With the holidays in the rear view mirror and spring approaching, the golf season is nearly upon us and itâ??s time to start thinking about some golf getaways. Whether you are looking to take a long golf vacation or a long weekend, youâ??ll find the perfect destination in this article. Here are my top 10 golf getaways.
Â 1. Kapalua Resorts,Maui,Hawaii – Kapalua.com | 1-877-KAPALUA
From the fantastic reviews to everything Iâ??ve heard from people who have played golf at Kapalua in the winter, there is no better backdrop than thePacific Oceanand the warm sunshine. (Not to mention a PGA-Tour-caliber golf course!) If I had the choice to spend a week anywhere in the middle of winter,Mauiwould be it.
2. Pinehurst Golf Resort,North Carolina – PineHurst.com | 1-800-487-4653
About 45 minutes from my alma mater (MethodistUniversity) is one of the greatest golfing experiences I have ever enjoyed. The Pinehurst Golf Resort has not only a world-class hotel, but also eight terrific golf courses with exceptional service. Pinehurst offers numerous golf packages that can fit anybodyâ??s schedule. Here are a few courses just minutes from the Pinehurst Resort that I think are worth looking into: Pine Needles, Mid Pines and The Carolina.
3. Doral Golf Resort & Spa,Miami,Florida – DoralResort.com | 1-800-713-6725
I have been fortunate enough to play a few of the Doral courses, and I will be the first to tell you that Miami in the winter is second to noneâ??beautiful beaches, great food, world-class golf, and the 70-degree weather. What more do you want from a winter golf getaway?
4.Las Vegas,Nevada- VisitLasVegas.com | 1-702-892-0711
The Las Vegas reputation speaks for itself. Casinos, golf, food, lodging, and did I mention casinos? If you decide to make Vegas your winter golf getaway and have an opening in your foursome, let me know and I will pack my bags for a week of golf and fun.
5.Hilton Head Island,South Carolina – HiltonHeadIsland.org | 1-800-523-3373
With its high concentration of world-class courses, peaceful surroundings, beautiful ocean and marsh views, and incredible amenities, Hilton Head is one of my favorite places to visit. Home to 25 golf courses, including world famous Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines (which is in my top 10 favorite courses I have played), Hilton Headâ??s many options make it easy to book a tee time.Hilton Head Islandis a great getaway for golf and relaxation.
6.Sea Island,Georgia – SeaIsland.com | 1-877-537-8078
The Sea Island Golf Course was rated number one in the world by Golf Digest Index, and includes three astounding championship courses. Need I say more?
7.Scottsdale,Arizona – ScottsdaleAZ.gov | 1-480-312-1111
Legacy Golf Resort, Phantom Horse, Wildfire and Club West are all great picks in this golfingMecca. With more than 100 courses from which to choose, youâ??ll be sure to find a favorite.Arizonaalso provides terrific weather alongside its great history. Just spend a week here and you will be sure to see why many of the PGA Tour professionals callArizonahome in the winter.
8.Palm Springs,California – VisitPalmSprings.com | 1-800-347-7746
Ever wonder why the PGA Tour begins its season with the West Coast swing? Make a trip toPalm Springsand you will soon find out. Ideal weather and great golf courses are just the start of what this winter getaway has to offer.
9.GulfCoastofMississippi – GulfCoast.org/golf | 1-888-467-4853
LikeLas Vegas, the Gulf Coast of Mississippi combines the lure of world-class casinos, dining, entertainment and enough golf courses to fill your itinerary. But, instead of a hot dry desert, you have the cool breezes from theGulf of Mexico. Donâ??t miss the amazing Fallen Oak Golf Course designed by Tom Fazio or Grand Bear Golf Course designed by the legend himself.
10. Any Course You Want â?? AT HOME
With the advancements in computers and technology, it is now possible to play golf right in your living room on a golf simulator! You can choose from some of the best courses in the world and save money on travel, food, lodging, plus save a lot of time. Simulator costs start around $400 and can go up into the thousands depending on the quality you are seeking. If you do not feel the need to own one, chances are you can find a local golf store that will rent one to you (in-house, of course) to play a quick round of golf. We have just invested in a simulator at our club that will allow us to give indoor lessons and allow members to play rounds of golf throughout the winter.
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