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As the calendar turns to spring and summer, the Northeast completes its thaw and its golf courses begin to green up and become lush, our attention is piqued, and our game is ready for a trip to the sublime Turning Stone Resort/Casino in central New York. It’s become somewhat of a tradition for us to make the journey to the Oneida Nation’s opulent, friendly, and consistently on-point destination and its bucket-list courses.
PGA Tour players and others that take the time to make the drive west from Chicago toward the Illinois-Iowa border and the Quad Cities area are rewarded by the spectacular course at TPC Deere Run, the home of the John Deere Classic since 2000 and one of the most underrated stops in professional golf.
When it comes to playing a round at your local course — or hopefully on the road at one of your favorite golf stay-and-play destinations — footwear should be at the epicenter of your decision in how to maximize your game. Here’s how SQAIRZ has stepped up to address the need.
The PGA Tour continues its run of tournaments played at classically designed golf courses when a collection of the best players in the world tackle TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship June 23-26 in Cromwell, Connecticut, a suburb about 10 miles south of Hartford.
After a two-year hiatus because of COVID, the PGA Tour returns from June 6-12 to the western Toronto administrative district of Etobicoke for the RBC Canadian Open at the sublime St. George’s Golf Club, where the tournament will be played for the first time since 2010 and for the sixth time overall.
The Omni Amelia Island Resort has added a short course, Little Sandy, to its extensive list of offerings. Designed by Beau Welling, this 10-hole short course features holes that range from 70 to 125 yards and play around Red Maple Lake.
Three golf clubs – Pine Lakes Country Club and Grande Dunes Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, and The Long Bay Club in Longs – are all fantastic in their own right and can enhance any trip to the Myrtle Beach area.
From Kilmarlic to the Carolina Club to the Currituck Club to Nags Head, a trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina comes with incredible golf opportunities that feature unique challenges.
The Travel Caddie’s latest trip to Cabo San Lucas was a return to the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and the stunning Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Quivira Golf Club.
From the Norman and Fazio courses at Red Sky to the Beaver Creek Golf Club, a trip to beautiful Vail, Colorado, can be the perfect golf getaway with plenty of entertainment off the course to make it a bucket-list trip.
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From Lost Key to Craft Farms to Kiva Dunes to Timber Creek, the Gulf Shores are a perfect destination for a week of excellent golf, complete with the scenery that is the Alabama/Florida coastline.
From playing No. 2 or No. 4 at Pinehurst, or maybe Mid South or Mid Pines just down the road, or even Talamore a bit further away, here are some critical tips on how to plan your buddy trip to Pinehurst in order to maximize every moment once you’ve arrived.
From Maderas Golf Club to Aviara Golf Club to The Grand Golf Club, San Diego is a golf mecca and these trio of courses show that the area is more than just than the masterful Torrey Pines.
WinStar, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, is in Thackerville, about 80 miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Both courses here – Redbud and Scissortail – were designed by D.A. Weibring and Steve Wolford. Between the two courses, there are some 20 acres of ponds and 54 acres of native area, including 13 acres that have been planted with milkweed in order to assist the Monarch butterfly, which makes heavy migration south through that area in the fall.
There is plenty of great golf to be had around the country, and the Travel Caddie has a few standout options for April, including both courses at French Lick, a round at Torrey Pines South and TPC Danzante Bay.
Golfing in South Carolina: Harbour Town is just one of a trio of Sea Pines Resort golf course marvels
Harbour Town gains a lot of the attention at Sea Pines Resort as the host of a PGA Tour event, but its sister courses Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes hold their own in one of the most iconic and fun golf resorts in the U.S.
From Bethpage Black to Pound Ridge to the Red Course at Eisenhower Park, the golf is spectacular in and around New York City, where one will need to carry plenty of lumber to conquer a trio of difficult, but public, tracks.
From Litchfield CC and River Club in Pawleys Island to King’s North at Myrtle Beach National to Avocet at Wild Wing Plantation, there are plenty of quality courses to tee it up at when you head to the state’s top tourist destination.
On a recent trip to Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia, the Travel Caddie not only stayed onsite, but got in a trio of spectacular rounds on three of the venue’s courses: Great Waters, Oconee and The National. The experience left the TC wanting to head back for more.
From Bali Hai and Paiute in Las Vegas, to Nemacolin in Pennsylvania, to Turning Stone in New York, to French Lick in Indiana, we take an extensive look at the best courses to combine your love of golf and gambling — all on one epic trip.
The Copperhead Course, a Larry Packard gem that’s been renovated in recent years, year in and year out challenges the best in the game. And if you book a package at Innisbrook Golf Resort near Tampa, Florida, you can see how you stack up as well on this course that’s part of the Florida Swing on the PGA Tour.
Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach is renowned for its foursome of famous courses fashioned by Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, and Davis Love III. Each one of the designers have designed tracks that are individual in their features, visually striking throughout, and a blast to play.
Both the Irish and UK governments have in recent weeks announced an almost complete relaxation of restrictions for the tourism and hospitality sectors that will enable golfers from all around the world to once again play golf as it was originally played on some magnificent links.
A trip to Northeast Minnesota will allow you to challenge the handiwork of Jeffrey Brauer, the architect of both the Legend and Quarry courses at Giants Ridge, as well as Wilderness at Fortune Bay and Superior National in Lutsen.
From Taylormade’s Stealth family of golf club options to new kicks from FootJoy to BagBoy’s Nitron to key updates from SQAIRZ to the FlightScope Mevo and Mevo+ to 20/20 Wellness Shots to Ridge Wallet to Dead Zero, a trip to the 2022 PGA Show showcased plenty of gear you need to get your hands on.
From the Monument and Pinnacle courses at Troon North to the Cholla and Saguaro courses at We-Ko-Pa, the Phoenix and Scottsdale area has sensational options for challenging, yet fun rounds.
With the Keystone Ranch Golf Course and the River Course at Keystone as its two main attractions, the Keystone Resort is a one-stop shop for spectacular golf about 90 miles from Denver.
The Champions and Legends courses at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa will give you the full golfing experience, while the San Diego area provides plenty of off-course options.
From TPC Louisiana (the home of the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic) to Jack Nicklaus’ English Turn GCC to Lakewood GC, there are plenty of golf options as you take in all that New Orleans has to offer.
You are likely familiar with PGA West’s Stadium Course, but when you actually step foot on the property, the golf will simply leave you awestruck, and it’s just one of nine courses on property.
From Waialae Country Club to Turtle Bay’s Palmer Course to Mauna Kea Golf Course to Royal Ka’anapali to Poipu Bay, each Hawaiian island has plenty to offer the avid golfer, not to mention some mesmerizing views.
With 14 courses in the area, the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is a midwest golf mecca, including the 27-hole Osage National, Old Kinderhook, the Cove Course at the Lodge at the Four Seasons and the Oaks Course at the Margaritaville Resort.
The PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions is headed back to Hawaii in January, with Kapalua’s Plantation Course getting its annual close-up, leaving golfers everywhere wondering how they can tee it up just like the pros. The Travel Caddie’s advice? Find a way to make it happen.
Hot Springs Village is the largest gated community in the United States — with a population approaching 15,000 — and is home of nine challenging golf courses, including four of the top-rated public-access tracks in the “Natural State.”
Barton Creek offers the most bang for the buck and the best four-day overall experience in Texas, especially for those visitors to the Austin area – mainly because you will have a hard time finding a golf trip where you can play four great courses and still be so close to a city like Austin, one renowned for its nightlife, entertainment and quality of attractions.
When one thinks about golf in Mississippi the focus is most often on the state’s Gulf Coast region and the casinos and links offerings around Biloxi. But there is plenty of other great golf in Mississippi, and — from this view — a period spent at Dancing Rabbit and the Pearl River Resort rivals golf trips anywhere in the South.
From the well-known Pinehurst No. 2 and it’s accompanying nine courses, to a plethora of options including Mid South, Talamore, Mid Pines, Pine Needles, Southern Pines and Tobacco Road, this area of North Carolina is truly the home of American golf.
This feature will outline five of those courses — San Lameer Estate GC in Margate, Zimbali Coastal Resort in Dolphin Coast, Durban Country Club in Durban, and the Links and Montagu courses at the Fancourt Resort in George, considered by many to be the “Pebble Beach of South Africa.”
From the Ocean and Conservatory courses at Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa, to the Palm Harbor Golf Club, the Travel Caddie takes a trip to Florida’s Palm Coast to experience incredible golf and plenty of sightseeing.
The Scottish Highlands are impeccable when it comes to golf, from Royal Dornoch to Castle Stuart to Nairn to Lossiemouth to Brora, a trip across the pond will not only pay off with incredible golf, but also local attractions that will make this a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
On a recent trip to Orange County, we played two of the region’s most famous and highly ranked resort facilities — the two courses at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach and the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the eponymous resort in Dana Point. Then we teed it up at three of the county’s top-ranked public courses — Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, and Strawberry Farms Golf Club and Oak Creek Golf Club, both in Irvine.
Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Keith Mitchell, Harris English, Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire, J.T. Poston, Hudson Swafford and Michael Thompson all call Sea Island home — and for good reason, as the trio of golf courses and incredible amenities help it stand out from the rest.
From the Golf Club of Houston to the Margaritaville Lake Resort to BlackHorse Golf Club to Woodlands, Houston has plenty of outstanding golf options to make it worthy of a week in the Lonestar State.
From the four golf courses — Burnt Pine, Raven, Links and Baytowne — to the wide variety of accommodations on property, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort is one of Florida’s finest venues for an epic golf trip.
From Atlantic City Country Club to the Vineyard Course at Renault Winery to the pair of courses at Seaview, southern New Jersey has plenty of incredible golf options that are one part fun and another part challenging.
Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Tom Fazio, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have all put their stamp on Big Cedar Lodge — it’s no wonder it is an epic experience that puts Missouri golf on the proverbial map.
Led by the Mid Ocean Club, a classic golf course that would stand out anywhere, and Port Royal, there are just over a half dozen golf courses, all of them fun in their own unique way. In fact, there are very few 18-hole par-3 courses in the world that can rival Bermuda’s Turtle Hill Golf Club, a magnificent par-54 layout.
From a trio of courses at Turning Stone Resort to Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club to Lake of Isles’ North Course, the Northeast features some absolute gems when it comes to golf resorts, including world-class courses to tee it up on.
Southeast Florida is known for exceptional private club golf communities where you can find members with names like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, and Jack Nicklaus just to name a few. But as good as the private golf is here, the resort and public golf is just as exceptional.
Central Texas is a portion of the Lone Star State that’s relished for its livability among its verdant hills and panoramic vistas and has quality golf experiences by the bunch. Golfers will be hard-pressed to find a better set of challenges on the links than at the venerable – but always fresh – Horseshoe Bay Resort, located just about a 45-minute drive north and east from the state capital in Austin.
From CordeValle to a pair of courses at Half Moon Bay to three options at Poppy Ridge, the Bay Area has plenty to picturesque stops to not only enjoy the views, but also plenty of quality tee times.
From SQAIRZ to Pride Sports to Vineyard Vines, there are a number of ways to rock your pink in October, not only looking spry on the golf course, but also aiding an incredible cause.
Las Vegas isn’t the only show in town when it comes to stellar golf in Nevada, as Mesquite offers plenty of courses to write home about, including Wolf Creek, Shadow Creek, Conestoga, Falcon Ridge, CasaBlanca, Coyote Springs and the Oasis Golf Club.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks on some high quality courses, our Travel Caddie has a pair of golf value cards that can help keep you on the links without breaking the bank, including Troon and Big Summer Golf.
From the trio of courses at Kingsmill to the tantalizing options at Golden Horseshoe, Williamsburg, Virginia has outstanding golf options for players of all levels.
At GolfStayAndPlays.com, we are always on the lookout for the best deals, and this September, there is some incredible value to be had at a trio of destinations, including Sandestin, Pinehurst and the Outer Banks.
Wisconsin is home to one of the world’s most formidable golf course in The Straits at Whistling Straits, which is home to the 2020 Ryder Cup (being played in 2021 due to the COVID pandemic). Here’s a hole-by-hole look at the epic course.
From Coral Canyon to championship golf at Sand Hollow Resort to Sunbrook and Valderra, the red rock mountains aren’t the only thing that will leave you with lasting memories in southwest Utah, as the golf is impeccable.
From the two courses at the JW Marriott Desert Spring Resort to two more at the Indian Wells Golf Resort to the beauty that is Desert Willow, Coachella Valley has plenty of superior golf options for all skill levels.
From the Faldo and Palmer courses at Wildfire to Talon and Raptor at Grayhawk to O’odham and Piipash at Talking Stick, the Phoenix area has a trio of options where playing two spectacular rounds isn’t just an option, it’s an expectation.
Featuring a pair of championship-level courses — El Campeón and Las Colinas — and amenities that span from world-class resort offerings to a plethora of food options, Mission Inn just outside of Orlando is a must-stop on your Florida golf trip.
Baja California is Mexico’s ultimate beach, boating, fishing and golf getaway. The peninsula has two dozen great golf courses either already built or on the drawing board, with most in and around the Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos region.
Between True Blue, Caledonia, Pawleys Plantation and the Dunes Club, the greater Myrtle Beach area has a foursome of courses that will test your golfing mettle, but keep you coming back for more.
Along Snake River Canyon in Nebraska, golfers find The Prairie Club, an ultra-posh and fabulous resort with two spectacular 18-hole courses, a 10-hole short course that is such fun, an expansive 40,000-square-foot clubhouse, three dining areas and lodging.
Our Travel Caddie visited five courses in Arizona’s second-largest city, taking in Dove Mountain, Sewailo, Ventana Canyon and Gallery Golf Club, leaving quite impressed with what the desert had to offer.
From THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass to multiple marvels in St. Augustine to Amelia Island’s charm and excellent golfing options, Florida’s First Coast of Golf has plenty to offer for golfers looking for a bit of variety.
Most golf resorts have multiple courses, but so many don’t create distinctive experiences. That’s not the case at Arcadia Bluffs, where the Bluffs Course and South Course are spectacular for their individuality — and the resort takes care of the rest.
From Royal Isabela to Bahia Beach to a pair of courses at both Coco Beach and Rio Mar, Puerto Rico is definitively a premiere golf destination, providing plenty of challenging golf, while also featuring world-class amenities.
Golfing at Forest Dunes is top-notch, and if you add in the eclectic history which includes the mafia, then the resort quickly rises to one of the most sought-after in all of Michigan. Our Travel Caddie takes a deep look at all that Forest Dunes has to offer.
From Stonebridge Golf Club to the Mountain Dell Canyon Course to the pair of courses in Wasatch Mountain State Park, Northern Utah has plenty of mesmerizing golf, with challenging courses and epic views.
From TPC Louisiana to Contraband Bayou to Kosati Pines, the golf in and near New Orleans is spectacular according to our Travel Caddie, particularly around Lake Charles.
With world-class amenities and the World Golf Hall of Fame as attractions, both the Slammer & Squire and King & Bear courses at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., not only are top-notch golf courses, but the entire experience is memorable.
From world-class accommodations in any of the seven lodges, hotels and inns at the resort, to the casino with its table games, slots, bingo and poker room, to the myriad dining options, to — for our purposes — the trio of top-shelf golf courses, everything at Turning Stone is in place and ready to produce memories by the bushel-full.
Known for its incredible array of outdoor experiences, Moonlight Basin will become the center of the golf — and NFL — world on July 6 as it hosts “The Match” that will pit Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady against Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers.
You and three friends will win a pair of The Distance Golf Shoes from SQAIRZ as well as one pair of Open Limited Edition golf shoes signed by past champions Sir Nick Faldo and John Daly, a new T-2000 travel bag from Bag Boy and two days at the World Golf Village, where you will enjoy two nights’ accommodations at the Renaissance Resort, rounds of golf at the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire, and tickets to enjoy the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Looking to combine stellar golf with a laid-back atmosphere? Then firmly put Amelia Island on your list of bucket-list trips, as this oasis in Northern Florida not only offers challenging golf, but also amenities that will be good for your soul.