With states that offer every possible climate, weather, terrain, and scenery, the United States can truly be a golf lover’s paradise. There are literally thousands of public golf courses offering every level of difficulty. Any golf aficionado could play a different course everyday for years and never be bored. But with so many to choose from, how do you begin to narrow down the options? To help you begin to make the most of your golf vacations, a good place to start is narrowing the fifty states down to just a few.
- California: Offering miles and miles of beautiful coast line, rolling hills in the wine country, amazing desert vistas, and mountain views, California rolls what is best about each of the 49 other states into one amazing place. It also has the added benefit of having a golfing season that lasts all year long. With nine courses on the list of the top 100 public courses in America, California is a great place to be for any golf enthusiast. If you are going to make the trip out west, you definitely want to try and play the courses at Coronado, Spyglass Hill and Blackhorse. If you’re willing to pay out the $500 green fees, you can always head to Pebble Beach.
- Oregon: Much like California, Oregon offers about any scenery and terrain a golfer could want. There are cliffs looking over the ocean, miles of beaches and mountains, and beautiful green spaces. Oregon boasts 5 courses on the top 100 public courses list, including Pacific Dunes, Aspen Lakes, and Tetherow. Tetherow is also consistently on the lists for best golfing value.
- Michigan: Although the absolutely brutal winters mean Michigan has one of the shortest golfing seasons in the United States, the courses it offers make it completely worth the trip. With stunning lake views, miles of sandy dunes, and the benefit of mild summers, it is definitely a state to add to your golfing bucket list. There are eight courses on the top 100 public courses, including Arcadia Bluffs, Forest Dunes, and Tullymore.
- Hawaii: Even without golf, Hawaii is on most people’s vacation bucket list. No matter which island you choose, the ocean, beaches, mountains, and volcanoes alone are worth the trip. And like California, Hawaii’s golfing season lasts all 12 months of the year. The list of top 100 public courses includes seven that are in Hawaii, covering all of the main islands. If you are going to make this once in a lifetime trip, some courses you will want to try include Mauna Kea on the Big Island, Turtle Bay on Oahu, and Plantation at Kapalua on Maui.
- South Carolina: Although the summers are hot, humid, and full of bugs, the golf courses in South Carolina definitely make up for it. It is also one of the states that has spent the most amount of money into promoting its public and private courses. Offering beautiful beaches and a multitude of small barrier islands, South Carolina has long been a favorite golfing destination. If South Carolina is your destination, you should try Harbour Town, Tidewater, or the Dunes Golf and Beach Club.