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28 best golf resorts in the U.S. and Canada | GOLF Top 100 Resorts

The world may be getting smaller, but its collection of top-shelf golf resorts remains vast. From the American Heartland and the shimmering coasts of the Caribbean to the peaks of Europe and the majesty of Asia and the South Pacific, virtually every region on the planet is home to a sampling of the game’s finest stay-and-play experiences. To learn about the best golf resorts in the U.S. and Canada , keep reading below.

To browse GOLF’s complete 2024-25 list of the Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World, click here .   

For summaries of the best resorts in other regions, browse: Best in Mexico | Best in the Caribbean/Americas | Best in Ireland | Best in Scotland, England & Wales | Best in Continental Europe | Best in Middle East & Africa | Best in Asia | Best in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji

Browse all of GOLF’s course rankings:   Top 100 Courses in the World  |  Top 100 Courses in the U.S. | Top 100 Courses You Can Play  |  Top 100 Value Courses in the U.S.  |  America’s Best Municipal Courses  |  Top 100 in the U.K. and Ireland  |  Top 100 Short Courses in the World

The best golf resorts in the United States and Canada (2024-25)

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Bandon, Ore.

When Bandon Dunes opened in 1999, it was unlike anything golfers had experienced in America — the walking-only directive, the embrace of wind-whipped coastal weather and rugged imperfections were a slap in the face to the cushy frameworks of traditional resorts. The remoteness of the Oregon property also raised eyebrows: Would it succeed, let alone survive? Nearly 25 years and thousands of additional course acres later, any doubts have been resoundingly resolved. Bandon Dunes has long since become a mecca in the game, a must for golfers who want nothing more than to tee it up from dawn to dusk. Over that same time, Bandon has inspired resorts around the world, both new and established, to rethink what it means to lure avid golfers. Accommodations, which range from single-occupancy lodge rooms to four-bedroom cottages, offer the comfortable basics. And while there is a massage center and a spa, the latter consists of just a sauna and hot tub, simple, soothing balms for all the golf you play. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Big Cedar Lodge Ridgedale, Mo.

In the heart of the Missouri Ozarks where he was raised, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris created Big Cedar Lodge as a portal to the great outdoors. He dreamed of helping guests connect with nature, and he looked to golf to help achieve that goal. In the decades since Morris first conceived it, Big Cedar has emerged as one of the country’s fastest-growing destinations in the game, home to five courses by marquee designers and host to an annual stop on the Champions Tour. Billed as a “wilderness resort” for good reason, the property blends seamlessly into an unspoiled landscape of piney forests and limestone caverns as well as rivers, creeks and lakes that make up some of the country’s most prized fishing waters. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

ozarks national at big cedar lodge

The Broadmoor Colorado Springs, Colo.

It says something about the majesty of the Colorado mountains that a destination as sprawling as the Broadmoor can still feel like a hideaway. Tucked into the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain, the 101-year-old, five-star resort pulls off other tricks as well. It somehow feels homey and high-class. Rugged Pikes Peak is within reach, but at every turn is polished marble and pampering service. With its 10 restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, bowling alley, s’mores-friendly fire pits and two gorgeously maintained courses, there’s no reason to leave the Broadmoor’s comforts. But the pull of the peaks is strong, and the resort offers many dusty adventures. Most alluring are the “wilderness experiences” at three luxe lodging outposts: Cloud Camp, Fly Fishing Camp and the Ranch at Emerald Valley. On the dastardly Ross and RTJ greens, everything runs away from the mountains. At the Broadmoor, where they get everything just right, you’ll bask in them. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Cabot Cape Breton Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Cabot brand ranks among the fastest-growing names in golf-course development, with outposts spanning from Scotland to St. Lucia and beyond. But it all began here in Nova Scotia, on the rolling coastal land of a former fishing village. The original course, Cabot Links, is an understated layout of exceptional grace, with a front nine that skirts an ocean inlet in a setting as quaint as any in the game. The Links’ younger sibling, Cabot Cliffs, provides an eye-popping counterpart that lives up to its name with a routing that runs along majestic bluffs. Cabot was co-developed by Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser, and there are elements of Bandon here in the emphasis on throwback, elemental golf. But other aspects of the experience, from the cuisine and the coastline to the accents of the caddies, have a distinctly Nova Scotian lilt to them, lending Cabot a vivid sense of place. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Destination Kohler Kohler, Wis.

Even casual golfers are familiar with Whistling Straits, the architectural wonder along Lake Michigan, but there is so much more to Destination Kohler than Pete Dye’s iconic design. An hour drive from the Milwaukee airport, four 18-hole Dye courses await (the Straits, the Irish, the Meadow Valleys, the River), as well as a wildly entertaining facility called the Baths at Blackwolf Run, which features a 10-hole par-3 course and a two-acre putting course. The allure of Kohler isn’t limited to golf. The long list of off-course diversions ranges from kayaking on the lake and fly fishing on the salmon-rich Sheboygan River to pickleball and stand-up paddle-boarding. As you might expect from America’s plumbing experts, the Kohler Waters Spa is one of the nation’s finest. Dining options cover wide culinary ground, from first-rate pub grub to haute cuisine, and accommodations at the American Club are the pinnacle of luxury. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, Alberta, Canada

Set in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this elegant resort has been called Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies,” with a grand hotel that rises from the base of the mountains. Stretching just below, in a stunning alpine valley, is a Golden Age-design by Stanley Thompson, the Alister MacKenzie of the Great White North. His inspired routing, replete with gorgeous paw-print bunkers and beautifully undulating greens, makes the most of its breathtaking surrounds, winding along the Bow River, in the shadow of towering peaks. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Fairmont Banff springs

Fairmont Grand Del Mar San Diego, Calif.

What makes Grand Del Mar unique is its uncanny ability to be many things at once. It’s both tranquil and invigorating. Peaceful and enthralling. Expansive and intimate. The Mediterranean-style resort sprawls 400 acres (the golf course takes up 350 of that). Enjoy the expanse or tuck away somewhere quiet for a relaxation session and/or activity of your choosing. The Tom Fazio-designed course set against the rugged Los Peñasquitos Canyon landscape is a testament to what it means to play one hole at a time, because on most holes you can see only that hole. Fazio is known for moving dirt, but at Grand Del Mar (his only design in San Diego) he largely took what the land gave him. It’s a tough test from the back tees at more than 7,100 yards but far less bruising when played forward. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i Lana’i City, Hawaii

In 2012, the tech mogul Larry Ellison bought 98-percent of the island of Lanai for an estimated $300 million. His purchase included this idyllic resort, which sits on bluffs overlooking the Pacific and offers guests exclusive access to the Manele Golf Course, a dramatic Jack Nicklaus Signature course that was built on lava outcrops and employs the ocean as a hazard on three holes. You get what you pay for. In this case, that means unparalleled island luxury. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Wailea, Hawaii

Fans of prestige TV might be interested to know that this idyllic resort was used for the filming of season 1 of the hit HBO show “White Lotus.” Fans of golf travel will be thrilled to discover that the property is even prettier in person. Situated on Maui’s sunny, leeward coast, Wailea features three 18-hole courses that vary in their length and difficulty but share the finest qualities of tropical golf, lined with swaying palms and sweetly manicured fairways, with Pacific views at nearly every turn. The off-course appointments are equally alluring at a Four Seasons that lives up to the brand’s exacting standards, infused with island warmth and hospitality. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

French Lick Resort French Lick, Ind.

Golf, gambling, good times. Like a lot of great resorts, French Lick isn’t the easiest place to get to, but once you’ve given your GPS a workout, you will be glad you did. Historic and lavish lodging is offered at two hotels: West Baden Springs and French Lick Springs. Throw in a casino, and stellar golf. What’s not to like about that trifecta? If you’ve never played the Pete Dye Course, you’ll be hugely impressed by the site of the ’15 Senior PGA Championship. Truly great work by the Indiana native on this dramatic piece of Southern Indiana territory. The Donald Ross Course has been on the property for more than 100 years, and while it’s not as dramatic, it’s a stirring test by one of the game’s master architectures. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

the pete dye course at french lick.

The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The iconic Greenbrier is steeped in historic charm and old-fashioned elegance. The guest list of VIPs, presidents and other dignitaries runs deep, as does the underground “Fallout Bunker” designed to keep the 1,100 members and staff of the U.S. Congress safe in the event of a catastrophe. There’s outdoor recreation, a casino, spa — the 11,000 acre Greenbrier contains multitudes. But the golf stands out, starting with the Greenbrier Course, host of the 1979 Ryder Cup and 1994 Solheim Cup. Jack Nicklaus revamped the original Seth Raynor design in 1977, creating a shot-shapers paradise that threads through densely wooded areas. The Old White TPC course opened in 1914, designed by C.B. Macdonald, the father of modern American course architecture. Many of its holes pay tribune to classic links from across the pond: the Redan green from North Berwick and the Eden green from St. Andrews. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kiawah Island, S.C.

Kiawah Island, about 20 miles from Charleston, oozes with the atmospheric charm of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, its air kissed by coastal mist, its grounds fringed by Palmetto trees and Spanish moss. The oceanfront Sanctuary Hotel anchors five golf courses and a mix of villas and homes, with an endless supply of activities and adventures available to guests. The golf menu at Kiawah Island is an enticing smorgasbord: the Ocean Course by Pete Dye, Osprey Point by Tom Fazio, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus, Cougar Point by Gary Player and Oak Point by Clyde Johnson. The Ocean Course garners the lion’s share of attention, but the other four courses have grown more popular thanks to a slate of renovations and improvements. Play all five on your visit and you’ll bag enough memories to last a lifetime. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa Austin, Texas

Four years ago, as part of a $150-million renovation, Omni added a third lodging tower and a huge new spa as well as four swimming pools to this Texas Hill Country Destination. Thankfully there have been no changes to the rolling scenery, the backdrop for first-rate resort golf. Both Tom Fazio courses — the original design next to the resort and the Canyons a mile away — have been ranked the Nos. 1 and 2 public courses in the state. The Ben Crenshaw course across the street from the resort, designed by the native son and longtime Barton Creek visitor, has Texas-sized greens and dramatic views. The fourth course, Barton Creek Lakeside, is 30 minutes from the resort, near Willie Nelson’s private layout. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

the pools at omni barton creek

Omni Homestead Resort Hot Springs, Va.

Staying at the Omni Homestead Resort is like walking through history. First opened in 1766, it has grown considerably in size and reputation. The Omni was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1991 and has hosted 23 U.S. Presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, who enjoyed the spa and its thermal hot springs, which remain in use today. Omni took over ownership in 2013 and pumped millions of dollars into restoring and renovating the facilities. The Old Course, which has six par-3s, six par-4s and six par-5s, dates to 1891 and was designed as an 18-hole facility by Donald Ross in the early 1900s. It is believed to be the longest continually operating first tee in the U.S. The Upper Cascades course designed by William Flynn was opened in 1923 and has hosted seven USGA national championships. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Omni PGA Frisco Resort Frisco, Texas

One of the newest and most attention-grabbing properties in the golf world is the 500-room Omni PGA Frisco Resort, which opened in May of this year and, sitting just outside of Dallas, works as a superb fall destination with comfortable temps in the mid 70s to low 80s. For those who aren’t familiar with this spot, you will be soon. The PGA of America moved its headquarters here, and it has two sparkling new 18-hole courses in Fields Ranch West (designed by Beau Welling) and Fields Ranch East (Gil Hanse). The East is about to get plenty of TV time, too, as it hosted the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in May and will host five more major championships (two Senior PGAs, two Women’s PGAs and two PGAs) over the next 12 years. A Ryder Cup will likely be in the future as well. PGA Frisco also offers the perfect family-friendly complement to the “big courses” with The Swing and The Dance Floor. The Swing is a 10-hole par-3 course, and The Dance Floor is a rollicking two-acre putting course. Both are lighted, so the games can continue when the sun goes down. Hungry? There’s 13 restaurants. Enough said. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Pebble Beach Resorts Pebble Beach, Calif.

To hear original architect Jack Neville tell it, there wasn’t much to designing what would become the great American cathedral of public golf: “All we did was cut away a few trees, install a few sprinklers and sow a little seed.” The entire ethos of Pebble Beach Resorts follows Neville’s thinking: It’s a place built for enjoying incredible natural beauty. As a result, there’s a timeless quality to the resort — and far more than just golf. Spend any time at Pebble and you’ll notice that it’s the attention to detail that sets it apart — from the unforgettable links all the way down to the chocolate strawberries. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

pebble beach 17th hole

Pinehurst Resort Pinehurst, N.C.

It’s accepted that St. Andrews is the “Home of Golf.” If that’s the case, the home of American golf is Pinehurst. For some, a trip to the Sandhills is like leaving home for college — golf college. Everything you’d want — all nine courses (with a 10th on the way), housing, dining — is elaborately placed around weaving roads and paths on a sprawling campus, pine straw bordering every turn. The quad in this analogy is just as delightful as your alma mater’s grassy space. It’s made up of an 18-hole putting course named Thistle Dhu that abuts a 9-hole short course named The Cradle, with a grassy perch filled with lawn chairs overlooking it all. A true Pinehurst Day involves all of them — say, 18 on Gil Hanse’s wide-open redesign of No. 4, a wedges-only loop on the short course and settling bets on the putting course. To complete the syllabus, pop in for a pint in the Ryder Cup Lounge or the new Pinehurst Brewing Co. Or, if you made birdie on any of No. 2’s par threes, a free beverage awaits in its 19th hole, the Deuce. Congratulations, graduate. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Primland (Auberge Resorts Collection) Meadows of Dan, Va.

Folks around Primland in bucolic southern Virginia refer to golf course architect Donald Steel simply as “The Donald.” The reserved, proper and humble Steel cuts a wonderfully ironic figure to his intended character foil. Yet, he offers no apologies for the Highland Course’s brash, unrelenting difficulty. The brawny circuit makes its way through the peaks and valleys of the Dan River Gorge and is framed by rough ridges offering no quarter for wayward shots. Its unique routing of five par 5s and five par 3s was dictated by the land. Tee times are in 15-minute intervals to allow golfers time to soak up the serene setting while also dealing with Highland’s overt difficulty. The resort overall has the unmistakable characteristics of owners who are heirs to a billion-dollar oil fortune: remote location, world-class golf, sport shooting, tomahawk throwing and (naturally) a silo observatory for stargazing. The Primat family ensures every detail is attended to at Primland. For example, groups who prefer to stay in a treehouse can stay in a treehouse. There are three available for rent with dramatic views south into North Carolina. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Pronghorn Resort Bend, Ore.

Welcome to Bend, Ore., not to be confused with North Bend, Ore., the small coastal town you fly to on trips to Bandon Dunes. This is the high desert, a four-hour drive inland, and a proudly outdoorsy destination, with rivers running wild and mountains within easy striking distance. The juniper forest that spreads in all directions is the second largest in the world. What do people do here? What don’t they do here? For starters, there is hiking, fishing, biking, golf and more golf. Pronghorn’s two tracks are close siblings but not twins, with the Fazio course being more forgiving and the Nicklaus design asking plenty of your irons. Both extend their reach through rollicking terrain, their fairways intertwined with lava caves and outcrops that volcanoes shaped eons ago. In the backdrop looms Mt. Bachelor, one of several striking peaks that remain snow-dusted for much of the year. Winter might be coming, but golf season often lasts for weeks after the ski slopes open, and sometimes longer. Every guest room has a fireplace and beds with earthy linens, warm guards against the chill of an autumn evening. Pronghorn also unveiled the Huntington Lodge in April 2019 — a 104-room addition that overlooks the 18th hole of the Fazio-designed course. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

A view from a balcony at Pronghorn Resort.

The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach, Calif.

This opulent resort is the essence of Mediterranean-style sophistication, with its limestone fireplaces and marble baths, private terraces, luxury cabanas, and stunning coastal views. The golf is equally as breathtaking, with not one but two Tom Fazio golf courses perched along the Pacific. The Ocean North Course stretches nearly 7,000 yards with several holes weaving their way along the cliff’s edge. The Ocean South Course features deep chasms and green complexes that look pretty from a distance but can be diabolical to navigate. The two 18s blend together beautifully, making it easy to play at least 36 holes in a day. And the views? Both courses have vistas that rival any coastal golf experience in California — yes, even those a few hours north on 17-Mile Drive. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

The Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch Seneca, Ore.

Don’t call it a dude ranch. It’s a working ranch, where the goats need herding, the horses need feeding and the cattle require someone to round them up. This being frontier Oregon, in the state’s eastern reaches, those duties fall to seasoned ranch hands, who are more than happy to have your help. Expect to get a little dusty if you saddle up for one of the resort’s immersive western-style adventures. Hixson’s ingenious reversible track is an adventure in itself, as are the pair of sweet par-3 tracks. You don’t need caddies on the latter, but you’ll want them, since those caddies are American Range Goats, born and raised on the property. With harnesses strapped across their backs to carry clubs and beer, these four-legged loopers make sure-footed and useful companions. Many of their siblings serve a different purpose at Silvies: In the lodge restaurant, they turn up on the menu. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Marana, Ariz.

The newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is in Marana, a small community on the northwest edge of Tucson that is inhabited largely by transplants seeking to soak up year-round rays. Designed with a modern Southwest motif, the resort has luxurious accommodations fit for everything from a romantic getaway, to a business retreat, to a family vacation. Take a hike on the 26 miles of trails in the shadows of the Tortolita Mountains, then relax in the spa with a gemstone-inspired therapy. The three nine-hole layouts at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain are all designed by Jack Nicklaus, each with a distinct character and aesthetic. Built at varying elevations, the layouts challenge the most seasoned professionals from the back tees, while also being manageable for lesser players from the more forgiving front and middle tees. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay, Calif.

During Prohibition, the hidden coves and thick fog around Half Moon Bay provided cover for both Canadian rum runners and local moonshine bootleggers. Today, the town’s towering cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean house one of the most visually stunning course/hotel combos on the West Coast. Half Moon Bay Golf Links’ Ocean Course holds favor with resort golfers, beguiling players with ocean views from nearly every hole. Water use was cut in half a few years ago and the fescue was left to grow between and around holes. The resulting fast and firm playing conditions bring the ground game into play on numerous holes. In stark contrast, the neighboring Old Course is a traditional Northern California parkland design that demands an all-out aerial assault from tee to green. Its famed par-4 18th hole plays over a barranca into green snuggled just below the hotel’s firepit terrace. Half Moon Bay’s unofficial tagline is “fire and wine.” Guests in search of the full immersion splurge on an ocean-view terrace warmed by fire pits. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee Greensboro, Ga.

There’s a reason that the Masters ignites a fire in most golfers, and Lake Oconee — about 85 miles west of Augusta — provides a taste of that same Georgia perfection. The resort combines warm Southern hospitality with the luxurious amenities associated with the Ritz-Carlton brand, all packaged into a sprawling retreat a short drive from Atlanta. There’s so much to see and do at Lake Oconee it’s difficult to know where to start. Five championship golf courses offer a wide variety as they wind through the woods and water, from Jack Nicklaus’s redesigned Great Waters to Rees Jones’ risk/reward lakeside design, The Oconee. Outdoor-lovers will earn their trips to the spa by trekking miles of hiking and walking trails, playing tennis, fishing or paying a visit to Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, which has a deep selection of shooting challenges. The kids’ camp will keep your little ones entertained, while the handful of eateries will keep your belly happy. Indulge in Georgia’s home-cooked vibe; a prime cut at the Linger Longer Steakhouse; casual fare at Gaby’s by the Lake; or a romantic table for two at Chiminea Dining. At Lake Oconee, there’s something for every taste. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Sand Valley Golf Resort Nekoosa, Wis.

Developer Mike Keiser already had Bandon Dunes and Cabot Links on his résumé when he cut the ribbon at Sand Valley in 2017, in the sand barrens of central Wisconsin. No ocean? No problem. Nearest major airport 2.5 hours away? They will come. Now operated by Keiser’s sons, Michael and Chris, who were deeply involved in its development, the resort has emerged as a remote bucket-lister on par with Bandon. The original course, Sand Valley, is beautiful and fair with shot values appealing to a broad swath of players. Mammoth Dunes, in contrast, defies the space-time continuum. Its scale is otherworldly, allowing for shot-making of boundless creativity. While the resort’s 17-hole short course doubles as an architecture lesson with its Biarritz, Lion’s Mouth and Redan greens, the greatest design wonder is the newly opened Lido, a faithful reproduction of a fabled lost course in Long Island. Though it’s a private course, it grants limited tee times to Sand Valley resort guests. As if that’s not enough, more is coming. Work is underway on Sedge Valley, a sub-6,000-yard design by Tom Doak inspired by the heathland courses of England. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

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Sea Island Resort Sea Island, Ga.

Davis Love III grew up on Sea Island, one of coastal Georgia’s golf-rich Golden Isles. He and brother Mark, of Love Golf Design, recently completed an 18-hole putting course here, and successfully pitched ownership on a full reno of the 1998 Rees Jones redesign of Plantation, which re-opened for play in 2019. If golf were a stock, Sea Island would be buying. The elegant Lodge recently wrapped a $30 million upgrade, and the new Golf Performance Center is peerlessly high-tech. Instruction has always been a major focus at Sea Island Resort. Little wonder, with resident Tour players including Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Harris English and Brian Harman. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Sea Pines Resort Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Hilton Head Island has long been one of the most in-demand golf destinations around, and no tee time is more sought after than Harbour Town, the Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus collaboration and the crown jewel of Sea Pines Resort. The course has hosted the PGA Tour since 1969, when Arnold Palmer won the inaugural event, and it’s GOLF’s ninth-ranked public course in the U.S. With tight fairways, pesky overhanging branches and small greens, the charming course’s emphasis has always been on ball-striking. The dramatic 18th plays alongside the water and back toward the iconic red-and-white striped Harbour Town Lighthouse, a memorable way to end any round. The two other courses — Heron Point (Pete Dye) and Atlantic Dunes (Davis Love III) — are also a blast. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

Streamsong Resort Bowling Green, Fla.

You would be hard-pressed to find a greater gathering of elite course designers all working at the same property — let alone one that was built on a former mining site. Streamsong pulled it off. The jig about its Hanse (Black course), Coore & Crenshaw (Blue course) and Doak (Red course) trio is that most guests can’t bring themselves to choose a fave. Each course is that good, and different in its own way. And now there’s another choice: the Chain, an 18-hole short course by Crenshaw and Coore. With a top-shelf practice facility, this is a golf resort in every sense of the term. Be sure to maximize your HPT (holes per trip) by jumping out for six-hole loops on the three offerings: the courses were designed to include a six-hole stretch that runs outward and back to the clubhouse. This means when you’ve finished the first 18 (or 36) of the day, you can still squeeze in at least another half-dozen holes. Golfed out? Try your hand at bass fishing, clay shooting or even archery. The tres -modern guest rooms, designed by famed architect Alberto Alfonso, feature artwork from Alfonso that honor Streamsong’s dunes, lakes and woody surrounds. [ LEARN MORE HERE ]

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11 Best Golf Resorts in the U.S. With Championship Courses and Luxe Accommodations

These are the best golf resorts in the U.S., with championship courses, five-star accommodations, and more.

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Planning a vacation centered around golf is a pleasure — and perhaps a challenge — for weekend golfers or for anyone who's looking for a change of scenery or a new destination to explore. With so many options, planning a golf vacation requires a few basic decisions.

Is the goal to take the family to a destination resort with a variety of golf courses and something for everyone when it comes to activities and dining? Do you want to play at the same courses as the pros or explore the work of favorite course designers? Do you want to visit the ocean, desert, or mountains? Golfers who have to pack away the clubs during winter might be seeking a destination with year-round golf weather.

With many golf resorts in the United States to choose from, we've rounded up some suggestions that offer luxurious amenities, quality courses, and a variety of destinations. You might see one that inspires you to propose a family trip or round up some friends for your next golf vacation. Here are 11 of the best golf resorts in the U.S.

Torrey Pines

The two 18-hole championship courses at Torrey Pines feature the challenging layouts and well-maintained facilities that have made it the location for major PGA TOUR events, including the 2021 U.S. Open. Set along the coast in picturesque La Jolla , The Lodge at Torrey Pines features plush guest rooms and suites, spa, pool, and several exceptional restaurants. Family activities include guided nature walks, lawn games, and a children's scavenger hunt; plus San Diego's many attractions are nearby.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

The five-star beachfront Hawaiian resort boasts a signature championship course with black lava features and stunning oceanfront final holes. The Golf Hale house includes state-of-the-art simulator technologies, practice areas, and esteemed golf professionals available for analysis and lessons. The resort's amenities include several pools, beach, dining venues, spa, and the Kumu Kai Marine Center at King's Pond, with programs by the resort's team of marine biologists.

Pebble Beach Resorts

Guests can choose to stay at The Lodge, The Inn at Spanish Bay, or Casa Palmero with luxurious accommodations and views of the ocean and dunes. The resort offers these golf options , the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, The Links at Spanish Bay, Del Monte, and The Hay, a short course redesigned in 2021 by Tiger Woods. A spa, pools, a variety of dining options, horseback riding, tennis, and the beautiful Monterey Peninsula and 17-Mile Drive provide much to see and do aprés golf.

Big Cedar Lodge

This wilderness resort in Missouri's Ozark Mountains offers a wide variety of accommodations, including lodge rooms, log cabins, cottages, and glamping tents. Five golf courses , designed by top players like Arnold Palmer, are set among mountains, streams, and waterfalls, with an abundance of natural beauty. The resort offers boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, and a variety of activities for kids.

The American Club Resort Hotel

A five-star, five-diamond resort with classic elegance and a fascinating history, this Wisconsin hotel offers a variety of guest rooms and suites, the Kohler Waters Spa, several restaurants, and a variety of outdoor activities. Golf courses include the world-famous Whistling Straits course, home of the 2021 Ryder Cup, as well as Blackwolf Run, which includes two courses designed by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Located in the hill country of Austin, Texas, the Omni is set on 4,000 scenic acres. The resort includes the Mokara Spa, an expansive fitness center, adults-only pool, kids' splash pad, nature trail, and several dining venues. Four top-ranked golf courses , a Golf Academy, and a club Fitting Studio provide stunning views, variety, and opportunity for improvement, as well as fun.

The Greenbrier

Exclusive Windsor Club suites, guest rooms, cottages, and estate homes provide a range of accommodations, and 20 restaurants, bars, and lounges offer something for everyone's taste. This West Virginia resort includes a spa, casino, retail shops, and outdoor activities for adults and family members of all ages. The Greenbrier course, more than 100 years old, and the newer Ashford Short Course, are two of the resort's four top golf courses .

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Set on an unspoiled barrier island of South Carolina, Kiawah offers 10 miles of shoreline for swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, fishing, and more. Visitors can choose the five-star Sanctuary Hotel, or a stay at The Cottages at the Ocean Course, home of the 2021 PGA Championship. Five courses including Turtle Point, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the famed Pete Dye Ocean Course offer variety and challenge, along with stunning views.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

An hour from Atlanta, this lakeside resort offers guest rooms, suites, cottages, and the stunning four-bedroom Lake House, with a private pool and patio. Five golf courses and the Kingdom at Lake Oconee — with private instruction, custom club fitting, and the latest technology for practice and swing analysis — make this a golfer's paradise. There's also boating, swimming, fishing, and the nearby Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds for archery, a sporting clays course, canoeing, and off-roading adventures.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

This five-star resort, set among Tucson's Tortolita Mountains, features three swimming pools, several restaurants, and a holistic spa that incorporates the natural surrounding beauty in a variety of therapies. Guests can enjoy guided hikes, biking, stargazing, and the expansive escape of the Sonoran Desert. The club's 27 holes, designed by Jack Nicklaus, create three courses with elevation changes and Saguaro cactus forest and mountain views.

The Coeur d'Alene Resort

The resort's guestrooms and suites, some with private balconies and fireplaces, offer views of Lake Coeur d'Alene, the marina, or the mountains. Six restaurants, a plush spa, water sports, and lake cruises fill the time when golf is over. A round at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Course , known for spectacular scenery and its 14th hole floating green, begins with a cruise aboard one of the resort's custom mahogany shuttle boats.

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Are you a golfer seeking the ultimate golf tour? Golf breaks USA offer a diverse range of golf courses and weather, and you’re sure to discover the ideal location for your next trip. When it comes to golf tours USA, the country has something for everyone, from the sun-drenched shores of California to the stunning coastlines of the Atlantic Coast.

The USA has so many bucket list golf courses to choose from. However, golf holidays here are not complete without a visit to an iconic golfing venue. Our team has selected some of their favourite USA golf resorts where you can follow the venues of the PGA Tour on a golf holiday here:

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TPC Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa


Courtyard By Marriott – Broadway at the Beach


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The Inn at Spanish Bay


The Sea Pines Resort


The Lodge at Pebble Beach


Innisbrook A Salamander Resort


The Carolina


Hyatt House Scottsdale


Fairfield Inn – Broadway at the Beach


Marina Inn at Grande Dunes


Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort


Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach


Luxor Resort & Casino


Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort


Fairfield Inn at One Daytona


Daytona Grande Oceanfront Hotel


Delta Hotel by Marriott Daytona Beach Oceanfront


Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa


Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino


The Mirage Las Vegas & Casino


The Saguaro Scottsdale


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North


Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton


PGA National Resort & Spa


Omni Resort at Championsgate


MGM Grand Resort & Casino


Greenlinks Villas at Lely Resort


Talamore Golf Resort


The Palm Mountain Resort & Spa


The Francis Marion Hotel


Saddlebrook Resort


Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel


The Grove Resort & Spa


The Villas of Grand Cypress


Doubletree By Hilton Sawgrass Mills


Trump National Doral Miami


Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort


Inlet Sports Lodge


Ocean Reef Resort


Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort


The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa


The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort


Courtyard By Marriott Charleston Waterfront


Belmond Charleston Place


Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club


Springhill Suites


The Manor Inn


The Holly Inn


The Westin Mission Hills Resort


La Quinta Resort & Club


The Lodge at Torrey Pines


The Handlery


Sonoran Suites


We-Ko-Pa Resort


The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa


Holiday Inn Express & Suites


Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa


The Bellagio


JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

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TPC Sawgrass  – Take on the famous 17th island green and treasure the memory of this stunning resort, one of the best American golf resorts.

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Kiawah Island Ocean Course   – This is an actual bucket-list course with sweeping vistas of the Atlantic and a clubhouse to die for.

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Our Recommended Resorts to Play on Golfing Breaks USA:

  • Bay Hill Golf Resort , Florida  – follow in the footsteps of golfing legends and play at this magical resort in Orlando. One for any golfer’s USA bucket list.
  • Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – Play at Harbour Town Links (the US RBC Heritage Championship) with the signature lighthouse view, and Robert Trent Jones Palmetto Dunes .
  • TPC Sawgrass , Florida – Play the course at the “5th Major” Players Championship with the unforgettable 17th island green. Sawgrass golf packages are available at most times of the year and our team will advise you the best time to play.
  • Scottsdale , Arizona – USA desert golf at its finest. Play TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course and pair it with We-Ko-Pa Golf Club , which has spectacular scenery.

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USA Multi-Centre Golf Packages

A USA golf tour holiday is the perfect way to experience some of the best courses in the world. Combining different regions in a multi-centre golf trip allows you to tailor your itinerary to suit your tastes, giving you the flexibility to explore and play as much or as little golf as you like.

There are many ways to create your own US golf tour holiday, but one of the most popular is focusing on specific areas or courses you would like to play. For example, if you are looking for a challenge, you could consider playing some of the world-famous pro USA Tour courses in the Pebble Beach area, California. Or, if you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, you might want to try Florida golf holidays, where there are many championship-level courses to choose from.

Whatever your preference, a USA golf holiday is sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience. So why not start planning your golf holiday today? Our team of experts can help you create the perfect itinerary and find the best deals on flights from the UK and accommodation.

Our most popular Multi Centre Golf Tours in America include:

The carolina dream tour.

Pinehurst No.9 golf course part of the North Carolina Golf Tour

Take a break from the fast-paced golf of Pinehurst and relax for three nights in Pinehurst with slower play, excellent courses, and the opportunity to play Pinehurst Number 2 while staying on site. This area is certainly reminiscent of The Masters at Augusta. Then go down to South Carolina in the  Myrtle Beach area for various high-quality courses, including Tidewater, Long Bay, and Heritage Golf club. This is one of our highly recommended golf tours.

The Florida Swing Golf Tour

Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Golf Course part of the Florida Swing golf tour

It’s surprisingly simple to complete a large part of the USA golf tour checklist in one go, especially in Florida, and swing like the Pros do in March. Try an 8-night, 5-round trip that starts at the PGA National Resort and plays the Champions Course, Fazio, and Bay Hill before returning to your own home in Florida with a Players Championship stop at TPC Sawgrass.

For more details, please look at our USA Multi-Centre golf trips .

World Class Golf Breaks to America

American golf holidays have so much to offer when it comes to golf because it has some of the world’s most famous golf courses and resorts. Playing golf in America in Florida ,  Myrtle Beach , Pinehurst , Las Vegas and  California are all warm-weather destinations. They offer golf resorts that provide the ultimate luxury and the opportunity to play on courses that will test your game.

Booking a USA golf break with us will provide you with a unique experience. Enabling your group to encounter a part of America will leave you in awe and golf holidays here allow you to play on some spectacular courses, including some US Open golf courses .

As an expansive and diverse continent, the United States offers golfers a wide selection of activities and fantastic service. Our golf travel specialists compile our regional pages, which provide an insightful overview of the golf experiences offered in each location. So make your plans for a golf holiday now and enjoy some of the finest golf this country provides.

When is the best time of year for a USA Golf Holiday?

The USA offers golf every season and an impressive choice of golf resorts. Therefore, we recommend travelling for perfect golfing temperatures in April/May or September/October. The shoulder season on either side of the Summer holidays is ideal for a South Carolina or California golf holiday.

However, the warm desert climate for winter golf is heading further south for golf holidays to Florida, Scottsdale and Arizona. Our expert team can help you choose the perfect time to travel based on your group’s requirements.

Where is the Best Place to Play Golf in America?

Here are our choices for the best regions for golf holidays America:

There is a reason why Florida is called the sunshine state with all-year-round sunshine. Therefore, golf breaks are ideal for golfers’ paradise with some of the best 5-star golf resorts and courses globally. Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa needs no introduction as it is the “Players Championship” home. In addition, the classic PGA National Resort and Spa is home to the American PGA to strengthen the list of fantastic golf resorts further.

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge have 27 holes and superb facilities seven miles from Disney World. Innisbrook A Salamander Resort USA Tour course is perfect for family vacations with golf as a bonus. Miami also offers the tropical paradise at Trump National Doral Miami resort with its 650 acres of tropical plantation. All five alternatives are up there with the world’s best. Overall, the standards in accommodation, service, and course conditions are unbelievable for a USA golf trip.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is a great USA golf vacation destination for golfers of all abilities as it boasts a wide range of golf courses within a forty-minute drive of the centre. Where else in the world can you find that? The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes golf resort is a luxury resort with an 18-hole championship golf course.

The Myrtlewood Golf Villas complex offers self-catering apartments with two championship 18-hole golf courses. Only minutes away from the bars, restaurants, and nightlife of the renowned Broadway at the Beach. In the same vicinity is the three-star Fairfield Inn Broadway at the Beach, where you can stay and book whatever courses you wish to tick off your bucket list.

A must-play course in the Myrtle Beach National Kings North G.C. is fantastic with water hazards and white sand bunkers. Designed originally by Arnold Palmer and situated in an untouched pine forest, making this course an absolute must. River Hill is another excellent course in a forest environment with significant challenges, which adds to the immense enjoyment that this course can serve you. So, to summarise, if it’s water you like to test your iron accuracy, the River Club Golf Club has so much to offer.

California is another US destination known for its year-round warm sunshine. From San Francisco to San Diego in the South, magnificent golf courses follow a coastline for 840 miles. One of the best resorts in the luxury five-star resort of Pebble Beach  with its four courses – Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills,  Spanish Bay , and the famous Pebble Beach Links Course. The whole resort, including accommodation, is world-class. The best time to play at this resort is from April – October. You must book golf holidays nine months in advance if you are considering playing the Links Course.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs  is nestled amongst the San Jacinto Mountains and is home to many world-class championship golf courses with accommodation. La Quinta Resort and Club-La Quinta have two championship courses with another three at PGA West, including the world-famous TPC  PGA West Stadium . This resort is an absolute paradise for golf holidays in the USA, with golf, swimming, and tennis all available, perfect for a couple’s golf break.

Palm Mountain Resort and Spa is ideal for shopping on Palm Canyon Drive in the centre of Palm Springs. Using this resort as a base will allow access to great golf courses and the quaint shopping outlets at Mercado Plaza.

Other Resorts in Palm Springs

The nearby courses include the classic 18-hole championship course at TPC Stadium at PGA West Golf Course. Designed by Pete Dye, a signature hole is the 17 th named “Alcatraz”, an island hole, giving golfers plenty to think about when they consider the safest shot to play. Other games include championship courses at Westin Mission Hill, a Gary Player course and The Westin Mission Hill – Dye Resort and Golf Course.

San Diego has wall-to-wall sunshine all year, with an average temperature of 70f. The scenery is fantastic, as are the golf courses and resorts. Perfect for a unique golf holiday to America.

Torrey Pines Golf Club has two championship courses: The North and The South. Both used to host the Farmers Insurance Open on the USA Tour, where the world’s best players compete. San Diego is home to many famous American golf courses.

Other states we cover that our team will be happy to provide golf holidays advice on include:

Expert Guides to Golf Holidays in America

Our golf travel team have written some article guides to inform you of the best that the US offers in terms of golf breaks:

The Guide to the Best Golf Courses in California

The best golf courses in scottsdale, the best courses in myrtle beach, a guide to golf in kiawah island, an expert guide to golfing in south carolina, top golf packages in usa.

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I grew up in Ashland, Ohio and made my way to Central Florida in 1993 with expectations of growing my golf game and taking my playing career more seriously. While down there I worked as an assistant professional at World Woods Golf Club n Brooksville, FL and then to Sugarmill Woods C.C in Homosassa, FL. Little did I know my golf career would end up short lived as I moved to Knoxville, TN in 1998 and got out of the golf business entirely. Other than a 1 ½ year stint in the Memphis area while my wife finished school I have remained in the Knoxville area and I love it!! In 2004 I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Sports Management / Business. I then worked in a high end recreation furniture company for a total of 14 years. In September of 2015 I was brought on to Golf Excursions / to take over the Tennessee, Mississippi and Tampa area territories. I am extremely excited to get back into the golf industry and build partnerships with the courses I represent as well as help guide the group leaders to make sure their trip is a positive one. Golf is the industry I had always expected myself to be in because it is always been my passion. I feel my playing experience as well as having resided in these area will allow me to be able to provide insight into the areas and courses that not everyone may be able to. I am blessed to have an amazing wife (Angie) and 2 incredible kids in Hadley and Tripp. That I try to spend as much time as possible. I also enjoy being involved in my church and community, travel, sports, spending time on our boat and pretty much any other outdoor Oh yeah I still like to play a little golf even if my scores are not what they once were.

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I grew up in Northern Michigan and started my golf career, so I completely understand the need for a golf vacation to the South during the colder months. In 2000 I moved to Williamsburg, VA to further my career. Since then I have made stops in Northern Virginia and the suburbs of Chicago, before returning to Williamsburg. During my travels, I have had the privilege of working at and playing several 4 1/2 star golf courses and golf resort properties. In September of 2012 I started handling golf packages for Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina with Golf Excursions. Now with almost 15 years of experience in the golf industry, through golf packages, outing coordination, membership sales, and management, I have always enjoyed being in the golf industry and around the game of golf! I have a beautiful wife(Amanda) and 2 amazing daughters(Quinn and Halle), which I enjoy spending as much time as possible with. I also enjoy being involved in my church and community, travel, sports, and pretty much any other outdoor activity.

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I was born and raised pretty much on a moving truck. My father was a construction supervisor that floated from job to job so my mother, brother and I pretty much had to learn to go with the flow. I have lived in 13 different states and have been grounded in Knoxville, Tennessee ever since I came to The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall of 1995. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations in 1999 and immediately went to work. I spent several years working for a governmental contractor which in turn led me to be introduced to my husband James of 22 years. James and I have had 2 beautiful daughters, Gracie who keeps us very busy with all her sporting and extra circular activities (but we wouldn’t have it any other way.) Maddie who unfortunately passed away at the age of 5 from a rare form of childhood cancer. After her passing, I developed a passion for children’s health initiatives and fundraising, and I have been in the non-profit fundraising world for the last 15 years working to help raise awareness and funds for Children’s Hospital and various other non- profit organizations. During 2020 and the years following, I felt something was missing and I realized it was me. So, after many years of working in “Corporate America”, I decided to take a step back to be more present with my family. I enjoy spending my free time working out, walking my dogs, spending time with family and friends, being involved with my community, and playing a little golf when I have the time.

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I grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania where I attended Slippery Rock University. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and decided to move to Virginia to pursue a career in teaching. I have taught for over 30 years and looking forward to a new career path with MGV. I have spent the last 12 years as a Math Specialist. Golf has always been something that I have always had a passion for. Since I had summers off as a teacher, I would get summer jobs at some courses in the area. I worked several years in maintenance at Ford’s Colony Country Club setting pins on the weekends at all 3 of their courses. I have also done cart duties at Stonehouse Golf Club and my favorite course of all time, Royal New Kent Golf Club. My most recent job has been at Kiskiack Golf Club working in the golf shop. My wife and I have 2 children, Haley is a Physical Therapy Assistant and Connor will be graduating from VCU with a degree in Computer Science. I have been working part time with MGV for the past year doing golf quotes for packages in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky. I love to golf, cook and spend time with my family by visiting breweries and wineries whenever we travel.

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In the early 70’s while in the military I was transferred to the Washington D.C. area and after leaving the military I went to college at George Mason University and spent the next 30+ years in Northern Virginia. I began playing golf just as I was turning 40 and developed a fondness for the game. After a number of years of driving ranges and using a system of 5’s to keep score and measure improvement I joined a local country club. My fondness for the game then turned into a passion. I loved playing competitive golf in tournaments and have disappointed my share of partners and shared the joy of victory with them as well. The weekly 4 man skins game every Saturday and Sunday was a ritual for the 40 or more guys that played each week. In the mid 90’s about 36 of the skins players decided to take a trip to Pinehurst and a new tradition was born. We went to Pinehurst for a few years and then someone suggested we try Myrtle Beach and in 2001 we came to Myrtle for the first time. That group continues to come and play each spring. There was also a fall golf trip to the mountains of West Virginia each year. I have been on a lot of golf trips. I moved to the beach in 2007 semi-retired and had a small taxi company for a couple of years, Uber and my car getting totaled put an end to the taxi business. I got into the golf package business almost by mistake. I answered an ad looking for someone to book packages and while I had no direct experience I did have a few assests that were in my favor. I knew how to talk to golfers that wanted to book a golf trip and I knew the location of every 80+ courses at the beach, where they fell budget wise and where they were located in relation to lodging options. I was given the opportunity and have developed a nice following that trusts me year after year to try to get them the best bang for their buck. I enjoy what I do.

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Scott has lived most of his life in Tennessee and left his job as an accountant in 2009 to start up Golf Excursions. He still spends a lot of his time working one on one with group leaders, but works a lot on website improvements. Scott Also boasts an impressive amount of rounds all over the South and enjoys talking about many of the great courses he has played all over the South. Scott has a bachelor degree from University of Tennessee and an MBA from Tennessee Tech. After getting his MBA he spent few years as an accountant, and for 2 years simultaneously started up Golf Excursions while working as an corporate accountant. Scott has a son Brody and 3 daughters - Sadie, Kennedy and baby Lilly. Scott enjoys going on vacation with his family to Amusement parks and the beach. During his free time he enjoys traveling, exercising, and riding bikes. Also is a licensed General Contractor.

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Is there a better activity as a golfer in the winter months than plotting your next golf trip? If you’re like us, you’re dreaming of booking a trip for the spring right now. Though many courses and resorts are booking up, there are still plenty of great options worth considering.

We’ve compiled this list, curated with help from our friends at Golfbreaks by PGA TOUR specifically for golfers on a budget—identifying destinations with a plethora of options for every level of player.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is the Holy Grail of budget golf trips. Your dollar will go far in terms of lodging and nightlife—but the golf is endless and really good (one report states 120 courses open for operation on the Grand Strand … but it’s more if you include surrounding North Carolina courses).

Though courses like Caledonia and True Blue, or all four at Barefoot Resort, are priorities if they fit into your itinerary, golfers on a budget might build their trips around these Myrtle Beach spots:


The Tom Doak-designed Heathland course.

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The Legends Golf Resort is a popular destination for anyone looking for a stay-and-play option. On-site, two- or three-bedroom “villas” provide access to three courses— Heathland , Moorland and Parkland —which all made Golf Digest’s “Sixty Best” in Myrtle Beach ranking in 2010. Staying at the Legends also provides access to The Heritage Club, a semi-private Dan Maples design in Pawleys Island, and Oyster Bay Golf Links, which is just over the border in North Carolina (and also a member of our 2010 ranking of Myrtle’s best). If you’re looking to make planning easy, the Legends is a solid option. Another benefit of doing the stay-and-play at Legends : You can enjoy the on-site Ailsa Pub, which Golf Digest ranked one of its best 19th hole bars. If you’re looking for a couple of other close courses, Myrtle Beach National has three courses just around the corner from Legends.


If proximity to Myrtle’s nightlife is a factor, we recommend the Myrtlewood Villas & Golf Resort , located across the road from Broadway on the Beach (where many bars, restaurants are). Myrtlewood has two courses on-site, Pine Hills and Palmetto (above). Pine Hills was renovated by Arthur Hills in 1993 and demands precision on tee shots and approaches with rolling terrain and good movement to each hole. The Palmetto course is a bit more benign tee to green but features a challenging 18th hole, with the Intracoastal Waterway all up the left side.

Staying in a central location in Myrtle makes it easy to get to courses on both ends of town (it’s about an hour drive from North Myrtle down to Pawleys Island). Check out our list of the best courses in South Carolina to help plan.


For decent options closeby to Myrtlewood , Pine Lakes Country Club (above), aka the Granddaddy, is a must. Pine Lakes is the oldest course in Myrtle Beach, built in 1927 by the first PGA of America president Robert White, and is a fun layout with some good design variety.


Just up the road are a few of Myrtle mainstays. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is the highest-ranked course on Golf Digest’s list in South Carolina (public or private) and has limited availability to the public. The 1949 Robert Trent Jones design is 64th on Golf Digest’s latest America’s 100 Greatest Public rankings . Grande Dunes is also in the same neighborhood and has been on golfers’ lists of courses you need to play in Myrtle for years. Arcadian Shores (above), a challenging Rees Jones design just down the road, is also worth considering.

Interested in booking one of these trips? Click here to start pricing out your trip with our friends at Golfbreaks by PGA TOUR, or call them: (+1) 843.779.7134.

Southern Pines, N.C.

Any serious spring-golf articles should highlight one of the most golf-rich meccas in the U.S. The courses at Pinehurst are already on your radar, but in terms of budget golf, there are some of the best options on the East Coast.


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Southern Pines is one of the best recent public golf restorations after Kyle Franz’s work was completed last year. One of the first Donald Ross original designs, Franz examined Ross blueprints to restore his signature greens, reconfiguring some for the game’s modern green speeds. Again, for less than $200 at peak on weekends, Southern Pines should be on every golfer’s list visiting the area.


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Another recent Franz renovation is Mid Pines Golf Club , another Ross original, which sits at No. 93 on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public . Franz worked on the crew in revitalizing Pinehurst No. 2 under Coore and Crenshaw and adapted those motifs into his 2013 renovation. Mid Pines is a must-play, as is Pine Needles , which is ranked even higher on our 100 Greatest Public (73rd). Pine Needles —which also underwent a recent renovation by John Fought—will host the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open, so a trip in the spring will allow you to play the course the pros play in the summer.

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And of course, one of our favorites in the area is Tobacco Road , the quirky but invigorating Mike Strantz design that sits at No. 49 on our 100 Greatest Public list. Though blind shots and unorthodox hole designs puzzle first-timers (and regulars), it’s one of the most fun courses if you embrace the unique challenge. As our Architecture Emeritus Ron Whitten once wrote: “Each hole looks intimidating from the tee but reveals plenty of elbow room for tee shots and approaches, as well as spin-outs and crash landings.” Go see it for yourself.

Florida is an automatic in terms of cold-weather golf destinations. The only question is where to head to in the Sunshine State?

If you’re talking about budget trips, Orlando should be near the top of your list. There are few places in the state with such an abundance of solid golf. Some of it is more expensive than others ( Streamsong , though closer to Tampa, is the highest-ranked option with three layouts on our Second 100 Greatest list, but might be out of the budget of value-seekers). We have done some work to find the most cost-effective places for your Florida trips.

The Mission Inn Resort and Club is one of Orlando’s best, under-the-radar spots. The Campeón and Las Colinas courses are regularly under $100 and are two challenging but fair designs. The PGA Tour Latinoamerica Q-school was hosted at Mission Inn in the fall, and both courses have hosted a litany of other events. The resort at Mission Inn offers Spanish-style villas and decors—adding nice variety compared to typical golf lodging options.

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One of those more typical lodging options would be the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando . You’re centrally located in Orlando here, making it easy to get to any of Orlando’s good golf options. Right on site is Shingle Creek (above), which was renovated in 2017 by Thad Layton, lead designer of the Arnold Palmer group. Shingle Creek is a fun but challenging layout (tipping out at 7,200 yards) with thoughtful green designs and bunkering with some reachable par 4s and par 5s.

About 20-25 minutes away in Kissimmee are a few solid options, including the three courses at Reunion, a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice winner for Best Resorts , and also Celebration , which features risk-reward options from Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. Though a challenging test with forced carries, wide fairways provide options for all levels of player.


A natural for any Orlando trip is getting to the Disney area, and even if the theme parks aren’t a part of your itinerary, all the golf at Disney is worth playing. The Magnolia Course (above) was the host of a PGA Tour event for decades.

One more lodging option worth mentioning: Golfbreaks has curated homes and villas in the Orlando area with close proximity to a couple other Orlando options worth playing. Both Greg Norman courses at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate—including the International course , the National and the par-3 Champions course—were all renovated in the past five years. Hawk’s Landing , located at the Marriott Orlando World Center, has been a go-to for Orlando goers for years. And there are dozens of other options worth trying to play, including the courses at Orange County National, also a longtime host of Q-schools, and of course Bay Hill, which wouldn’t be included in a “budget” type of itinerary, but a necessary mention in Orlando golf articles.

South Beach and ‘budget’ are usually not in the same sentence. But when it comes to golf, you can put together an affordable trip that’s worth taking.


A favorite of many Miami goers is the Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club , located about 25 minutes from downtown, which provides access to the Senator course (above). Any NFL fan will appreciate the nods to Shula’s 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only perfect team in football history. Another course worth tacking onto an itinerary is the International Links Melreese Country Club . Located minutes away from the airport, it’s the perfect course to tack onto the first or last day of your trip.

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One of our favorites in the area is Crandon Golf (above) in nearby Key Biscayne. Tee times have increased with the popularity of golf, but for less than $200 at peak and the sterling views and design of this Robert von Hagge/Bruce Devlin design, it’s tough to beat for public golf in the state, ranking among our top 15 public options in our last ranking of public golf in Florida .

Kiawah Island

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On the upper-end of golf vacations you can take, we’re here to provide some alternative ways to visit one of the nation’s best golf destinations.

The villas at Kiawah are a cheaper way to do Kiawah, rather than the five-star Sanctuary Hotel (which, of course, we’d recommend for those who can afford it ). Staying at the villas allows you to build some of Kiawah’s other courses into your itinerary, and there are always decent stay-and-play options to explore. (Golfbreaks by PGA TOUR has done the work for you, contact them for more.)

Of course, you know the Ocean Course , which hosted last year’s PGA Championship in addition to the 2011 PGA and 1991 Ryder Cup. One of Pete Dye’s best designs is worth trying to build into your trip, though there are four other great courses worth playing, too.

In a soon-to-be-released Best Places You Can Play in South Carolina, three of the remaining four courses appear in our top 25.

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The 10th hole (left) and the 18th at Osprey Point, separated by Canvasback Pond

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Osprey Point ​​underwent a renovation in 2014 by Tom Fazio. Several holes at Osprey Point run parallel to water hazards and deep bunkers provide ample defense against greens of varying sizes.


The sixth hole at Cougar Point Golf Course

Cougar Point was also renovated recently, by Gary Player’s team in 2017, and it reopened as a brand-new marshland course design at Kiawah Island Resort. Generous fairways and vast greens coupled with risk-reward par 5s and abundant water hazards make this golf course extremely playable.


The 15th hole at Turtle Point Golf Course

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The Turtle Point course at Kiawah Island was regrassed in 2016 and underwent a Jack Nicklaus renovation, with all bunkers reconstructed.

Oak Point is the fifth course on the resort and worth playing while you’re staying at Kiawah Island. It underwent a renovation in 2015 and more on the affordable end.

Though Kiawah Island will be on the minds of anyone heading to Charleston, there is worthwhile golf closer to the city that is worth playing.

We highly recommend trying to get to Charleston Municipal, which reopened in October 2020 after an extensive renovation by designer Troy Miller, who completely rebuilt the 1929 J.M. Whitsett municipal course. Miller accented the design with Seth Raynor template greens and steep bunkers and shaping, a reference to Raynor’s work at nearby C.C. of Charleston and Yeamans Hall.


We recommend the Wild Dunes Resort (above), which is about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston in Isle of Palms. For golfers, it’s a great hub to your Charleston golf trip, featuring two 18-hole courses designed by Tom Fazio—the Links and the Harbor.


Courtesy: The Links Course at Wild Dunes

The Links (above) was one of Fazio’s first solo designs, and though a storm forced the rerouting of some holes on the back, it now ends on the picturesque par 3 right on the water.


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The Harbor Course is not long, tipping out at just under 6,400 yards, but can challenge better players with a number of tight driving corridors and approach shots. A number of holes right on the Intracoastal Waterway provide a worthwhile second course at Wild Dunes .


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For other worthwhile Charleston options, Charleston National is a popular addition to most itineraries. This Rees Jones semi-private course, located about 20 minutes from downtown, is carved through natural wetlands, lagoons, pine and oak-tree forests.

Just a few turns away in Mount Pleasant is another worthwhile addition, RiverTowne Country Club , is an Arnold Palmer Signature design that has hosted LPGA Tour events in the past.

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If we’re writing about Charleston and Kiawah, we need to include Sea Island , one of golf’s most relaxing getaways. The recently constructed Inn at Sea Island provides a more cost-effective option with access to Sea Island’s three award-winning courses.

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The Seaside  and Plantation courses host the annual PGA Tour’s RSM Classic—the Seaside course  (above) is a mainstay on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public list and ranks 172nd on Golf Digest’s Second 100 Greatest ranking . The Plantation course re-opened in October 2019 after a major remodeling by Sea Island resident Davis Love III and his brother, Mark. The Retreat course , also designed by DL III and his brother, opened in 2001, and is a worthwhile third course to add to your trip.

Scottsdale is a perfect destination throughout the year but especially in the winter. Scottsdale’s plethora of good golf makes it a perfect haven for golfers of every level—and value-seeking golfers can find some affordable options in the desert.

Just 15 minutes from the airport and right in the heart of the city, Hyatt House Scottsdale/Old Town is a convenient and budget-friendly option that will be a favorite for trip-goers who will be enjoying downtown Scottsdale’s nightlife.


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For those wanting a taste of the TPC Scottsdale treatment at a reduced price, the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale  (above), built in 2007, is playable for higher-handicappers but still a challenge for better players. A creek runs through the course, providing a rare water hazard in the desert, while the McDowell Mountains offer a scenic backdrop for shots hit Eastward.

Another popular value recommendation by Golfbreaks by PGA TOUR is Ocotillo Golf Club , in Chandler, Ariz., which is worth the quick 25-minute drive for some solid golf at a discounted price. Mature trees and water hazards transplant golfers from the typical desert scapes of Scottsdale—and three nines make it a great one-stop shop for a full day of golf. If there’s a game on, the Ocotillo Grille is a good hang before or after your round.

Another option south of Scottsdale that differs a bit from typical desert golf is Raven Golf Club . Host to many college golf tournaments, Raven’s fairways roll with the natural terrain of the valley. Mature pines are a staple all over the course. Just seven miles from the airport, this is the perfect option for play on the day of arrival or departure.

One of our favorites, too, is Papago, a muny in Phoenix that has been a popular spot for locals through the years. Arizona State’s golf teams signed a deal a few years ago with Papago, reenergizing it with better turf conditions —and it remains one of the best value courses in the area. In addition, the ASU teams’ practice facilities might be the coolest among any college team—they are a must-see.

Of course, if your budget accommodates a round or two at Scottsdale’s top public courses, the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, both courses at We-Ko-Pa, Troon North and Grayhawk are all outstanding options. They don’t exactly fit as “budget options” but are must-plays, if feasible.

RELATED: The best courses in Arizona

Palm Springs

For decades golfers have escaped to Palm Springs for a seemingly endless amount of golf—with a different course on every corner. The only question is, where to play?

For lodging, an easy option is the Hilton Garden Inn Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage , which is centrally located to some of the best courses in the area. It’s also conveniently located right in the Coachella Valley, right next to the The River, a premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Of course, PGA West, La Quinta, Mission Hills and Indian Wells are all on people’s radars for Palm Springs options … but here are some affordable options to consider.

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SilverRock Golf Resort co-hosted the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Classic for four years starting in 2008 after it opened 2005. Set in the Santa Rosa Mountains, it can still be found in tour-level condition. This Arnold Palmer design (above) features incredible mountain vistas, tight fairways, fast greens and challenging but beautiful water hazards. Particularly for competitive golfers, this is a great test.

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One of the most underrated courses in the desert is the Firecliff course at Desert Willow (above). Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry designed 36 holes (including the Mountain course) on this flat desert floor in the Coachella Valley and moved enough earth to create some interesting holes that frame the surrounding mountains. Playability for all handicap ranges is strong, but even for the better players, the Firecliff course is an intriguing and fair test.

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The Classic Club is another Arnold Palmer design that has also hosted the Bob Hope Classic. As one would expect from a course that’s hosted a tour event, Classic Club  (above) boasts state-of-the-art practice facilities, including a clubhouse with a great restaurant. Famous for its elevated tee boxes which offer panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, this course is populated with more than 5,000 pine, pepper and olive trees, 30 acres of water features and 14 stone bridges.

Like we said, the abundance of golf in the desert is astounding. Woodhaven Country Club might get overshadowed based on its proximity to other really good courses (there are FIVE other courses consecutively on the same block, all next to each other). But for an affordable price tag compared to others in the area, you get the same pristine backdrops.

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Another option with 36 holes set among the mountains is Tahquitz Creek . The Legend Course  (above) is the more forgiving of the two, tipping out at just over 6,800 yards. Wide fairways will help keep golfers in play, but elevated, undulating greens will only accept precise approach shots. The Resort Course  (below) is shorter, but players must contend with an island fairway, several water hazards and strategic bunkering and waste areas. The final three holes play across the Tahquitz Canyon—not quite the finish over the quarry holes at Merion, but spectacular nonetheless.

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Any trip to Las Vegas can be expensive for a number of reasons. Just as a hypothetical, you’ve chosen to do most of your spending elsewhere but still want to hit the links. Our friends at Golfbreaks by PGA TOUR have identified the most budget-friendly golf courses worth booking.

The Luxor is one of the most iconic hotels on the strip, known for its pyramid shape. As one would expect from such a hotel, the Luxor has a casino, full-service spa, pool complex and a variety of restaurants.

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Las Vegas National  (above), affectionately known by the locals as “The National,” is the scene of Tiger Woods’ first professional win. It’s also famous for being home in the 1960s to The Rat Pack; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis Jr. were all avid golfers and frequently entertained guests with songs and stories in the clubhouse. The aptly named Rat Pack Bar & Grill is a great place to pay homage to all the greats that have come through over the years.

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A little farther outside the city, the Legacy Golf Club  (above) lends itself to a bit of peace and quiet away from the bustle of the strip. Designed by the late Arthur Hills, Legacy is a traditional desert golf course; target golf is the norm as a premium is placed on accuracy.

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Open since 1996, Desert Pines Golf Club  (above) is just 15 minutes from the strip. Though it’s close in proximity, the pine-tree-lined fairways and white sand bunkers don’t exactly scream “Las Vegas.” It’s not a particularly long course, at just 6,222 yards from the back tees, but the par 71 tests a golfer with tight, narrow fairways and several water hazards.


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The Golfer’s Bucket List: The Best Golf Trips you need to Book Now

Are you looking for the best golf trips but have no clue where to start searching? One of the many amazing things about the great game of golf is that you can play it worldwide and meet new people around the globe. There are hundreds of thousands of courses around the world for you and your golfing buddies to tee it up.

But figuring out where to start planning your next golf trip is pretty overwhelming. Depending on your location, you might only be a short drive to an incredible golf destination. Or, you might be hours away and need to catch a flight to make it happen. 

Either way, traveling to play new golf courses is almost always worth it. I suggest making a list with some of your frequented buddies and start planning 1-2 a year. Once you read this post, you’ll know exactly which trip you should tackle next.

Planning Golf Trips

Before we dive into booking these amazing golf trips, let’s talk about planning them. This way you can easily compare golf destinations and figure out which is next up for your vacation. 


The first thing to start thinking about when planning your golf is planning where you want to go. Do you want to travel somewhere close? Or, take a flight over the pond to the home of golf for an unforgettable golf experience? Planning the two are very different tasks as you need to figure out flights, hotels, golf reservations, and a lot more. 

The first step is brainstorming with your buddies about where you want to play in the world. Is it a stop on the PGA Tour? Do you want to play a true bucket list course like Pebble Beach or St. Andrews? Or, is it just a fun trip that is solely focused on golf? 

Once you’ve narrowed your choices down, the next thing to consider is budget.

As you know, golf is not a cheap sport. From golf clubs, gadgets, and tee times, it all adds up fast. Traveling to play epic courses only adds to it (but it’s more than worth it of course).

Once you have a few selections for your next destination, do some research on the budget that is required for each golfer to go. Think about things like:

  • Tee times : Do they have more than course with different green fees? Package deals? Stay-n-play?
  • Transportation : Will you need to book flights ( read here on tips to flying with golf clubs )? Will you need to rent a car? Take a train? The farther you are from your destination, the more costly it is for round trip transportation.
  • Lodging : How much will it cost to stay per night? Does the course require you to stay on premise to book tee times in advance? How many people per room? Are there houses nearby to rent? 
  • Other costs : These might include dining (is any included), other activities like sporting events, non-golf excursions (fishing, sailing, etc.). 

This step is crucial in planning an awesome golf getaway. Ideally, you’ll want to price out the trip per person or per couple so you can start pitching people on the idea and give them a ballpark price range. 

Length of Trip 

Another important factor is the length of time your golf trip will take. While longer is more fun and has more time to hit bombs and make birdies, it has downsides as well. 

First off, longer trips mean a higher budget which might not work for everyone in your group. Second, the longer the trip means more time off of work as well. While 2-3 days might be enough for some trips that are close in proximity, others (like Ireland) might mean 10-11 days to get the full experience. 

Number of People 

Finally, don’t forget to factor in the number of golfers joining you as well. While more golfers is more fun and makes for better gambling games, it is also more complicated to plan as well.

But, sometimes certain resorts and golf courses will have packages for bigger groups (like birthday parties, bachelor parties, etc.). Now that you have a better understanding of what to think about for your next trip, let’s dive into the nearly endless possibilities. 

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Best Golf Destinations in US 

While the home of golf might have originated from over the pond, there are some amazing golf vacations here in the United States as well. Here are some of our top picks:

Monterey, CA 

Monterey is such an awesome place for golfers as it has some of the most iconic courses with epic views that are rich with history. Think of Tom Watson chipping in on the 71st hole of the 1982 U.S. Open. Or, Tiger Woods pouncing on the field in the 2000 U.S. Open and beating them by 15 shots in arguably the best performance of his career! 

You can relive all of those memories and create your own at some of these amazing venues. 

Places to Play in Pebble Beach

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When you think of bucket list trips in golf, it’s impossible to not add Pebble Beach to the list. The course isn’t cheap to play (one of the highest green fees on Earth) but it’s a piece of golfing history. Each hole has a ton of character, stunning views, and perfect playing conditions to make for an amazing round of golf. 

Spyglass Hills

While Spyglass isn’t as world renowned, a lot of people actually consider it better than Pebble Beach! I know it’s hard to believe but it’s a truly iconic course that has a few ocean holes before turning back inward with tree-laced fairways. I like to think of Spyglass as the West Coast Augusta National- slick greens, tight fairways, and amazing course conditions.  

Spanish Bay

The third place to paly at the resort is Spanish Bay which isn’t as famous as the previous two but still a great track. Several holes ride the Pacific Ocean and are the easiest of the three tracks. Plus, it’s a few hundred bucks cheaper than Spyglass or Pebble which makes it more cost effective for the everyday golfer. 

Poppy Hills

Another popular option in the Carmel area is Poppy Hills. This club is a stop for the PGA Tour Champions and is a Golf Digest Top 100 Public Golf Course. Rates are around $200 per player and still provide a great golfing experience in Pebble Beach. 

Golf History . As soon as you arrive at the resort, you can feel the golf history instantly.

When you walk through the clubhouse, pro shop, and the grounds, you can’t forget about all the iconic tournaments that have taken place at Pebble. Plus, they have all kinds of golf memorabilia, trophies, and more to remind of the truly historic events that have happened over the years.

Iconic Views . Perhaps the best part of the Monterey area are the incredible views. The first few holes of Spyglass are near the Pacific Ocean and a large stretch of Holes on Pebble are right on the ocean as well. 

Hole #7 at Pebble Beach is the short par-3 that is only 100 yards away but can play double the distance with wind. Hole #8 requires your approach to carry the ocean, and the next two holes have the ocean on your right. Make sure to hire a caddy so someone can document the trip and get some pictures with the Pacific Ocean as a truly iconic backdrop. 

Price . Don’t get me wrong, I expect bucket list trips to cost more than a normal round of golf but Pebble doesn’t make it easy for the average golfer to make it happen. Rounds are between $300 at Spanish Bay, $400 at Spyglass, and $500+ at Pebble Beach. 

Not to mention, you have to stay at the resort to make a tee time in advance. Did I mention the starting room at the resort (2-night minimum) is about $600 for a pretty standard hotel room? 

Plus, caddy fees (optional but encouraged), flights, and possibly renting a car to get to the resort. The experience costs a pretty penny but if you’re going to go, splurge and play Spyglass and Pebble to make it worth it. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. 

Weather . While the weather is more consistent than some destinations, you could still face some weird weather as it’s located right on the ocean. Plan accordingly and expect some rain in the winter months . 

Bandon, OR 

One of the premiere golf destination on the West Coast is Bandon Dunes. Bandon has a total of five full size 18 holes, a par 3 (Bandon Preserve) and a 100,000 square feet putting green known as the Punchbowl. 

While it’s not easy to play all five in a single golf trip, it’s worth returning to for a second visit to play the rest and repeat your favorites. The best way to book this trip is through Bandon Dunes website directly so you can incorporate transportation, lodging, and golf with a single package. Plus, they are used to handling large groups of people which makes it easier for the person in charge of booking everything. 

Another place to play in Oregon is the Bend/Sunriver area. They have incredible options from great designers like Tom Fazio and other top designers.

Places to Play

The six options for your next golfing vacation at Bandon Dunes are:

Bandon Dunes

The original, Bandon Dunes, was founded in 1999 and received the highest of praise ever since from everyone in the golfing community. It’s consistently made top 50 golf courses (and public courses) in the world by Golf Digest and is a truly iconic links layout that isn’t very common in the US. 

Pacific Dunes

Pacific Dunes opened two years after the original design and is a very different feel than Bandon. Pacific Dunes blends beautifully with the terrain to produce firm fairways, lots of wind, and 60-foot sand dunes. Get your game ready for this course as it’s a true test of your skills! 

Bandon Trails

The third course at the resort is Bandon Trails which has more a meadow feel than a traditional dunes layout. It is built into the coastal forest and ends with a stretch of holes in a normal, links style.

Old Macdonald

The fourth option on the property is Old Macdonald. These 18 holes have massive greens and deep bunkers in a very traditional, old-school design. 

Sheep Ranch

This final full-size track at Bandon is Sheep Ranch. It just opened in June 2020 and is only a mile from the ocean with several shots directly over the water.

It was originally intended to be a private course but after sitting for nearly a decade, it is the latest design to open at Bandon. No carts allowed on this course so get ready to walk! 

Bandon Preserve

If you need a break from full-length tracks, have some fun at the Bandon Preserve. This is a stellar par-3 course that will challenge you more than most executive style courses and is in perfect condition. 

Huge selection of golf. With five full 18 holes, a par-3, and a fun putting course, you will not get bored at this spectacular resort. Not to mention, the courses are in fantastic shape year round. Since they have so many courses, even if an 18 is closed for seasonal maintenance, you can always play the other four as well. 

Caddies. There are no shortages of caddies available at Bandon and highly suggest taking advantage of them to make the round more enjoyable. With so much terrain, wind, and weather, caddies will make the experience a lot more fun. Plus, you’ll likely play better with their local knowledge as well. 

Lodging. If you’re going with a big group of guys, Bandon has exceptional lodging options right on the resort. They have five accommodations for all your lodging needs including spacious four-bedroom cottages at the Grove.

Weather : While Bandon might have some of the best courses in the United States it also has some of the most inconsistent weather ever. Locals say the best time of year to visit is in September but it’s also peak season rates. Allegedly, February is the other secret time to visit and get to play at off-season rates. Plan accordingly!

Location : Aside from a lot of wind and rain, getting to Bandon isn’t easy. The closest major airport is Portland which is still a 90-minute drive from the resort. Unless you fly in on a small private jet to the Bandon airport, expect a little bit of a drive after you take a flight to Portland.

Florida Golf Trip

The third destination on our list of amazing golfing vacations is moving coasts to sunny South Florida. If you want to tee it up where the PGA Tour pros live, South Florida might be the destination for you and your buddies. There are tons of great golf clubs and amazing weather to make it a great place to cure your winter blues. 

Best Public Golf Courses in Florida

For the sake of this article, we’ll keep it public options that anyone can book a tee time on (even if it’s cheap). Otherwise, we’d include places like Seminole (Tiger’s home club) and others.

TPC Sawgrass

Perhaps one of the most iconic holes in the world is the island green 17th at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, located in northeast Florida. Wedged between the difficult par-5 16th and long par-4 18th, it’s one of the best closing stretches ever. Pete Dye outdid himself here!

Not to mention, the other 15 holes are incredible as well and host the PGA Tour’s 5th Major (The Players Championship) each year. Overall, it’s an amazing golfing experience with other world-class facilities close by. Let’s get real, who doesn’t want a crack at the island green? 

You can also play the other option, Dye’s Valley, which hosts a Korn Ferry event and is also highly recommended. Plus, it’s only a fraction of the price. Book these directly through the TPC site for vacation packages and the “ Tour Player Experience ” as well. 


Another great place to tee it up in Florida is the luxury Streamsong Resort near Tampa. This golf resort offers three stellar courses (the red, white, and blue) so you can play a ton of golf without much travel. In fact, they make it easy to stay at the resort and play with amazing accommodations and packages.

Some of their offerings include a Stay and Play 18 package, the Tour package, and more. Plus, there’s tons of non golf activities that are fun too including a spa, bass fishing, archery and more. Book this directly through Streamsong so you don’t have to find a hotel, rent a car or Uber, and can have everything you need in a single place.

Trump Doral

Another gem of Florida is the Trump Doral Golf Club in Miami Florida. While most golfers know “The Blue Monster” there are three other courses there that you can play for even cheaper! 

Plus, you can stay at the stunning resort and not have to rent a car or Uber to each course. They also have fine dining, a spa and other amenities to make it an awesome experience for a moderate price. I suggest booking this directly through the website to take advantage of any offers they’re running. 

Pros of Florida Golf 

Huge amount of options. There are more than 1,200 courses in the state of Florida! Are you kidding me? This is more than other state and makes it impossible to ever get bored playing the same place. Find an area you want to go to (Tampa, Miami, etc.) and start booking ones around you! 

Weather . They don’t call it the Sunshine state for nothing! Florida has amazing beaches and consistently good weather compared to the rest of the country. But be warned, the humidity and tropical temperatures will make summer golf more challenging.

Cons of Florida Golf

I really can’t think of many since there is such a massive amount of courses it’s pretty much paradise for every golfer! 

Prices . Prices aren’t all bad but it’s worth noting there are some expensive green fees in Florida. However, with over 1,000 options, there is a budget for everyone. But more famous courses like Doral and others will set you back more than others on this list.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Moving north from Florida is another iconic destination in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you’re on the east coast and looking for an ultimate golfing experience, look no further than Myrtle Beach. 

With over 100 options in the area, you will have more options than you have time. Not to mention, it’s close to the beach, has plenty of nightlife, and amazing resorts to stay at. Since there are so many places to play, I suggest booking through Myrtle Beach Golf as they have a lot more details on each venue, packages, and provide instant quotes for your trip.

With over 100 different venues, it’s hard to narrow down just a few but here are some of the top rated by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. 

Dunes Golf and Beach Club

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club was ranked #54 in America’s Top 100 Greatest public courses in 2019. Originally launched by Robert Trent Jones in 1992, it’s had several multi-million dollar renovations to give you an unbelievable experience. If you play this one, enjoy the hole named “Waterloo” where Lake Shingleton comes into play and received numerous awards as one of the greatest golf holes ever.  

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club 

Another top pick and highly acclaimed option is the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club. It’s been featured in top publications and magazines for it’s classic design, rich history, and amazing conditions.

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True Blue Golf Club 

The final “must play” course in the Myrtle Beach area is the True Blue Golf Club. It was ranked in Golf Magazine as a top resort for you and your golfing buddies in 2019. It’s huge fairways and undulating greens paired with elevation make for a spectacular day of golf! 

Tons of places to play. With more than 100 tracks in the Myrtle Beach area, you will have no shortage of golf options in a very short distance. 

Price . Compared to some of the other destinations, the full Myrtle Beach experience is a smaller price tag. 

Inconsistent weather. While you can get some good weather in December even, it’s pretty spotty at times. Plus, with a ton of humid conditions, it’s not an ideal fit for a lot of golfers.

Pinehurst, North Carolina

While Myrtle Beach has 100 courses, North Carolina has some great venues as well. But the crown jewel of them all is Pinehurst Resort. 

If you’re like most golfers, when you think of Pinehurst golf resort you probably think of the late Payne Stewart and his heroic showing in the 1999 US Open. His legendary performance topped Phil Mickelson in one of his many crushing major defeats.  

When booking, I suggest going through the official Pinehurst website as they have different accommodations including the Donald Ross golf package, Bed & Breakfast, and custom packages. 

Places to Play at Pinehurst 

There are nine full-length (yes, nine) courses at Pinehurst (named Pinehurst #1, #2, etc.). They also have “The Cradle Short Course” which is a nine hole par-3 as well. All of them have gotten rave reviews from golfers and media but make sure that you play: 

Pinehurst #1

This is the original design from 1898 that will test your game despite being more than a century old. 

Pinehurst #2

Pinehurst #2 allows you to play where tons of majors have been hosted and see championship golf first hand. According to the website , “Pinehurst #2 has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and hosted back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in 2014. The U.S. Open will return in 2024.”

Amazing venues. All nine options live up to the high standard of Pinehurst #1 from the late 1800s. They’ve created such a great experience for golfers who truly love the history of the game.

All-in-one. With nine options available and amazing lodging, you can book it all together for an unbelievable golfing package .

Price. While it’s less than Pebble Beach, rates are still between $300-$400 per player per round (on #1-5). Booking as a package does save some money but overall, this trip won’t be a cheap one.

Mesquite, Nevada 

Moving back West, let’s not forget about the scenic views in Mesquite, Nevada. Less than an hour from Las Vegas, you have tons of amazing places to paly at very affordable prices. Plus, you’re not far from Sin City so you can hit the tables and have more fun on the strip as well. When booking, look for package details on Mesquite Golf Courses . 

Places to Play in Nevada

The top palce to play in Mesquite, Nevada is Wolf Creek. The course has received a ton of accolades and is considered the ultimate golf experience. It’s incredibly scenic and provides some of the best views you’ll ever have with elevated tee shots and beautiful scenery.

Coyote Springs

Another great options in the desert of Nevada is Coyote Springs which was ranked a top course in the state and is a Jack Nickalus design. 


Conestoga is another place I’d highly recommend as it has tons of scenic views, fast greens, and gorgeous scenery. 

Price. For a bucket list experience, it’s a fraction of the price of playing Pebble or Pinehurst. Plus, the other venues aside from Wolf Creek are even less expensive and usually can find tons of great deals.

Location . Getting to Las Vegas is easy and having regular shuttles from Vegas to Mesquite make it wildly convenient.  

Weather. Being that it is a desert, you will have some extreme low temperatures in the winter and temperatures of 100 degrees or more in the summer. 

Southern California

It’s hard to beat Southern California. Beaches, amazing courses, tons of activities, and perfect weather year round. Southern California is home to some of the best players ever and where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickeslon got their start in the game. 

Not to mention, Tiger had his iconic win at the 2008 US Open where he beat Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole Monday playoff. Somehow, Tiger played through a torn ACL to win the major before his drought that finally ended at the 2019 Masters. 

If you do want to play Torrey with a tee time in advance, you’ll want to book and stay directly at “The Lodge.” These are amazing accommodations right on the course and will ensure you can book a tee time more than a day in advance.

Places to Play in San Diego

Torrey pines (north and south).

Torrey Pines has two championship courses that play host to a PGA Tour event every year as part of the West Coast swing. Players compete a round on the North and three rounds on the more challenging, South. The North was recently updated and has made it nearly as good as the South 18 holes. 

La Costa Resort and Spa

While not as iconic as Torrey Pines, La Costa is another amazing experience and has hosted PGA & LPGA Tour events. Plus, they have two 18 holes, an amazing spa, and incredible lodge to enhance your stay. 

Cost . Compared to Pebble Beach, this place is a bargain! While it might not be quite as iconic as Pebble, it’s still incredible golf and an amazing destination year round. 

Not as many options. While there are some gems like Torrey Pines and La Costa, overall it’s not like Pinehurst, South Florida, or Scottsdale.  It’s harder to book a golf vacation as you’ll have more driving and commuting to play great tracks.

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale is another great place to play some golf with your buddies and make some awesome memories. First off, the Phoenix area gets more sun than pretty much anywhere in the world.

It’s either hot or hotter pretty much everyday of the year. Luckily, it’s a very dry heat so you don’t have to worry about tons of humidity like South Florida and other golfing destinations. 

Places to Play in Scottsdale/Phoenix

Tpc scottsdale.

Another fan favorite to watch every year is the Waste Management which is held at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium course. Thousands upon thousands of fans cheer, harass, and get rowdy with every single shot that’s played on the iconic par-3 16th hole. 

You can play there and experience the shot as well (minus the 50,000+ screaming fans). Sadly, they do take the grandstands down after the event but if you time it right, you might get to play with them. They also have another 18 hole championship course that won’t dissapoint.

Quintero is tucked away slightly north of Phoenix but worth the drive. It has tons of elevation changes which create some memorable but challenging holes. 

Lots of activities. Not only is Scottsdale home to some great golf tracks, but there are tons of events going on year round. Arguably the best time to visit is in February-March where they have spring training for the half the MLB. Plus, hockey, football, and tons of other entertainment (like TopGolf, casinos, etc).

Weather . Unlike most golfing destinations on this list you don’t have to worry about weather when visiting the Phoenix area. It’s pretty much always sunny year round with a very dry heat. 

Convenient . Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is positioned perfectly and only a short Taxi, Uber or drive to Scottsdale. With direct routes to every major airport, this makes it a huge perk of visiting Scottsdale.

Prices . Sometimes the valley of the sun does get a little pricey in peak season. Since most of the world is freezing cold, Scottsdale charges a pretty penny for lodging and golf November – March.  

Weather . That’s right, weather is a pro and a con for golf in Scottsdale. If you struggle with intense heat, I would recommend skipping May – September as it’s insanely hot. Sometimes the temperatures crack 110 degrees in the summer without ever cooling down below 85 degrees. Paired with the monsoon season in July-August, it’s not always the most ideal golfing conditions. 

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Europe Golf Trips

While the US has tons of golf trips around the country, we can’t forget over the pond. The UK is the home of the great sport that we all love. There are hundreds of link style venues that will help you create a bucket list trip that you’ll never forget. 

Scotland & Ireland 

Scotland has over 100 iconic courses so I can’t list them all but here are some of the best ones that we highly recommend. When booking, I suggest finding a company to help you sync it all together. Since you’re traveling internationally, there are a lot more moving pieces (time difference, transportation, lodging, etc.). This way you make sure everything gets booked properly and have the best experience possible.

Trump Turnberry

Trump Turnberry is one of the most iconic places to play in the world. It’s consistently ranked as a top top course in Scotland and will test your game unlike any other. 

St. Andrews

Known as “The Home of Golf” you won’t want to miss this amazing, old school links golf course . The Old Course at St. Andrews has hosted 29 Open Championships and featured some of the most amazing shots in golf history. Not to mention, amazing holes like the Roadhole bunker and an iconic 18th will create memories that will last a lifetime. 

According to golf historians, Murfield is the oldest golf course in the world and founded in 1744! If you’re looking for a golf course that is rich with golf history, this is the one for you. 


Carnoustie has four courses and hosted the Open Championship eight times, senior Open Championship, and the Women’s British Open in 2011. This course was founded in 1842 and is the scene of the infamous meltdown by Jean Van De Velde in the 199 Open Championship. 

Ireland Golf

If you want to venture to Ireland instead of Scotland, you’ll have no shortage including:

  • Lahinch 
  • Ballybunion
  • European Club
  • Portmarnock Championship
  • Trump International Golf Links 

And hundreds more!

Historic. These old school courses have been around for hundreds of years and have a rich history for anyone who appreciates the game.

Links style. This style isn’t for everyone but it’s fun to play the game like they did in the old days. 

Weather. Golf over the pond doesn’t tend to bring sunshine and good weather, quite the opposite. This will tend to yield lots of wind, rain , and cold harsh conditions. 

Costs. Traveling to Europe isn’t cheap but if you do make the journey, go for a long enough time to make the most of it. 

Other Notable Venues

While the destinations above will provide truly amazing golf trips, there are some one off golf courses that I had to add to this list as well.

Whistling Straits

Whistling Straits is one of two luxury golf courses in Wisconsin. It’s hosted several major championships and set to host the 2020 Ryder Cup. There are nearly 1,000 bunkers so you’re in for some entertaining shots during your round. Plus, the other course, Blackwolf Run, is also a highly acclaimed golf course too.

Wynn Golf Course – Las Vegas, NV

The Wynn Golf Course is located right on the strip and provides an experience unlike anything else. It’s always been a gem for high rollers but was closed for nearly two years as the resort was planning on building a new entertainment center. Things changed and the course reopened in 2019 giving guests a chance to tee it up steps from Las Vegas Blvd. 

Fair warning, this course isn’t easy to get a tee time on. You need to stay at the Wynn resort or have a connection to make it happen. Not to mention, the green fees are ridiculously high at around $550 per round (when in Vegas right?). But, you do get a caddy, full service locker rooms, carts stocked with beverages, and an amazing facility. 

Calusa Pines Golf Club

Another top course in Florida is the Calusa Pines Golf Club. This course regularly earns a spot in the top five courses in the state and is only a short 2 hour drive from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. They have some of the fastest fairways and greens in the state so it makes for some fun golf! 

Final Thoughts

As you can tell, there is no shortage of amazing golf trips around the globe. It really depends on what your budget is, how many days you want to spend, and who you want to make the journey with. Some trips will be easy to book while others will require a little more planning on your end.

At the end of the day, while some of these might seem like a small fortune to play, go ahead and purchase a travel bag , buy plane ticket, and start working on your golf trip packing list because these trips will create memories you will cherish forever. Whether you’re going with golfing buddies or family, I don’t think you will be disappointed with any of these destinations.

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7 international destinations perfect for a golf trip.

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You’ve played some of the best golf courses in the United States . Now, you’re looking to pack your clubs, rally some friends, and hit the links on an international golf trip. But which parts of the world boast the best collection of golf courses?

Top Golf Destinations

From Latin America to the South Pacific — and, of course, Scotland — here’s a list of seven international destinations perfect for a golf trip.

1. Scotland: The Birthplace of Golf

The famous Swilcan bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course links in St Andrews, Scotland. Many ... [+] famous golfers have traditionally posed for photographs on this bridge at the end of their tournament rounds, thanking the crowds for their support. The Royal & Ancient clubhouse can be seen towards the left of the background.

The Scottish seaside town of St. Andrews is known around the world as the birthplace of golf, and the iconic Old Course headlines most golfers’ bucket lists. Book a stay at the golf-inspired Rusacks St Andrews , where rooms come with views of the hallowed turf.

Even if you can’t score a tee time at the Old Course, there’s plenty more courses beckoning. In fact, Scotland has more golf courses per person than anywhere else in the world. From the links of Fife to courses along the dunes of Aberdeenshire’s coast, the country has more than 550 courses.

Scotland’s weather is known to fluctuate, but the golf season is typically April to September.

2. Ireland: A Links Paradise

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Adare Manor in Ireland.

Ireland is nicknamed the “green of dreams” and the island is home to more than 400 golf clubs. A third of the world’s natural links courses are here, and more than 240,000 golfers make the pilgrimage to Ireland each year to play on the unforgiving fairways.

In County Limerick, Adare Manor is a coveted stay for golfers. The championship golf course designed by golf architect Tom Fazio will host the 2027 Ryder cup.

While most courses are open all year round, the best time for Ireland golf trips is from April to October. In peak summer, it stays light out until 10 p.m., which means you can play a couple of rounds and make the most of your golf vacation.

3. Fiji: Luxury Private Island Greens

Denaru Golf & Racquet Club

Fiji is a draw for all types of vacationers, from honeymooners to scuba divers. But it’s also a golfer’s paradise in the South Pacific, with more than a dozen courses scattered across the islands and stunning fairways lined with palm trees.

For those coming for golf, Viti Levu, the main island, is home to three championship courses: Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, which is located at the InterContinental Resort and comes with Pacific Ocean views, Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, and The Pearl South Pacific Golf Course.

Fun fact: The country has even produced one of the world’s top golfers, Vijay Singh, who fell in love with the game at the Nadi Airport Golf Course.

4. New Zealand: Dramatic Scenery

Te Arai Links in Tomarata, New Zealand

In New Zealand, golf is the sport with the highest participation among both men and women. The country has more than 400 golf courses, and the dramatic landscapes — from craggy, isolated coastlines tracing the greens to soaring mountains in the alpine areas — make it one of the most idyllic destinations for golfers.

Renowned architect Tom Doak has said “no country has seen its golf courses improve more over the past 20 years than New Zealand.” One of his famous New Zealand courses is Cape Kidnappers, which is perched above the ocean on clifftops, and built on ridge-and-valley landscape.

A 90 minute drive from Auckland (or 25 minutes via helicopter), Te Arai Links , which has two links golf courses along the coastline is also a sought-after destination. One course was designed by Doak, and the other is from Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. In between tee times, the area is known for its surf breaks and lively nearby market towns, Mangawhai and Matakana, as well as its vineyards and olive groves.

October through April is considered high season, and golfers will pay less the other times of year.

5. Mexico: Mountain, Desert And Ocean Landscapes

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Los Cabos and the Baja Peninsula have long dominated as one of the best golf destinations in not just Latin America, but the world, thanks to its mountain-desert-ocean landscape, gentle sea breezes, and a collection of cacti-studded courses designed by some of the world’s greatest golf architects, like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

In Loreto, which is on the Eastern coast of Baja California Peninsula, golfers can tee off in a UNESCO World Heritage site when they play a round at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto by Danzante Bay, which overlooks the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. Travelers can book packages Unlimited Golf or Spa that comes with unlimited rounds for three days.

Golf continues to grow and get better throughout Mexico, with more than 200 courses to play. Beyond the Baja Peninsula, some other top golf spots in Mexico include the courses dotting the Pacific Coastline and in the Riviera Maya, like El Camaleón, an 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed course that moves through tropical jungle, mangroves, and past freshwater canals. It’s also the first PGA Tour Course in Latin America.

6. Vietnam: A Fast-Growing Golf Destination

Hoiana Shores in Vietnam

For golfers looking for the next ‘it’ destination, turn your attention to Vietnam, where some of the world’s best golf architects are designing courses in the mountains, jungles, and along its coastline. Before 2020, there were about 80 golf courses in Vietnam, many attached to luxury resorts. By 2025, more than 200 courses will be built out.

Golfers can find year-round golf in Vietnam, heading into the highlands like Dalat for a cool mist and mountain breezes and hitting and booking tee times in Ho Chi Minh City and Southern Vietnam throughout the year. November to April is dry and cool in Northern Vietnam, and the same goes for Central Vietnam from February to May.

Hoina Shores Golf Club , designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is a must-play for any golf enthusiast visiting Vietnam. It’s located within the $4 billion Hoiana Casino and Resort development on the Vietnamese coast south of Danang.

7. Mauritius: Bucket List Golf Destination

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Mauritius is known for its stunning beaches and lush rainforests and unofficial world wonders like the Chamarel Seven Colored Earth Geopark, a sand dune bursting with colors. But this island in the Indian Ocean also has a history of golf. The tourism office claims that in 1844, when it was under British rule, Mauritius was the third country in the world to be introduced to the sport and Gymkhana Golf Club was the fourth country club in the world where golf was played

Today, Mauritius has 10 18-hole courses and three 9-hole golf courses, including the bucket-list worthy Iles aux Cerfs Golf Club at Shangri-La Le Touessrok, Mauritius . Golfers take a complimentary boat shuttle to the golf course where 18 holes come with scenic ocean views. The resort’s second course is Anahita Golf Club, which is set on a former sugar plantation and backed by mountains and fringed by a lagoon.

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7 Best Summer Vacations In The US In 2024

Excited for summer? Whether you're spending it with friends, loved ones, or going solo, keep these summer destinations in the US on your radar!

  • Summer in the US is a dream come true with captivating destinations like Zion, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Parks.
  • Each location offers unique activities from iconic water hikes to mule rides, making unforgettable summer memories.
  • Whether it's beachcombing in Kiawah Island or kayaking in Glacier National Park, the US has everything for a perfect summer vacation.

Summer is one of the seasons that people get excited about. No more freezing days. No more heavy coats. Just sunny days and good times. The United States is gleaming with awe-inspiring destinations year-round, but in summer, it gives the best of everything—from hiking to the waterfalls to basking on beaches to exploring the best small towns in the US for a perfect summer vacation .

With a plethora of captivating summer vacations, it would be difficult to decide which way to go. Beach and good eats? There's San Diego's visitor-approved adventures , enticing shorelines, and amazing dining. Camping? Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park calls for exciting camping with the best views and thrilling outdoor excursions. Whatever tickles travelers' fancy, the United States is an oasis for summer destinations and memories to keep.

Here are some of the best summer vacations in the US in 2024!

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7 zion national park , utah, utah's first national park known for its iconic water hikes.

A mecca for outdoorsy travelers and Utah's first national park, Zion National Park boasts incredible hikes through towering sandstone cliffs of red, cream, and pink. One of the best features of the park is its iconic water hikes, including the Narrows, which beginners can also do . Experienced hikers can explore the enchanting beauty of the park through the Watchman Trail, the Canyon Overlook, or Angel's Landing.

The meandering beauty of the Virgin River hugs Zion and summer is the perfect time to enjoy this beauty and discover more of its rich history, where ancient petroglyphs and rock art sites dot the park. Also, Zion's shuttle runs in the park , free of charge, and visitors can take advantage of the scenic drive through the park's captivating raw beauty.

For travelers looking for a hotel when visiting the park, Zion Lodge offers the only in-park accommodation in Zion National Park .

6 Kiawah Island , South Carolina

An island town with sandy beaches and world-class golf courses.

Dotted with world-class golf courses, mesmerizing sandy beaches, dramatic wildlife, and a mouthwatering Lowcountry seafood cuisine, Kiawah Island is one of the best places to relax and de-stress —away from the usual noise of an urban cocoon.

Located just 20 miles off Charleston, Kiawah Island is a breathtaking coastal escape with amazing things to enjoy in the summer—especially its beautiful beaches that stretch for miles, perfect for beach-combing, swimming, or even just lounging for sunsets and the ocean breeze with the gentle rhythm of the tide.

In summer, thrillseekers can also enjoy biking, hiking, or experience boogie boarding at Kiawah Beachwalker Park . Travelers can also get a taste of the island's local seafood cuisine at one of its quaint restaurants at the Freshfields Village , shop, enjoy free live music, and, of course, golfing is one for the books!

5 Grand Teton National Park , Wyoming

Popular for hiking, mountaineering, fishing, and camping.

When summer is in order, national parks get the best attention—and for good reason. One of the most beautiful national parks to visit in the US , Grand Teton National Park is home to diverse forests, wildlife, wildflowers, and all things natural world. One of Wyoming's scenic national parks , Grand Teton, has a plethora of activities to offer for outdoorsy travelers in the summer.

Rivers, lakes, mountains, and valleys are the tour de force. Whether travelers are fishing enthusiasts or want to do backcountry camping, Grand Teton has epic campsites offering a front porch to Wyoming's star-studded skies. Grand Teton's enchanting jagged peaks, diverse landscapes, and dramatic wildlife are just among the reasons why Grand Teton is home to some of the best photography spots in US national parks .

Grand Teton is home to diverse wildlife, including black and grizzly bears who roam in most areas of the park. Check the park's NPS page for tips on bear safety .

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4 grand canyon national park , arizona, known for hiking, mule rides, and whitewater rafting.

The world's most-visited natural wonder, the Grand Canyon National Park boasts majestic trails that take hikers to nature's splendor. The Grand Canyon itself is an immense natural beauty of layered red rock bands and becomes a playground for outdoor and nature aficionados.

From scenic drives from the North Rim to the South Rim to rafting in the Colorado River and hiking along the scenic and exhilarating rim trails, Grand Canyon National Park offers plenty to do and is a summer adventure of its own.

Summer is also the best time for mule riding through the magical forest along the rim of the Grand Canyon. For those who fancy backcountry camping , the Grand Canyon also offers a front-row seat to the gorgeous skies of Arizona.

Temperatures in the Grand Canyon National Park in summer can be sweltering, reaching up to 100 degrees inside the canyon, although the rims are significantly cooler. Stay hydrated and try not to hike inside the canyon between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.

3 San Diego , California

Home to a myriad of shorelines and mouthwatering dining (and drinking too).

Known for its warm climate, vibrant nightlife, and beautiful shorelines, San Diego is an incredible destination and is one of the best summer vacations in the US, particularly for those who want a coastal escape. Set on Southern California's sun-kissed shores, San Diego is teeming with a rich cultural heritage, outdoor excursions, and boundless summer vibes.

From the pristine beaches to its mouthwatering local cuisine, San Diego offers amazing things to do all summer . San Diego is also known for its culinary delights, featuring authentic Mexican fare at one of its many charming restaurants, or travelers can also enjoy tasting craft beers for a more San Diego-like experience.

And, of course, summer in San Diego calls for extraordinary live music. Ever heard of the award-winning San Diego-based reggae band Tribal Seeds ?

2 Yellowstone National Park , Wyoming

The world's first national park and a volcanic hot spot extending to montana and idaho.

Summer is one of the best times to visit Yellowstone National Park , the world's first national park located in Wyoming, but it also extends to Idaho and Montana. Its geologic and hydrothermal features are so unique that it has lured many adventurers from around the world to see this natural wonder.

Yellowstone's geysers are abundant and are a major draw; in fact, the park's geothermal areas boast half of the world's active geysers, and the breathtaking hydrothermal spots are a sight to behold. For wildlife enthusiasts, different types of wildlife can be seen in Yellowstone National Park , like bison, elves, bears, and wolves, while awe-inspiring hiking trails offer different types of levels: easy, medium, and difficult.

Travelers who want to sleep under the stars in the park can also reserve one of the park's established campsites . Whatever is under the radar, Yellowstone National Park has it all!

The wildlife at Yellowstone National Park is prevalent in most areas. Keep your distance when they're spotted and check the park's safety information first before visiting.

7 Best State Fairs To Visit This Summer

1 glacier national park , montana, known for its sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls.

Recognized as the "Crown of the Continent", Glacier National Park is Montana's beautiful range with lots of spectacular things to do in summer. Known for its two major mountain ranges and hundreds of waterfalls and lakes, Glacier National Park is one of the best summer vacations in the US, particularly for those who love to be near the water or those who simply love nature's grandiosity.

Best done in summer, travelers can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, hiking, boating, and swimming in many of its amazing spots. Scenic drives along the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road , which offers panoramic views of the park's diverse geological features, are also enjoyed in summer.

Glacier National Park is a gorgeous mélange of enchanting alpine meadows, melting glaciers, carved valleys, and all things raw beauty waiting to be explored!


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