Golf photographer David Cannon has teamed up with Glenmorangie to find the world’s most ‘unnecessarily well made’ golf holes. Here’s David’s Top 10 (in no particular order). Vote for your favourite golf hole for the chance to win the ultimate Open Championship experience at

1) The par 3, 11th hole ‘Alps’ at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

This hole plays as the 13th hole in the Open Championship which returns to Hoylake this year. This hole is one of the most scenic holes in England and is certainly a really tough test. The hole photographs really well in the morning or in the afternoon as the sun sets over the River Dee estuary.  I have played this hole hundreds of times having been a member of the club for years.

2) The par 4, 8th hole on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai

I have witnessed this hole from its opening in 1988 and have seen so many extraordinary changes. The hole is a truly great par 4, and a wonderful hole to photograph. I have been lucky enough to work for the club for a long time so have managed to capture the hole developing over the years and still maintaining its position as one of the great par 4’s of the European Tour.

3) The par 3, 14th hole at Royal Portrush ‘Calamity’

This hole is one of the world’s great par 3’s - fantastic to photograph and so tough to play. It is aptly named as it can ruin many a scorecard especially if you hit the ball to the right and down into the large gulley.

4) The par 3, 12th hole at Royal Birkdale Golf Club

This hole is lovely to photograph as it nestles in amongst some great natural dunes. The hole has some deep bunkers that protect the green which is cut into one of the natural sand dunes. This hole works well to photograph both early and late in the day.

5) The par 4, 7th hole at Crans Montana Golf Club in Crans Sur Sierre in the Swiss Alps

This hole is probably one of the great scenic golf holes in Europe. The course has been part of the European Tour as the venue for the European Masters and every year it gives glorious mountain views. I actually worked the World Skiing Championships here in the 1980s and have photographed the golf there on numerous occasions. I tried very hard to get a different angle when shooting this hole and actually used a much longer lens than usual, using a 200mm in order to make the mountains ‘bigger’. The photograph was taken literally at first light as the sun lit the tops of the mountains and the green.

6) The par 5, 15th hole, ‘The Pirates Plank’ at Cape Kidnappers on the North Island in New Zealand

When I visited here in 2004, I spent six days waiting for the sun to come out! I have to say when the sun eventually appeared, the course looked absolutely amazing especially from the air. I had a great helicopter pilot who had a crop sprayer chopper that was the dirtiest aircraft I had ever seen but he was brilliant and I got some of my best ever aerial pictures. This hole is so well named stretching 600 yards along a sliver of land to a green perched on top of 400ft chalk cliffs.

7) The par 3, 13th hole at Hirono Golf Club in Japan

A truly beautiful par 3 across water to a green which was designed by the famous British Architects Colt and Allison almost 100 years ago. It is a beautiful hole where you hit between two tall trees across water to the green with wonderfully crafted bunkers protecting it.

8) The par 3, 7th hole at Kauri Cliffs on the North Island in New Zealand

This is actually the ‘sister’ course of Cape Kidnappers and when I was asked to go there after getting such great shots at Cape Kidnappers, I went with a slightly negative perspective in that nothing could be as good as Cape Kidnappers. I was lucky enough to be visiting when the owner Mr Julian Robertson was there from his home in New York. I fell in love with the course which is more subtle than the raw ruggedness of Cape Kidnappers but in a way much more beautiful. By sheer luck, Mr Robertson had his own private helicopter on site so in great contrast to my other flight in New Zealand, I travelled in total comfort and got a truly beautiful early morning flight with absolutely stunning views of the course and the wondrous Bay of Islands stretching out behind.

The par 3, 7th hole is another hole that perches on the edge of the sea and photographs so well as well as playing absolutely brilliantly. I loved this course and where it is, makes it very hard to think of a much more stunning location for a golf course anywhere.

9) The par 5, 9th hole at Leopard Creek in South Africa

This is a great par 5, that winds its way downhill to probably the most perfectly designed clubhouse I have seen anywhere. The view from the tee looking down to the green with the clubhouse and the Kruger National Park behind is one of the great views I have seen in Africa. The course is right on the edge of the Kruger and in the evenings you can see lots of wildlife actually on the course.

10) The par 4, 10th hole on the Ailsa Course at The Turnberry Resort in Scotland

My favourite course in the world and this hole is one of my most loved places to sit and watch the world go by, whatever the weather. The view with the lighthouse behind and the majestic island of Ailsa Craig in the background on a summer’s evening is definitely where I would choose to place my tripod or putt on the green as the sun begins to set over behind the Island of Arran.

Editor's Note: Read more about Glenmorangie's quest to find the world's most 'ununnecessarily well made’ golf holes here and find out how you can vote for your favorite!

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