This is the birthplace of golf, to which every serious player must make a pilgrimage. Few sporting venues inspire such reverence, and for good reason. The Old Course at St. Andrews is where it all began, a timeless swath of linksland surrounded by sea and the ghosts of six centuries past. Obviously a treat for golfers, and even non-players will be awed by its beauty.
Cape Kidnappers’ course was designed by Tom Doak, the enfant terrible of golf course design and probably the best, most innovative course architect working today. His minimalist style makes maximal use of the terrain’s existing features, and you could do a lot worse for raw material than this coastal parcel of New Zealand. (See also: the course at sister property Kauri Cliffs.)
We’re constantly recommending Mukul to non-golfers in search of a little tropical paradise, but it turns out it’s paradise for golfers as well, thanks to Guacalito Golf Course, designed by David McLay Kidd, famous for designing the first course at Bandon Dunes. In keeping with the resort’s eco-friendly ethos, Guacalito is a model of sustainable development.
Ocean Edge wouldn’t be the patrician Massachusetts classic that it is if it didn’t offer a little something for those of us who can’t resist the call of the fairway. Along with the beaches, the tennis complex, and the bike trail, it’s got the only Jack Nicklaus–designed course on Cape Cod.
Perched high atop the cliffs of the Pacific, the stunning Torrey Pines has hosted dozens of pro tournaments, and will be the site of the 2021 U.S. Open. Few public courses offer such impressive scenery, and such a thorough opportunity to compare your results against the game’s best. Just don’t get discouraged thinking about the fact that what Tiger did here on one leg, most of us can’t even do in our dreams.
Encompassing a vast estate on the Sicilian coast, Verdura is home to no fewer than three golf courses — 36 holes plus a nine-hole short course, to be precise, all designed by Kyle Phillips, who took his inspiration from the great Scottish links. Safe to say the Mediterranean climate is a bit of an improvement, conditions-wise.
Coming up on a hundred years old, Ojai Valley was a classic Old Hollywood getaway, and has lost none of its charm. The golf course, too, is an American classic, designed in 1923 by George Thomas, who also designed the famed SoCal trio of Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club, and Bel-Air Country Club.
Imagine Road Runner landscapes in the distance, and fairways, greens, and bunkers in the foreground, and you’ve more or less got the idea. Boulders, one of the most highly regarded golf clubs in the Southwest, features 36 holes of rugged beauty, winding their way through the desert.
The Breakers feels a bit like where Jay Gatsby would go for a golf vacation if Jay Gatsby liked golf, or vacations, or South Florida. On second thought, its old-money pedigree might make it more of a Tom and Daisy joint. And before this turns into straight-up Fitzgerald fan fiction, we’ll simply add that the hotel’s classic Ocean Course, built in 1896, is one of Florida’s oldest and most venerable tracks.