Top 5 Golf Destinations You Haven’t Heard About

While everyone has heard about golfing at Augusta National and Pebble Beach, there are many other courses across the country that are equally challenging and enjoyable as those expensive championship courses. These hidden gem golf courses may be slightly more remote or out of the way from a major metropolitan area, but the excellent layouts and beautiful scenery can more than make up for extra driving to get there. Follow this travel guide to the top five golf destinations you have not heard about.


Pine Dunes
Located just southwest of Tyler, Texas, this course winds its way through mature pine trees before opening up to wide fairways surrounded by sand. Each hole offers a different test for even the most experienced golfer, but the good rates and opportunity to stay in one of the course’s beautiful villas or condos will lure visitors time and time again. (For those uninterested in golfing, consider lodging in Dallas, a mere two-hour drive away, for shopping and entertainment possibilities.)


Northwood Golf Club
This 9-hole course near the Russian River was designed by Alister MacKenzie, the architect behind Cypress Point and Augusta National. The peaceful course is strategically lined with giant redwood trees that block out the sound and distraction of Highway 116. (In addition to being a mere two hours from San Francisco, the Charles M. Schultz Museum, Safari West, and several world-class wineries are located just a half hour away in Santa Rosa.)


Lawsonia Golf Links
Just west of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this course boasts two 18-hole layouts, but the Links course is the better option. Mimicking the British course designs, very few trees block the wind in the wide-open layout and across the long fairways. (Ladies in the group may want to get out of the weather by visiting the many art centers and the Hughes Home Maid Chocolates shop in Oshkosh.)


The Hideout
Monticello, in the far southeastern corner of Utah, houses this beautiful, well-maintained course. An oasis just an hour south of Moab, these links sit at an elevation of 7000 feet that provides breath-taking views of the Abajo Mountains through the pine-lined fairways and rolling hills. (In addition to the myriad of outdoor activities in this desert area, visitors may be interested in the Moab Film Museum and Sol Kul Yoga and Healing club.)


Whitepath Golf Club
Found in the Chattahoochee National Forest, this course is just 90 miles north of Atlanta in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The course itself is carved into the mountainside, winding through the tress with the elevation changes. The reasonable fees make the difficulty of the course worth the experience. (Ellijay and Blue Ridge offer local shops and eateries for the non-golfers, while the short drive to Atlanta features plenty of shopping and dining options.)

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