Saturday, February 17, 2018 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Hit the Links: The Best Golf Destinations in the US

Vacations can be a whole lot more than theme parks, historical attractions, and the beach. They are also the perfect time to take to the greens and tee off for an under-par score. So, the next time you hop on an airplane or travel cross country, plan your destination wisely and take your clubs with you.
 
Here are the best golf destinations in the US:

Phoenix, Arizona

There are almost two hundred golf courses to choose from in the Phoenix area, so you will be able to find one that is perfect for you. From desert courses that seem to leave civilization behind to classic courses in luxury resorts, the choice is yours. And Phoenix’s famous sunny weather means you can play year-round.

For a true Phoenician experience, you may want to consider the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, which was built in 1928. This is a very popular course, so reservations are necessary. However, the chances of golfing with a movie star or other famous person are quite high.
 
Phoenix, Arizona
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head is widely referred to as The Golf Island, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are numerous courses located there. All the best golfers have designed courses in Hilton Head, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Willard Byrd, and George and Tom Fazio.

The iconic red and white lighthouse overlooks the 18th hole at Harbour Town, but many of the courses have a distinctive Southern feel, with live oaks, Spanish moss, and cabbage palms. Out of the thirty championship courses, twenty-four of them are open to the public, so you can make the rounds and find a new favorite green.
 
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Monterey, California
Golfers looking for a challenge will want to look no further than Pebble Beach. After all, this 18-hole course almost defeated champions Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, so imagine what it could do for your game? You will just have to prove everyone wrong and show them how amazing you really are by staying on par or under on this one! Another option in Monterey is The Links at Spanish Bay, but remember that the fees out in California are quite steep.
 
Best Golf Destinations   Pebble Beach
Lake Tahoe

There are twelve golf courses throughout Lake Tahoe and each one offers spectacular views of lakes and mountains from every tee. As soon as the snows melt, golf becomes king. With names like “The Dragon” and “Coyote Moon,” you can anticipate some exciting features and gorgeous backdrops. You will really need to be on your game in this area, as the views might become slightly distracting. And, if your game can use a little help, the high altitude makes your ball go farther!
 
Lake Tahoe
Hawaii – The Big Island

Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where you can golf on black lava lined fairways while looking out past the beaches at the ocean. There are multiple golf courses on The Big Island, which is why it has been nicknamed the Golf Capital of Hawaii, but Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai all offer unique charms, with lush tropical surroundings and world-class courses. While there are public courses available, the best way for you to experience the game is to book a package deal with the resorts.
 
Hawaii – The Big Island
Palm Springs, California

There are more than one hundred golf courses in Palm Springs, with some of them being private and others being open to the public. The best thing about these courses is that they are available for all levels of players, so beginners will even find themselves enjoying the game. The Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Springs is considered one of the best golf courses in the state, and they have thirty-six holes that you can conquer.
 
Palm Springs, California
Orlando, Florida

Orlando may be best known for its theme parks, but there is a plethora of golf courses there as well. Most of the courses are located on the resorts and they have been designed by famous golfers. One of the best golf courses in Orlando is the one at the Villas of Grand Cypress, boasting forty-five holes designed by Jack Nicklaus while Greg Norman designed the National and International courses at Championsgate. For a great bargain, check out Orange County National, complete with a circular driving range and excellent practice facilities.
 
Orlando, Florida
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs has been welcoming guests since 1778, and it is the prime destination for golfers from all over the world. In fact, twenty-six presidents, celebrities, and royalty have all played a round at this golf course. You will need to dress accordingly to play here, and the fees are high, but the chance to say that you have played at such a prestigious place will be worth it all. Plus, you never know who you may have a chance to see while you are playing.
 
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Located on the Grand Strand, a 60 mile collection of beaches, Myrtle Beach is quite the tourist destination and can get very crowded at certain times of the year. Everyone from Spring Breakers to families to retirees flock to the area. But its collection of almost one hundred golf courses, many of them designed by celebrity golfers and renowned architects, are a huge draw for golfers of all skill levels. If you plan it right, and go off-season, you can play a round really cheap. Let the kids hit the boardwalk and the beach while you play a few holes.
 
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Pinehurst, North Carolina

Pinehurst is known for golf and nothing else. That means that if you go to this area, you can eat, sleep, and eat thinking about golf and nothing else. There are nine courses in all, and you can try them all to determine which one you like the best. Of course, the one you like the best will be the one you play the best on.
 
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Traveling on vacation and golfing can go together perfectly if you plan it right and go to one of these destinations for your next trip. There are some fabulous golf courses in the United States and you can test many of them out by simply playing a round or two of golf while you are on vacation. Just don’t forget to head to the beach or a theme park while you are at it!
 

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