2017 Travel Destinations for Avid
Explore some of the best golfing locations in the
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
The Big Island –
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
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.
St. Andrews –
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
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.
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
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!
Streamsong Resort –
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”.
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
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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.