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Top 10 Golf Experiences

The American Golf Holiday's John & Alison Hooper have hosted over 100 large Pro-Am Tournaments in some of America's finest golf destinations, as well as visiting many of the best courses you can play and arranged golf holidays for discerning golfers for over 23 years. With the benefit of their experience they have suggested the top 10 golf holiday experiences in America.

"We love organising golf holidays and our favourite customer is the one that telephones and says 'I want to go here, and I want to play the best courses in the area whilst I'm there'. After all, America has so many great courses it seems crazy to travel so far and then not play the best you can. Unfortunately, many travel companies and hotels only package the golf courses which conveniently suit them, and these are not necessarily the best courses in the area.

"Whilst some of America's finest courses, such as Augusta, Pine Valley and Cypress Point, are private clubs which you can really only play as the guest of a member, there are still an enormous number of world class courses available to play including many PGA Tour venues, so seeking specialist advice and having pre-booked tee-times before you leave will ensure you enjoy the best possible golf holiday.

"In addition, to enhance your golf holiday experience you may wish to consider joining a tournament holiday, or perhaps combining your holiday with a visit to a major tournament such as the Masters at Augusta."

America offers such an enormous choice of superb golfing destinations and courses, along with a diversity of scenery and climate, that to choose our favourites is no easy task. But after careful deliberation, and in no particular order, we offer you "America's Top 10 Golf Experiences":


The Hawaiian Islands with a West Coast stopover

World class golf in paradise! Visit at least three islands to get the full golf experience, our favourite islands are Maui (playing Wailea and Kapalua), Lanai (playing The Challenge at Manele and The Experience at Koele), and Kauai (playing at Princeville, Poipu Bay and Kauai Lagoons). Perhaps break the long journey to Hawaii with a stopover in Los Angeles, playing golf in nearby San Diego, or in San Francisco, playing golf in Monterey.


Pinehurst & Virginia

Pinehurst is a real discerning golfer's destination - one resort with no less than eight superb golf courses on site, including the legendary No. 2 Course which hosted the 1999, 2005 & 2014 US Open Championships. The Village of Pinehurst offers a quaint "olde-worlde" charm along with a choice of accommodation. With over 30 other nearby courses, and Virginia and West Virginia's top golf resorts close by, there is plenty of scope for extended stays.


Florida's Top Golf Resorts

With over 1,100 courses, Florida offers more golf than any other state in America, however, it is best to be selective, as many of the cheaper courses are quite flat and uninteresting. By contrast most of Florida's top golf resorts offer an outstanding golf experience in a superb winter climate. Some of our favourites are: Sawgrass Resort, Disney World Resort, Grand Cypress, Westin Innisbrook, and PGA National. There are also a few hidden gems such as World Woods and PGA Golf Club to add to your itinerary.


Desert Golf Adventures in Palm Springs, Scottsdale & Las Vegas

Target style, desert golf set amongst dramatic scenery with a superb winter golfing climate. Totally different to anything to be found in the UK and we love it. The Palm Springs Desert Resorts (California), Scottsdale (Arizona) and Las Vegas (Nevada) all offer enough world-class golf for a single destination holiday, but all are within a 5 hour drive of each other, making for a superb two or three centre golf holiday destination.



Pebble Beach & the Pacific Coast of California and Oregon

Stay within the luxurious Pebble Beach Resort and play the breathtaking Pebble Beach Golf Links, as well as the superb Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. Then extend your stay to play Pasatiempo Golf Club at nearby Santa Cruz, before exploring San Francisco, The Napa Valley and the spectacular Oregon Coast including the Bandon Dunes Resort, playing Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails, Pacific Dunes and Old Macdonald.


Michigan & Wisconsin

Perhaps America's finest summer golf experience - fly into Chicago and drive round Lake Michigan taking in The American Club, playing golf at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, and then cherry picking Michigan's best golf resorts such as Bay Harbor, Treetops and St Ives.


Low Country Golf - Hilton Head Island, Kiawah Island & The Golden Isles

World class golf in the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia - be sure to play at Sea Island Golf Club on St Simon's Island, Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island, and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Each island offers a relaxing ambience and fantastic scenery and our favourite time to visit is during late March/early April when you can combine your holiday with a visit to The Masters at nearby Augusta.


A Tournament Golf Holiday

Join a group tournament holiday such as a Golf Week or a Pro-Am Tour event to add competitive golf and camaraderie to your holiday experience. Pro-Am Tour events for teams of one professional golfer and three amateur golfers are staged in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Hilton Head, Sawgrass & Pebble Beach. For further information please see www.pro-amtour.com


Golf's Greatest Events:- The Masters, The PLAYERS Championship, The US Open, The US PGA Championship or The Ryder Cup

Only first hand can you experience the spectacle and atmosphere of golf's greatest events, whether it is The Masters at Augusta, The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, The US Open, The US PGA Championship, or the unrivalled drama and excitement of The Ryder Cup Matches. The American Golf Holiday will be pleased to propose sample itineraries and prepare a tailor-made quotation to visit any of these events.