Top Golf Destinations around the World
Golf is one of the oldest sports in the world. A ball and stick game was played in Rome during the time of Julius Caesar. But, golf as we know it today can be traced back to Scotland in 1457. Since then, golf has spread to virtually every corner of the globe. Indeed, there are now over 34,000 golf facilities located in 208 of the world’s 245 countries.
From famous international courses to championship links here at home, these destinations are a golfers dream and also hold more than enough appeal for the non-golfer in your travel party.
There’s no better place to experience a golfing vacation than in the ‘Home of Golf’ itself. Scotland developed the rules of the game, the 18-hole course and golf clubs. Discover why a few rounds in this breathtaking country is what golfer’s dreams are made of.
FAMOUS COURSES: The Old Course at St. Andrews (the oldest public golf course in the world) | Prestwick (hosted the first ever Open Championship in 1860) | Castle Stuart (overlooks the Moray Firth and was voted Best New Course in 2009)
Like Scotland, Ireland has a long and storied history with golf and some of the world’s most renowned courses. And the scenery isn’t bad either.
FAMOUS COURSES: Ballybunion (seaside links considered to be one of the greatest in the world) | Portmarnock (just 12 miles from Dublin, hosted dozens of Irish Opens) | Waterville (a true link course located on the amazingly beautiful Ring of Kerry)
Hawaii has grown to be a golfer’s paradise and with great weather practically all year round, a variety of unforgettable courses throughout the islands and greens lined with black volcanic rough, it’s not difficult to find a course for you.
FAMOUS COURSES: Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai (some of the most epic ocean/mountain views Hawaii golf has to offer) | Turtle Bay on Oahu (two 18-hole courses. The Arnold Palmer Course is a Golf Digest Top 100 Public Golf Course) | Wailea Golf Club on Maui (the Gold Course has a 200 foot elevation change from top to bottom)
Puerto Rico has close to 30 courses with a variety of offerings and you don’t even need a passport to get there!
FAMOUS COURSES: Wyndham Rio Mar Golf Club (features Oceanside and riverside championship golf courses) | TPC Dorado (Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed the first course in 1955) | Royal Isabela (has a unique hole that allows golfers to target two different greens)
With Australia’s summer coinciding with our winter, Australia has incredible courses that make for a great off-season experience.
FAMOUS COURSES: Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West and East courses are respectively ranked number 1 and 6 in Australia) | Kingston Heath (pure 18-hole layout in the famous sand belt region of Melbourne) | Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links (near the seaside village of Bridport in Tasmania)
Let’s not forget that the golfing is great in our own back yard. North and South Carolina have everything you need for a great golf vacation.
FAMOUS COURSES: Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC | Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC | Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, SC | Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, SC
Ready for your own golf vacation? AAA can help! Just visit a AAA Travel office or call 800-444-8691 to make those golfing dreams come true! Interested in golfing in Scotland? Check out this golf package in Scotland!