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The Ryder Cup is one of the most popular golf spectacles the world has to offer — and you can tee it up where the pros play. The Travel Caddie breaks down the six courses that have grabbed headlines as hosts but still open their doors to the everyday golfer.
One of the most popular courses in the impressive Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail chain of golf courses is Ross Bridge near Birmingham, Alabama, and the course has received a recent renovation. The Travel Caddie has all the details.
Leading the Gevena-area facilities is the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, which was originally designed and constructed as the first Playboy Club hotel in the United States and is massive and beautiful with every kind of amenity you could think of. These days, you will still see the occasional bunny but that will likely be a rabbit along the lush edges of the courses.
Pebble Beach Golf Resorts will further enhance their guest experience after announcing the redesign of The Links at Spanish Bay by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner. It is the third recent renovation of different courses at the resort, including Tiger Woods’ redesign of The Hay.
Among the most stunning spots in the world is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Here, at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, you can see the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, humpback whales frolicking before they make their way north, and an endless display of spectacular sunsets. It’s a great setting for all sorts of adventures, including golf and one specific course — Quivira Golf Club.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is full of golf surprises but none might be bolder and more diverse than the double shot of courses at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris, located on the western side of the region about 13 miles west of Escanaba and an hour and a half’s drive south of Marquette, the largest city in the Upper Peninsula.
Africa is a continent of extremes, from vast, arid deserts of the north to lush jungles and savannahs in the center, to the mountain, wine country and coastal areas of the south. Golf in Africa can be just as varied, with more than 800 courses spread across the huge landmass, many of them in isolated areas.
Any talk of golf and gaming in Oklahoma must start with the WinStar World Casino and Resort, set in southern Oklahoma just north of the Red River on I-35. WinStar, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, is in Thackerville, about 80 miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
It’s not often that a singular resort can be attractive to a multitude of parties, but the Travel Caddie is a huge fan of Hilton Head Island for just this reason. Whether you want a buddy trip, a romantic getaway with your partner and a family vacation, Hilton Head Island offers something for everyone.
Firestone Country Club was made uber-popular when Tiger Woods provided fireworks on the 18th in 2000, but the Travel Caddie says don’t lose sight of the entire club. It’s 54 holes of pure golf with three layouts that are unique, all championship quality, in a setting that rivals some of the finest clubs in America.
Located just north of Dallas, the new home of the PGA of America is a golf fantasyland for the rest of us. If you’re a golfer, imagine a place where there are two championship golf courses, a 10-hole par-3 course, an expansive putting course that’s surrounded by Toptracer lounges, a learning center, bar, a variety of restaurants and luxury accommodations. Such a place does exist, and it’s open to the public.
Sure, Indiana is well-known for its basketball roots, but the Hoosier State also shows out on the golf course — featuring eight courses that the Travel Caddie thinks you should plan your next buddy trip around. Check out the tips, we don’t believe you’ll be disappointed.
With the Ocean Course as its centerpiece, Kiawah Island features championship golf, but also incredible amenities for the entire family. The Travel Caddie loves to make the trek to just outside of Charleston to get in some great golf and unwind with the family. Here are some tips to make it your next vacation.
It’s one of the most important pieces of equipment that we use every time we tee it up, yet the golf bag is often overlooked in a golfer’s arsenal. The Travel Caddie is out to fix that and has a list of five bags that you should take a look at as you make the purchase.
Destination Kohler has continued to expand and the golf product is as good as any you will find in the world. The resort is defined by its two golfing hubs of Whistling Straits which features the Straits and the Irish, and Blackwolf Run that includes the River, the Meadow Valleys, and the latest addition to the property, The Baths of Blackwolf Run. The Travel Caddie is a frequent visitor, and even has some exclusive drone footage to share.
We all waste an hour or two (or three or four or five) watching cat, stupid human tricks and golf videos on Instagram, so the Travel Caddie thought it would be wise to put together a list of some must-follows to make sure you are getting your time’s worth out of that Insta session.
The courses in the Outer Banks, NC, reap the benefits of the wonderful, sandy terrain and coastal forests and are made challenging by windswept, beach-like conditions. The Travel Caddie has a trio of courses that are worth the trip to the Tar Heel State.
It’s not often you get play the same hallowed grounds as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Rory McIlroy and the countless other Open Championship winners. But the Travel Caddie has all the tips on how you can land a tee time at one of the courses in the Open rota.
The Travel Caddie calls Florida home, and a trip to the West Coast to tee it up showcases the best the state has to offer, with championship options all within an hour of the Tampa International Airport. Check out the 10 courses that the Travel Caddie considers to be must-plays.
Utilizing a new dual doppler radar system to give you more accuracy, SkyTrak+ is not only an ideal home golf simulator, it also gives you access to golf meccas such as Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach, and Torrey Pines.
A tourist hotbed, Williamsburg is also home to two epic golf tracks in the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club and Kingsmill Resort. The Travel Caddie has frequented the properties and has plenty of tips if you’re looking to take the trip to Virginia.
The Travel Caddie enjoys heading up the East Coast during the summer, making sure to make a stop at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia whenever possible. Check out tips on how to enjoy the Cascades and Old courses.
‘Tis the season to head down to Florida and tee it up as much as possible — and the Travel Caddie is absolutely in love with this Northern Florida golf destination, where there are seven must-play courses that will make you extend your vacation a bit.
The Travel Caddie is profiling three of Washington state’s best links-style public courses taken in a clockwise manner – Chambers Bay near Tacoma, Gamble Sands in Brewster in the north-central part of the state, and Palouse Ridge in the eastern college border town of Pullman.
In addition to providing you with unprecedented access to playing where the pros play, the Travel Caddie has highlighted 11 more reasons why you should consider a TPC Network property for your next golf getaway.
Reynolds Lake Oconee, located just more than an hour east of Atlanta in Greensboro, Georgia, is bringing in the talents of the iconic architect Tom Fazio to add a seventh golf course to its already stunning golf-course lineup. The Travel Caddie with the details . . .
You and a friend will win a trip for 2 iconic Destination Kohler that includes a 3-day, 2-night stay with a round on The Straits at Whistling Straits, host of both the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.
The Travel Caddie has been to and seen plenty of golf resorts, some on buddy trips and some solo. But it’s a whole new level when you’re planning a couples retreat, and the Travel Caddie put together a list of 32 resorts where you simply can’t go wrong.
Where there is great golf, we will find it, and on this feature we will highlight a trio of courses – Hawktree Golf Course in the capital of Bismarck, Bully Pulpit Golf Course an hour west in Medora and The Links of North Dakota an hour north in Williston.
We all love to get the competitive juices going, particularly with a bet or two on the golf course. The Travel Caddie likes to spice things up by testing their game against others, and has two organized options that provide sensational platforms.
Erin Hills has seen the likes of Brooks Koepka hoist the U.S. Open trophy, while also prepping for the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open — both known as the toughest tests in professional golf. But you can also enjoy the Wisconsin golf oasis to see how your game holds up. The Travel Caddie has some tips on making the most of the excursion . . .
New York is known for many things, and near the top of the Travel Caddie’s list are epic trips to Turning Stone Resort Casino, where multiple courses, a huge casino and amazing amenities improve year after year.
Colorado is rightfully known for its unmatched skiing opportunities, but not far behind is the epic golf. At the top of that list is Keystone Golf Resort, where you can play two fantastic courses
As one of the most iconic and long-standing courses used on the PGA Tour, Colonial Country Club will host the Charles Schwab Challenge this week before getting a major renovation over the next 12 months.
You can’t play a pick-up game at TD Garden or some backyard baseball at Yankee Stadium — but you can tee it up at 18 venues that have hosted a PGA Championship, and it won’t break the bank. The Travel Caddie with the 18 major gems you can play . . .
From Louisville to Baltimore to New York City, the Travel Caddie loves to not only bet on the ponies once a year, but also tee it up at a number of golf venues that will have you coming back for more — even without the horses.
Colorado might be best known for its skiing prowess, but its golf should be firmly on your radar. So what are the best 18 public access courses? The Travel Caddie frequents the state and has 18 courses that you should make sure to add to your bucket list.
Between Moss Oak and Old Waverly, the Golf Club of Mississippi has a pair of golf courses that will not only scratch your golf itch, but also provide a challenging round or two on your visit to the South.
There are golf resorts, and then there is French Lick Resort, where you get a taste of both Pete Dye and Donald Ross. The Travel Caddie is a frequent visitor, and has plenty of tips on both golf courses, plus in the incredible casino and lodging for every budget.
There are other Oregon resorts that might grab a few more headlines, but once you are on property at Black Butte Ranch, it’s hard to imagine anything better, from the golf to the incredible amenities. The Travel Caddie provides some insight into this Central Oregon gem.
The Travel Caddie is a frequent flyer when it comes to playing golf in Myrtle Beach, as the Grand Strand offers the opportunity to get in a lot of golf in a short amount of time. Having made the trip a few times, there are 18 courses the Travel Caddie says should be on your must-play list.
California has plenty of options for golf and gambling, and this week the Travel Caddie sets their eyes on the San Diego region, where there are epic resorts and even better golf as the area benefits from the drought being over.
The Travel Caddie likes to take the trip down to the Bayou, not just for the incredible eats and a bit of gambling, but also for some incredible tee times across the state. Here are a few of the Travel Caddie’s favorite spots to tee it up.
The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” has become a hotbed for fantastic golf, as well as off-the-course amenities that satisfy the entire family. The Travel Caddie has frequented a trio of resorts and has plenty of must-play options for rounds that can be played until almost midnight.
If the Travel Caddie was being honest, teeing it up on any of the 18 holes at Augusta National would be golf nirvana. But that doesn’t mean the Caddie doesn’t have favorites and decided to put out his 2023 hole rankings on the eve of the Masters.
Canadians love their golf, and there is no better showcase than the 27 courses on Prince Edward Island, a true golfer’s paradise on a budget. The Travel Caddie is infatuated with the area and has some tips on key courses to add to your buddy trip.
From Vermont to New Hampshire to Connecticut to Massachusetts to Maine, the golf in New England is spectacular. The Travel Caddie enjoys spending the Spring and Autumn there, finding new gems around every corner. Here are the 10 best public courses to date . . .
The Travel Caddie is a frequent visitor to Sea Island, taking in all three golf courses, while also sampling the numerous lodging options including The Cloister, The Inn and The Lodge. Here are some tips on how to utilize each option on your next golf trip to this seaside oasis.
If you’d like to play golf amongst the giraffes — and other wildlife — and get the Amen Corner treatment halfway across the world, then a trip to South Africa to tee it up is well worth planning for. The Travel Caddie is getting ready to do the same and has identified five must-play courses that have a mostly common theme . . .
Austin has quickly become of the most popular cities in Texas, particularly for Gen-Xers — meaning the golf must be on-point and entertaining. For three area golf resorts, they provide plenty of challenging golf with amenities to match. The Travel Caddie has some tips on eight courses to tee it up on the next time you’re in Austin.
In the second part of a two-story series, the Travel Caddie dives into seven must-play short courses ranging from The Hay at Pebble Beach to Sandstone Hollow at Turning Stone to the soon-to-be-open The Chain at Streamsong, we break down short courses worthy of a golf trip.
One of the most iconic golf resorts in the world, Pinehurst, continues to show that it puts the customer first, completing a refresh of its Magnolia Inn. Our Travel Caddie provides the details.
We’ve all watched the pros tee it up at No. 17 at the PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. We winced with water balls and gasped at the hole-in-ones. And the Travel Caddie breaks down how you can enjoy the adrenaline-inducing experience yourself.
It might not be the biggest name in Irish golf, but Western Ireland’s Enniscrone Golf Club was as challenging and fun as any of its neighboring courses according to the world-exploring Travel Caddie.
As the PGA Tour heads to Orlando this week, it got us reminiscing about the late Arnold Palmer, and his incredible legacy. For many, Palmer is the reason why the PGA Tour exists. For golfers, his golf course design style is Palmer’s lasting impact, from Bay Hill to the K Club to King & Bear to Harbour Town (ok, he blessed this one) — they all pack the King’s punch.
The Travel Caddie gets tons of questions from our loyal readers, so in this month’s mailbag we are addressing everything from options around Pinehurst to lodging at Big Cedar Lodge to tips on snagging a tee time at the Old Course.
As the eyes of the golf world turn to Florida, it’s hard not to daydream of teeing it up where the pros do — or at least in close proximity. The Travel Caddie is a South Florida fixture and has put together a must-play list that will satisfy even the biggest of golf itches.
Traveling to the Strip can be an expensive outing, from gambling to meals to the golf. But that’s why we are here, we went ahead and found some of the best golf deals in the area, including some big-name courses that won’t break your bank account.
The crisp salty air of the ocean, lush green fairways, and greens as smooth as silk…what more could you ask for? Oceanside golf is one of the most enjoyable experiences for the golf obsessed, and we’ve taken the liberty of highlighting just a few of the best destinations that we love for golf near the beach.
From masterminds Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Bill Coore and Tom Fazio, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa features a unique mix of courses that will challenge every part of your golf game. Our Travel Caddie is a big fan of the must-play courses in Austin, and has a few tips to share with you.
Here at GolfStayAndPlays.com, we are always on the lookout for great deals and experiences for our readers. For February 2023, the Travel Caddie has pinpointed stellar options with Erin Hills, PEI and Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach.
Streamsong Golf Resort’s trio of championship golf courses — Blue, Black and Red — have gained the attention of the golf world over the past decade, with their sand dunes a distinct departure from the normal flat golf you find in Florida.
From the Edgewood-Tahoe Resort to LakeRidge to a number of stops in charming towns surrounding Reno, the golf is aplenty, and it’s packed with gambling and mesmerizing views.
The flowers? They stand out. But SentryWorld is so much more than its visual staple, and the Travel Caddie got the opportunity to not only tour the championship course with aerial video footage, but also get a great feel for all of the amenities. Wisconsin is definitely more than just the cheese.
From world-class golf at Ballyowen and Crystal Springs GC, to more family-friendly options at Cascades and Minerals, the Crystal Springs Resort has a week’s worth of golf to play, and you won’t want to leave this New Jersey golfing oasis.
The Travel Caddie likes to fit in as many holes as they can on golf trips, and many times that means teeing it up on a short course at the outset or end of a trip. And there are some special short courses across the United States, and the Travel Caddie has put together a must-play distinction for six courses — with a few more to come in Part II.
The TPC Network of golf courses has a new course in its arsenal: TPC Colorado, a beautiful addition along the front range of the Rocky Mountains between Denver and Fort Collins.
Once the host of the beloved Bob Hope Classic, the PGA Tour’s The American Express has picked up the torch, putting PGA West and Palm Springs in an annual spotlight it so richly deserves. The Travel Caddie takes a look at the multiple options at PGA West, while also dishing on some other desert delights in the area.
Pinehurst announced that it will be opening a new 18-hole golf course under the impeccable eye of Tom Doak, with the course slated to open in late Spring 2024. This coincides with the U.S. Open returning to Pinehurst No. 2 in 2024, as the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen area continues to solidify its position as the Home of American Golf.
From Kapalua to Wailea to Maui Nui, the Travel Caddie breaks down which mesmerizing Hawaiian golf courses you should plan on playing on your next adventure to the beautiful oasis that is Hawaii.
There are a wealth of great golf course options in the Naples area, which many consider the “Palm Springs of Florida golf” and residents proudly claim as the “Golf Capital of the Sunshine State.” From Tiburon to TPC Treviso Bay, the Travel Caddie takes a deep look at golfing options in the Naples area.
From trips to TPC Sawgrass, St. Andrews and up and down the West Coast, to personalized golf balls, to portable swing monitoring, to golf gear that will make your playing partners jealous, the Travel Caddie has nine last-second golf gifts that you can order from the comfort of your smartphone.
The PNC Championship has been a staple of December golf in Orlando, but the past two years have taken on a new life as Charlie Woods and his playing partner, Tiger Woods, have put a welcomed spotlight on not just the event, but also the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes.
We’ve all heard about the six degrees of Kevin Bacon — even Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy has gotten in on that action — but have you tried to tie everything in golf to Tiger Woods? So, as the dog days of winter set in and you sit next to the fireplace daydreaming of tee-time treasures, we’ve got a trio of aerials that will give you some Tiger-driven ideas.
Looking for the perfect summertime golf escape? Look no further than Keystone Golf Resort, where teeing it up on two majestic 18-hole golf tracks takes priority over the wintertime activities synonymous with the Rocky Mountains. Our Travel Caddie made the trip — and came back with epic video just for you.
Nineteen of the best players in the world were invited to play in this unofficial PGA Tour event that’s hosted by Tiger Woods. It’s the seventh time the event will be played at Albany on the course designed by Ernie Els – who, along with Tiger, has a home in the exclusive community that surrounds the course.
What do you get when you combine a world-renown bathtub company and a golf course design icon? That’d be Destination Kohler, home of Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. The Travel Caddie recently took a trip to Wisconsin, and didn’t want to leave. Check out why . . .
Sea Island, long considered to be one of the best golf resorts in the Southeast let alone the entire United States, has three courses on its property – Seaside, Plantation and Retreat – and all are wonderful choices. Two of those courses (Seaside and Plantation) will play host to the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic this week.
Dream of playing St. Andrews or Troon North or TPC Sawgrass? They all involve significantly different weather patterns. Thankfully, the team at FlightScope has a travel aid that can help sharpen your game in any conditions — at a price point that won’t break your wallet.
Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston carries a dual mantle – it’s one of the best facilities in the nation’s fourth largest city and good enough to be the host course for the Cadence Bank Houston Open on the PGA Tour’s Fall Series, which will be contested this year from Nov. 10-13. It is also one of the country’s busiest municipal golf courses, welcoming more than 60,000 rounds every year.
This year’s World Wide Technology Championship of Mayakoba, will be played Nov. 3-6 at El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, a coastal resort town along a strip of Caribbean shoreline known for its palm-lined beaches, coral reefs and opulent resorts.
When it comes to the value card that comes with the most options, we have been hard pressed to find a better option than the Troon Card. Troon Golf is one of those brands that you know, without even realizing that you know it. It’s because they are a behind the scenes kind of brand that exudes excellence and serves as the world’s largest professional club management company that includes servicing over 725 golf courses worldwide.
There are some resorts where simply hearing the name sparks a sense of wanting to visit there immediately, and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is one of those places. So when is the best time to play the multiple courses, and how should you pack? We’ve got some tips.
Of all the islands famous for golf around the world, Bermuda may be the most underrated. The mid-Atlantic destination has done its best to grab notoriety from golfers and has already captured the PGA Tour’s attention via the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, which will be held at part of Tour’s Fall Series Oct. 27-30 at the sublime Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton on the island’s western coast.
The Congaree Golf Club in Gillisonville, South Carolina – site of this year’s CJ Cup, which is part of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series from Oct. 20-23 – falls into the latter category. Congaree will host the event for the first time after it was founded as Korea’s first official PGA Tour tournament in 2017.
Erin Hills took the national stage by storm when Brooks Koepka captured the 2017 U.S. Open Championship here and it was the first time most of the golfing public was able to feast their eyes on this Wisconsin treasure, and this event was the epicenter of a longstanding relationship with the governing body of golf here in the states as the facility hosted the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship, the 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, and is scheduled to host the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
The spotlight will be bright and our attention will be piqued for golf as played in Japan when the PGA Tour’s Fall Series heads to Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba for the Zozo Championship on Oct. 13-16.
The golf courses — Sun Mountain, Snow Mountain and Wolf — at the Las Vegas Paiute Resort shine in the desert, a bastion of green grass among the greys, browns and beiges of the surrounding wasteland, all in the distant shadow of the Las Vegas Mountain Range.
Execution on approach shots and placement into the proper segments of the demanding putting surfaces at the Country Club of Jackson will be imperative for success when the PGA Tour’s Fall Series continues at the Sanderson Farms Championship from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 on the northeast side of the capital of Mississippi.
It’s hard to imagine any landscape less suited for golf than the desert and rocky valleys and scrub-brush strewn plateaus of the Big Bend of Texas. That’s why the golf experience at the sublime Lajitas Golf Resort here in the southwest corner of the Lone Star State is so remarkable — and why Black Jack’s Crossing is one of Texas’ most-awarded golf tracks.
Using our Tour Operator courtesy of Lyons Links, the Travel Caddie took their sticks to the likes of Old Head, Waterville Golf Links, Dooks Golf Club, Adare Manor and Enniscrone on a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip. Here are some tips on how you can line up a similar experience.
The 14th rendition of the Presidents Cup, the biannual series of matches between teams from the United States and International players from outside Europe, will be contested at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC from Sept. 22-25. Expect Quail Hollow’s peerless and challenging Tom Fazio-designed golf course at the club to be talked about as much as the competition itself, as the course and its tests will play a huge factor in the competition.
If you like your golf with ocean breezes, shorts and maybe a Mojito or two — and who doesn’t — then a trip to the Caribbean Sea might be in order. Because 12 months out of the year you can count on those warm trade winds, refreshing cocktails, incredible accommodations, and some of the most spectacular golf in the world. Whether it’s a big-island destination like Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic, or a more quaint spot like Barbados, they all offer relaxation, warm temperatures and great golf experiences.
The PGA Tour kicks off the fall series of its 2022-23 season Sept. 15-18 with the Fortinet Championship on the North Course at the lush and luxurious Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif. Silverado is the ultimate marriage of golf and wine, with the resort set in a verdant plain within an hour’s drive of more than 750 wineries about 90 miles from the San Francisco airport.
The weather…perfect. The resort grounds…stunning. The golf and the views…fantastic. There’s a whole lot to love about everything that the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club has to offer. Our Travel Caddie gives you inside tips for an outstanding experience.
As a portion of the United States begins to prepare for cold weather, the South becomes incredibly popular for golfers — and there are few better destinations than Phoenix and Scottsdale. Tee it up where the pros do at TPC Scottsdale or find spots such as the Wigwam or Troon North — the golf is amazing. Here are some tips, plus how GolfTroop can help and what to pack, courtesy of FootJoy.
The word about Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas is that the course here is the easiest to get to from the Strip, one of the most challenging in the area, that the staff here was recruited from the roster of hotel showgirls and that it’s among the best to play if you have the time to tee it up just once on the trip to Sin City.