The sport may have been the brainchild of Scotland, but America has made Golf its own. Nearly half of the world’s Golf courses are located in the USA, which is a telling statistic. From Chicago to New York, from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Golf holidays in the USA are the stuff dreams are made of.
You can opt for a budget-friendly Golf break or choose the path of rich opulence. Whatever may be your Golfing dream, USA is waiting to fulfill it and then some more. There are many Golf packages including flights offered by travel agencies to ensure you enjoy your Golf break.
Best Golf courses in the USA
There are thousands of Golf courses in the USA, and that’s why we don’t want to recommend individual courses. However, we suggest the following five regions where a Golf break makes perfect sense.
1. Golf courses in Palm Springs
One of the best-known Golf destinations in the USA is Palm Springs, California. In the early part of the last century, Palm Springs had become a favorite for the who’s who of Hollywood. The region saw the establishment of many luxury resorts. Golf was eventually added to its list of attractions.
The top draw in Palm Springs is the Indian Wells Golf Resort and its two beautiful Golf courses. Rated among the top courses in the country, the two courses are amusingly named the Celebrity Golf Course and the Players Golf Course. These two courses have equally amusing nicknames—the Beauty and the Beast!
The Players Golf Course is ahead in ratings and with good reason. Only ten years old, this Golf course emanates the rich scent of history thanks to clever architecture. There are mountain views, water hazards and bunkers to add to the thrill.
The Celebrity Golf Course is a few months older than its sibling and is one of the most beautiful courses in the country. It has lovely waterfalls and other scenic gems and is also easy for Golfers.
2. Golf Courses in Pinehurst
Your Golf holiday in the USA must include an homage to the cradle of American Golf, also known as Pinehurst. This tiny place in North Carolina was built solely around Golf and will give you the feeling of being on a Golf pilgrimage. From the construction of the first Golf course in the early 1900s, Pinehurst now has nine Golf courses and is one of the most recognized names in international Golf circuits.
3. Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina has its own moniker—Golf capital of the world. Your Golf break would be incomplete without a visit to this beautiful destination which combines Golf and the seaside.
When in Myrtle Beach you must definitely play at the challenging TPC Myrtle Beach Golf Course. Legends such as Tom Watson, Gary Player, and Ray Floyd have left their mark on this Golf course.
4. Golf courses in the Sonoran Desert
If the beach is too run of the mill for you, choose the desert as a backdrop for your Golf vacation in the USA.
The Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona is home to the Omni Tucson National Resort and its championship Golf courses. The Catalina Golf Course has hosted many renowned Golf tournaments and has seen the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player display their Golfing skills.
The other attraction for golfers is the Sonoran Golf Course, a desert style course built by Tom Lehman.
5. Golf courses in Colorado
The Broadmoor in Colorado was once the highest Golf course in the USA. Almost a hundred years old, this Golf resort has three courses and great all inclusive Golf packages.
At Broadmoor resort, you get to play at the East Golf Course, West Golf Course, and the Mountain Golf course.
Best Golf Resorts in the USA
1. Indian Wells Golf Resort
Palm Springs, California has the most popular Golf resorts in the USA. If you want to avail of the world-class courses in the Indian Wells Golf Resort, there are many luxury hotels nearby that you can choose from. First is the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa. JW Marriott also has a prime Golf resort in Palm Springs.
2. La Cantera Golf Resort
The La Cantera Golf Resort in San Antonio, Texas is another destination for Golf vacations in the USA. It has hosted PGA events, hence there is no question about the quality of its Golf courses. Besides the amazing Golfing facilities, it also offers excellent accommodation and food.
The resort is located near many notable sights, and can thus be used as a great base-camp for your sightseeing.
3. Savannah Harbor Golf Resort
The Savannah Harbor Golf Resort in Georgia boasts of the famous 18 hole championship Golf course. It has been consistently ranked among the top Golf resorts in North America.
4. Villas of Grand Cypress
The city of Orlando in Florida is also a great pick for your Golf break. The Villas of Grand Cypress has some superb Golf courses designed by none other than the great Jack Nicklaus. What’s more, you can even pack in a trip to Disney World if you feel like taking a break from Golf.
5. Silverado Resort and Spa
The Silverado Resort and Spa is situated in the exotic wine region of Napa in California. Well known Golfer Johnny Miller has designed two championship Golf courses of this resort, which has a number of Golf packages to offer. The resort boasts of a spa, massage, special Golf lessons and junior Golf summer camps. Some Golf packages include wine-tasting tours too, so your Golf vacation will be anything but one dimensional.
The Hilton Head in South Carolina, the famed Monterey in California and White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia are amazing Golf resorts too.
Best time for Golf holiday in the USA
The United States of America has a huge expanse of landmass between the West Coast and East Coast. Naturally, the climatic conditions vary from one corner to the other. Most Golf courses and Golf resorts are dotted along the two coasts.
The Northern part of USA has predominantly similar climate from the West Coast to the East Coast.
Southern USA, on the other hand, is more humid. If you want to have a memorable Golf vacation in USA, plan your break for the spring or autumn. The fall colors in autumn will provide a fascinating backdrop for your Golfing adventure.
Green fees in USA Golf courses
Each Golf course in USA has its own green fees, depending on the facilities provided. The green fees are at their highest during spring and autumn, which are the busiest tourist seasons.
Some of the most expensive Golf courses in USA are the Shadow Creek, the Wynn Golf Course, the TPC Sawgrass and the Pebble Beach Golf Links. These Golf courses charge from 500 USD to almost 700 USD in peak tourist season.
Though these mentioned are the walk-in rates. If you keep a look-out for Golf packages, you can often play on expensive Golf courses for a lot less.