USA Golf – where to play and when to holiday

 

Golf in the US is a game for all seasons. The winter climate is ideal in Florida, Palm Springs in California and Arizona.  Come Spring, the Carolinas and Georgia are focal points for the USPGA and all the public eyes follow.   Summertime is time for California and Oregon’s Pacific coast and golf gives a sporting purpose to a nature-filledc tour of New England in the autumn.

Here are ten destinations to whet your appetite: 

Bandon Dunes, Oregon

In the three decades since he fell in love with links golf on holiday in Ireland, Chicagoan businessman Mike Keiser has transformed a remote patch of the South Oregon coast into a centre of excellence unmatched outside St Andrews.  Bandon’s four big courses all feature in the hit parades of America’s finest, and all cost the same to play – with a 50 per cent discount for a second round in the day and free golf after that as an incentive to play quickly.

Mr Keiser also owns Whistling Straits in Chicago and The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews…Not a bad portfolio! 

Kissimmee, Florida

Kissimmee is a vast playground with masses of activities,  Green fees range from great-value to eye-watering but the accommodation is top-value and flights are plentiful.   Kissimmee is very close to Orlando so Disney is always on the cards – with or without the children.   

Phoenix, Arizona

Saguaro cactus, pink granite outcrops, desert coyote, the inspiring views and barren yet beautiful landscapes…This is Arizona and from Tucson to Sedona, golfers are spoilt with world-class golf, a vast array of hotels and great nightlife.  The renovated Phoenician is the unashamedly opulent resort with a mother of pearl swimming pool, a spectacular art collection and 27 holes of well-kept golf at the foot of Camelback mountain.  For the full beauty of the desert and its rich wildlife, it’s essential to escape urban Phoenix/Scottsdale. Troon North and the Boulders are to the north of the city, each with two outstanding courses.

 

New England in the fall

Instead of just driving a car through the colourful wonder of New England in the autumn, drive a golf ball! New England’s best courses are in the mountain resorts of Sugarloaf, Sunday River (both in Maine) and Stowe (Vermont). Mountain golf requires a buggy and the season ends abruptly with the onset of winter. Early October would be good timing, starting at Sugarloaf and working your way south, as the fall foliage phenomenon does.

 

Pinehurst, North Carolina

The sandy woodlands of Pinehurst are a shrine to Donald Ross of Dornoch, who arrived as resort professional in 1900 and made four courses. Now there are nine, of which Ross’s No 2 is the masterpiece: host of many championships including last year’s US Open. Of the more recent additions, No 8 (by Tom Fazio) is a delight to play, via a mixture of marshland and forest, and may prove less frustrating.   We also love No.5 and No.3.  Pinehurst could easily be combined with a coastal golf tour of the Carolinas, but this is one of American iconic resorts and is worthy of a week’s stay.  Some clients then have a week on the coast at Myrtle Beach – under 3 hours by car.

 

Saddlebrook, Florida

If your requirements of Florida include good winter weather, challenging and well-kept golf and the chance to relax in a peaceful resort of high quality, Saddlebrook is a great choice, quickly reached from Tampa airport and well planned for easy walking between all the resort’s component parts – rooms, pools, restaurants, tennis and golf. Its two courses by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay are well worth playing more than once, in lush surroundings of palms and pines.   Soft sand beaches are a speciality of Florida’s Gulf coast – seek out Pass-a-Grille and Fort Desoto – and for extra golf variety there is plenty of choice in and around Tampa.  

 

Ritz Carlton, Florida

If you want the best of Florida and a very upmarket holiday, the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort Naples is ideal.  Two superb golf courses and true five-star service and accommodation.

 

Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach is a must play for all serious golfers.   With four great golf courses on side (Pebble Beach Links and Spyglass are both in the World Top 100), a choice of three resort hotels and a wonderful choice of other golf courses and hotels in the vicinity, this is Millionaire’s Golf.   The prices can be steep but we also know how to keep the prices down by playing a mix of the well-known and hidden gens and by staying in some cracking value four-star hotels in Monterey.  Saying that, Pebble Beach gives you a big bang for your buck and to stay and play there does make you feel rather special.

 

Napa Valley and Cordevalle, California

This is a two-centre holiday worth writing home about.   Nappa Valley is famous for wine but it’s also renowned for great food and lovely golf.   Have four nights here before heading a couple of hours south-east to the Rosewood Cordevalle with its brilliant Trent Jones golf course and privileged access to Pasatiempo.   This holiday is all about discreet luxury and is a sure-fire winner.

 

South Carolina

With more than 100 courses at Myrtle Beach, two dozen more on Hilton Head Island, and much to offer away from golf, choice is the problem on a tour of South Carolina’s golf coast.  Murrel’s Inlet is a quiet outpost to the south of Myrtle Beach, close enough for access to the bright lights and ideally placed for golf on two former plantations: Caledonia and True Blue. Between sightseeing in Georgetown and Charleston, resume the struggle on Kiawah Island (half an hour from Charleston), where Pete Dye’s Ocean Course was the setting for the 1991 “War on the Shore” Ryder Cup. Harbour Town is almost a legend on the USPGA Tour and has been much improved in recent years; there’s also delightful accommodation on site and two, dare I say it, even better courses just across the road.

 

Golf Holildays USA

More an association of 50 countries, not 50 states, the USA is vast and every state offers different geographies, atmospheres and qualities. We’ve travelled the length and breadth of the land (and lost a lot of golf balls in the process!) and come up with the finest USA Golf Holiday programme available.

Every golfer’s tick-list includes courses like Pebble Beach, The Ocean Course at Kiawah and The Boulders in Arizona. For those in the know, the list would also feature CordeValle and the Seaside at Sea Island. We’ve got all these and many other top ranking courses and hidden gems. It’s a golfing feast!

Whichever destination you choose, it’s quite a long journey so you’ll probably be going on holiday for at least one week. And when you’re away from home for more than a few days, you want your creature comforts and may well be looking to spoil yourself and/or want a little flexibility and a bit more space... Our choice of accommodation features the finest golf resorts in the USA and a couple of brilliant self-catering options too - whatever your choice, you’ll be delighted.

USA Golf Breaks

We’ve secured exclusive and very special relationships and all our USA partners are looking forward to meeting golfers from “the other side of the pond”. Added to these values and the warm welcome (and warm weather!), we’ve sorted special transatlantic airfares.

As with all our holidays, we can create an itinerary to fit your time, criteria and budget - from a touring “adventure” to a lively one week break, a luxurious holiday of a lifetime to a golf-mad escape with your pals.

If you’re looking for Golf Holidays USA rest assured five of our team know golf in the USA very well so you’re guaranteed experienced and knowledgeable service. As usual, we know the right people, have the right deals and offer only the right golfing holidays.

Most British golfers who have ever taken their clubs to the other side of the Atlantic will likely have been heading for Florida or the Carolinas. And why not with the easy time difference and wealth of superb golfing options they offer. But there’s more to golf in the USA than these two favourites.

The British have long loved playing golf by the sea, and several US states, plus those on the Great Lakes, offer golf by the water's edge. The courses on the Californian coast's magical Monterey Peninsula have long seduced us thanks to the captivating images of Pebble Beach that we enjoy whenever the PGA Tour visits. The famous Links is expensive but “worth it” whilst the stunning Spyglass is less expensive and, we think, the better course of the two.

Some of America's most revered courses are those with the longest histories, and few go further back than Pinehurst. This North Carolina resort dates back to 1895 and there are now eight courses to choose from…And good enough to be rated among the world’s finest and to host both the US Men’s and US Women’s Open in 2014.

   
  • Florida Golf Holidays

    Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida Golf Holidays

    From Miami in the South to Jacksonville in the north, from Orlando in the centre and Naples and St Petersburg on the west coast, there’s arguably no other destination in the world that has invested more in creating a fantastic golf environment.Tee-times in the USA can be fantastic value and we’ve got a choice of condominiums and …

  • California Golf Holidays

    Half Moon Bay Golf Links, California Golf Holidays

    An 11 hour flight takes you to another world. California is home to 60 million people and takes two days to drive from bottom to top. We’ll fly you into Los Angeles or San Francisco and we suggest a two/ three-centre tour over a couple of weeks to sample the beaches, exciting tours, incredible countryside, the vineyards and the myriad of …

  • Arizona & Scottsdale Golf Holidays

    Vistoso, Arizona & Scottsdale Golf Holidays

    Arizona & Scottsdale Golf Holidays

    The home of true desert golf, warm weather, amazing scenery and 1001 nationalities, Arizona & Scottsdale Golf Breaks are the best “hot” destination we know. Just over a nine-hour flight from the UK, the golf is of a very high standard and truly unique and you’ve got the …

  • Las Vegas Golf Holidays

    Badlands, Las Vegas Golf Holidays

    Las Vegas Golf Holidays

    They say that Vegas has to be “done” at least once in your life. And now Las Vegas has reinvented itself as a destination in its own right – even without the casinos. A selection of shows to rival Broadway, Signature restaurants from the world’s finest chefs and…outrageously good golf …

  • Georgia Golf Holidays

    Augusta National Course, Georgia Golf Holidays

    Golf Georgia Holidays

    Good ‘ole Southern hospitality, warm weather and spectacular scenery and nature.

    Georgia Golf Breaks

    Georgia will always be “on your mind” once you’ve been there. The next state up from Florida, it is vastly different from the bright lights and man-made tourist attractions of the Sunshine State, for …

  • South Carolina Golf Holidays

    Kiawah Island, South Carolina Golf Holidays

    South Carolina Golf Holidays

    Famous the world-over for its quantity and quality of golf, South Carolina also treats you with good food and perfect golfing weather. Fly into Atlanta or Charlotte (eight hour flight) and it’s a fascinating four-hour drive to Kiawah Island that sets you up nicely for the holiday ahead.

    South Carolina Golf …

  • North Carolina Golf Holidays

    Pinehurst, North Carolina Golf Holidays

    North Carolina Golf Holidays

    Our North Carolina Golf Holidays are centred on the legendary resort of Pinehurst.

    For such a revered golf destination - arguably second only to St. Andrews in Scotland - it seems somewhat ironic that the original reason for the founding of Pinehurst, North Carolina, was to provide a settlement for sick people. Soon …

  • Hawaii Golf Holidays

    Princeville Golf at Hanalei, Hawaii Golf Holidays

    Hawaii Golf Holidays

    Hawaii’s six Islands are home to treasures unlike any other on earth.  The USA’s newest state, Hawaii offers modern infrastructure and standards and amazing scenery, true charm and more than a hint of luxury.

    The golf is very, very good.  Discover a variety of unique course layouts on Hawaii's six …

Golf Holidays USA

  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Mount Rushmore, Plains Midwest
  • Statue of Liberty, NYC
  • Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
  • The White House, Washington DC
  • Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco
  • Hocking Hills Caves, Lakes Midwest
  • Walt Disney World, Orlando
  • Jamestown Settlement, Plains Midwest
  • Sears Tower, Chicago
  • San Diego Zoo, West Coast
  • Grand Canyon
  • Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas
 

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