For golfers, travel is about so much more than just seeing the world. It’s also about checking off another great golf course from our golf lovers’ bucket lists! And the beautiful part is that you don’t have to travel to Scotland to visit incredible heritage golf courses when we’ve got some of the best right here in the U.S.A.

From sea to shining sea and across purple mountain’s majesty, the United States has some of the most stunning golf courses in the world. In this post from Totally Driven in Minnesota, we’re counting down some of the top U.S. golf courses to add to your golf travel bucket list. To get everything you need for your next big golf trip, give us a call and schedule a golf club fitting today.

Pacific Dunes Golf Course, Oregon

If you’re visiting the Pacific Northwest, be sure to plan a stop by Pacific Dunes Golf Course at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon. Open since 2001, this breathtaking golf course pits golfers against nature, making for a beautifully raw golf experience.

Featuring 60-foot sand dunes, ocean frontage, natural bunkers, and rolling greens, the Pacific Dunes course is one of the most breathtaking golf courses in the country. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is also home to several other golf courses. While you’re there, play Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails, Old Macdonald, Sheep Ranch, Bandon Preserve, or the Punchbowl.

Cypress Point Golf Club, California

Another beautiful west coast golf course, Cypress Point offers stunning coastal vistas and plenty of interesting natural features. While the course is somewhat short and not one of the most challenging you’ll play on, it’s a classic California golf course dating back to the 1930s. The course features seaside golf, dunes, and wooded areas, and it’s not uncommon to commune with wildlife while you play.

Pinehurst No. 2, North Carolina

Completed in 1907, this historic golf course is considered legendary by many golfers. In the 2010s, the course was completely renovated back to its native features, and the results were absolutely splendid. Imagine fairways lined with hardpan sand and wiregrass with Carolina pines all around. With a well-earned reputation as a more challenging course, the course has played host to major championships many times.

Manele Bay Course, Hawaii

Next time you’re in Hawaii, take a pleasant ferry ride from Maui to Manele Bay at Four Seasons Lanai for one of the loveliest courses you’ll ever play. So famous, in fact, that Bill and Melinda Gates were married there on Number 12 in 1994.

Manele Bay has a reputation for pristine courses and dreamy vistas cut straight out of a magazine. Breathtaking gorges, cliffs, and ravines along a scenic coast and red lava fields make this 18-hole course one of the most stunning in the world. Almost every hole is a postcard-worthy view, so you’ll want to bring your camera for this one.

Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, Indiana

Brickyard Crossing Golf Course is located at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This historic course opened back in 1929, when it was originally called the Speedway Golf Course. The course’s proximity to Indy is part of its draw, but it’s also a challenging course with plenty of Kentucky bluegrass and interesting hazards. In fact, this course was rated in the top hundred American public golf courses by both Golfweek and Golf Digest. The course has four holes in the infield and 14 outside the track, adding to the fun.  

Arcadia Bluffs, Michigan

If you dream of visiting a seaside golf course but you don’t have time to travel across the country to get there, Arcadia Bluffs should be high on your to-do list. Situated on beautiful Lake Michigan in Arcadia with 3,100 feet of shoreline, the Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course sits above the Lake Michigan bluffs on 245 acres. Golfers have compared this course to Ireland’s heritage courses thanks to its stunning views, tall native fescue, and rolling hills.

Streamsong Red, Florida

If you love a natural, meditative golf course, you’ll appreciate the serenity of Streamsong’s Red course. Legendary golf architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed the course to seamlessly flow through existing dunes and natural bunkers, open savannah, rolling terrain, and lakes for a completely awe-inspiring experience. The secluded Central Florida course sits hidden away from the rest of the world on 16,000 peaceful Floridian acres, making it a perfect hideout when you need a break from everything.

Spyglass Hill, California

Located on Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill offers the best of what makes a great west coast golf course. A sister course to Pebble Beach Golf Course, this course was rated the fifth in the nation by Golf Digest. This historic golf course opened in 1966 and was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The name “Spyglass Hill” hails from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island. All of its holes are also named after the book, with names like “Black Dog,” “Long John Silver,” and “Captain Flint.”

The course itself is as exceptional as it is lovely, with its first five holes all looking out on the Pacific Ocean. The other thirteen holes meander through the Del Monte Forest, giving golfers the best of both worlds. And fans of the Tiger Woods PGA video game series will likely find the course familiar.

Crystal Downs Golf Course, Michigan

Located in Michigan, Crystal Downs sits comfortably nestled between Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan. The course’s first nine holes were built in 1927, with its back nine completed in 1933. The lawyer who named the course felt it resembled southern England. Over the years, some of the holes have been expanded and reconstructed, with the golf course gaining a reputation for its beauty and challenging play. Although the course can be a bit old-fashioned and tough to play, it’s still considered one of the best and most attractive in the United States.

Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia

Opening in 1932, this golf course has been host to the Masters Tournament for the better part of a century. The course is located on the sight of the antebellum plantation and nursery Fruitlands, where it was designed to bring a first-rate golf course to Georgia. During his administration, avid golfer President Dwight D. Eisenhower came to love the course so much that the club built Eisenhower Cabin for DDE to enjoy in his downtime.

This club is known for its breathtaking foliage, which includes most notably ample dogwoods and azaleas. To add to the course’s ambiance, the club imports pine needles and discreetly plays bird sounds on speakers. When visiting the course, however, be sure to leave your cell phone off, since electronic devices are strictly permitted and enforced by Pinkerton security. While you’re there, you can say at the 1850s plantation house Butler Cabin and take advantage of its famous wine cellar.

Prairie Dunes Country Club, Kansas

If you’re looking for something spectacular that hearkens to old Scotland, you might be surprised to learn you can find it in Kansas, of all places. Prairie Dunes proudly boasts that they offer “A little bit of Scotland in the Land of Oz.” Founded in the mid-1930s, this golf course is highly rated and considered one of the top U.S. golf clubs, hosting several major championships in the past.

What makes this course magical is its carefully planned course architecture and seamless marriage of native plants and features into rolling hills found at seaside golf resorts. Here, you’ll enjoy the high winds of the Great Plains blowing through prairie grass, yucca plants, and cottonwoods.

Coeur D’Alene Golf Course, Idaho

Located at Coeur D’Alene Resort Golf Resort at an average elevation of 2,200 feet above sea level, the Coeur D’Alene course is one of the most gorgeous lakeview golf courses in the country. The resort itself is a luxury resort featuring a spa and marina, and almost every beautifully groomed hole on the course has a stunning view of Lake Coeur D’Alene’s north shore.

The course was designed by Scott Miller, who imagined the course to look and feel like a park. Coeur D’Alene is famed for its 14th hole on a 2,300-ton floating green, which golfers travel to via a mahogany shuttle called “Putter.” And every group that plays the course is welcomed with their own personalized forecaddie.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York

One of the oldest golf clubs in the country, Shinnecock Golf Course dates back to 1891 and hasn’t changed much since its original creation. The course is the only one in the country to host a U.S. Open during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Its tall, thick, and windswept grasses and brisk Atlantic breeze call to mind seaside British golf courses and leave golfers reflecting on the course’s history. The winds give the course an extra challenge, especially since many trees were removed from the golf course over the past few years.

Get Ready for Your Next Golf Vacation With Totally Driven

What’s on your golf course bucket list? Whether you’ve always dreamed of playing some of the country’s most beautiful courses or you’d just love to put your skills to the test, the U.S. is brimming with great golf destinations. And there’s never been a better time to get started preparing for your next big golf adventure.

Before you head off on your next golf trip, make sure you’ve got everything you need to come in under par including custom-fit golf clubs from Totally Driven. To schedule your custom golf club fitting, give us a call at (952) 681-2728 or contact our golf store online today.