel you are on top of the world. For more information on this golf course click here

TRIVIA :

India's longest course as of 2011 Oct at 7505 yards

Source : Course Website

Address : Gulmarg Golf course, Gulmarg, J&K
Telephone: NA
Website: http://gulmarggolfclub.golfgaga.com
Year built 1911
Designer Ranjit Nanda
Holes and yardage 18 hole, 7505 yard, Par 72
Longest Par 5 665 yard, Par 5, 4th hole
Longest Par 4 540 yard, Par 4, 14th hole
Longest Par 3 245 yard, Par 3, 6th hole
Shortest hole 160 yard, Par 3, 15th hole
Toughest hole 665 yard, Par 5, 4th hole
Grass : Bent grass
Green fee : Approx 10 USD ( 450 Rs )
Trivia : Ski Resort location with a fabulous Gondola ride that takes you to 13000 feet altitudes
The highest green course in India at a 8700 feet altitude
Has a 540 yard, PAR 4 hole !!
Course and slope rating Tee Yardage Rating Slope
Single tee 7505 NR NR