If you’re looking to tee off on your next vacation, this list is for you. We’ve rounded up six great golf cities in the U.S. for your next golf getaway, so start practicing your swing and polishing those putters. Fore!
More than 40 pro golfers call this desert resort town home, so it’s safe to assume the nearly 200 golf courses in the area are worth the trip. The variety of greens makes it easy for you to find the perfect course to practice your swing, whether you’re looking for a casual and scenic course or a bunker-laden back nine that will keep you on your toes all morning long.
While Orlando is best known as a haven for families seeking theme park memories and kid-friendly resorts, the city is also a great choice for those looking to hit the greens. Orlando boasts more than 170 courses and 20 golf academies, not to mention the most pro golfer residents in the world. Throughout Orlando, you can tee off on courses designed by legendary golf names like Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus.
Palm Springs, California
More than 100 golf courses – some designed by famed golf architects like Arnold Palmer – are sprinkled throughout the Southern California desert. And when you consider the warm winter weather, the Palm Springs area is one of the most popular destinations for golfers looking for challenging courses, year-round play and scenic mountain views. Many of the local courses have hosted PGA tournaments and celebrity golfers, too.
The Emerald City is quickly becoming one of the best spots in the country to hit the links, thanks to a handful of high-quality courses in the area. The Robert Trent Jones-designed Chambers Bay course has consistently earned accolades as the top public golf course in Washington by publications like Golfweek and Golf Digest, while the Golf Club at Newcastle offers unmatched views of downtown Seattle.
Despite its downtown bustle, this southern city offers plenty of public courses for novices and seasoned golfers alike. There are about 60 public golf courses in all to choose from, as well as PGA Tour courses like East Lake and TPC Sugarloaf.
With seasonable weather all year long, there’s never a bad time to experience Austin’s top courses. Designers like Robert Trent Jones and Tom Fazio have created challenging championship courses, and with plenty of public courses around town, you’ll also find that golfing in Austin doesn’t have to break the bank.
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