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2017 Travel Destinations for Avid Golfers

Explore some of the best golfing locations in the world

The specific thing about golfing, in comparison to other sports, is outlined in the fact that the goal of the game isn’t the only thing the game is about – it equally boils down to the scenery. Pretty much the only sport that doesn’t require a level field and doesn’t entail an outlined set of rules when it comes to the layout of trees, lakes and other natural obstacles. Here are some cool golfing locations to explore.

Hitting the ball

The Big Island – Hawaii

Ah, Hawaii, beautifully clear water, miles of golden beaches, romantic sunsets and golf courses. Yes, you read it correctly. The Big Island in Hawaii has a ton of gorgeous golf courses to offer. This island, however, is often overshadowed by its popular brethren, such as Maui (a heavenly spot for a family vacation), Oahu (every surfer’s dream) and Kauai (a perfect romantic getaway). The Big Island, on the other hand, is huge and offers things ranging from black-sand beaches and rainforests to snow-covered mountains and lava deserts. All of these offer gorgeous golfing sceneries.

Royal County Down – Northern Ireland

Off to the far west of Europe, the Royal County Down golf course in Northern Ireland offers otherworldly views. Dunes along the Irish Sea make for a perfect golfing spot, while the native flora and Newcastle panoramas add to its appeal.

Tiger Woods

St. Andrews – Scotland

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think “golfing history”? Well, manly Scots in their kilts, quite obviously. The ancient town cathedral’s churchyard is often visited by “pilgrims” who come to pay their respects at the gravesites of Old and Young Tom Morris.

Bay Area – Northern California

Off to the States (Northern Cali, to be exact), the Bay Area near San Francisco was the host of the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park in 2015 and the entire site has undergone many improvements. The view here is absolutely stunning, especially Corde Valle, Pebble Beach, Quall Lodge & Club and the Carmel Valley Ranch.

Playing at sunset

New Zealand

While Scotland may typically be the first thing that comes to mind when golfing is mentioned, New Zealand offers an even better golfing look. If you can’t imagine it yet, think “the Lord of the Rings trilogy” – every gorgeous site you’ve seen in the movies is actually in New Zealand! Many green pastures have been turned into golfing courses here and for a reason – the fit is fantastic!

Australia

The Land Down Under may not be a typical golfing destination, but the variety of its natural beauty and the diversity of its landscapes have made many a golfer get their golf club memberships in this country. You may not know, but Aussies are avid golfers!

A golf course

Streamsong Resort – Florida

Built on a former phosphate mine, which was abandoned in the late 20th century, the Streamsong Resort, located to the south of Orlando makes the Sunshine state an important part of the golfing community. At the moment, there are two types of courses here; the Blue range, designed for more confident golfers and the Red eighteen, for the low-handicap putters. Gil Hanse, an American golf course architect is currently working on opening the third eighteen, to be named Streamsong Black, which will be open for play by the fall of 2017. Gil Hanse has done a hell of a job designing the 2016 Olympics golf course, so many avid golfers are really looking forward to experiencing the “Black”.

Golfing bag

If you are a golfer who loves to travel, you’ll find these locations perfectly fitting. Choose your experience depending on your preference, but we strongly recommend that you plan on visiting all of the mentioned further down the line – even if you aren’t completely satisfied with the courses here, the sceneries will definitely leave you in awe.

All above images courtesy of Creative Commons

Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys exploring new and exciting destinations with her family.

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