If you talk to even the most seasoned golf travelers, you’ll likely get a never-heard-of-it-look when you tell them you’re heading to Scotland to play at The Machrie Links. But if you find yourself in a conversation with a longtime scotch drinker, just say you’re heading to Islay and wait for the nod of approval.
Like a whiskey tasting at the 235-year-old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland’s links golf is full of all the flavors you’d expect but always surprises you with new colors, smells and even emotions. That visceral reaction starts at the top of every golfer’s travel bucket list with Royal County Down and Royal Portrush,
You likely know that TPC Sawgrass started the Tournament Players Club movement in the 1980s as the first PGA Tour-owned and operated club. But do you know the origin of the concept of stadium golf, and how the TPC golf courses network grew since Sawgrass’ debut 38 years ago? Much credit is due to Deane
Golf has a history with dogs that dates back to the origins of the game in Scotland. In the U.S., we’ve been a little slower to adapt dogs into our golf culture, at least as we play the game. Superintendents and golf professionals, though, have realized that work can be so much more enjoyable with
PEBBLE BEACH—Golf’s best are at Pebble Beach. One of its best deals is down the road. Pebble Beach Golf Links, hosting this week’s U.S. Open, is said to be the finest convergence of land and sea known to man, a proclamation that brings little argument. Pebble Beach is also a public track, and on that
1 . (1) Augusta National G.C. (12th hole pictured above) •2. (2) Peachtree G.C., Atlanta •3. (3) East Lake G.C., Atlanta ≈4. (4) Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands), Johns Creek ≈5. (5) Ocean Forest G.C., Sea Island ≈6. (6) Sea Island G.C. (Seaside), St. Simons Island ≈ ^7. (7) Atlanta C.C., Marietta ≈8. (8) Hawks Ridge
Stephen Szurlej 1 . (1) Shinnecock Hills G.C. (pictured above), Southampton •2. (2) National G. Links of America, Southampton •3. (4) Fishers Island Club • 4. (3) Winged Foot G.C. (West), Mamaroneck •5. (5) Friar’s Head G.C., Baiting Hollow •6. (6) Oak Hill C.C. (East), Rochester •7. (7) Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale •^8. (8)
Summer brings out the best Milwaukee has to offer–from traveling beer gardens to trout fishing to golf. The season is short but sweet, with golf fever spanning May through October. The city itself has tournament-caliber municipal courses in its portfolio, and within an hour’s drive there’s a whole lot more to explore in the area
Dom Furore 1 . (1) Pine Valley G.C. (15th hole pictured above) •2. (2) Baltusrol G.C. (Lower), Springfield •3. (3) Baltusrol G.C. (Upper), Springfield •4. (4) Somerset Hills C.C., Bernardsville •5. (5) Plainfield C.C., Edison •6. (7) Galloway National G.C. ≈7. (6) Ridgewood C.C. (East/West), Paramus8. (8) Bayonne G.C. ≈9. (13) Trump National G.C. Bedminster
Golf Digest has been publishing a Best in State ranking every other year since 1977, making this the 22nd edition. Deploying our trained panel of more than 1,700 low-handicap golfers to continually assess the courses of this nation is a mission whose main obstacle is daylight. “Indeed, most courses ranked in any state are legitimate
Stephen Szurlej 1 . (1) Pikewood National G.C. (9th hole pictured above), Morgantown •2. (2) Pete Dye G.C., Bridgeport •3. (3) The Greenbrier (Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs ≈^4. (4) The Greenbrier Sporting Club (The Snead), White Sulphur Springs5. (5) The Resort At Glade Springs (Cobb), Daniels ^ KEY TO SYMBOLS(2017-’18 ranking in parentheses)•
Dom Furore 1 . (1) Sand Hills G.C. (pictured above), Mullen •2. (2) Dismal River G.C. (Red), Mullen ≍3. (3) The Prairie Club (Dunes), Valentine ≍ ^4. (4) Omaha C.C.5. (5) Dismal River Club (White), Mullen6. (6) Wild Horse G.C., Gothenburg ^7. (7) The Prairie Club (Pines), Valentine ^8. (8) Arborlinks, Nebraska City9. (9) Firethorn
1 . (2) Ballyneal G.C., Holyoke •2. (1) Castle Pines G.C. (pictured above), Castle Rock •3. (3) Cherry Hills C.C., Cherry Hills Village •4. (4) Colorado G.C., Parker ≈5. (5) Sanctuary, Sedalia ≈6. (6) The Broadmoor G.C. (East), Colorado Springs ≈ ^7. (7) Maroon Creek Club, Aspen8. (9) Red Sky Ranch & G.C. (Fazio), Wolcott
Hugh Hargrave/Courtesy of Whispering Pines CC 1 . (2) Whispering Pines G.C. (15th hole pictured above), Trinity •2. (1) Dallas National G.C., Dallas •3. (3) Bluejack National, Montgomery4. (5) Colonial C.C., Fort Worth ≈5. (4) Preston Trail G.C., Dallas6. (NR) Trinity Forest G.C., Dallas7. (6) Spanish Oaks G.C., Bee Cave8. (9) Miramont C.C., Bryan9. (22)
1 . (1) Gozzer Ranch G. & Lake Club (15th hole pictured above), Harrison •2. (2) The G.C. At Black Rock, Coeur d’Alene •3. (3) Huntsman Springs G.C., Driggs ≈4. (4) The Club At Rock Creek, Coeur d’Alene5. (5) Headwaters Club At Teton Springs, Victor6. (6) The Coeur d’Alene Resort G. Cse. ^7. (7) Circling
Courtesy of Portsmouth Country Club 1 . (1) Baker Hill G.C., Newbury2. (2) The G.C. of New England, Stratham3. (3) Lake Winnipesaukee G.C., New Durham4. (5) Portsmouth C.C., Greenland ^5. (4) Lake Sunapee C.C., New London KEY(2017-’18 ranking in parentheses)• America’s 100 Greatest Course≍ America’s Second 100 Greatest Course^ Public courseNR Not rated in 2017-’18
1 . (1) Interlachen C.C. (6th hole pictured above), Edina •2. (2) Spring Hill G.C., Wayzata •3. (3) Hazeltine National G.C., Chaska ≈4. (4) The Quarry At Giants Ridge, Biwabik ^5. (5) White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake ≈6. (7) Windsong Farm G.C., Independence7. (8) The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis 8. (6) Northland C.C., Duluth9.
1 . (1) Shadow Creek (18th hole pictured above), North Las Vegas •^2. (2) Clear Creek, Tahoe3. (3) Southern Highlands G.C., Las Vegas ≈4. (4) The G.C. at Southshore, Henderson5. (5) Wolf Creek G.C., Mesquite ≈ ^6. (6) Cascata, Boulder City ^7. (7) Montreux G. & C.C., Reno8. (8) Edgewood Tahoe G. Cse., Lake Tahoe9.