By LL Editorial Staff
Nothing relaxes you like golf. Well, just imagine how loose youíll be after a day with your clubs and caddy at Luana Hills Country Club on the Hawaiian Island of Oíahu. Breathe in the good vibrations, island-style, at this world-renowned golf destination, where the collared polo meets the coconut. This tropical jewel lies nestled in the midst of the islandís lush rainforest (machete may be required), providing the quintessential of exotic (and simply breath-taking) golf. But donít mistake the mellow-vibe of the location for a low-intensity game: the high-risk, high-rewards course will keep the challenge poignant and require your full engagement (and thus prove all the more satisfying). And if youíre interested in some island hopping, jump over to the Big Island and check out the Mauna Lani Resortís South Course. Begin an explosive game of golf by teeing-off to the striking panoramic views of this challenging course, featuring the rugged remains of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow. Get candid with hole No. 15, one of the worlds most photographed over-the-water-golf-course-holes in the world. And if you finally get tired (assuming itís possible) from your golf-packed schedule, chill-out on silken ivory sands and reward your stellar performance with a stay at the lavish Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. If youíre looking for a game of golf in paradise, Hawaii will surely deliver.
But if youíre looking to tee-off at the cream of the golf-course crop, you absolutely must make the trip to Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. One of the PGA tourís ,b>most-revered courses, this exclusive destination will leave a permanent impression on your golfing experience. Stunning azaleas bloom and ancient trees line the fairways, exquisitely blending beauty and history to command a sense of awe and respect. Just because your dream of winning the Masters Tournament during the course of this lifetime happens to lie just a little further than your club can reach doesnít mean you canít at least come close to the experience by playing where the pros annually play. And believe us, the feeling of standing where the golf giants before us have stood and mastered their craft is unprecedented. If at the end of your 18 holes you still havenít had enough of that famous Southern Hospitality, spend a few days indulging in the opulence of the majestic Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah and imbibe some more of Georgiaís golden charm.
Letís be honest: golfing is an art. And every artist needs a fresh source of inspiration every now and again. Thereís no better way to re-vamp your game than by teeing-off in some of the worldís most breathe-taking locations and adding some adventurous excitement to the game you love best. So whether you head East to Emirates or South to Buenos Aires, get tropical in Hawaii or traditional in Georgia, youíll find all youíre looking for (and more) at our picks for the top Exotic Golf Destinations.