Top 10: Best places for a golf trip in USA

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With almost 20 thousand courses, the United States is undoubtedly a destination that has all the characteristics for golfers who wish to make a golf trip. Its variety of courses, climate and topography allows golfers to play 12 months of the year.

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In the following ranking we present the 10 best places to visit and play on a golf trip in the United States:

Bandon Dunes + Chambers Bay

Bandon Dunes is considered the best golf resort in the United States. It is an experience for true golf fanatics. In the middle of nowhere, four hours from the Portland airport. The Resort has five 18-hole courses and a par 3 course with 13 holes.

The accommodation is of the highest standard and with very good gastronomic alternatives. The five courses themselves are very different, created by different designers and with different concepts.

About six hours away by car is Chambers Bay, home of the US Open in 2015 and with similar characteristics to the Bandon Dunes courses.

Pebble Beach + San Francisco

Its stunning scenery begins with the massive dunes to the north at Sand City, followed by the bay and dense forest. The centerpiece of it all is the “17-Mile Drive,” the iconic path that runs along the coast and through the Del Monte forest, offering views of the famous golf courses, the “Lone Cypress” (the world’s most famous cypress tree) and its mega-mansions.

In a relatively small area, there are several of the best courses in the world, and many of them are public (non-members are allowed to play).

Obviously the jewel is Pebble Beach Golf Links because of the exposure it has compared to the other courses. Cypress Point is the other pearl, but it has the great difficulty of being very difficult to play because it is very private.

A two-hour drive north of Pebble Beach is San Francisco. TPC Harding Park and Olympic Club (private) are two fabulous Majors courses. Both are in close proximity to each other, separated only by Lake Merced.

Pinehurst + Mid Pines + Tobacco Road

As well as the Old Course at St Andrews to the legacy of golf in Scotland, many consider Pinehurst the birthplace of American golf. Northern Scottish highlanders discovered this picturesque area in Moore County (North Carolina), characterized by rolling hills and sandy soil, to found Pinehurst and transform this small site into the epicenter of American golf.

Its nine signature courses make Pinehurst an inexhaustible golf mecca and where many golfers from across the United States stay for a week of golf.

Pinhehurst #2 is the Resort’s “masterpiece” and has hosted the US Open, the US Women’s Open Championship in 2014, and the Ryder Cup in 1951. This course is emblematic for its complicated, mostly convex and undulating greens, recognized as the most complex in the world.

Hilton Head & Kiawah island

Opened more than 50 years ago, to this day it remains a symbol of relaxation and a traditional, tranquil vacation. This resort is located south of Hilton Head Island, along 2,200 acres overlooking the ocean, and has three 18-hole courses. The most famous is Harbour Town Gof Links, home of the RBC Heritage. The tournament is one of the most traditional on the Tour, known for being played the week after the Masters and where the winner receives a tartan bag.

Just 10 minutes from the internationally famous Harbour Town Lighthouse, which is the heritage of the PGA Tour, this is a town where finding a good place to eat and drink is not difficult.

About two hours north is Kiawah Island Resort which has five courses. The pearl of Kiawah Island is the Ocean Course, where the PGA Championship was played twice in the last decade and home of the Ryder Cup in 1991.

New York

Golf in New York and its surroundings is very good, perhaps the best in the United States. However, there is some ambiguity because the best is very private: Shinnecock Hills, National Links of America, Maidstone, Quacker Ridge, Fishers Island, Winged Foot, Sebonack, Friar’s Head, Liberty National GC.

Bethpage State Park is a must if you are in the area. An hour from Manhattan, this municipal complex has five courses. The Black Course is the most recognized for hosting the US Open (2002 and 2008), PGA Championship (2019) and soon the Ryder Cup (2025).

Another public course is Trump Ferry Point near The Bronk neighborhood. A fabulous Jack Nicklaus design with majestic views of Manhattan, similar to Liberty National GC.

Florida

Perhaps the most frequented destination by golfers from Latin America and perhaps the only one where you can play all 12 months due to the weather. There are many courses where PGA Tour tournaments are played: PGA National, Doral (Blue Monster, although not at present), Innisbrook, Bay Hill and TPC Sawgrass.

An hour and a half from Orlando is Streamsong Resort which has three golf courses and the Resort has similar characteristics to Bandon Dunes. The place was created and designed for golf fanatics.

Myrtle Beach

It is considered “the great showcase of golf” for having 90 courses in 90 miles that go from South to North Carolina. It is a destination “for everyone”, accessible and with super convenient prices, multiple lodging options, beaches, entertainment resorts, restaurants, bars, ideal for trips with friends and with almost one golf course per block.

Its designs have the best signatures in the world including Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Rees Jones and Dan Maples. With varied styles, you can play from Scottish-style links, parklands and typical “la florida” designs to wetland-filled layouts that stretch along rivers and even the sea.

San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs

Although Pebble Beach is the best and most sought-after destination in California, San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs are three cities that are very close to each other and have very good courses.

In San Diego is Torrey Pines where every year one of the PGA Tour tournaments is played (Farmers Insurance Open). The North and South are municipal courses with an accessible green fee.

There is good golf in Los Angeles, although the best courses are private: Riviera Country Club and Los Angeles Country Club.

In the middle of the desert is La Quinta Resort & Club, which has five courses. The tournament that is now called The American Express is played there every year. The Resort has about 800 rooms and its courses were designed by Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Pete Dye. The most recognized is the Stadium Course.

Las Vegas

The city of sin is not so well known for its golf, but it has a great variety of courses and several of them are very good. Starting with TPC Las Vegas (formerly called TPC Summerlin) where a PGA Tour tournament was played for several years.

It is the perfect combination for a golf trip with friends that complements all that Las Vegas has to offer.

Scottsdale

Unbeatable weather, superlative courses and lavish but affordable mansions make Scottsdale an excellent destination. Its desert-style courses are characterized by the strong contrast between the green of the fairways/greens and the yellow/orange of the roughs and waste areas. A great variety of high quality courses, the chance to see the most popular tournament in the world, tour the Ping or PXG factories, and even take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, make this destination an irresistible attraction for every golfer.

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