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The 1D-X and the 5D Mark III have been released with equivalent sized sensors and better AF. The 6D is out there with an approximately equal amount of pixels, better IQ, and a much lower price. There are many 5D Mark II on the used market and even some still new in the box in stores. All of that has made for a lot of downward pressure on prices of older technology.
These days, what does a 1Ds3 give you over and above a 5D3? A heavier bulkier body, more shots to cull out and delete (fps), more ISO noise, and not much else. (That of course is over-drawn and partisans will leap to the defense of the 1Ds3 with some valid good points.)
darryn patch wrote: Now me being lazy and not prepared to search through reviews and specs on a multitude of bodies, whats on par with the 1DsIII that might sway away from it.
It seems the 6D has the best image quality for most users, the 5D3 has the best AF for the money (and better IQ than 1Ds3), and the 1D-X is the do-all / be-all / all-singing all-dancing camera in the Canon lineup. You'll get such a multitude of opinions here that you'll probably end up doing some searching for reviews anyway.
For golf, look into the "silent mode" feature of the (I think) 5D3 and 1D-X.
For your stated goals, personally, I think the 5D3 would be ideal: great AF, great high ISO, less weight so you would actually bring it and use it more often. If you want the ultimate fps for golf swings as a sports photographer who much get 'the shot' of a specific golfer teeing off on a specific hole for publication, then get the 1D-X. For mere mortal photographers, the 6D, or 5D2, or 5D3 would do an excellent job for golf course design and golf action shots (if you know and anticipate the timing of the action and don't have to get every stroke on every hole of every golfer).
Look deep within yourself and ask yourself if you need to spend a lot of money on a body or if you can spend some of it on lenses and tripods for better effect. For example, the 17mm TS-E could be the cat's pajamas for your course design panoramas. Spend some of the camera money on a Gitzo CF lightweight but solid tripod with panhead and you'll thank yourself in the long run.