Golf is a hot topic right now. With state governments in the US cautiously loosening some restrictions and allowing more activities to open up while still encouraging proper social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, many are turning to golf as a favorite.
Some states are in the process of reopening golf courses (with proper protocols), while many others across the nation already have. Hotel and resort brands have also been working diligently to establish new health and safety standards at their properties in accordance with CDC guidelines and are also in the process of reopening.
Whether you’re itching to get out there on the greens ASAP, or aren’t quite comfortable with traveling yet but looking anxiously ahead to the 2021 golf vacation season, here are our top picks for best golf vacations in America for you to start your search!
*Make sure to contact resorts and/or golf courses directly before visiting to make sure you’re aware of the health and safety guidelines and protocols they have in place.
Myrtle Beach has been dubbed the “Golf Capital of the World”, and for good reason. With close to 100 golf courses in the area—many of which line the gorgeous Atlantic coastline—Myrtle Beach is the perfect golf beach vacation for couples, families, or group getaways. Golf courses range in skill level and budget, and there’s an abundance of beachfront lodging options to take advantage when you’re not on the greens.
Head to the Southwest to the stunning desert city of Scottsdale. A destination known for its luxurious spas and pristine golf courses, your golfing days will be surrounded by a desertscape of cacti, hills, and rock formations. For a classic desert golf vacation experience, book a round at one of the many signature-designed 18-hole golf courses in the area, such as The Estancia or Troon North Golf Club. Or take it up a notch on the 36-hole Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale and live like a PGA pro for a day.
Home to one of the most world-famous courses in the sport&mdash:Pebble Beach Golf Resort—this California coastal town is sure to impress even the toughest of golf critics. The Pebble Beach courses have hosted many celebrities throughout the years, from Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones to Clint Eastwood and President Teddy Roosevelt. The greens fees are one of the highest in the world, but is expected since it’s also considered one of the most beautiful courses in the world, and will be sure to test your skills. However, if the $500+ greens fees are tad out of your price range, there are a handful of other courses in Monterey worth your visit.
If variety, budget-friendly options, and year-round course availability is what you’re looking for in a perfect golf vacation destination, then Orlando is the spot for you. With over 150 golf courses in the city alone, you’re sure to find the exact type of course you’re looking for. Choose from a variety of designer courses that cater to your specific skill level and budget.
Last, but certainly not least, is this quaint North Carolina town that’s home to nothing else but the golf haven of Pinehurst. Known as the “Cradle of American Golf”, this golf town has a population of under 15,000 and is ranked the second largest golf resort in the world. Pinehurst has grown over the years to be one of the most recognized courses in the world, now totalling nine golf courses and having hosted more championships than any other course in the US. This destination is a must for any avid golfer.