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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 golf 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.
The PGA Tour will bring the second leg of its FedEx Cup Playoffs to Delaware for the first time when venerable Wilmington Country Club hosts the BMW Championship Aug. 18-21. We take a closer look at the course that is no stranger to the championship spotlight.
You’ve got to love Florida golf. With the ability to tee it up here all year long, the state has more golf courses than any other in the country. There are a lot of great pockets of golf in the state, but today we are going to focus on some of the best options available to you: Northeast Florida.
There is plenty to do in Memphis, where the Mississippi River meets the southwestern corner of Tennessee. It’s primarily known for its music – Memphis is the Home of the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, and the site of Graceland, residence and final resting place of Elvis Presley. A recent visit to the region showed how golf in this area has become another draw to a municipality that considers itself the “entertainment center of the Mid-South.”
You’ve put together the ultimate golf getaway with a group of your friends and the day for your trip has finally arrived. You load up all your gear, lug it through the airport, check it on the plane and then poof…somehow your luggage disappears. There’s a solution to this — Ship Sticks.
There are few summer golf destinations on par with a trip to Northern Michigan. The mild weather, the quality and number of courses, the accommodations, and the waterside towns are all sensational. And while it’s hard to go wrong playing golf anywhere in Northern Michigan, you can actually do pretty well with some one-stop shopping. And that one-stop could provide you with a bucket list trip, all under one brand — BOYNE Golf.
Owned by Raleigh-based McConnell Golf since 2011, Sedgefield Country Club had been a member-owned private club since being founded in 1926. It is renowned for its Ross-designed course as much as for being the host of the Wyndham Championship, the Piedmont Triad’s annual PGA Tour event that began in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open (GGO).
Detroit Golf Club, which was founded in 1899 and has long been the bastion of golf in the city, was a natural place for the PGA Tour to play its first regular event ever in the city of Detroit. Originally focused solely around golf, the Detroit Golf Club is home to two Donald Ross signature golf courses – fewer than 20 clubs in the United States can claim this distinction.
Golf has been part of life on Hilton Head Island since the first courses were designed and came on line in 1962. The Hilton Head and its surrounding mainland and fellow islands have dozens of courses, with tracks designed by the likes of Pete Dye, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Davis Love III, Bob Cupp, Arnold Palmer, and George Cobb.
Located in the mountains of Pennsylvania close to the point where West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania all connect, you’ll find the luxurious resort known as Nemacolin. Presided over by the Hardy family who own and founded the 84 Lumber Company, this resort has somehow remained a little bit of a hidden gem in the golfing community that we’re looking forward to shedding some light on for you.
It goes without saying that the Old Course at St. Andrews is an absolute must on the bucket list of any golfer, and with all eyes on these hallowed grounds for the 2022 Open Championship, we wanted to give you some useful tips and advice on how to maximize the Old Course experience for your group.
Montgomery County, which is the home of Valley Forge and almost 900,000 citizens in the rolling hills northwest of Philadelphia, is a hotbed for really great golf, with 53 courses ready for a tee time. The Travel Caddie is on a mission to play them all.
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.