The air is starting to get crisp. The days are getting shorter. Winter is around the corner. November is a beautiful time to plan a golf escape, before the cold sets in. Golfing in the late fall offers the chance to spend a last great afternoon outside before getting caught up in the holidays and winter plans. If you’re wondering where to golf in November that offers the perfect combination of good weather and an inspiring course, here are some ideas to start your planning.
St. George's Golf Course, Bermuda
Sitting right near the town of St. George’s on the northeastern edge of Bermuda, this links-style 18-hole golf course is has vast views of the Atlantic Ocean and a stimulating design. The location is remote, and ocean breezes are a certainty. The course just over 4,000 yards, but the par-four 14th hole near Coot Pond Harbor is the very definition of a challenge. The view of Fort St. Catherine from the 16th hole is a course favorite, so tuck your camera into your golf bag. November is the best time to golf in Bermuda, as the rates are cheaper and temperatures are in the comfortable mid-60s.
Tiburon Gold Club, Naples, FL
When you are planning where to golf in November, Florida naturally leaps to mind. The weather is sunny and warm, and the crowds have thinned in the quiet between summer visitors and the winter snowbirds. A good bet is to book a vacation rental in Naples and play your rounds at the Tiburon Golf Club. Tiburon features two courses, the Gold and the Black, both designed by Greg Norman. Both are famous for their stacked sod bunkers and the emphasis placed on maintaining the natural beauty of the environment. The key to both courses? Stick to the center of the fairway.
Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is a Jack Nicklaus course, with seven holes that overlook the Sea of Cortez. The 18-hole course is a par 72. Nicklaus himself described this course as the best golf property he'd ever seen, and its final three holes are universally acclaimed. They include a par-three and two par-fours, all right on the coastline, and they demand a level of accuracy that every golfer will find thrilling.
Longbow Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona is destination that comes to mind quickly when thinking of where to golf in November. With deep blue desert skies, late-fall temperatures still in the mid-80s, and more than 330 days of sunshine every year, golfing in Scottsdale in November is a dream come true. The Longbow Golf Club has been completely redesigned and lengthened, and now it’s a must-play 71-par course. Its classic desert design, complete with lizards and cacti, is famous for its fast greens and excellent upkeep. The standout hole is the 420-yard 15th. It has a long bunker on the right and groves of willows on each side, with water behind the green and on the left. Make sure to enjoy a drink on the patio at the Longbow Grille after your round, with a great view of the 18th hole.
The Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, CA
The words “Pebble Beach” and “golf” have become synonymous. This stretch of California coast is legendary in the world of golf, and California’s mild November weather makes it a perfect destination. The Links at Spanish Bay, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Sandy Tatum and Tom Watson, was built in honor of the Scottish roots of the game. There’s even a bagpiper who closes out every day on the course. Every hole offers a view of the ocean, and Pacific breezes add a challenge to your shots. It’s a 72-par course, and opens with a memorable par-five. You can book your tee times up to six months in advance, which is a good idea given the popularity of the course.