Fall is right around the corner and there’s no better time to plan a golf getaway. These are our top five US destinations to consider as well as some important travel tips to make your trip even more enjoyable.
- Pebble Beach – Since 1919, the challenges and unparalleled beauty of Pebble Beach Golf Links have lured golfers and vacationers alike. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the course hugs California’s rugged coastline and is a favorite of both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. With a variety of open vistas and Cliffside fairways, one can easily see why. Be prepared for higher than average green fees.
- Bandon Dunes – Some refer to Bandon Dunes as the Pebble Beach of the Northwest. These are the premier golf courses on the Oregon Coast with spectacular coastal views, bunkered fairways and rolling greens. Bandon Dunes are one of few authentic links courses found in North America and have been rated as some of the top courses in the US and World by major golf publications.
- Sea Island – Sea Island on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia is a gorgeous links course known for its majestic ocean vistas that some say rival St. Andrews. It offers three 18-hole championship courses and is the site of the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic. With its stunning setting and vintage basket flags, there is a real charm to Sea Island.
- Greenbrier – Greenbrier is one of America’s National Historic Landmarks with a collection of golf courses to match its expansive history. Sprawling 6500 acres in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, Greenbrier was recently revitalized with a multi-million dollar renovation. This 6,675-yard, par 72 course is heavily wooded, encouraging creative shot shaping off the tee and precise approach shots onto the greens.
- Pinehurst – Another historic golf resort in the heart of the North Carolina Sandhills, Pinehurst offers nine courses across the whispering pine and sandhill landscape. Donald Ross first surveyed the property in 1901 and his legendary No. 2 course is well revered. Payne Stewart won the U.S. open on No. 2 in 1999. With its charming, southern hospitality, Pinehurst offers the best in both and resort amenities.
When booking a golf vacation, there are extra considerations to be made. Don’t find yourself caught unaware.
- Book in Advance – you’ll save yourself time and money by making reservations and tee times in advance of your arrival, especially if you are traveling in a large group. One unregistered player can usually be accommodated, but a large group will require advance reservations.
- Be Fee Savvy – determine when premium fees are charged and avoid those times. For example, weekends and holidays will always cost more. Some courses offer discounts for playing later in the day. Search for discount codes and packages online before making any reservations.
- Know the Rules – when it comes to traveling with golf clubs, there are things you need to know. If you’re driving, throwing your clubs in your car is easy. But if you’re flying, the rules drastically change. Check out this helpful summary of airline rules and regulations at Critical Golf.
- Pack Wisely – You can save yourself a lot of time and headache if you’ve packed wisely. The minimalist approach always works best – taking only what you will really need. When it comes to packing golf balls, you’ll need one that can save you strokes on the course. The Pro Victory ball will help you line up your shot every time, so you can play your best no matter where you are.
Your perfect golf vacation is waiting for you. Start planning now and enjoy!