Tee Off in the Top 10 Golfing Cities
15th May 2012
Tags: golfing cities
If your idea of a great vacation is stepping out on the green every morning to play 18 holes of golf, here are some cities that you may want to keep at the top of your go-to list.
1. Austin, TX
You may have known that Austin is a great place to visit, but you may not have known that Austin is a great golfing city. Getting a lot of bang for your golfing buck in Austin is easy; the city features a good number of public courses with low green fees, including two Tom Fazio designs and Falconhead Golf Club.
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2. San Diego, CA
The green fees here may be a little on the steep side, but San Diego has some of the best public access courses in the U. S. , not to mention a great climate no matter when you go. Check out the Torrey Pines South Course for golf that features a dramatic setting.
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3. Orlando, FL
Orlando is home to a large number of professional golfers on the PGA Tour, so it makes sense that you would find some excellent courses in and around this city. Take a drive up to Orange County National Golf Course for a pure golf experience with no housing developments in view.
4. Portland, OR
Home to a number of excellent golf courses with reasonable greens fees, what makes Portland a truly great golf city is the weather. You can golf all year long with relatively mild temperatures and a beautiful, verdant backdrop complete with mountains, rivers, and the ocean.
5. Columbus, OH
Golfing great Jack Nicklaus was born in Columbus, but that’s not the only reason the city makes an appearance on this list. Columbus has more than 60 public courses with small green fees and a number of private courses that can be counted among the best in America. Try Cooks Creek or Donald Ross’s Granville Golf Club.
6. Phoenix, AZ
A city with a great golf vibe, Phoenix is a year-round golfing destination thanks to its always-sunny weather. Not only that, but it’s also home to some beautiful courses including Troon North Golf Club and We-Ko-Pa, which is located on an American Indian reservation in the middle of the desert.
7. St. Louis, MO
St. Louis is a golfer’s paradise, thanks to the number and quality of its public courses. Tom Fazio’s Missouri Bluffs is consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the area, while dairy-farm-turned-golf-course Pevely Farms is a challenging course designed by Arthur Hills.
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Despite its cold winters, Chicago offers a great golfing experience. The city is home to a number of good public courses that used to be private. Try teeing off at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club or Pine Meadow Golf Club.
Its climate may not be conducive to playing golf all year round, but don’t let that stop you from booking a trip to Rochester. Your golfing dollars will go far with tiny green fees and meticulously designed golf courses, including Greystone Golf Club.
Birmingham is an often-underrated golfing city; in fact, Alabama is home to the largest golf course construction project ever attempted—the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, with 468 holes across 11 different sites. There are a number of beautiful public courses within easy driving distance of Birmingham, including the Trail’s flagship course, Ross Bridge.
Where’s your favorite golfing destination? What hidden gems would you recommend?
This post written by Joselyn Seifer.
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