There is nothing I love better than playing golf on great golf courses with my golfguy and it’s a double bonus if we can stay and play at all inclusive golf resorts. We’ve enjoy those wonderfully decadent getaways and hope to do many more!
Our bucket list of courses to play before we hit the fairways in the sky is overflowing. But here are some winners that we have played so far. I hope you enjoy them…
Canada: British Columbia
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play a round of golf the way Old Tom Morris did back in the 1800˙s, long before the constraints imposed by modern golf clubs (e.g. pace of play) were introduced to the game?
Well, you don’t need to wonder anymore. Just drive 3 hours north east of Vancouver to Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club nestled in the Nikola Valley and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the Old Course at St. Andrews in the 19th century. Read more…
Tobiano is nothing short of breathtaking. An award winner since the day it opened in 2008, it’s become a must-play destination for any golfer who visits British Columbia. 3 hours east of Vancouver, it’s worth drive.
You don’t have to head to the home of golf in Scotland to enjoy a truly links style golf experience. Just head 40 minutes south of Vancouver and discover King’s Links by the Sea.
There is nothing quite as wonderful as your first golf game of the season, no matter how you play. But, when it happens in the middle of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, it’s that much sweeter.
A Tom Fazio design, The Raptor at Grayhawk, is an immaculate golf course that is fair, but challenging, for players of all skill levels. The conditions of the fairways and greens were some of the best I’ve ever seen, and when you’re not looking down at your next shot, look up – the McDowell Mountains make a stunning backdrop.
When 2009 finally came to a close, I did not regret its passing. It was a tough year for many. But the year did give me some memories that will never fail to bring a smile to my face when they weasel their way back into my consciousness – like my top 10 picks for best golf holes on Maui…
If there is one place in the USA where the welcome mat has been laid out for the ‘fairer sex’, it’s on Maui and its neighbouring island, Lana’i. Check out this two part review of
After spending 2 weeks on Maui last year playing golf at some of the world’s most beautiful golf resorts every day, I didn’t think life could get any better. And then I experienced Lana’i.
The Experience at Koele starts at 2,000 feet above sea level, nestled in forests of soaring pines, koa and eucalyptus trees.
While playing Koele, I found it hard to believe this course was even in Hawaii, let alone on Lana’i. When you play it, you might even think you’re in New England. But as different as this course is to Manele, it still has its own charm, beauty and challenges.
This past spring, my golfguy and I spent 5 days in Las Vegas, playing golf at a different club every day. We had some interesting experiences, some bad experiences and some really memorable ones. If Goldilocks was asked to rate Angel Park Mountain Course I am sure she would say, “It was juuuust right.
One of my favorite places to play golf is Las Vegas – not for the gambling in the casinos, but the gambles I take on all the great courses the city of sin has to offer. I’ve played at probably 10 courses in Vegas, and liked most of them, but one of my favorite courses is Legacy Golf Club in Henderson.
A links-style gorgeous golf course designed by award winning architect Arthur Hills, Legacy is the annual home to the United States Open Qualifying Tournament and the American Junior Golf Association event, and the recipient of a number of well deserved rewards.
USA: Palm Desert
My golfguy and I flew to Palm Desert at the end of April to enjoy some heat and work on our games. We played golf every day and really enjoyed some great courses, like the Classic Club and even the “50 mph wind tunnel”, AKA Desert Dunes.
But our “come back tomorrow” course had to be Jack Nicklaus’ The Club at Morningside in Rancho Mirage.
USA: Washington State
September 12, 2009. That is a day I will always remember because it was the first time I took a course off my bucket list, only to put it right back on.
That was the day when golf wasn’t just a game for me – it was an experience – and it was the best experience on a golf course I have ever had.
If you’ve ever wanted to play golf where champions play, without paying through the nose, check out The Home Course, a lovely new course south of Seattle, with panoramic views of Puget Sound, The Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.
After two weeks vacationing with the kids this summer, my golfguy and I wanted a getaway just for ourselves – somewhere where we could golf, but also enjoy being pampered with luxury accommodations, fine dining, and a spa – all on the water, of course.
And as luck would have it, I received, out of the blue, an email promoting a resort just south west of Seattle that fit the bill – Alderbrook Resort and Spa – truly a hidden gem in Washington State.