Travelling can be a lot more than just going to the most picturesque places and taking pictures. Why not combine it with your favorite sport: golf. Golf courses around the world give you an opportunity to breathe their ambrosial air, enjoy the best scenery, the top hospitality, all the while sinking a few putts. They make the best of the local weather and geography. Golf courses are built around the best features of any landscape. So you can get to know the most picturesque places through their most beautiful golf courses. They can also be a couple’s destination. Here are the ones that a treat for the senses:
1. Cypress Point Club
– Monterey, California
The gorgeous golf course of Cypress Point Club, California is widely admired as the most beautiful golf course in the world. This 18-hole course plays along the majestic Pacific Ocean itself. Seeing light since 1928, this golf course is the brainchild of Alister McKenzie. The 15th, 16th and 17th holes play right over the ocean with seals as spectators to your birdies and bogies. Other major tourist spots worth visiting close to it are Pebble Beach equestrian center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Wine Country.
2. Pebble Beach Golf Links
– Pebble Beach, California
The competition between these close-by golf courses, Pebble Beach and Cypress Point is stiff. The Pebble Beach Golf Links is a public course that opens up to Carmel Bay merging with Pacific Ocean. It has hosted many major championships like USA Open and PGA Championships. The closest tourist spots are the Pebble Beach, the 17-mile drive with seals and pelicans spotting the roadside, the Point Lobos state reserve with whales and sea lions. There are a number of tours like food and movie tours based out of Carmel.
3. Shinnecock Hills Golf course
– Long Island, New York
If you like the wide open vistas of nature, Shinnecock Hills golf course will satisfy all your wanderer’s desires. This lovely Links-style golf course lay wide open for miles on either side. It is the oldest organized club in the US with an ancient clubhouse dating back to 1892. The view of Peconic Bay and the enticing challenge of the course make it fun to conquer. Around the city you can indulge in the beauties of SeaCity Museum, Southampton City Art Gallery, Alpine Snowsports center and the New Forest Wildlife Park to satiate your curiosity of local flora and fauna.
4. Pinnacle Point Golf and Beach Resort, South Africa
– Mossel Bay, Eden, South Africa
The stunning vistas of Pinnacle Point Golf Course will leave a permanent impression on you. From the clubhouse, this attractive course drops steeply on to the beach in a single lunge. Most of the holes look upon the vast expanse of Indian Ocean. The holes are a mix of uphill and downhill greens. One round of golf ends in an excellent high-stakes par-5 hole, the perfect round-off to a tumultuous journey through the nature’s best. There’s a 100-hectare nature reserve right within the resort perimeter. The other places where you can explore the country’s heritage are the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Eco Tours of local wildlife, ReedValley winery and shark diving adventures.
5. Wade Hampton Golf Club
– Jackson County, North Carolina, USA
Once you’ve had your fill of golf courses on beaches, turn to the mountains to scale new heights. The Wade Hampton Golf Club resides in the valley of the Cashier Mountains of North Carolina. Tom Fazio has used some of the natural streams to carefully guard the greens. He has utilized the local terrain to create a tempting combination of risks and rewards. The weather in this area makes staying out in the sun pleasant. Either way you can always use the Coola sunscreen to retain your original complexion. There are a number of waterfalls in Jackson county which encourage water sports like rafting, kayaking, canoeing and boating.
6. Merion Golf Club
– Ardmore, Pennsylvania
The East Course at Merion golf club is loosely based on the Scottish links with the pleasing weather of the Pennsylvania. It’s has a calm that descends on you while playing some of the best holes that challenged contenders at 18 USGA events. It tests the golfers at a personal level enough to make it to Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf courses. Merion Golf Club used to be home to Merion Cricket Club as well. Their East Course is infamous for its ‘wicker basket’ pins. There are some natural trails close-by and the fairytale-ish gardens called the Chanticleer.
7. Puntacana Resort Club, Dominican Republic
– Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Puntacana Resort club is the perfect golfcation spot. The beautiful golf course is only one of the many attractions of the resort. This includes a 27-hole La Cana course and the 18-hole Corales course designed by Tom Fazio of Wade Hampton fame. The holes face Caribbean Oceanside. The 18th hole plays right over the Bay of Corales. The resort includes Tortuga Bay boutique hotel, and excellent spa, and an Oscar de la Renta-designed restaurant. The resort also opens 3 miles of white sand beach to the visitors.
8. Augusta National Golf Club
– Augusta, Georgia, US
Augusta National Club is steeped in the history of golf like no other course. It is also bedazzling in its beauty. Courtesy the Masters Tournament, it is kept in top shape. It has many historical landmarks like the Eisenhower tree that irked the former president. The Eisenhower cabin is another bit of his personal history. The famous Magnolia lane is flanked by 60 magnolia trees. This handsome course also houses the Sarazen bridge where Gene Sarazen created history. This is one course guaranteed to be in the database of golf GPS watches. Check out our best for more information. Augusta also offers a Canal ride at the Augusta Canal Discovery Center. Close off the trip with a River walk.
9. Pine Valley Golf Club
– Pine Valley, New Jersey, USA
Pine Valley Golf course has a variety of hurdles to offer the golfer. But it’s the beauty of the course that soothes your ailing pride. The sandy landscape houses the entirety of the course with thick woods lining the fairways. The course is grand and lot of land is devoted to each hole. It tests and teases your mental strength. This club has seen some illustrious members like George HW Bush, Jay Sigel, Sean Connery, Arnold Palmer etc.
10. Kingston Heath Golf Club
– Heatherton, Victoria
Kingston Heath golf course is considered as Australian golf’s crown jewel. Panning the typical country panorama, this charming course reminds you of all the good things in life. The effortless charm of the place hides the shrewd design that forces you to strategize. It is one of the famed Sandbelt courses. And Victoria is home to Grampians National Park, seals at Phillip Island, whale-watching adventure, the Royal Botanic Gardens and what not. It’s a warm city with friendly people.