If you haven’t yet finished sorting out your 2017 travel plan, perhaps this listing of Being Flawless Top 10 Golf Destinations in the world can help.
1. St. Andrews, Scotland
This tiny picturesque town on the East coast of Scotland facing the frigid North Sea is generally regarded as the birthplace of golf. This historic city boasts the oldest golf club in the world, the excellent British Golf Museum, and several world class golf courses. While the Old Course of St. Andrews may be the most famous (hosting the Open Championship every five years), this area marks its presence on the map of world-class golfing destinations with 10 other courses (7 of which are championship class) of impressive quality, variety, and stunning beauty.
2. Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Ideal weather with 329 sunny days a year, plenty of comfortable accommodation, and plenty of world-class courses are just some of the reasons that make this Arizona metro area one of the premier golfing destinations in the world. 174 public and private courses dot this desert landscape, creating an abundance of “must play” holes and “don’t miss” golf courses, but make sure not to miss; We-Ko-Pa’s Golf Club, Troon North’s Pinnacle and Monument courses, TPC Scottsdale, and The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain.
3. Monterey, California, USA
This Pacific peninsula blends the beauty of California’s rugged coastline with legendary golf courses. Nestled amongst this Pacific bluffs backdrop you’ll find trendy beachside communities, pristine beaches, and of course some of the best and most striking courses the world has to offer. Pebble Beach Golf Links may be the most famous oceanfront golf course in the world, but it is equaled by neighboring and the lesser known courses of Spyglass Hills and The Links at Spanish Bay.
4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
Within this 70-mile stretch of Atlantic Ocean coastline you’ll find more than 100 golf courses, making this one of the densest golfing destinations in the world. While Myrtle Beach has garnered a reputation as a budget destination of variable quality, today, this region boasts a dozen courses of world-class quality (but still at a reasonable price). Highlights of this region include King’s North, Dunes Golf & Beach Resort, Barefoot Resort, and Ocean Ridge Plantation.
5. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Golf might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of America’s adult playground, but Las Vegas features an impressive variety of beautiful golf courses. Here you can combine golfing under the constant Nevada sun with a pulsating nightlife, plenty of gambling, world-class resorts, and endless fun. Top golf courses in the region include world-renowned Wolf Creek Club, Desert Pines Golf Club, TPC Las Vegas, and the Strip-adjacent Bali Hai Golf course.
6. Baja California, Mexico
The stark natural beauty of the Baja California peninsula provides the perfect setting for coastal golfing. Oceanside holes, lush green fairways, and inspiring desert terrain has made this a rising star in the golfing world and today only Hawaii rivals this destination in terms of the number of golfing visitors. The scenic Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, designed by Jack Nicklaus, introduces some of the most stunning holes in the world.
7. Algarve, Portugal
The South coast of Portugal, offers golfing visitors a mild Mediterranean climate, breathtaking coastal scenery, friendly people, plenty of excellent accommodation, and excellent golf courses. With easy access to over 30 courses offering year-round golfing, this is a favorite golfing destination of Europeans in particular. Top courses include the picturesque Monte Rei (North), the storied Oceanico (Old), and world-class San Lorenzo.
8. Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Beautiful black beaches, lush green mountains, and coastal cliffs makes this island an unique and appealing place to play golf on some of the best courses in the world. The best courses on this beautiful island include; the exclusive Nanea Golf Course and world-famous Mauna Kea.
With nine quality golf courses on this 20-mile long chain of islands, the highest concentration per square mile in the world, the Atlantic island of Bermuda offers vacationers looking for excellent golf some stellar opportunities. Building on its rich British heritage, Bermuda features a few traditional golf courses dating back to the 1920s, highlights of which include; ocean-adjacent Mid Ocean Club, the popular Port Royal, Riddell’s Bay- founded in 1922, and the luxurious Tucker’s Point.
10. Kerry County, Ireland
The Emerald Isle features dozens of world-class links set along this island’s rugged coast and rolling green hills. Kerry County, on Ireland’s southwest coast, is foremost the home of the spectacularly rugged Ballybunion- said to be former President Bill Clinton’s favorite course, and a regular fixture on all lists of the greatest courses in the world, but the seaside county also features world-class courses such as Waterville, Tralee, and Killeen.