For many of us, it's the dead of winter, the clubs are packed in the garage or basement and the golf bug is in full effect. You miss the course. Everything about it, actually. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sound your ball makes in the cup after sinking a putt, the fresh footprints left during an early morning round. Heck, you even miss double-bogeying (okay we won't go that far). It's time to take a trip. It's time to hit the road and get some good ole fashion vitamin G. Don't know where to go? We've got you covered.
Troon North has two excellent courses that cut through the natural ravines that paint the landscape. Challenging, visually-pleasing and outstanding playing conditions make Troon North a must play. Known as Scottsdale’s crown jewel, the challenge and special ambiance of Troon North sets the standard by which all other courses are measured. Visit their website.
Set in the Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-Pa has two award-winning courses, The Cholla and Saguaro, surrounded by views of various mountain ranges. Both courses offer tranquility with no housing or commercial real estate in sight. Looking for a more traditional course? Play the Saguaro. Looking for a ‘desert’ style course? Play the Cholla. No matter which course you choose (we recommend both) you won’t be disappointed by the course, or the views. Visit their website.
You know the saying “When in Rome”? Well, when in Scottsdale this course is a must play. This one shouldn’t really come as a shock to anyone. Featured on the PGA Tour and known for the rowdy 16th hole, this course will do anything but disappoint the avid golfer. Visit their website.
You might be in Florida but you’ll feel like you’re half way around the world. Streamsong offers 3 Championship courses: The Red, Blue and Black. All three offer unique course designs and views that resemble the African Plains more than they do Florida. If you’re looking for a resort unlike any other in the United States, look no further. Visit their website.
Designed by the great Rees Jones, Waldorf Astoria is a masterpiece of golf architecture. Bunkers are carved to be reminiscent of the hazards designed on courses a century ago. The layout balances tradition with challenge yet is playable for golfers for all skill levels. Visit their website.
Something about Bay Hill makes the avid golfer’s heart beat a little faster. Perhaps because it is backed by the King, Arnold Palmer. The King may no longer be with us, but you’ll feel his presence when you step foot on this one-of-a-kind course. This is a Major bucket list course for any golfer. Visit their website.
Designed by the legend Alister Mackenzie, Pasatiempo is one of the best courses in the country and sits just up the coast from the Monterey Peninsula. Long-known as a back-up course behind Pebble Beach and Spyglass, Pasatiempo now gives both a run for their money. Tom Doak took ten years to restore the course to how Mackenzie originally intended the course to play. The course is mentally demanding and will test your skills and thinking on every shot. Visit their website.
Torrey Pines is one of the best municipal golf courses in the country (if not the best). The course sits atop cliffs staring down at the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Renovated in 2001, this course is as tough as it is beautiful. Torrey Pines also plays host to the Farmers Insurance every year as well as the U.S. Open. Not many people can say they’ve played a U.S. Open course, especially one as historic as this. Visit their website.
The views and feel of Spanish Bay is hard to beat with the course meandering along sweeping dunes and tall Monterey Pines. The course weaves back and forth before finally finishing on the beautiful shores along the coastline. Breathtaking is an understatement. Two words should be remembered when playing Spanish Bay: precision and patience. This course is no cakewalk. Visit their website.
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