Golf Region Getaways
So you want a golf trip with friends.
- It might be a week-long golf adventure with your favorite foursome.
- Maybe you want to create your own competition like a Ryder Cup-style event.
- You might want to create a fundraiser for your favorite charity.
Most golf travel experts suggest regions with a large number of fun, iconic golf courses.
Here are a few:
- England, Ireland, and Scotland provides some of the oldest and classic golf courses. You can choose to hit all three countries or take one country at a time. For instance, you want to play St. Andrews in Scotland. Well, you can stay near St. Andrews and play a number of other classic courses. Besides golf, England, Ireland, and Scotland provide history, great restaurants, and friendly pubs. The only drawback could be the weather. Be prepared to play in wind and rain.
- The Monterey Peninsula in Northern California is just south of San Francisco. There are many courses that run along the Pacific Ocean or among the tall pines. You could play Pebble Beach one day and four or five other gems that the pros play. In addition, the Monterey area has plentiful hotels, restaurants, and spas. This is all-year golf but you can get some cold and windy days.
- Hawaii is another must for your golf tour. Rarely will a golf date be rained out here. You can hit a number of islands or choose one and just stay there. If you want Oahu, you can stay on Waikiki and make short drives to courses throughout the island. Head to Maui and hit some of the iconic courses like Kapalua Plantation course which the PGA uses each January. Why not head to Kauai, the Garden Island, which has numerous courses along the east coast.
- Las Vegas has a wide range of golf courses. There are only a few on the famous Las Vegas Strip but most are a short car or limo ride. Las Vegas offers a totally different golf experience because of its 3,000-foot elevation which allows your shots to fly an additional 10-to-15 yards compared to sea level courses. And, as you know, Las Vegas offers plenty of restaurants, gaming, and night life when you are not on the course.
- St. Augustine, Florida is the home of the Golf Hall of Fame, near Jacksonville, Florida. And there are plenty of great courses here as well created by some of the greatest course designers. The most iconic is the TPC Sawgrass which is the site of the PGA’s Tour Championship every May.
- Hainan Island, China resembles Hawaii. It is loaded with great courses and is a great destination especially for Asian golfers. The Mission Hills courses have been used for a number of PGA events. And they are top-notch.
- Phoenix-Scottsdale is another year round golf destination. The numerous desert resorts offer some fabulous courses along with access to some great restaurants.
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was created almost entirely for the golf nut. The region holds numerous amateur events that anyone can enter. They also have golf events for the whole family. The region is a magnet for Americans living in northern regions and for Canadians trying to escape the winter. High seasons are spring and autumn. Summer can be hot and humid but wide open.
Lots of choices, huh?
Don’t worry there are plenty of golf tour operators. They can provide you a full itinerary including tee times, hotels, restaurants, and other tours.
In most cases, a tour operator has a bit more insight since they can find the best courses based on your group’s golfing abilities.
Don’t forget to check out your frequent flyer or hotel membership clubs and your credit card company. Many of them have deals exclusive to you in those regions.