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10 Unique Golf Courses to Play on Vacation

One of golf’s biggest tournaments of the year is underway. The U.S. Open, at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., isn’t the only inspiration you can get from the game this summer. Whether you’re vacationing at the beach or in the mountains, let the natural surroundings give your game a lift. Here are 10 courses worth playing.

Beach Town and Waterfront Courses

Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf
Get on the green at one of the two signature golf courses on the island of Hawaii. The King’s Course is near ancient volcanoes, which left formations of cooled lava on and around the course. It’s worth lingering at the fifth hole, which overlooks a nearby lava field and will have you thinking you’re in another world. The Beach Course runs along the coastline. Take in the beautiful ocean views and cool breezes. You might even spot a whale or dolphin in the distance.

Miami Beach Golf Club
A short drive from McAlpin – Ocean Plaza, this course captures Florida’s beauty, with glittering waters, palm trees and the Miami skyline. The course also offers a “Beat the Pros” contest in which visitors test their scores against pro golfers who have played there.

Sanibel Island Golf Club
Staying in Sanibel on your Florida vacation? The 18-hole par-70 championship course will put you in touch with nature as it winds naturally around pristine ponds and brings you close to some of the local fauna.

Whispering Pines Golf Course
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has a lot to offer, including this gorgeous course that’s a short walk from the beach. It is also a block away from a major shopping center and two parks. This course could be an entire day’s adventure for the whole family.

Desert Courses

The Crossings at Carlsbad
Get a new view at every hole when you play at one of San Diego’s most popular courses. Whether it’s the Pacific Ocean to the west or the foothills to the east, the sights will be breathtaking. The Crossings is named for the five beautiful bridges that keep the course connected across the natural terrain.

Las Vegas Country Club
Want a course that’s in the heart of Vegas? Recently renovated, the club is blocks away from the Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Boulevard—and a few casinos, too.

Las Vegas National Golf Club
Located farther from the Strip, this golf club is a change of pace from the casino atmosphere. Home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame, the area here will show you exactly how this desert city earned the name “The Meadows.”

Desert Willow Golf Resort
There are two beautiful courses at the Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. The Firecliff Course was voted the Best Public Access Golf Course by Desert Golf Magazine three years in a row, and is sure to challenge even the most experienced golfer. The Mountainview Course is a more relaxed but still challenging experience, and showcases the area’s natural beauty.

Wilderness Courses

Breckenridge Golf Club
The Rocky Mountains are the perfect backdrop for this Colorado course. Alpine scenery, clear skies, and fresh air come together to provide an excellent outdoor experience at this small-town golf club, 10 minutes from the Valdoro Mountain Lodge.

Glenwild Golf Club and Spa
Park City is home to the Best Course in Utah, according to Golf Digest. Glenwild offers not only a golfing experience full of beautiful vistas and a course that is a part of the landscape, but it also has a spa and a day camp that can entertain the whole family while you hit the green.

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