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Which unconventional golf courses should you look to play?

There are thousands of golf courses around the world which are popular with the casual player, but which ones stand out for varying reasons?

When you begin to think about golf courses which you would like to play, the one's which immediately come to mind are the likes of Augusta and St Andrew's. Bethpage Black in New York and Spain's Valderrama course will also be in your thoughts, but the casual golfer - through cost or member exclusivity - may find it difficult to book a round at such high-profile courses. However, you should still be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding 18 holes which will either excite or challenge you, with scenic backdrops only adding to the memory bank.

For those considering crazy golf courses in the United Kingdom, North Berwick is a hotbed for activity throughout the year. There are over a dozen courses within a few miles of each other, all situated on the coast just north of the border. The European Tour recently took the Scottish Open to the Renaissance Club in the area, with Bernd Wiesberger shooting 22-under over his four rounds. While each of the holes provide you with varying challenges, the Austrian's scoring shows that even amateur players may be able to record a birdie or two in picturesque surroundings, with the wind also tending to help or hinder you along the way.

Generic golf image of The Renaissence Club in North Berwick.© Reuters

If you would prefer to look further afield, the Tecina course in Spain may take your fancy. Situated on the Canary Islands, this course has a unique-feel to it given that players go from hole-to-hole downhill to reach the bottom of Mount Teide. How do you reach the top I hear you ask? Well, you have to take an 800m ride in a buggy to reach the first hole! Just what you want, huh?

Unsurprisingly, the United States can also provide you with everything you are looking for in a golf course. However, it you wish to try something a bit different compared to the courses which are on offer in and around the big cities, Hilton Head would not be a bad place to start. A PGA Tour event is held at the Harbour Town Golf Links, but the Palmetta Hall Plantation course is located close-by. Offering two different courses, the Arthur Hills version was quickly voted as one of the top 10 new courses to try in the USA, while the alternative Robert Cupp course is said to "accommodate" the higher handicappers, as well as test the lower ones. Complemented by stunning facilities which give you the opportunity to stay overnight, this is a must-play for anyone in the South Carolina area.

Ever wondered which is the longest golf course in the world? It's located in Western Australia, with the Nullarbor Links being 850 miles long! We would say that is as unconventional as it gets, with one hole being placed in each town along the Eyre Highway. The course is also a par-72, so do not get thinking that there are many short holes to help you on your way!

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