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Epic destination golf trips

Epic destination golf trips
We asked top golf professionals from around the country where they love to take personal golf trips - from St. Andrews to Arizona, these courses are as spectacular as their surroundings.

50 Professionals Contributed

Northern Ireland

My favorite “destination” trip is to Northern Ireland. Starting out on Royal Portrush, site of this years Open Championship, is one of the best pure golf experiences on earth. Once you are warmed -up, get ready for Royal County Down. This is eighteen holes requiring every shot in “the book”. Scary at times but rewarding at others … is the best description I have of my favorite course in Ireland. Have fun!

OB-Sports

Anywhere we can stay and play on property

My favorite destination golf trip is anywhere we can stay and play on property. I’ve been fortunate to travel to many top clubs in the country, and even internationally, and I’ve found with a great group of friends there is nothing better than having the ability to settle into a destination and enjoy all it has to offer. No rushing to the tee, no fighting traffic, being able to eat and relax after a round. Getting to know the staff and create a relationship with them, your caddies, the locals, the dining, etc. makes for the best trips in my opinion – and can be anywhere!

Westchester Country Club

Anywhere with friends and family.

My favorite golf destination is anywhere with friends and family. The proper company always makes for a great experience!

Country Club of Missouri

Bandon and Pacific Dunes

My favorite domestic destination golf trip is Bandon and Pacific Dunes. It’s a majestic location with four great courses. Since it’s somewhat remote there are no distractions from the golf. The accommodations are nice, but minimalistic. The staff is terrific. I think it’s the closest to Irish/Scottish golf in the US. My favorite international destination golf trip is Ireland. I played up the East coast from Royal Dublin to Northern Ireland to Royal Port Rush. We played seven courses in 6 days, had terrific meals at local restaurants and the hotels were great. The weather is always something of a concern, but we got lucky with no rain and only one day of crazy wind. I loved the beautiful landscape of the country and the course looked as if Mother Nature designed them.

Sleepy Hollow Country Club

Bandon Dunes

My favorite golf destination in America is Bandon Dunes. The golf there is the closest thing I have played resembling golf in the British Isles. Fescue tee to green is so unique in America. 4 fantastic courses and an unbelievable par 3 course. Great accommodations and excellent food. Very affordable in the winter (I have been lucky with the weather)

Rockville Links Club

Bandon Dunes

Bandon Dunes. 72 holes of pure golf, great food, putting contests on the Punchbowl course, the par 3 course…The list goes on and on.

Colonie Golf & Country Club

Bandon Dunes

I have taken our members on many trips. We have gone to many popular destinations. The destination that our members always talk about is Bandon Dunes. It is not the easiest place to get to but the facility, golf courses and staff are first class. I highly recommend this trip to anyone. Regardless of weather it will not disappoint.

Bandon Dunes

I have been to a lot of great golf destinations, Bandon Dunes by far is the best.

Wilmette Golf Club

Bandon Dunes

Bandon Dunes is my favorite destination for a golf trip. Everything is there for you so that you don’t have to leave the resort. All you have to worry about is golfing and enjoying your friends or family that you go with. The food doesn’t disappoint either. And the courses are some of the few where you can walk off and remember every hole because of the fantastic designs.

Arizona Country Club

Bandon Dunes

Bandon Dunes is a must visit golf trip. It is by far my favorite destination for golf in America. I’ve been fortunate enough to go to Pebble and even Carnoustie, and while those places are special and historic for countless reasons, the golfing experience at Bandon is beyond exceptional. The 4 and soon to be more courses, bring a great variety of sights and strategy. The par 3 course is on perhaps the best piece of property and the punchbowl is something everyone should experience. I would definitely go back.

GOLFTEC - Oakbrook

Bermuda is one of my favorite destinations.

Bermuda is one of my favorite destinations. Not only are the golf courses world class but the island hospitality is only a few hours away from us here in New York. Mid Ocean Club, Tuckers Point, and Port Royal Golf Club are “must plays” as far as golf travel. The scenery and the course layouts rival any island golf getaway. My members love travelling there especially in the Fall months when it is colder here and perfect golf weather in Bermuda.

South Fork Country Club

Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri

My favorite destination for a golf trip would be Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri.
This place is spectacular. It begins with the drive in very picturesque. The
Accommodations are first class. The Top of The Rock Par 3 Course is one of a kind and a golf range that is great as well. Putting green designed by Top Watson. The Buffalo Ridge Golf Course is a great layout. Last time I was there Crenshaw and Tiger were building golf courses. This is a great guy trip. A couples trip. Ladies can use the spa and the guys can golf.

PGA Golf Professional

Cabo San Lucas

I have always had some amazing trips to Cabo San Lucas. The courses are spectacular, the views are beyond , and the weather is perfect. Similarly the hotels, and the food are spectacular. I have not been back in a few years and miss it.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

My favorite golf destination is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The weather is always perfect and the golf courses are spectacular. You can’t beat the local feel and the food is amazing. There are several golf courses with in a 30 minute drive that will wow you!

Rotella Memorial Golf Course

Cabot links in Nova Scotia.

Hands down its Cabot links in Nova Scotia. No question. 36 holes of incredible golf, nice accommodations on property that over look the course, water and incredible sunset! Amazing scenery, good caddies (no carts), cool club logo, great lobster rolls and chocolate chip cookies at the turn! Can’t be beat!!

Steve Bosdosh Golf Academy

Carlsbad/San Diego Area

The question on my favorite vacation spot is surely Carlsbad/San Diego area. My friends and I used to go to Florida. We took a change of pace to San Diego and never went back. Tee times were easily accessible. Using the freeway was better traffic than fighting Florida and intercity. Restaurants were easier to get into and great. We used timeshares for living space, that were very fair. Golf courses were fairly priced from top end (La Costa, Aviara and Bears Paw) to lower end courses, as well. We also tried Palm Springs a couple of times. Loved it, but much more expensive and restaurants were jammed. I stick with my first choice.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, SC. Best golf, food, lodging, amenities for the best value. Great seasonal weather year round.

PGA Golf Professional

County Donegal - Northwest Ireland.

Undiscovered raw and incredible golf. Authentic Irish culture, real towns fantastic craic. Stunning scenery along the way.

The Bridge

Fishers island

Fishers island the whole experience the boat the views etc.

Lake Isle Country Club

Half Moon Bay

I like a place where I can play golf in the late afternoon, when the sun is setting over the ocean, and I can put a ball down anywhere and try a shot. Half Moon Bay’s Arnold Palmer course fits the bill for me.

Executive Director Brooklyn Golf Alliance

Hilton Head Island

My favorite golf destination is Hilton Head. There are plenty of quality golf courses along with places to stay, restaurants and activities in a family friendly, quiet area.

Ireland has been my go to place

If I were to say, Ireland has been my go to place. I have been three different times and the golf is incredible. I stay in B&B’s for the most part and the experience is always rewarding. I am headed back this year to visit Portrush, as the Open Championship is being held there. In 2014 I had the good fortune to play this course and it’s sister course Castle Rock. It is some of the finest golf in the world.

PGA Golf Professional

Las Vegas

For someone that doesn’t get to go on many golf trips, there is one that I have been able to do each year for almost 10 years that I do truly enjoy. Each year in March the Illinois PGA Hosts a Pro-Am Event in Las Vegas that consists of 4 amateurs and 1 golf professional. The field consists of 40 teams that play 3 of the best courses that money can buy. The course rotation has consisted of courses like TPC Vegas, TPC Summerlin, Reflection Bay, South Shore Country Club, Dragon Ridge Country Club, Southern Highlands, and the signature course each year being Cascata. The camaraderie of the trip along with the great competition and great golf courses that we get to play, makes the trip truly one of a kind!

Calumet Country Club

Las Vegas

My favorite golf destination is Las Vegas. The golf there a spectacular and the people are fascinating, The food is spectacular, and the golf courses can be like Willy Wonka’s version of golf. You have holes where there’s palm trees, evergreens, desert and water. Not to mention the conditions are to the nine’s. I would find it hard to believe there’s a better golf trip than playing Cascada, Shadow Creek, and Southern Highlands. Most destinations you’re kind of pigeonholed into what that destination is, however, when you go to Vegas it can be something different for everyone.

The Legacy Golf Resort

Monterey peninsula.

Monterey peninsula.. the scenery and courses makes it an unbeatable golf destination.

Pebble Beach

Driving through 17 mile drive is breathtaking. The views at Pebble Beach are second to none. My favorite par 3 and par 5 on the planet. Number 6 and 18 respectively. Also, getting a small glimpse of Cypress Point doesn’t hurt either.

Club Pelican Bay

Pebble Beach

My favorite golf destination trip is Pebble Beach. Everything about the place is spectacular. The golf courses are challenging and offer some of the best views in golf. The lodging and dining are first class as well. Having the ability to play the same course that the pros play in US Open Championships and all the history associated with it allows you to put yourself in the places and the shots that are in the history books. If you are passionate about golf- you owe it to yourself to visit this place at some point in your life.

Butterfield Country Club

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach. For the variety of courses there, the history and the tree lined courses with ocean views

Phoenician Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

My answer is Phoenician Resort in Phoenix, Az. Fabulous pool area with great golf surrounded by beautiful mountains, lots of valley of sun activities and great restaurants. This place holds a special place in my heart. As a young kid growing up in the 60’s this property was a public golf course called the palms. I have Kaye’s there every afternoon as a kid, lugging my clubs around in 110 degree heat. I love every minute of it. Now it is a first class resort. You will enjoy it.

Pinehurst never disappoints.

Pinehurst never disappoints. The Gil Hanse re-do on #4, and the new Cradle short course just add to the experience!

Norbeck Country Club

Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC.

I have always enjoyed staying and playing golf at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. Great service, great choices in golf and a very nice hotel. One of my favorite places to stay and play!

Sun City West Golf

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Pinehurst, North Carolina: It feels like a small town built around golf. There are tons of amazing courses in the area. The people there love golf and the game’s history.

The Rim Golf Club

Prince Course on Kauai, a Robert Trent Jones masterpiece.

My favorite golf destination is the Prince Course on Kauai, a Robert Trent Jones masterpiece. It has the most integration of landscape and natural beauty I have ever played, while maintaining full playing integrity. While it is primarily the beauty that instantly captivates the player, the design begins to draw you into the full compliment of experiences. You will leave that place refreshed no matter how you well played.

Valley Ridge Golf Course

Pronghorn Club and Resort, Bend Oregon.

Bend Oregon and specifically Pronghorn Club and Resort. Two incredible courses that are draped with wonderful architecture, conditions, and natural beauty. There is a spirit or soul of golf that can be felt there that is rarely found in courses today. Love the place and feel every time I am there. Bandon Dunes is right there as well. Also enjoyed Whistling Straights. Great feel of pure golf there as well.

Punta Cana Dominican Republic

The weather is near perfect every day and the golf courses are absolutely magnificent. The only drawback is that it’s sometimes hard to concentrate when you’re playing because the views of the ocean are so incredible it is distracting.

Rockland Country Club

Saint Andrews, Scotland

My favorite golf destination is Saint Andrews, Scotland staying at the Dunvegan hotel. It’s been 20 years since I was there. I got to play with my dad quite an unforgettable experience. Wind was in my face on 18 I hit an eight iron off the road to 2 feet made birdie to shoot even par. I’ll never forget the tears in my dad‘s eyes as he crossed the bridge on number 18. If you’ve never been you should take your dad and go play!

PGA Golf Professional

Scotland

I love taking my members on a trip to Scotland. I enjoy taking them to the home of golf and stay in St. Andrews for a few days play the old course but also take them to Kingsbarns and Crail. We finish the trip by stopping off at The Gleneagles hotel, which always gets an awesome response. They play the Kings Course and 9 times out of 10 make a comment on this is the best course of the week. My personal favorite is to take a late afternoon stroll around the Queens Course, I think it’s the most enjoyable walk on a course you could have.

Hollow Brook Golf Club

Scotland is always fun

International trips are always well received. Scotland is always fun, especially if you incorporate Royal Donarch on your list of clubs. I feel it’s the best golf course in the world! Although our last trip was to Northern Ireland and our list of courses would rival any that I’ve played. Starting with Royal County Down and Royal Port Rush to name a few. But the best kept secret is Ardglass. What an outstanding experience. Starting with the fact it has the oldest clubhouse in the world. A renovated 1452 castle is now their clubhouse. How cool is that. Championship Tee on the 1st hole is on top of the turret. Outstanding! Domestic trips are perfect for a quick get away. Bandon Dunes is top of the list. But coming on strong is the state of Wisconsin. You can make a nice triangle between Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run, Sand Valley and finish up at Erin Hills. Another great destination is always Pinehurst, the home of golf in the United states and then just down the road you have Kiawah, Hilton Head and then on to Reynolds Plantation. There are a lot of golf destinations and fun trips in the U.S. I can’t name them all. One trip that I’ve been entertaining my members on for the last 19 years is the IPGA Spring Pro-Am to Las Vegas. What a great trip every year and now we play South Shore CC a Nicklaus signature course, Southern Highlands CC probably the best private track in Vegas and then we finish at Cascata. What a treat!

Seattle New Castle area in Summer Time and Metro Phoenix area in Winter Time

My favorite destinations of golf trips are Seattle New Castle area in Summer Time and Metro Phoenix area in Winter Time.

Sebonack Golf Club

Sebonack Golf Club is truly a special place. Having been fortunate enough to play this gem located in Southampton, New York, the golf course is as challenging as it is beautiful. The views that cascade across the links and the Great Peconic Bay are simply breathtaking. Every time I visit the facility I feel as though the staff is there to exclusively help me and my playing partners. The vision of the owner is accurately represented by his staff, which sets it above the rest for me. A must visit if you have the chance!

Pinehaven Country Club

South West Ireland

Not much better golf than the line up down on the South West of Ireland. Waterville is my favorite links golf course I have ever played and the best golf experience is at Old Head. Old Head has the best property for golf anywhere! Tralee, Lahinch, Dooks, and Doonbeg are all great golf courses to play on this trip. Having a few pints of Guinness after golf never gets old.

Mill River Club

Southwest Ireland

No questions asked would be Southwest Ireland. It has some of the best golf courses…Old Head, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Tralee, and Waterville. The people are amazingly welcoming, fun to be around and the scenery is second to none.

PGA Golf Pro

St. Andrews Scotland

There is so much history surrounding the hallowed grounds of the Old Course. Walking over the Swilcan Bridge is historical. It is a must play for avid golfers. And because there are now 7 courses to play, you always have variation. The town of St Andrews has many local pubs and fine dining and will be sure to give you a feel for the local atmosphere.

St. Andrews Scotland is the Holy Grail.

St. Andrews Scotland is the Holy Grail. Take in The Old Course, New Course, Kingsbarns and Balcomie Links at Crail. Enough said. But don’t forget that a two hour drive from home can land you in a great weekend trip on a low budget if you’ll do a little homework!

Arsenal Island Golf Course

The Country Club at Castle Pines

The Country Club at Castle Pines is outstanding, vistas are breathtaking! Towers 1,000 feet above Castle Pines Golf Club where they use to have the International Stableford competition. Both of these courses are private, but if you get an invitation to play, cancel whatever plans you have. You won’t be disappointed! When you play the golf course it doesn’t seem real. Carved out of a mountain, I think you hit off of huge elevations on about half of the holes. On some of the holes you can hit your driver fifty to seventy five yards farther! I’s like playing an imaginary golf art golf course. You have to snap out of it however because there’s plenty of challenges! Jack Nicklaus is the designer. If you hit close to a good shot it is designed in a way to reward you, however if you hit a shot way off line you will pay the price. There’s no way you won’t enjoy this course, a true gem!

The country of Ireland

My favorite golf destination is the country of Ireland. I love the destination for many reasons. I think they have the best number of world class courses throughout Ireland and Northern. You need to go there multiple times to be able the play all of the greats, but there are too many for one trip. You need to pick a region per se, and play all the great ones within an hour drive and stay in that region. Then you plan another trip and do the same thing. I would say you need at least three trips in order to get to all the favorites. What makes it the best is also the accommodating people after golf. They are warm and friendly everywhere you go. So golf in the day and pubs in the evening, makes for the best trips in the world.

GroTurf, Inc.

These trips can be very different...

These trips can be very different if it’s with one’s wife , couples or a group of fellows. If the guys can all advance the ball and don’t mind a little weather I’d say the Scotland trip including Turnberry , Troon , Carnoustie , Muirfield and The Old course is a fabulous trip both golf and history wise. I’ve never been to Ireland but my brother has 7 years in a row – a great venture ! Pinehurst is a good one with the accommodations being super and the selection of courses wonderful. Maybe on the top of the list from the courses , lodging, dining and weather is Scottsdale. Great trip many people pass on for no apparent reason. Pebble Beach , Spyglass and Spanish Bay is awesome but a bit pricy but world class facilities. . Not for golfers who are thinking about budget. A gem of a facility with numerous nice courses all at one location is Doral. The key is to go just before the snowbirds start to arrive in the late fall. They have some great deals at a top shelf class facility.

TPC Danzanta Bay

My favorite golf destination would be TPC Danzanta Bay. It is fairly new and the views are gorgeous. I would love to play golf there, but also explore the scenery. Of course there are other things to do, like spa and snorkeling, but again the scenery is fantastic.

Talking Stick Golf Club

TPC Scottsdale

My favorite golf destination trip is right in my own backyard. TPC Scottsdale is one of the most fun courses to play because it is not extremely difficult. A prime location offers just about any other activity that you can think of. If you can stand some higher temperatures in the summer, you can get real value with 4 star hotels with stays for less than $100 per night. You simply cannot go wrong with Scottsdale.

Whistling Straits

Whistling Straits In Wisconsin. It’s a really special place if you want to get away and play just pure golf! It’s a very challenging layout for any level golfer! The terrain makes you feel like you are in Ireland.

GlenArbor Golf Club