When you start planning that great get away golf trip with your buddies the first question to come up of course is “where are we going to play?” The answer to that question can be tough, but hopefully the following look at 5 top vacation destination courses in the US, will help you in making that choice. We’ll be looking at courses from coast to coast so there should be something of interest for any avid fan of the game.
Bethpage State Park Golf Course, Farmingdale, NY, is located in the middle of beautiful Long Island and is a great place to start a vacation. First off, it’s less than 30 miles from John F Kennedy Airport, and within easy driving distance of two of New York’s historic burros, Brooklyn and Queens. Secondly, it is close to the Hamptons. When driving through, check out the Elliman Hamptons beach properties. The caliber of the houses is breathtaking. The Park is actually home to five golf courses, the most famous of which, the Black Course, has been the home of both the 2002 and 2009 US Open, and was the first public play course to hold that honor.
Gold Canyon Golf Resort, Gold Canyon, AZ, features a unique golfing experience in the Sonoran Desert, and is less than an hour from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The resort has 85 rooms, which offer a variety of features such as indoor and outdoor spas, suites, wood burning fireplaces and private patios with splendid views. The 36 holes of golf at Gold Canyon offer two distinct playing options, Dinosaur Mountain takes golfers into the high Sonoran Desert with dramatic tee-to-green elevation changes. Sidewinder runs through the land’s natural arroyos and dry creek beds.
Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Doral, FL, is home to five courses, but the one on the top of everyone’s playlist is the TPC Blue Monster. Home of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, it has hosted PGA Tour events for over 40 years. At 7,356 yards from the tournament tees, the course challenges the best players in the world, but offers three other challenging teeing options for players of all levels. It features long fairways, undulating greens, a deep Bermuda rough and a unique assortment of water hazards.
Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Quinta, CA, has two famous 18-hole golf courses, North and South. The South Course was redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001, and is now 7,643 yards from the back tees with par at 72. It hosted the 2008 U.S. Open and much like Bethpage Black has a unique method to ensure continued public access to the course. On weekends, players arrive as early as 6 p.m. the night before to get in line for the first come, first served tee times that are given out starting at sunrise. The Lodge at Torrey Pines is situated on the cliffs above gorgeous Torrey Pines State Beach, and located at the 18th hole of the Course. The Lodge also presents two distinctive dining options, A.R. Valentien and The Grill. A.R. Valentien is a top-rated signature restaurant featuring superior cuisine and elegant decor. The Grill offers a casual and convenient dining experience, and along with The Bar is an ideal gathering place.
Of course when talking vacations no list is complete until Las Vegas has been included, and the Wynn Las Vegas has combined the best of the Vegas Strip with a top notch, Tom Fazio designed, 18-hole golf course that rivals anything in the country. It plays to 7,042 yards and a par of 70, and offers an escape into a landscape of waterfalls, trees, and lakes that you wouldn’t think possible on the Strip.