Top 5 Destinations for Your Next Golf Trip

As the weather welcomes more spring-like conditions, many have begun to think about “all things golf.” This year’s golf season is upon us, as players hit driving ranges to bring back their swings, assemble foursomes and search for the perfect greens.

While great courses abound, below we offer some of the most picturesque and thrilling in the United States—sure to provide a memorable experience for your next round.

Las Vegas, NevadaLas Vegas Golf Course

The Wynn Golf Club 18th Hole | ©Lisa Suender/Flickr

Known for its casinos, nightclubs, shopping and flashing lights, Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps. Yet, if you’re looking for some time away from the wildlife that is the Strip, it also is home to a great golf scene. Courses provide spectacular views of the skyline, mountains and canyons for which the area is known.

Courses to experience:

• Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas
• Royal Links
• TPC Las Vegas

Maui, HawaiiMaui Golfing

Golf Maui 2008 | ©Mikey V/Flickr

As you plot your snorkeling, surfing and Luau plans, be sure to save some time for a few rounds of golf in Maui. The island is home to fourteen courses; some of which are famous the world over. Take in the pristine views of the beaches, palm trees and wondrous natural beauty that Hawaii has to offer on the courses.

Courses to experience:

• The Dunes at Maui Lani
• Kapalua Golf Resort
• Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course

Orlando, FloridaGolfing in Orlando

Grand Cypress Golf Club | ©brent flanders/Flickr

Orlando is a theme park lovers dream. Home to Disney World, Universal Studios, Wet n’ Wild Water Park, Sea World and more, there’s no shortage of attractions and rides to fill your time in between rounds. Our tip: Split your time between the greens and Mickey Mouse for a truly diversified experience.

Courses to experience:

• Bay Hill Club and Lodge
• Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course
• Orange County National

Phoenix, ArizonaGolfing in Phoenix

Foothills Golf Course Sunset | ©neepster/Flickr

Phoenix is located in the northern section of the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. Its hot temperatures draw golf fanatics year-round to enjoy the sun and sights of Arizona.

Courses to experience:

• Southern Dunes Golf Club
• TPC Scottsdale
• Gold Canyon

San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego Golf Course

Torrey Pines Golf Course – North Course | ©Yuki Shimazu/Flickr

With a 75-degree temperature average year-round, San Diego makes a perfect golf stop for any month of the year. In between rounds, check out the area’s beautiful beaches and waterfronts. Visit in mid-January, and you may even catch a glimpse of a gray whale, as San Diego lies in their migration path.

Courses to experience:

• Torrey Pines
• La Costa

Tee Time Quick Tip:

Assess the temperature (including any instances of dry heat!) and altitude prior to meeting at the course. Adjust your tee time, and how much water to bring, based on these conditions for the best experience possible.

 

Share your golf travel experiences in the comments below. Where is your favorite course located?

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