Austin/Barton Creek Golf

Being dubbed as the “Live Musical Capital of the World”, Austin has been flocked by both the local and foreign guests over the years due to its gracious warmth and peaceful beauty. This Texas capital city is also considered as the center of alternative culture. Being tucked away from the busy cities of the American Coasts, Austin has become a haven for quiet refuge where guests can relax and rejuvenate. Aside from the vast outdoors, Austin’s acres of rolling hills are also home to some of the best golf courses in the world. Austin’s Barton Creek Resort boasts of four beautifully designed layouts namely: the Fazio Foothills Course, the Fazio Canyons Course, the Crenshaw Cliffside Course, and the Palmer Lakeside Course.

Barton Creek Golf Resort – Fazio Foothills Course

Texas GolfThe Fazio Foothills Course of Barton Creek Golf Resort has been ranked as Texas’ number 1 Golf Club. This 18-hole Tom Fazio signature golf course features the cliff-lined fairways, waterfalls, natural limestone caves, and the superb TiffEagle Bermuda greens. To add up to the challenge, the layout offers plenty of elevation changes, grass bunkers, undulating aprons, as well as the 5 various sets of tees that would appeal to an array of handicap levels. This stay and play course has also been considered by guests as every shot-maker’s paradise.

Barton Creek Golf Resort – Fazio Canyons Course

Currently ranked as Texas’ number 2 Golf Club, the Fazio Canyons Texas GolfCourse of Barton Creek Golf Resort is Tom Fazio’s second signature masterpiece. This par-72, 7,153-yard course offers the numerous scenic holes that are lined with Sycamore trees and Red Oaks. While on play, golfers can have majestic views of the beautiful limestone bed creek known as the Shorts Springs Branch. Aside From the well-designed 18 holes, golfers can also take advantage of the course’s extensive practice area and a pro shop. In order to have an exciting round-up at this amazing layout, golfers must be able to overcome the par-5, 516-yard finishing hold.

Barton Creek Golf Resort – Crenshaw Cliffside Course

Texas GolfThe Crenshaw Cliffside Course of Barton Creek Golf Resort has been the product of the joint effort of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, renowned golf course architects. The layout, which has been cited by Dallas Morning News as among the “50 Best Courses in Texas”, meanders through Austin’s rolling hills, soft contours, natural plateaus, and native vegetation. The layout was created using the “old-style philosophy” where the natural terrains played a great role on the layout’s routing.

Barton Creek Golf Resort – Palmer Lakeside Course

The Palmer Lakeside Course of the Barton Creek Golf Resort is Texas Golfperfectly nestled on a secluded hilltop that offers the best scenic views of the Lake Travis. This extraordinary championship golf course was designed by the famous Arnold Palmer that opened for play in the mid 1980s. Considered as a big-hitter’s delight, the layout was cited by the professional golfers as one of the “Top Ten Texas Courses”. Golfers of all ability levels can now have the exciting tee times and good rounds of golf with friends on one of the world’s finest golf courses.

Primm Valley Golf Club

The Primm Valley Golf Club has been cited by Golf Digest as among the “Places to Play” with 4 ½ stars. The resort features an ultimate challenge set in the magnificence of nature. Designed by Tom Fazio, a famed golf architect, this golf club is being highlighted by two award-winning layouts: The Lakes Course and The Desert Course. These golf courses run through Las Vegas’ desert expanse surrounded by distant mountains making the resort a golfing oasis.

The Lakes Course was the first to open in 1997 and has been cited right away by Golf Las Vegas GolfDigest Magazine as among the “Top Ten Best New Courses”. This Fazio gem features the perfectly manicured green rye grass, dense groves of gigantic pine trees, extensive river and lake system, numerous bunkers, and plenty of water features to add up to the challenging golf rounds. This par-71, 6,945-yard layout also offers golfers with open fairways as well as the undulating well-bunkered greens. Even the skilled golfers often find this amazing beast quite difficult to tame.

Las Vegas GolfThe Desert Course on the other hand was opened a year after. While the Lakes Course offers the almost-tropical setting, this layout provides golfers with the beautiful desert landscaping. Tom Fazio accented this golf course with mesquite and palm trees, desert wildflowers, and colorful cactus to emphasize the true desert feeling. In terms of difficulty level, The Desert Course is quite demanding with the large well-bunkered greens, narrow fairways that have elevation changes, water features on five of the layout’s holes, and the vast stretch of waste bunkers that borders the fairways on its seven holes.

Angel Park Golf Club

Las Vegas GolfAlthough Las Vegas is known for its dashing nightlife, partying, and gambling, the place also holds some of the world’s best golf courses that would surely entice all sorts of golfers. Billed as “the world’s most complete golf experience”, the Angel Park Golf Club serves as the replica for some of the finest par-3 courses around the world. The golf club features two 18-hole courses complete with all the challenges that will test even the skilled golfer.

The Mountain and Palm Course are the club’s challenging layouts that were designed by the famous Arnold Palmer. The Palm Course was the first to open in 1989 as a par-70 layout then the Mountain Course followed a year after. Although there are already plenty of thriving golf courses near Angel Park, the golf club still continue to draw in crowd whether to play to golf or just get around. The Palm Course was later remodeled by John Fought and Bob Cupp. The layout now features the challenging par-5, 525-yard number 6 hole with a split fairway and double dogleg. The Palm is also being highlighted by its 5 par-3s that range from 175 to 220 yards of play. Golfers will experience difficulty off the tee.

The Mountain Course on the other hand features the undulating Las Vegas Golfgreens that would require uphill approaches. Most of the greens in this course are mounded and elevated that can be tricky on the part of the golfers. If you want to get through and score high, have the accurate tee shots. Just like in the # 17 that measures 557 yards, if the tee shot is too far, chances are you will end up at the rough. In 2002, the greens were resurfaced with the Tiff-dwarf Bermuda grasses.

Diamondhead Country Club

The Diamondhead Country Club has been considered as one of Mississippi GolfMississippi’s finest golf courses that offer high quality golfing experience. Golfers of all ability levels coming from the different parts of the globe often flock the resort simply to test their swinging abilities or enjoy nature at its finest. Diamondhead is said to be the only 36-hole golf facility located in the Biloxi Area. This golf club is comprised of two world-class layouts: The Cardinal Course and The Pine Course both developed with rolling terrains that are highlighted by big sand bunkers.

Mississippi GolfThe Pine Course was the club’s first Earl Stone layout that opened in 1970. It features the 6,817-yard par 72 golf play from the layout’s longest tees. The course was given a slope rating of 133 and a course rating of 73.6. The Cardinal Course on the other hand, is another Earl Stone gem, is the club’s second 18-hole facility that opened in 1978. The course offers golfers with a 6,831-yard par 72 play from the longest tees. It was given a course rating of 72.7 and a 132 slope rating on Bermuda grass. These conventional layouts both have the tree-lined fairways as one of the course’s major challenges that even the professionals find it difficult to deal with. In order to get through a tough golf round, golfers need to conquer water features and the well-placed bunkers that come into play. In the Cardinal Course, there are no extra long sand bunkers and parallel fairways.

Aside from the challenging holes, the Diamondhead Country Club also offers eight clay tennis courts that has the lighted hydra, a 5,400-square feet banquet and meeting space, and an American Bistro that serves exceptional menus. For those who would want to spend a relaxing evening with friends can try the 19th Hole Bar and Grill.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

The Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has been considered as among South Carolina’s world-class golf resorts that offer exceptional golf experiences. Perfectly nestled on a natural coastal sea island, three famed golf architects created their own unique golf masterpieces that have been attracting golfers from almost all parts of the globe. The unparalleled and unique design of each layout that blended well with quality customer service made this amazing golf haven a must visit in South Carolina. With the superb golf courses and truly unique golfing experience, Palmetto Dunes takes pride on being one of the world’s best golf vacation destinations. The “25 Best Family Golf Resorts” by Golf for Women Magazine, “Places to Play” by Fodor’s Golf Digest, and the “Country’s Top 75 Resorts” by Golf Magazine are some of the citations that the resort boasts about.

The Arthur Hills Course provides guests with the thoughtful blend of splendor and contest. The layout features the strands of the palmetto trees that line the fairways built on the succession of rolling dunes. To add up to the challenge, the ocean breezes get into play in almost all holes that would require precision and accuracy. The course is also being highlighted by the Historic Leamington Lighthouse.

The Fazio Course on the other hand is among Hilton Head’s most challenging championship layout as regarded by many golfers. The course was also ranked as one of “America’s Top 100 Courses” designed by George Fazio, a fabled golf architect. Being the island’s only par 70 course, golfers are required to have the combination of precise golf shots and long play.

And finally, the Jones Course which has been considered as among the classical works of the legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones. The layout features the generous landing areas as well as the well-trapped greens with a lagoon system that winds through the majority of the layout’s 18 holes. When at play at the signature 10th hole, golfers will have the best views of the Atlantic.

Disney’s Golf Courses

Being a premier vacation destination in Orlando, Florida, Disney World has ever since delighted vacation goers coming from all parts of the globe. The magical and fairy dust Disney experience has been so loved by the young ones as well as the young at hearts. But aside from the enchanting Disneyland, central Florida’s acres of orange groves are also home to high end golf courses. The Lake Buena Vista Course, Magnolia Golf Course, Palm Golf Club, and the Osprey Ridge are four of the golf layouts that Disney takes pride on.

The Lake Buena Vista Golf Course offers the classic country-club Orlando Golfatmosphere. This challenging layout also features the meandering fairways, elevated bunkered greens, palmettos, pine forests, pastel villas, and the sparkling lakes. The golf course also hosted several golf competitions including the USGA events, PGA Tour, and the LPGA Tour. Off the greens, guests can have the best views of the scenic canal as well as the enchanting lighthouse.

The Magnolia Golf Course on the other hand is set on Florida’s vast lands with the abundance of the blossoming magnolia trees. It features the wide and sweeping fairways, lush rolling greens, and the sparkling water hazards. Being rated with 4 stars by Golf Digest, this layout is truly a paradise for the golfers at heart. The Magnolia also served as the home to the Children’s Miracle Network Classic’s final rounds.

Orlando GolfFor the golfers looking for an exciting test of skills, Disney’s Palm Golf Course would be the perfect place to be. This magnificent golf course is set together with the tropical sands, shimmering lakes, and the strategically placed palm trees. The layout also features the elevated greens, numerous bunkers, water holes, and a fair share of woods and water elements providing all sorts of golfers the challenging rounds that is beyond compare.

Being rated with 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest, the Osprey Ridge Golf Course has been considered as among Florida’s finest greens. Designed by the famous Tom Fazio, this golf layout is being highlighted by the dramatic golf holes that run through the area’s live oaks, palmettos, pines, bay trees, and cypress. It is also surrounded by lush vegetation and wetlands making the place a perfect avenue where golfers can interact with nature.

Tiburon Golf Club

Florida GolfSet in the expansive terrains of Naples, Florida, the Tiburon Golf Club offers the sophisticated avenue for championship golf. This prestigious golf vacation getaway offers two of Florida’s high-end 18-hole layout that has been attracting renowned golf names from across the globe. Designed by Greg Norman, a legendary golf course designer, Tiburon features the perfect blend of the traditional and modern elements giving golfers the challenging yet elegant golf experience.

The Gold Course is said to be Greg Norman’s visual and Florida Golfenvironmental masterpiece. It features the coquina waste areas where the rolling fairways meander, the countless water features, the sand filled bunkers, the towering pine trees, as well as the tricky green complexes. This layout has been a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and the home of prestigious golf events including the Merrill Lynch Shootout. The Black Course is the second championship gem of Norman. This layout is set in the native Florida foliage and acres of pine trees. The course features the pine straw-lined fairways, orange coquina waste areas, undulating greens, and the stacked sod wall bunkers. It was given a course rating of 74.2 and 147 for the slope rating. Although the course’s natural surroundings were enhanced, Greg Norman strived to preserve the area’s inherent allure.

Aside from the championship golf courses, the Tiburon Golf Club also boasts of being home to the Rick Smith Golf Academy that features Rick Smith, a famous golf instructor. From the first swing all the way to the last putt, golfers will surely find themselves having one of the world’s finest golfing escapades while being one with nature.

Rumbling Bald Resort in North Carolina

North Carolina GolfRumbling Bald Resort serves as a picturesque mountain vacation destination situated at the majestic Rumbling Bald Mountain on Lake Lure’s north end. While taking a break at the foot of this 2,800-ft mountain, guests are provided with the endless opportunities for fun and adventure. Rent a pontoon, drift about the lake, and savor the serenity that the lake waters offer. If preferred, you can also opt to lounge on the lake’s sandy shores for a relaxing afternoon or venture on other several outdoor activities. To wrap up an exciting day, a romantic dinner cruise is also available.

For the golfers at heart, the resort also takes pride on its challenging golf courses. The Bald Mountain Golf Course and the Apple Valley Golf Course are the two 18-hole layouts that the resort boasts about. A Dan Maples masterpiece, the Apple Valley Golf Course has been considered as among the most beautiful mountain courses cited by Golf Digest. This golf gem features the undulating terrains with well positioned bunkers that would require every golfer’s tough shots. Apple Valley has the slope rating of 140 and a course rating of 73.2. The Bald Mountain Golf Course on the other hand offers the challenging holes that meander through a lovely setting. This magnificent course also features the tight fairways and guarded greens that add up to the variety of challenges including the four sets of tees that plays at 6,283 yards. Bald Mountain has a slope rating of 128 and a course rating of 70.9.

With the sandy beaches, challenging golf masterpieces, beautiful accommodations, and freshwater swimming, Rumbling Bald Resort makes a complete North Carolina escapade.

Doral Resort in Miami

A perfectly carved oasis of serenity is what the Doral Golf Resort is Miami Golfall about. Set in Miami’s 650 tropical acres, golfers from all around the globe flock the resort to experience some of the world’s most challenging layouts. The Blue Monster, The Gold Course, The Great White Course, The Red Course, and The Jim McLean Signature Course comprise the five 18-hole championship courses that Doral Resort takes pride on. These golf courses feature the strategic hole placements that will challenge and reward even the professional golfers.

The Blue Monster Course that features the undulating greens, long fairways, the deep Bermuda rough, and the assortment of water hazard, has been home to the prestigious PGA Tour for 45 years. This Dick Wilson masterpiece was also cited among the World’s Top 100 Holes by GOLF Magazine. The Great White Course on the other hand is a Greg Norman Signature Layout that offers great challenges for the advanced players. This course features the coquina crushed shells on each holes as well as the demanding fairways. Another layout that follows the traditional Florida design is The Gold Course. This Raymond Floyd gem features the dramatic 18th-hole island green that plays with a Par-4. The course also hosted the PGA Qualifying Schools finals in 1999. For corporate tournaments, The Red Course is often opted. The layout features the 14 water holes with winding fairways that challenged the participants of the LPGA Office Depot Championship in 2001. To complete Miami’s premier course, The Jim McLean Signature was added. This layout features the phenomenal par 3s, the toughest starting holes, and the five sets of tees to test the novice and champion golfer’s swinging abilities.

Raleigh Golf

Raleigh, dubbed as the “City of Oaks”, is considered to be North Carolina’s 2nd largest city aside from being its capital city. It was named after the famed English soldier, poet, and adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh. The city has been known for the array of world-class museums, Broadway shows, historical sites, sporting events, as well as its shopping Mecca status. With the influx of the younger residents, the city’s history and southern hospitality has now blended with the modern way of living accentuated with the modern vibe. Aside from the beautiful structures and modern architecture, Raleigh is also home to some of the world’s finest and award-winning golf courses that include the Crooked Creek Golf Club, the Lochmere Golf Club, and the Neuse Golf Course, all designed by top golf icons.

Crooked Creek Golf Club

The Crooked Creek Golf Club is a year-round semi private golf club that offers the Raleigh Golfchallenging 18-hole layout. The course, designed by the famous Chuck Smith, features the rolling and gentle front nine with the aggressive back nine plays as well as the Middle Creek’s 130-foot bluffs. Golfers of all ability levels can enjoy the best tee times with the resort’s added amenities like the clubhouse, the driving range, chipping green, the putting greens, the club rental, a pro shop, and a grill room where guests can share a meal or two.

Lochmere Golf Club

Raleigh GolfThe fine ambiance and friendly atmosphere at Lochmere Golf Club makes it a course that is close to home. Perfectly nestled in the city’s convenient location, this golf layout is often flocked by golfers from across the nation. Together with the best practice facilities, guests can still further enhance their swinging skills if they are not yet ready to take long rounds at the greens.  Since this is a semi-private golf facility, members and guests can still have the best tee times while on vacation. Being the all-time favorite for the locals, Lochmere also serves as the place where you can meet friends while honing that brilliant golfing skills.

The Neuse Golf Course

The Neuse Golf Course is the 18-hole John Lafoy masterpiece that was awarded with Golf Raleigh GolfDigest’s 4 ½ stars. The course, that is operated and owned by the acclaimed Club Corp, features the amazing rolling fairways that will surely challenge even that of the professional golfers. The Neuse also features an adjacent driving range where guests can sharpen their swinging skills before trying the course’s challenging greens. On-site professional golfers also offer lessons as well as some tips on how to improve your game. If there are some things that you might have left at home, a fully golf shop can also be located within the vicinity.