The United States of America has a golfing wrap sheet like no other in the world. Spanning across 2,680 miles the country is home to 45% of the world’s golf courses ranging from the dramatic links of the California coastline to the striking desert courses of Arizona to the monster resort courses of Florida. Home to 3 of the year’s 4 major championships, America boasts more tournament courses than anywhere else and is the perfect place for any golfing fanatic.
For those looking to escape the torrid winter weather of the U.K and embark of an golfing experience like no other then the Carolinas, California, Hawaii, Florida and Arizona have the year round sun and the world class golf courses you are looking for.
Perhaps one of the most visually impressive courses in the world and arguably one of country’s most recognised courses, Pebble Beach Golf Links bound to be on every golfer’s bucket list. Having hosted the US Open on no less than 5 separate occasions and a regular stop on the PGA Tour with the AT&T Pro-Am, the game’s greatest players are constantly gracing the dramatic links. The course itself skirts the jaw dropping, rugged coastline that gifts players unforgettable views of Monterey Bay and the Northern Pacific. Each hole at this stunning course is worthy of a postcard or two but none more so than the par 3, 7th which has you playing downhill towards the green and the Ocean. For those looking for the golfing experience of a lifetime then look no further than Pebble Beach Golf Links.
|Location:||Monterey Penninsula, California|
|Designed by:||Jack Neville & Douglas Grant|
Situated in Northern Carolina, Pinehurst is viewed by many as the ‘home of golf’ in America. The No.2 course is the country’s most acclaimed course having hosted the Ryder Cup and US Open on no less than 3 separate occasions. Its unique layout of having no bunkers but instead vast expanses of sandy wasteland lining the fairways is one of the most recognisable sights in golf. The course is renowned for its severely undulating greens with big drop offs which are widely regarded as some of the trickiest in the world. Pinehurst No.2 is one of the toughest courses in America and will be a stern test for even the most skilled golfers. However, you can’t let that deter you from playing one of the world’s most famous golf courses.
|Location:||Pinehurst, North Carolina|
|Designed by:||Donald J. Ross|
The home of the years unofficial 5th Major Championship, the Stadium Course has seen its fair share of drama over the years. In typical American Resort style, the course features numerous water hazards and punishing bunkers making accurate driving the order of the day to maintain any hope of scoring. The signature 17th hole is one of the most recognisable holes in world golf with its island green ruining the rounds of more than one of the game’s greatest players. Measuring in at 6,954 yards it is not the longer course in the country but its clever layout means that more than just power is required to navigate your way round here.
|Designed by:||Pete Dye & Deane Beman|
It comes as no surprise that Spyglass Hill is ranked inside the world’s top 100 courses, even just by looking at the pictures you would probably put it there. The course is one is part of the trio of venues that make up the AT&T Pro-Am and despite being located in the Monterey Peninsula like the other 2, it still offers a unique golfing experience. The opening holes skirt the rugged coastline and meander their way through the dramatic dunes of the Monterey shore before golfers head inland to the tree lined fairways of the Del Monte Forest. The course utilises the incredible natural landscape of the region to create a setup that many argue to be better than Pebble Beach. We will let you be the judge of that…
|Location:||Monterey Peninsula, California|
|Designed by:||Robert Trent Jones|
Aptly named the “Blue Monster”, the course measures in at an enormous 7,590 yards and features an array of water hazards which are sure to have a few golf balls in them. In 2014, the course underwent a re-vamp which saw every hole resculpted and designed into the modern day masterpieces they are now. The deep bunkers, thick rough and undulating greens requires golfers to drive the ball long but also have a razor sharp short game in order to score. The course has hosted numerous world golf championships and has a closing hole that is viewed as one of the toughest holes on the PGA Tour. Florida’s year round sun makes it a great play championship golf courses and escape the dark winters of the U.K.
|Designed by:||Gil Hanse|
Situated on the dramatic Pacific Coastline in Oregon, Bandon Dunes is viewed as one of the best all round golfing venues in Western America with impeccable accommodation to match its stunning golf courses. The Pacific Dunes course is at the forefront of the resorts golf and is reminiscent of some of the UK’s greatest links layouts. Architect Tom Doak has created a true golfing spectacle by blending the regions magnificent natural landscape with masterful golf course design. Golfer’s are treated to unforgettable views throughout their round which are good enough to make even the worst round of golf worthwhile.
|Designed by:||Tom Doak|
The Ocean Course is the pinnacle of Kiawah Island and is the only course to have hosted all of the PGA of America Championships. Offering up magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, golfers are constantly challenged throughout their round with a stiff wind however, if that gets the better with you then it doesn’t matter when in a setting as good as this. Having been the scene of so many incredible tournaments it is hard to pick a favourite from the Ocean Course’s history. But arguably the most famous was the 1991 Ryder Cup dubbed the “War on the Shore”, where golfing legend Bernhard Langer missed ‘that putt’. If you reckon you could do better than Langer, don’t waste any time and head to the excellent Kiawah Island.
|Location:||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Designed by:||Pete Dye & Jack Nicklaus|
When it comes to famous parents, they don’t come much better than the creators of Harbour Town Links… The product of Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, it comes as no surprise that this stunning course is seen as one of the best in America. With the possibility of losing a ball in the rough or the jaws of an alligator, straight drives and accurate approach play is recommended. With a fantastic array of flora and fauna, one would be forgiven in forgetting the fact the course’s layout is a piece of golfing art as it winds its way through majestic woodland and emerges to skirt the beautiful Ocean that cuts inland. For those looking to play one of America’s shorter championship courses in one of the east coasts most serene settings, then Harbour Town Links is the place for you.
|Location:||Hilton Head, South Carolina|
|Designed by:||Pete Dye & Jack Nicklaus|
Any golfing fan will know this course not for the Farmers Insurance Open which it hosts annually but for the 2008 US Open. Need I describe the events that occured on 16th June 2008… the South Course… Broken leg… Tiger Woods… ring a bell yet? Yes that’s right Tiger won what is now his most recent major on just one leg. Now to the course. The layout itself is rather unique as despite being a links course it features ‘normal bunkers’, the occasional grouping of pines, pristine fairways and perfectly manicured greens. Golfers are treated to stunning vista of the Pacific Ocean with arguably the best coming from the short 3rd hole. Boasting year round sun, 18 glorious golf holes and magnificent views there aren’t many better places to play then the South Course at Torrey Pines.
|Location:||San Diego, California|
|Designed by:||Rees Jones|
The home of arguably golf’s most famous name, Arnold Palmer, there aren’t many better places to play than a course he proclaimed to be the best course in Florida. From the tips the course measures in at over 7,200 yards and is true test of any golfer. Featuring a number of shimmering water features, players must draw upon all their golfing skills to navigate their way round this incredible layout. The striking clubhouse has recently been refurbished and is now the perfect setting for the 19th hole where you can enjoy an ‘Arnold Palmer’ or a beer whilst discussing that booming drive you hit down the 11th.
|Designed by:||Dick Wilson|