With the state of the golf industry on solid ground, courses and clubs throughout the country continue to attract both locals and tourists in large numbers.
Are you interested in taking a golf trip in the near future? Are you ready to work through the finer details of booking a trip so you can realize your dream of playing one of the top courses in the country?
If so, here are a few steps you need to take:
- Find a travel and playing partner who loves the game as much as you (unless, of course, you prefer to go alone)
- Calculate the cost of the trip (more on this below)
- Settle on a destination
While there’s a lot to think about here, the real fun begins when choosing your destination. If you need a push, here are seven of the top golf trips in the United States:
Located in Pebble Beach, California, this is a dream trip for most golfers.
Not only is it one of the most beautiful courses in the world, but it’s also among the most challenging.
Although the green fee is north of $500, the experience is well worth the money.
With its location in Scottsdale, Arizona, you know you’re getting the best of the best in regards to the weather.
The 7,266 yard course has been in existence since 1986, and is widely considered one of the best in the world.
As home to the Phoenix Open, you’ll feel like a professional from the moment you set foot on the course.
While some consider Palmetto Dunes a hidden gem, those who frequent Hilton Head Island, South Carolina are well aware of everything it has to offer.
It is consistently named one of the top golf destinations in South Carolina, thanks in large part to its competitive courses and reasonable green fees (starting at $105).
Note: if you have the time and money, play a round at all three courses: Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills, and George Fazio.
4. Kapalua Golf
Its location in Lahaina, Hawaii is reason enough to visit Kapalua Golf in person. However, its two courses are known to be among the best in the state (as well as the country):
- Plantation Course
- Bay Course
While you’re sure to enjoy your entire experience, here’s something to look forward to: the Bay Course has a hole that plays over the ocean. How cool is that?
Boca Raton, Florida is home to a number of high level courses, but it’s the Osprey Point Golf Course that takes the cake.
Since opening in 2010, the course has received one award after the next. With green fees hovering around $30, you can’t go wrong when you visit Osprey Point. The surroundings are beautiful, the course is challenging, and the green fees never break the bank.
Located in San Antonio, Texas (not far from downtown), the Quarry Golf Club is one of the most unique in the entire state.
It’s not the most challenging course (although there is a hole named Escape from Alcatraz), but green fees ranging from $30 to $40 per player make it a top choice.
If you’re taking a golf trip to San Antonio, don’t miss out on this course.
Its location on Long Island, New York is not the only intriguing thing about this golf course.
The Bethpage State Park Black Course is known for being the most challenging of the five courses at Bethpage State Park.
Since 1936, the par 71 course has been attracting golfers from all over the world. It has also hosted a variety of PGA Tour events, such as the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open.
How to Pay for Your Golf Vacation
Now would you like to play one or more of these courses in the months or years to come? Could one of these be the dream trip you’ve always wanted to take with a family member or best friend?
Once you pick your destination, there’s one more question to answer: how will you pay for your trip?
While the greens fees on these courses range from reasonable to astronomical, you have to consider equipment, air fare, lodgings and playing multiple rounds.
If you have enough cash on hand, you can pull from your savings and hit the road. However, if you don’t have access to enough money right now, a personal loan could be the best solution.
There are many benefits of taking out a vacation loan, such as:
- The option to take your trip now, as opposed to waiting to save money
- Competitive and fixed interest rate
- Flexible repayment terms with no early payment penalty
It’s enjoyable to learn more about the best golf courses in the United States, but there is nothing better than stepping foot on the links, picking up your driver, and having the time of your life!