Best Places to Golf in the Winter by Jeff Crate
Posted: Dec 10, 2015
When you're passionate about golf, you're not going to let Old Man Winter stop you from hitting the links. If you happen to live in the frozen north, finding a course to play that isn't under several feet of snow and ice can be a problem. The good news is if you're able and willing to travel, there are plenty of places to the south where perpetually warm climes make golf courses available year round. While this might sound like a less than budget-friendly proposition, popular winter golf resorts often sweeten the pot by offering stay-and-play packages, making a winter golf vacation a lot more affordable. When choosing a winter golf destination, it's important to not only consider budget but also the quality of the course itself, as well as available amenities both on the course and nearby. For instance, if you're playing on a course that isn't on a resort, available accommodations will certainly be a factor, as will dining options. No matter if you're looking for something reasonably priced and fairly close to home or an upscale, exotic locale, one of the following golfing locations is sure to please.
- Monterey, California. If you're a golfer, Pebble Beach probably doesn't need an introduction. The incredible coastal view paired with this world renowned, award-winning course make for an unforgettable experience. Indulge in the luxurious accommodations at the Lodge at Pebble Beach, the Inn at Spanish Bay or at Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach. Alternatively, Pacific Grove Golf Links provides the stunning views without the stunning price tag.
- Las Vegas, Nevada. During the summer it's too hot to even think about going outside but winter brings ideal weather to Sin City. The Las Vegas metro area boasts over 50 golf courses but Shadow Creek (an MGM Resorts International destination) designed by Tom Fazio and the Rees Jones-designed Cascata both made Golf Magazine's list of Top 100 Courses.
- Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. Like Vegas, the weather in Phoenix is ideal for golfing between January and April. (However, to be sure to get coveted tee times, try the shoulder seasons in November and December, and April and May.) There are a staggering 300 plus courses in the area but the Southern Dunes Golf Club and Troon North are two of the best.
- Puerto Rico. What could be better than golfing in the Caribbean, no passport required? There is no shortage of golf courses in Puerto Rico, with breathtaking views to match. However, two courses in particular stand out from the crowd. Family-owned Royal Isabela is boutique golf resort designed for the golf lover, not tourists. Caddies are rare in Puerto Rica but are offered at Royal Isabela. The resort's course has drawn comparisons to Pebble Beach. For a completely different yet just as luxurious experience, try the championship courses at the Palmas Athletic Club, located in Humacao.
- Hawaii. You can enjoy world class courses on the Big Island but make sure to stop in Oahu and Kauai. Ko'olau Golf Course in Oahu made Golf Magazine's Top 100 list while the island's Makaha Resort & Golf Club is considered one of Hawaii's best kept secrets. On Kauai, the Princeville Course and Poipu Bay Golf Course are both considered the best of the best.
If you're lucky enough to live near one of these golf Mecca's, get your clubs and your golf cart ready for action. Websites such as Blockbuster Golf Cars Inc. provide everything you need to make golf cart maintenance quick and easy so you get out there and hone your game.
About the Author: Jeff Crate is a golf enthusiast and contributing writer who enjoys helping fellow golfers enjoy their game the whole year through.
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