For those who truly love the game, golf is more than just a hobby; it is almost a religion. In any religion there are holy places—Meccas, if you will—to which true believers make pilgrimages. Avid golfers may debate which of these sacred spots is truly one of the top 10 golf destinations in the world; but, when the subject of golf comes up in conversation anywhere in the world, the destinations on this list are almost always mentioned.
True fans of the sport are seldom satisfied to play golf only in and around the cities in which they make their homes. A real golf enthusiast is willing to travel in order to play on the best courses and, indeed, may even plan vacations around such golfing trips (often to the chagrin of a long-suffering spouse). Golf lovers will fly all over the world, arranging lodging in vacation rental homes on the fairway, rather than in hotels, just to be able to stay in a quiet environment that allows the kind of relaxation they need to be able to sharpen their game.
Topsail Island itself is known more for its beaches than for golf, but the surrounding region teems with excellent courses, including Rock Creek
, a planned golf community where PGA Pro Rick Morton
makes his home.
The San Francisco Bay makes the list of the top 10 golf destinations for one reason: The Olympic Club
, which was chosen to host the 2012 U.S. Open Golf Tournament.
Destin is definitely one of the top 10 golf “destin”-ations (pardon the awful pun). This Florida golf paradise contains many top-notch courses, including the Baytowne Golf Club
, which has twice been awarded four and a half stars by Golf Digest.
Panama City Beach is distinguished by the Nicklaus Course at Bay Point
, which was dubbed one of Florida’s best course redesigns by Travel + Leisure Golf magazine.
No “top 10 golf destinations” list is complete without a mention of Scotland, and St Andrews, which is only an hour from Edinburgh and has some of the best courses in the world.
Phoenix is one of the golf meccas of the American Southwest, and it boasts over 100 courses, many of which offer gorgeous views of the Arizona desert.
Southwest Ireland has some of the top golf courses to be found anywhere in the world, including the Ballybunion, Tralee, and Waterville golf clubs
Hilton Head is a small island, only twelve miles long, but it crams twenty-two golf courses into that space, and it is conveniently located only forty-five minutes from Savannah, Georgia.
Colorado Springs is where you’ll find the Broadmoor Golf Club
, and the town’s high altitude adds 10 percent to the distance your ball will go, when you hit it.
You might not expect to find great golf in the American Midwest, but you’d be wrong! Only two hours away from Chicago is the American Club resort
, which offers four courses.
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