5 U.S Golf destinations for 2018
Summer is right around the corner, and the time for the golfers among us to hit the green is fast approaching. Instead of playing the same 18 holes at your local clubhouse, why not turn your usual summer trip South into a golfing adventure? Our neighbours in the U.S. have some of the finest golf clubs and resorts around; here are five of their best to hopefully inspire your next trip.
1.Pebble Beach, California
Topping the list is the famed Pebble Beach club set on the shores of Carmel Bay, a beautiful piece of California’s coastline. Voted one of the top ten golf courses in all of North America, Pebble Beach is home to four different fairways: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Course. With such a variety on offer, there is a game for every type of player. Plus take in the breathtaking nature that surrounds each of these unique courses; from the scenic sand dunes at one end of the resort to the pine trees that tower way above your head at the other.
The course broke records in 2001 by being the first public course to be voted the number 1 Golf Course in America by Golf Digest, so it comes as no surprise that if you’re planning a trip to Pebble Beach, you better have a good set of savings behind you. In fact, green fees are among some of the highest in the world!
When you aren’t putting a hole in one, the resort also offers a wealth of leisure activities including fine dining, a spa, an equestrian centre and a whole host of fitness classes to help you keep your stamina up for the big game.
2. The Bandon Dunes Resort, Oregon
The courses on offer at Bandon Dunes are said to be some of the most authentic to the game which originated on the eastern coast of Scotland back in the 15th century. Players can really test their skills as they take on the changing weather conditions of the rugged, coastal setting.
The resort is also a walking green, which means that although there are no golf carts to carry your equipment, they do offer a traditional caddie service, with their caddies coming from all walks of life. If you can’t make it to the rustic greens of Scotland, the five nature-heavy courses at Bandon Dunes is your next best bet.
The resort has a variety of overnight options, that mean you can rest easy once the game has come to an end. Plus off the course enjoy amenities such as a state-of-the-art whirlpool and spa, hiking and fishing trails, and access to the shoreline where the daring among you might test their skills at windsurfing.
3.Fishers Island Golf Club, New York
Fishers Island Golf Club shares its name with the island that it is set on, just two miles wide and eight miles long. The island itself, the narrowest part of the Long Island Sound between New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, is a much loved getaway spot for city slickers. Although some of the vacation cottages that adorn the island belong to some of the big apple’s most affluent bodies, Fishers Island Club shys away from that. Its clubhouse, tucked away from all of the action of the greens, is a simple stop, with clean paint and white trim.
The links style golf course was opened in 1926 and many of its holes are modeled off of famous hole designs, and the island’s dry conditions are ideal for low running shots.
Away from the golf, the clubhouse has a eclectic culinary offering and access to a white sand beach, perfect for unwinding after a long day on the green.
The only fly in the ointment is that you have to be a member, or at least friends with a member, to get into this exclusive club.
4. Sea Island Golf Resort, Georgia
Operational since 1928, this Peach State resort lets you improve your game in a dreamy, oceanside setting. Its three links courses are, like most coastal putting greens, at the mercy of the weather, which means that every game is different. Both challenging and fun, the wind blowing in from North Atlantic Ocean will keep you on your toes. And bask in the beauty of Georgia’s nature, with gorgeous green lawns, sweeping sand dunes and native wildflowers at every turn. Perfect your swing with the help from top instructors at the resort's “performance centre”.
The great thing about Sea Island is even if you’re the only one in your family that enjoys golf, there is still plenty for the rest of the group to occupy themselves with. From an all inclusive kids club, to a a bunch of nature activities including horse riding, watersports and fishing, you won’t be at a loss for ways to occupy your time. And, once the day is over and it is time to wind down, enjoy Forbes five-star dining at one of the resort’s delectable eateries.
5.Streamsong Resort, Florida
We all know how popular Florida is with our snowbirds, so why should it be any different for the summertime golfers of our nation? Head to Streamsong, a little off the beaten track, 50 miles southeast of Tampa, for an action packed golfing trip. Described as a “destination on the rise” the 16,000 acre property was named as the “Best New Golf Club” in 2012 by Golfweek magazine.The resort organises its courses by colour: red, blue and black, with black being playable by any skill level.
One of the most exciting things about this resort is that it really is like going on an adventure, leaving the hustle and bustle of Tampa behind as you emerge into Florida's countryside. Find yourself surrounded by The Sunshine State’s native livestock and agriculture. Plus enjoy clay-shooting and fishing on the various lakes in the area.
Whether you’re travelling right to the most Southern courses in the states, or just a little past the border, it’s important to stay safe on your travelling. Although golf resorts offer a relaxing time out from reality, you never know what unexpected accidents are around the corner. Make sure the only thing you have to worry about is hitting a duff by investing in a good travel insurance policy.