By LL Editorial StaffGolfers will tell you that there are no lengths they wouldn’t go to for the chance to watch Tiger or Phil tee off on the green while they watch from the sidelines. Non-golfing companions will be equally intrigued by some of the PGA Tour and tournament locations. The PGA Tour travels across the United States and beyond stopping at world-renowned courses and regions that are rich with culture. For the golfer and the non-golfing companion this can only result in a fore-star experience for both.
There is never a shortage of fabulous fairways in North America. The 50th state, Hawaii, is home to a collection of incredible islands including the lush land of Maui. A top stop on the PGA Tour, golfers congregate on The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in the mild and mountainous northwest region of the island. On the other side of the island, the Wailea Beach Villas offer another incredible course of their own, with beautiful views of the ocean and a soothing ambiance of waves while you play your rounds.
San Diego’s Torrey Pines is a municipal golf course that has the feel of a private, exclusive club. This is where Tiger Woods had a most dominant start to a season with an 11-shot lead and a career to tie Arnold Palmer’s on the PGA Tour list. The course is bounded by mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. An short and equal distance from Torrey Pines are two remarkable resorts. To the north in the village of Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf, is the delightful L’Auberge Del Mar with sweeping ocean vistas, plush rooms, and full-service hospitality. To the south in another enchanting hamlet, La Jolla, is Estancia La Jolla Resort & Spa. Located on a former equestrian estate, this stylish retreat is reminiscent of an early California ranch estate and features an award-winning restaurant, cozy open-air lounge, and plenty of seclusion.
Further up the coast, much further, is the golfing mecca of Pebble Beach where they are already gearing up for next year’s US Open. The collection of courses is popular with both the pros and their avid fans who relish in the Central Coast lifestyle. While Carmel and Monterey have an abundance of fine resorts, a short drive along Highway 1 will bring you to the doorstep of Ventana Inn & Spa in bucolic Big Sur. Situated more than 1,000 feet above the craggy coastline, this rustically, elegant retreat rests on 243 acres of meadows and gently sloping hillsides replete with cozy rooms and suites, outstanding dining, and a very secluded location.
In the southwest region of the United States is Scottsdale,Arizona, home to the Buick Invitational at TPC Scottsdale and widely regarded in the golfing community as one of the most fun tournaments to attend. The arid desert air and a fleet of stylish resorts will have you living large. Montelucia Resort & Spa, has an incredible course that starkly contrasts with the beautiful red rock formations of Arizona .
If you think Scottsdale sizzles, then Miami is most certainly en fuego on the greens of the Blue Monster course at Doral Resort and Spa. With expansive fairways and challenging water traps, golfers need to be tactical when it comes to their game. Some strategic planning on your part may land you at one of Miami’s sultry South Beach resorts, such as Canyon Ranch Miami Beach, Hotel St. Augustine, Gansevoort South, or the Hotel of South Beach, all lavish and luxurious with full-service amenities and stellar locations.