5 Beautiful Golf Courses Every Golfer Must Play at Least Once

August 13,2018by Bobby Bishop

There are over 15,000 golf courses in the United States.

How many have you visited?

While it’s practically impossible to play them all (we’d like to see someone prove us wrong!) some legendary courses need to be on your bucket list.

We’ve created a list of the five most breathtaking golf courses every player should visit at least once!

1. Whistling Straits

The Whistling Straits golf courses are in Wisconsin, along a two-mile stretch of Lake Michigan’s shore. Whistling Straits features two distinct golf courses: The Straits and The Irish. Pete Dye, a world-renowned course designer, created both of these masterpieces.

The Straits, the more famous of the two courses, is situated directly on the shoreline. This walk-only course’s rolling hills overlook the lake, providing a stunning view.

The Irish is an underrated course compared to its counterpart, featuring grassy dunes and four streams interspersed throughout the landscape.

After a couple of rounds of golf, spend the afternoon relaxing at the Whistling Straits Restaurant or the converted rustic farmhouse-to-clubhouse.

2. Pebble Beach

As the name implies, Pebble Beach is a stunning oceanfront golf course on California’s Monterey Peninsula. There are five different courses at Pebble Beach to keep you occupied for a day or a week-long getaway.

Pebble Beach has hosted the U.S. Golf Open Championship five times, and is hosting it again in 2019!

3. Pinehurst

Pinehurst is a historic Southern golf resort located in North Carolina. The surrounding pine forest creates a picturesque setting for the resort’s nine diverse golf courses.

Starting in 1898, the Pinehurst golf courses have been home to more golf championships than any other in the United States. Each of the nine courses plays a unique role in the history of the sport, having hosted many of history’s great golfers.

Pinehurst is home to the beautiful Carolina Hotel, luxurious spa, and Pinehurst Golf Academy. With countless options for dining and relaxation across the resort, there’s something for everyone at Pinehurst.

4. Shadow Creek

Shadow Creek is a golf course in Las Vegas swathed in exclusivity. To golf here, you must be a guest at an MGM International Resort — not just anyone can book a tee. As a guest of one of these resorts, you’re offered private limousine and caddie services during your trip to Shadow Creek.

If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas, consider booking with MGM to experience this beautiful course. Designed by the architect Tom Fazio, this course features waterfalls, gardens, and mountain views in the distance.

5. Sawgrass

TPC Sawgrass is part of the TPC network, a PGA-approved collection of golf resorts around the country. There are two golf courses at Sawgrass — located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida — THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley.

THE PLAYERS Stadium was created for THE PLAYERS Championship in 1982 and was the first course of its kind — built to enhance the spectators’ experience along with the players’. Dye’s Valley was designed by Pete Dye, who was responsible for creating the course at Whistling Straits at the top of our list.

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