Top Private Golf Courses in America

One of the best reasons to travel is to enjoy a hobby. Very often in our day to day lives we don't have enough time to enjoy the hobbies we love. For golfers, planning a golf vacation is the ultimate getaway. There are courses around the country that are worth traveling thousands of miles for. Many golfers plan trips around famous public courses such as Torrey Pines or Pebble Beach. Remember the difference between public and private courses: public courses allow the general public to book a tee time, while you will need a contact at private courses in order to play. Keep reading to discover some of the top private golf courses in America.

1. Augusta National

Located in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta National might be the most famous of all the top private golf courses in America. Home of the annual Masters Tournament, this course is one that many serious golfers aspire to play once in their lives.

top private golf courses2. Seminole Golf Club

Located in Juno Beach, Florida, Seminole Golf Club is constantly ranked as one of the top 10 private courses in the country. It helps that Florida weather allows for play year-round. In the Sunshine State, it is possible to plan your dream golf getaway during any month.

3. Oakmont Country Club

Located outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Oakmont Country Club is one of the oldest and most praised golf courses in the country. This private course opened in 1903 making it a legendary American course.

4. Congressional Country Club

Another golf course in the northern section of the United States is the Congressional Country Club. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, this private course has been the host of several U.S. Open tournaments as well as a PGA Championship.

5. Liberty National Golf Club

If you're looking for a private golf course with an incredible view, be sure to check out Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. With famous views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, this course is an incredibly scenic one to play.

6. Shinnecock Hills

No summer in the Hamptons would be complete without a round of golf at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Long Island. This club has hosted the U.S. Open several times, making it particularly appealing to golfers who watch their favorite professionals on TV.

7. Pinehurst

One of the best known private courses in North Carolina is Pinehurst. This resort has been the host of a number of prestigious golf tournaments, bringing it to the attention of golf enthusiasts. There are eight golf courses in this resort, providing new challenges for golfers over the course of a trip.

8. Winged Foot Golf Club

Located in Mamaroneck, New York, (on Long Island Sound), the Winged Foot Golf Club is famous for hosting tournaments from U.S. Open to the PGA Championship. If you want to play the same holes as Tiger and Phil and all your favorites, plan a trip to the Winged Foot Golf Club.

9. Atlanta Athletic Club

Another Georgia course that easily makes our list of the top private golf courses in America is the Atlanta Athletic Club. This club has hosted all of the top tournaments from the Ryder Cup to the U.S. Open to the PGA Championship. Warm temperatures in Georgia allow visitors to plan a trip at just about any time of the year.

10. Oakland Hills Country Club

The most well known private course in Michigan is the Oakland Hills Country Club. There are two courses here: a north course and a south course. This club has come to the attention of many golfers as the host of prestigious golf tournaments including the Ryder Cup and the U.S. Open.

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