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Top 5 U.S. Golf Destinations

When it comes to golf, there is a seemingly limitless set of courses that challenge golfers of all skill levels. Some golfers may feel limited to a few local courses that you know well. If it’s time to increase the difficulty and change your perspective, has some options with our list of the Top 5 Golf Destinations in the United States. 

1. Pebble Beach - Look no further than Pebble Beach Resorts for our No. 1 pick. This world famous course complex was created in 1919 and is one of the most popular on the planet. The resort portion of Pebble Beach offers three lodging options: The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay, and Casa Palmero. In addition to three resorts they also have three courses, all famous in their own right, including The Links at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and The Links at Spanish Bay.

These courses are a regular host to the PGA Tour with the Pebble Beach Pro-Am making a regular appearance on the tour schedule.  Pebble Beach is also part of the regular rotation for one of golf’s four major tournaments, the U.S. Open. They offer a wide range of golf packages for groups or solo, not to mention all the activities in close proximity including shopping, hiking, fine dining and beautiful landscapes. Some of the greatest moments of golf history have happened on these grounds and with a vacation to Pebble Beach you can create your own unforgettable experience.


2. The American Club - Coming in at No. 2 on our list of Top Golf Destinations is The American Club of Kohler, Wisconsin. This spacious and beautiful complex houses two world class courses: Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, both of which are a true test of golf skill. On the grounds, there is the AAA-rated, five-star resort known as The American Club as well as The Inn on Woodlake and The Sandhill private cabins.

The American Club is also home to the five star-rated Kohler Waters Spa (only five star spa in Wisconsin) for those travelers not interested in hitting the links. Whether you’re here to watch a golf event (Whistling Straits hosted the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships, and is scheduled to host the 2015 event as well) or participate yourself, the area offers more than golf. Local activities include fine dining at multiple onsite locations, shopping at The Shops of Woodlake and fine art at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Check with The American Club for deals and specials and remember to plan your trip in advance because this is one of the best golf complexes in the U.S.


 3. Bandon Dunes - Third on our list is Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. The picturesque courses at this resort are perched 100 feet above sea level, sitting on dunes that look over the picturesque waters of the Pacific Ocean. There are six different courses, four of which are full length including the famous Bandon Dunes. You’ll also find a par three course and practice courses on the property grounds.

The resort has many different options for lodging including single and double rooms, cottages and suites. All of the rooms are furnished to high standards and include all the modern amenities. Onsite Bandon Dunes is a food connoisseur's paradise, with restaurants, a lounge, bar, and even an authentic irish pub. The stunning landscape of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is only matched by the complete golf experience that the resort offers. If your dream is a highly enjoyable golf getaway surrounded by views that captivate, The Bandon Dunes Golf Resort should be your first stop.


 4. Broadmoor Resort - Next up at No. 4 is the Broadmoor Resort, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tucked away in the lush wilderness for which this area is known, The Broadmoor grants players access to one of the nation's top golf resorts, while giving way to some of the most spectacular scenery any course in the U.S. has to offer. This resort has 54 beautifully designed holes that accommodate golfers of any skill level.

Unlike many other golf resorts, The Broadmoor Resort is a AAA five-diamond and Forbes Travel Guide five-star rated resort. The accommodations are truly world-class and include tennis, hiking, spa, swimming pools, shops and 185,000 square feet of meeting space. Offsite Colorado Springs has much to offer visitors such as art galleries, live entertainment, fine dining, hiking and some of the best vistas for photography. Whether it's your family vacation or a business trip, the accommodations of the Broadmoor will impress throughout your stay. Don’t forget this is a private club and reservation at hotel or member in your golf party is needed to use the golf course.


5. The Greenbrier - To round out our list, the No. 5 pick is The Greenbrier of White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. This resort has been open since 1778, attracting visitors from all around the world to the famous hot springs. Currently the resort sprawls out over 10,000 picturesque acres, but the crown jewel of the property is the golf course. The Greenbrier hosts top golf events and professional players regularly as the course is an annual PGA Tour stop, but those aren’t the only pro athletes you may encounter during your stay.  The resort also hosts professional level tennis events.

The accommodations at this resort are not far behind the golf, regularly recognized and awarded by top magazines. Whether your group is just you or in the hundreds, the Greenbrier accommodates with cottages, single rooms, rental estates and high end suites. Each of their unique accommodations are furnished to the highest standards and include a wide range of amenities. Onsite the resort offers so much to do, it will take multiple trips just to get your fill. Some of these activities include falconry, bowling, laser tag, pool, casino and spa. When you're ready for a golf vacation that includes an impressive amount of other activities, let the Greenbrier take your breath away.