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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Prairie Dunes Country Club, Kansas
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.
8. 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.
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