Whether you’re planning to make a golf trip this spring or summer or you’re just dreaming of bucket list locale, it’s always interesting how no two Top-Five Golf Destination lists ever look exactly alike. We enlisted one of the best traveled golf writers in the world, Forbes scribe Scott Kramer, to share his absolute favorite places to travel to play golf.
Interestingly, some of the world’s most popular golf destinations also happen to be the wettest – so, bring your Galway Bay raingear. The golf they offer, though, is so spectacular that it will never dampen your spirits on a golf course. So, where to go?
Scotland is a magical golf destination. After all, it is the home of golf. The ultimate Scottish golf experience can include playing rounds on centuries-old courses and five-year-old layouts -- on the same day. The countryside is beautiful, the locals are friendly. And there’s so much history all along the way.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort -- on the southwest coast of Oregon -- is simply an amazing place to play. There are five outstanding courses with many holes bordering the Pacific Ocean, as well as an immaculate 13-hole par-3 course, 100,000-square-foot putting course, and a 50-acre practice center.
Along Carmel, California's famed 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach Golf Resort is golf’s most picturesque and iconic setting. But it's the back nine that's among the best in the game. There are plenty of photo opps throughout the round. And you'll also find several of America’s other top layouts within just a few miles.
If you like playing on bright green grass, soaking in spectacular water vistas, and conversing with some of the world’s friendliest locals, Ireland is the golf destination for you. This island offers 350 18-hole courses, including some of the world’s finest.
There are 14 golf courses on Maui, with most of them conjugated in the stretch from Wailea to Kapalua -- and offering spectacular views of the Pacific. The soothing, beachy vibe can quickly relax even the most Type-A personality. Plus, there are so many great and fun places to chill after golf.
Best known as Canada’s Napa, Kelowna, British Columbia is also one of the country’s top golf destinations. It’s gorgeous, as are the region’s many upscale golf courses. Fourteen are right in town, and another 16 lie within 20 minutes. Wine-tasting is a must after a day on the course.