The United States boasts some of the world’s best golfing destinations. But which are the very best? If you’re thinking about hitting a round on the best golf courses in America, here are our top picks to help inspire your next vacation.
1. Pebble Beach, California
Overlooking Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Pebble Beach Golf Links is considered by many as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. In 2001, it was named the #1 Golf Course in America by Golf Digest, the first public golf course to receive this honor.
Both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour hold annual events at Pebble Beach, and you may even want to participate in the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament!
Pebble Beach has intense sun during the summer. Don’t let glare get in the way of a great shot. Be prepared with the proper eyewear and come with a backup pair of sunglass lenses. Some colored lenses are better for overcast weather, while others are best for clear skies.
2. Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina
Located in North Carolina, Pinehurst Resort claims itself as the “cradle” of American golf. Pinehurst has held a selection of historic competitions, and is also known for top class spas and dining. It is perfect for the whole family with a plethora of activities beyond golfing. With trails to run and bike, tennis courts, along with Lake Pinehurst, even those who aren’t golf enthusiasts will have a great time.
In 2014 both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open were held at the Pinehurst Golf Course. Martin Kaymer of Germany took the grand prize for the U.S. Open, and Michelle Wie of the U.S. took first place in the Women’s Open.
3. Pine Valley, New Jersey
Golf.com voted Pine Valley the #1 Golf Course in America in 2014. With a par of 70, Pine Valley has been consistently lauded for notable challenges that require players to focus on thoughtful ball placement. Many have argued Pine Valley has the best collection of par threes and par fives in the world.
One of the hallmarks of this course is the concept of the island. The green is commonly an island, as well as the tee and the fairway. Because of this, for newcomers, abysmal scores are just part of life. Though this may be one of the most difficult courses you will ever play, it will be a great experience to test your skills on one of the nation’s premier courses.
Though Pine Valley is considered one of the best golf courses in the world, it hasn’t been home to many large tournaments because of its lack of space. It simply doesn’t have the room to host thousands of spectators. Though it may not have the tournament prestige of other courses in the U.S., the intimate setting can be perfect for a golf oriented vacation.
Whichever course you choose, you’re guaranteed a memorable golfing experience.