Every golfing enthusiast knows that there’s more to golf than putting the 18 balls at the same old local course. Golf is about scenery, just as much as it’s about competition – in comparison to other sports, the field doesn’t have to be level and trees, rivers and lakes are not only allowed, but sometimes encouraged. There is a large number of beautiful golfing locations that will blow your mind and here are some of them.
California is one of the most beautiful states in the USA. Back in 2015, the state’s Bay Area was the host of the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park, near San Francisco. The Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Blackhorse has an excellent layout, with a couple of elevation changes, which is great, but views are the real gem here. Pebble Beach and CordeValle both offer fantastic courses, while the Monterey Peninsula offers the Quall Lodge & Club, as well as the Carmel Valley Ranch.
The Big Island – Hawaii
No one can blame you if Hawaii is your dream destination – clear ocean, golden beaches, breathtaking sunsets, golf courses… Wait, what? Yes, Hawaii has some of the most beautiful golf courses to offer. While Maui is for good old family fun, Oahu compensates by attracting surfers, outdoor adventurers and party crowds, and Kauai is a luxurious gem of romance. The Big Island is often disregarded, on account of its mentioned famous siblings. Quite obviously, this island is more than big – it’s majestic! The Big Island offers black-sand beaches, but snow-covered peaks as well, along with lava deserts and humid rainforests. How is this related to golfing? The Big Island has tons of golf courses with perfect sceneries and, as mentioned, golfers enjoy beauty.
It is safe to say that the Royal County Down golf course offers one of the most spectacular and otherworldly views. Set within a stretch of dunes along the Irish Sea, Royal County Down offers gorgeous panoramas of Newcastle and its nearby beach. The native flora offers delightful colors and texture. There truly isn’t too many golfing courses which will make you feel, well, more like a golfer, than Royal County Down.
St. Andrews – Scotland
If there is a place that will make you feel more like a golfer than Royal County Down, it has to be in Scotland! And, St. Andrews definitely lives up to this. This town is every golfer’s refuge – this ancient cathedral town’s churchyard is often lined with pilgrims paying their respects at the graves of Old and Young Tom Morris.
New Zealand is, well, beautiful. But don’t take my word for it, re-watch any installation of the Lord of the Rings – the whole trilogy has been filmed, in its entirety, in New Zealand. This gorgeous gem of the earth is lined with vast green pastures, turned into beautiful golfing courses and, as such, is a perfect golfer’s getaway.
A great upshot of low population density of the sixth largest country in the world is that it is lined with golf courses. Its stunning natural beauty, with thousands of golden beaches and a variety of diverse landscapes has a lot to offer for a travel-hungry golfer. It is no wonder that people from around the world are owners of Australia’s golf club memberships. Aussies are actually quite the golfers!
Streamsong Resort – Florida
Back to the US – the Sunshine state is also a big part of the golfing community. The Streamsong Resort (just south of Orlando) was built on a former phosphate mine abandoned in the second half of the 20th century. The low-handicappers choose the Red eighteen; the more confident putters, who aren’t afraid of a challenge, opt for the Blue range. The third eighteen (Streamsong Black) is currently being under construction, financed by Gil Hanse, an American golf course architect, who successfully designed the 2016 Olympics golf course. Streamsong Black will be open for play in the fall of 2017.
All of the mentioned courses and locations offer a high quality golfing experience, but also uniquely beautiful sceneries. If you are a travel enthusiast, but also a golfer, visiting new courses can be a hugely rewarding experience for you.
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