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Here is a roundup of exclusive invite-only golf courses that you may never see in this lifetime.

Ellerston Golf Club - Ellerston, New South Wales, Australia
Ellerston Golf Club is a Greg Norman designed course. An extremely private 18-hole golf course in New South Wales’s Upper Hunter region, it belongs to the Packer family of Australian media tycoon - Kerry Packer. Having amassed a fortune of some A$6.5 billion by the time he died in 2005, it is now under the helm of his son - James Packer. Located in the heart of a multi-thousand-acre tract of land north of Sydney, it is ranked one of the top five golf courses in Australia and is also regarded as one of the toughest in the world.

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Nanea Golf Club - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Opened in 2003, Nanea Golf Club quickly became the most exclusive club in Hawaii. The club is the brainchild of Charles Schwab and George Roberts and is so exclusive that it shuns publicity. Membership is by invitation only. You’ll have to befriend one of the lucky few that do get a game here. Alternatively, do try to make your way into neighbouring Kealakehe High School’s golf team who are allowed to practice as well as play home matches here. Initiation fees and yearly dues for the club are unknown.

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Le Golf Course of Vidauban - Vidauban, France
Le Golf Course of Vidauban, previously known as Prince de Province, was founded in 1999. The estate, Domaine de Vidauban, was bought and developed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Due to his poor health, his son - Robert Trent Jones Jr. was quite heavily involved in its completion. It was one of the few courses they worked on together to which Jr. often describes it as ‘a true masterpiece'. With just two dozen captain-of-industry members, this club is so secretive that it is rumoured that guests are blindfolded en route to the course to keep it as hidden as possible from the outside world.

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Wolf Point Club - Port Lavaca, Texas
Wolf Point Ranch is about 16 kilometres inland from the small port town of Point Comfort by Lavaca Bay. Mike Nuzzo, a Houston-based architect, designed the 18-hole layout in 2007 for Al Stanger, a local rancher. The fairways set within his massive 1,600-acre property, Wolf Point is the ultimate "backyard" golf course. The lucky few who have been invited to play have likened the experience to playing at The Old Course at St. Andrews. In 2020, Zach Peed, owner of the Dormie Network of private destination golf clubs, purchased Wolf Point in 2020 and re-branded the club “TX0” which is the official code of the property's on-site airstrip. 

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Domaine Laforest - Charlevoix-Est, Quebec, Canada
In the remote hills of the Charlevoix region, where Sauguenay meets the St. Lawrence River, lies one of Canada's best but least known golf courses. Thomas McBroom, one of Canada’s most highly regarded architects, designed the course for the late Canadian energy billionaire Paul Desmarais. The private golf retreat is fashioned on Desmarais' hilly, enormous and remote private estate northeast of Quebec City. Invited guests have predominantly been flown in on helicopters owned by Desmarais' company, Power Corp.

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Royal Palace Golf Club - Agadir, Morocco
Within the heavily guarded walls of the Prince of Morocco's palace is a very private golf course. Making its first appearance in 1987, the Golf du Palais Royal d’Agadir course is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design. Unless you're an invited guest of the Prince to the very private 18-hole course, you'll have to qualify for the European Tour's Trophée Hassan II event (or its pro-am) in order to tee off here. While many months may pass between rounds, the course is always kept in perfect condition just in case the Prince wishes to play.

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