Pebble Beach Golf Links has seen its fair share of great golf over the years. From unbelievable performances to incredible hole-outs, to of course the celebrity pro-am, there’s been no shortage of excitement on the Monterey Peninsula. Here is a look at 10 of the best moments in Pebble Beach history. Tiger Woods – 2000 U.S. Open
Golf courses don’t necessarily need to be long to be difficult. While some par-3 courses pride themselves on toughness, all of them offer a chance for people to have fun. Whether they are scaled-down versions of famous par-3s around the world, or a totally original design, some of these tracks are the real deal. Here are 10 awesome par-3 courses around the U.S. Par-3 Course – Augusta National Golf Club Check it out. Threetops – TreeTops Sylvan Resort Threetops, located in Gaylord, Michigan, is one of the best known par-3 courses in the world because of it’s dramatic elevation changes and beautiful mountain views. In fact, the 7th hole plays three (!) clubs less due to elevation. Back in the day, it was the home to the ESPN Par 3 Shootout. See it here. Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course gorgeous little gem located right between the ocean and the Intracostal Waterway on some of the most expensive real estate on the southeast coast of Florida. It was redesigned by Raymond Floyd and is always in great shape. Check it out. Challenge Course – Monarch Dunes This “links-style” 12-hole course located at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, California is designed Damian Pascuzzo and Steve Pate. Multiple tees provide an opportunity to play a different course each time you go out. Some of the unique links features include dunes and fescue that line the holes. See it here. Cloud Nine Short Course – Angel Park Golf Club Located at the Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas, the Cloud Nine Short Course is a tidy little 12-hole track inspired by some of the most iconic par-3s in the world, including TPC Sawgrass’ 17th island green. The best part is 9 of the 12 holes are lighted so you can play well into the evening. Don’t worry, whatever you shoot in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Check it out.The “Par-3 Course” at Augusta National doesn’t need a fancy name. Every year the pros gather here for another traditional unlike any other on the Wednesday before the competition. It’s beautiful and pristene just like its much longer counterpart. In fact, Paul Azinger once called it “the best golf course in the world.” To see the rest of the Top 10 Par 3 Courses, go here! Source: Swing by Swing Pictures: golfcoursegurus.com treetops.com golfontheocean.com ncga.org golfvegas.com scoopnest.com
To see the other 6 golf courses on this prestigious list, go here! Source: Geoff Shackelford Golf Digest Pictures: Getty Images Golf Digest
Given golfers and their propensity to disagree on the merits of even the most revered masterpieces, proclaiming design perfection can be dangerous. However, these ten golf courses in their current form come as close to achieving architectural absoluteness thanks to a melding of strategic complexity, walk-in-the-park beauty, experiential purity and an overall sense of design permanence.
Pine Valley, George Crump & H.S. Colt (1918) 7,057 yards, Par 70
Cypress Point Club, Alister Mackenzie and Robert Hunter (1928) 6,524 yards, Par 72
Oakmont CC, Henry & William Fownes (1903) 7,255 yards, Par 71
Shinnecock Hills GC, William Flynn (1931) 7,041 yards, Par 70
At some point or another, we’ve all been standing on some tee, peering out at the green, and thinking to ourselves “I have no chance.” There’s also a strong possibility you’re not a professional golfer. PGA Tour players have a knack blocking out the trouble on any given hole, but there are a few holes out there that make even the best in the world cringe with fear. Here is our list of the top 10 most terrifying holes on the PGA Tour. #10 – 17th at TPC Sawgrass#9 – 18th at Trump National Doral #8 – 12 at Augusta National #7 – 18th at Quail Hollow To see the rest of the Top 10 Toughest Holes on the PGA Tour, go here! Source : Swing by Swing Pictures : Getty Images
UK&ITrump Turnberry image: https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/06/Screen-Shot-2016-06-24-at-11.12.40-630×420.png Home to the famous Ailsa Course, Turnberry has hosted four Open Championships and received a stunning makeover this year – See all of Turnberry’s course changes. Trump International Golf Links – Aberdeen, Scotland image: https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2015/10/Trump-3-630×473.jpg Trump’s Aberdeen property really is of high quality – as a new entry, it went straight into Golf Monthly’s 2015/16 Top 100 courses UK&I at number 14. Trump International Golf Links – Doonbeg, Ireland image: https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/11/Trump-Ireland-3-doonbeg6th-630×420.jpg The International Golf Links in Doonbeg ranks 32nd in our top 100 rankings and features one of golf’s best opening holes. Designed by Greg Norman, he described it as the best piece of golfing property he had ever seen.
USTrump National – Los Angeles, California image: https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/11/GettyImages-51974558-630×421.jpg The Pete Dye designed course opened in 2005 and is open to the public. It’s one of the most expensive courses ever built at $250m and is ranked as one of the best courses in California. Trump National – Jupiter, Florida Trump’s Jupiter course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is famous for its water hazards and an island green. Trump Doral – Miami, Florida Home to four courses, Doral has hosted the WGC-Cadillac Championship on the Blue Monster since 2007 (which will now be moving to Mexico) and was the venue for the Doral Open on the PGA Tour from 1962-2006. To see the rest of Donald Trump’s golf course empire, go here! Source : Elliott Heath of Golf Monthly UK
The good life is about more than spectacular courses. You also want luxury, amenities, natural beauty — and your own private jeweler wouldn’t hurt. Living well starts with good choices. Here are ours for the 25 Best Golf Communities in North America.To see the other 20 great golf course communities in the USA, go here! Source : Joe Passov Golf Digest
The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla.NUMBER OF RESIDENCES: 88 HOME PRICES: $5,000,000–$20,000,000 FAMOUS NEIGHBORS: Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy, Michael Jordan Located a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, this enclave offers all the culinary, cultural and aesthetic advantages of coastal Florida, combined with the privacy that lets celebrities be themselves. GOLF: The 7,164-yard Nicklaus signature design zigzags through lush vegetation, lakes and wetlands. A par-3 course and a Jack Nicklaus Performance Solutions Academy round out the roster. AMENITIES: A 40,000-square-foot, Tuscan-themed clubhouse stylishly appointed by Barbara Nicklaus. thebearsclub.com
Bighorn in Palm Desert, Calif.NUMBER OF RESIDENCES: 500 HOME PRICES: $1,295,000–$24,500,000 FAMOUS NEIGHBORS: Michelle Wie, Jim Colbert, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn Bighorn provides a handsome haven for those who demand an unparalleled desert lifestyle, just minutes from the upscale shopping and dining of El Paseo in suburban Palm Springs. GOLF: Arthur Hills’s Mountains hosted the Skins Game from 1992 to 1995; Tom Fazio’s Canyons welcomed the LPGA Tour’s Samsung World Championship. Both are rollicking rides through the desert. AMENITIES: Three private jets are at your beck and call, along with a Medjet Assist program and a private jeweler. bighorngolf.com
Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican RepublicNUMBER OF RESIDENCES: 2,000+ HOME PRICES: $300,000–$45,000,000 FAMOUS NEIGHBORS: Pete Dye, Alonzo Mourning, George Hamilton The crown jewel of the Caribbean is located on 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres. Its holdings include condos, townhomes and massive villas. GOLF: Casa de Campo rolls out 81 Pete Dye-designed holes, most notably Teeth of the Dog, which boasts seven holes practically sunk into the Caribbean Sea. Dye Fore features holes draped eight stories above the Chavón River. AMENITIES: Unique attractions include Altos de Chavón, a reconstructed 16th-century village complete with cobblestone streets, shops, restaurants and courtyards. casadecampo.com.do
Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz.NUMBER OF RESIDENCES: 1,707 HOME PRICES: $600,000–$9,000,000 Perched in the high desert, where it’s five to ten degrees cooler than nearby Phoenix, this massive development is comprised of 35 neighborhoods scattered across 8,000 acres. GOLF: Among the six Jack Nicklaus-designed desert courses are Cochise, home to the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup, and the versatile Renegade, where each hole has two flags. AMENITIES: Five superb clubhouses, a fitness center with personal trainers, and 15 miles of private hiking trails in the mountains. desertmountain.com
The Cliffs Communities in Travelers Rest, S.C.NUMBER OF RESIDENCES: 2,800 HOME PRICES: $500,000–$4,000,000 Membership in one Cliffs community means playing privileges at all seven mountain and lake properties under the Cliffs umbrella, in a region that stretches all the way from Asheville, N.C. to Greenville, S.C. GOLF: Seven diverse, surprisingly undulating courses were designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio (two each), Gary Player, Tom Jackson and Ben Wright. AMENITIES: Boating and fishing on 26-mile-long Lake Keowee is a highlight for the three Cliffs communities situated nearby. cliffscommunities.com
Our latest ranking of America’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play has something for everybody. We’re well aware, however, that while every course is accessible, not all are affordable. To shine the spotlight on the top value courses, here are our picks for the 10 best bargains among the Top 100, based on where they rank overall and the price they charge for the market they’re in. 10. TPC Deere Run [No. 96], Silvis, Ill.; $79-$119, tpc.com/tpc-deere-runTo see the other 5 of the Top 10 bargains in the top 100 courses you can play by GOLF.com, go here! Source : Joe Passov Golf.com Pictures : TPC Deere Run Robert Beck Paul Hundley The Virtues Golf Club The Quarry at Giants RidgeA little pricier, perhaps, than some on this list, it justifies its value status by being a fairly-priced layout that dishes out TPC-quality service, amenities and conditioning, together with a distinctive layout that was lavishly praised by 2003 John Deere winner Vijay Singh. No doubt past champions Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson feel the same. Twilight play starts at $69.9. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club [No. 34], Sandia Park, N.M.; $62-$117,paakoridge.com Situated between 6,500 and 7,000 breathtaking feet on the eastern side of the Sandia Mountains, 25 minutes from Albuquerque, Paa-ko dishes out a series of option-laden desert jewels that tumble through junipers, cedars and pines, forming a surprisingly green backdrop to many holes. In prime time of April to October, rates will save you some green — $92 weekdays, $62 after 2 pm.8. The Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Links) [No. 87], Green Lake, Wis.; $35-$95, lawsonia.com It seems as if Wisconsin is vying for national supremacy as the state with the greatest public golf, but while many of the state’s top tracks are expense-account only, along comes sleepy old-timer Lawsonia Links, which blends prairie-style aesthetics with a Golden Age design that harkens back to Donald Ross and Seth Raynor, all at a Golden Age price. Find a nice day after October 3 and it’s $35 to walk.7. The Virtues Golf Club [No. 70], Nashport, Ohio; $59-$99,thevirtuesgolfclub.com Situated 45 minutes east of Columbus, the course formerly known as Longaberger is a 1999 Arthur Hills design that mixes open and wooded holes, all flawlessly groomed. The downhill plunge at the par-5 5th and the long par-4 8th that’s backdropped by a lake are two of the Midwest’s best. For $129 during the week, you can play all day long.6. The Quarry at Giants Ridge [No. 54], Biwabik, Minn; $62-$89,giantsridge.com Some question whether the Quarry is even the best value on property, given the popularity of its younger sibling, the Legend, but slight edge to the elder statesman, a Jeff Brauer creation hewn from the remnants of a rock and sand quarry in an old iron ore mine. Highlights include giant boulders, massive sand waste areas and a price tag that’s been chopped to bits by a sharp pickaxe. Through late spring (May 26 in 2016), 36 holes would set you back $100.
Everyone wants to play golf in Scotland and Ireland. Fact. Maybe this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or perhaps an annual pilgrimage. The bucket lists will be overflowing with your old courses, whether that’s at Portmarnock or St. Andrews! The Open Championship courses will roll off your tongue, including Portrush, back on the rota, and rightly so. There will even be the must-plays that very few can play, unless well connected, financially sound, or both. I can understand why the usual suspects are always on the golf itinerary. And, by writing this, I don’t want to question their appeal, or their quality. But my argument lies in that in this day and age of travel and tourism, it is all about going off the beaten track, exploring, living a little, and not conforming. Some may argue my selections aren’t off the beaten track enough, but they’re there to debate! It is with a great deal of smugness that I present to you 10 golf courses (11 if you include two at Moray) I have experienced — five in each country — where you can be assured of as Scottish and Irish golf experience as you richly deserve. Protruding deep into the Atlantic on the west of Ireland is Carne Golf Links. The village of Belmullet lies almost exactly 3,000 miles from New York City, and Carne idly inhabits an area that is low on population, but highly populated with dunes. Sand dunes of the highest order! Now offering 27 holes, you will think you are driving to New York, but just before tipping off the edge of Europe, the dunes come into view. They are something to behold. Traveling farther down the West Coast and driving beyond the practice greens of Ballybunion, Lahinch and Tralee is Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula. Surely I am not recommending a 9-holer? I will grant you access to one of the usual suspects in the morning, but following a couple pints of Guinness while watching the boats bob up and down off the Inch Peninsula, it seems appealing to play nine more, doesn’t it? Castlegregory gifts dramatic views across to Tralee, the steep-sided Mount Brandon as a backdrop and a challenge that simply not enough people know about. But, that’s its charm. The Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest defined coastal route, should send you in the direction of the Ring of Kerry. A beautiful stretch of road and home to Waterville and Dooks, but perhaps controversially we will head cross-country to County Wicklow on the Irish Sea. Pat Ruddy designed The European Club. In fact, he is still designing the European Club. Heading out with his spray can, he will mark where bunkers need to be tweaked and changed before heading in again to talk to his golfers about Tiger’s course-record 67, how Padraig Harrington has his three majors thanks to the European and how Rory thinks it’s the best links he’s ever played. Oh yes, I forgot, you get 20 holes for your money and the world’s longest green. Not too far away and inland is Druids Glen. Sometimes referred to by the over-used phrase of the “Augusta of Europe,” they may be right. This is as close as I have come to what I imagine Augusta to be like. Spectacularly manicured, fascinatingly interesting, wonderfully unexpected and a lot of fun. Monty has won twice at Druids, while Sergio won his first tour event here. It goes to show it’s not just about how pretty the golf course looks; it’s tricky, too. At the end of the 19th century, golf was steadily becoming more popular with the elite of the day. The Island Golf Club north of Dublin was originally a spur of land opposite Malahide. One fine day, a Syndicate of gents jumped in a boat and acquired the slice of land for their golf course. You could still get a boat to the course until 1973, with the clubhouse putting up colored disks to draw the attention of the boatman. Once on dry land, the dunes loom. It’s hard to tell just how big they are when you’re in Malahide, but after 18 holes and a couple pints of Guinness, trust me, they’re massive. Hidden gems is a phrase too often used. Because a lot of the time, how you feel about a course is dependent on how you play and what type of courses you prefer to play. My challenge in Scotland is to demonstrate that no matter how low or high your handicap, or how close to it you play, you will still walk away appreciating what has just happened. This must be the reason we play? Personally, if I play poorly then I appreciate the view. If I play well I appreciate the scorecard, not forgetting the view. In Scotland, we will start by sauntering down the Edinburgh coast.To see the rest of these underrated Scottish and Irish golf courses to play on your next trip over the pond, go here! Source : Graham Hesketh GolfWrx Pictures : Carne Golf Links Castlegregory The European Club Druids Glen
It’s human nature to travel somewhere, experience a place, and come away with certain generalizations in mind. Oftentimes, those generalizations have at least a good amount of truth underpinning them. But in the end, generalizations are there to be broken. So it is with golf courses. The world’s major golf destinations tend to have certain stereotypes that their respective golf courses tend to adhere to. But sometimes, the most exciting courses are the ones that break the mold. And when you encounter these courses, they can turn your latest golf vacation from merely enjoyable to utterly memorable. Florida The golf stereotype: Modern, flat courses, lots of water hazards and ever-present out-of-bounds stakes with houses and condos everywhere Stereotype-breaking courses: It’s well-documented by now, but the most un-Florida spot for golf in Florida is Streamsong, with its Red and Blue (and Black coming next year) layouts. No housing as far as the eye can see (just the distinctive clubhouse and hotel), and wide hole corridors that bob and weave between massive sand dunes left by parent company Mosaic’s past mining activities. Another un-Florida Florida golf spot is Lake Jovita, about 45 minutes northeast of Tampa. It is home to a hole – the par-5 11th on the South Course – that drops 90 feet from tee to green, more than any other hole in the Sunshine State. There are houses on the property, but they do not crowd play on Lake Jovita’s two lovely courses (stay tuned for more on this lesser-known spot in the coming weeks). Water comes into play a little bit, but it’s not everywhere. Along similar lines as Lake Jovita is Mission Inn, whose two courses traverse the hills northwest of Orlando. Mission Inn’s first course was built almost a century ago, and provides a nice classic look for golfers who note that the vast majority of Florida’s public and resort golf is on the newer side. Washington The golf stereotype: Tight, soft courses whose holes are walled in by massive trees. Stereotype-breaking courses: Chambers Bay, the first course in Washington State to host the U.S. Open, is the ultimate stereotype-buster, especially relative to claustrophobic, tree-lined Sahalee, the former most famous course in the state before Chambers, by Robert Trent Jones II and Jay Blasi, came along. About 4 1/2 hours south and east for Chambers Bay is another course that most golfers would never guess is in Washington: Wine Valley, in Walla Walla. This Dan Hixson design resembles something one would expect to see in the Great Plains, rather than the Pacific Northwest, but this part of the state is much drier and more open than the Seattle area. Another un-Washington layout is David McLay Kidd’s Gamble Sands, in the town of Brewster, overlooking the Columbia River. Kidd designed Bandon Dunes’ original course, and Gamble Sands is very much in that mode: wide open, firm and fast and a whole lot of fun.To see the other two courses that completely break the mold, go here! Source : GolfVacationInsider Pictures : Streamsong Resort Gamble Sands Talking Stick Resort