Portrait of Adam Scott

World’s best golf courses: Adam Scott

After shooting to prominence as an amateur on the 2000 European Tour with an impressive sixth place finish at Golf Amelkis, Adam Scott’s career trajectory has continued to soar and he became the first Australian to win the Masters in 2013. From Doha and Marrakech, the former world number one has played and mastered the finest courses in the world. However, it’s not merely the winning that has captured Adam’s imagination throughout his near two-decade career, as the beauty of his surroundings and the hotels he has frequented have all contributed to a rich tapestry of memories

The greens of Liberty National, New York

Liberty National, Jersey City, USA

Adam Scott arrived at the Liberty National Golf Club for the prestigious 2013 Barclays Championship as the Masters winner and his good form continued as he won by a stroke in one of the most picturesque spots in New York.
“The New Jersey sports fans are really enthusiastic, so winning here was a real experience for me. It’s a beautiful course in an incredible setting. The 14th is a par three that’s basically out on the water, with the Statue of Liberty right there in the background with the Manhattan skyline. There are a lot of challenging holes in the world, but when you have a backdrop like that, you can’t forget it.”
Stay at: Mandarin Oriental, New York

Palm trees and bunkers at Amelkis, Marrakech

Golf Amelkis, Marrakech, Morocco

Scott’s transition from an amateur to a professional began in 2000 in Marrakech, where a stunning performance left him seven strokes short of becoming the first amateur to win a European Tour event when he played at Amelkis, in what was a formative experience for the teenager.
“It was a long way to go to play golf as an amateur and it cost my parents a fortune! I was actually really surprised when I got there. I didn’t know what to expect as a 19-year-old Australian going to play golf in Morocco. But it was a beautiful course and I played really well. The 18th hole has a half-island green, which was the big challenge for the week. I finished tied for sixth in the end.”
Stay at: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Club house and green at The Serapong, Singapore

The Serapong, Singapore

Some courses are fond favourites of Scott’s and the Serapong course, at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore is definitely one. He has won the tournament three times; beating Lee Westwood by an impressive seven strokes in 2005 to take the first of his hat-trick of titles.
“This is a great course. It might be the finest conditioned golf course in Asia, certainly of the ones I’ve played. I have a bit of an affinity with it obviously, having played here successfully a few times. Sometimes you just go to a golf course and it really suits your eye. You can stand on every hole and just see your ball down on the fairway or on the green, and I have that feeling when I come here. Even when I’m playing poorly I seem to do well here.”
Stay at: Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Golfer swinging a club

Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

Scott won the Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club in 2002 and 2008, breaking the course record in his second win with a memorable 11-under-par final round of 61.
Doha is a really good golf course and I’ve had quite a bit of success here. It’s challenging for every part of your game and also quite exposed to the wind, so when it’s blowing, it gets very difficult. The 15th hole is a long, tough, par four dogleg right over water and I remember holing a five iron for an eagle from about 200 yards there the first time I won the Qatar Masters. That really sticks in my memory.”
Stay at: Mandarin Oriental, Doha

Interview by Tim Hulse

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