The Best Golf Courses to Visit in the United States

best golf courses to visit in the united states

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The sun is shining, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to enjoy summer on the golf course. If you are looking to get into full swing on the American fairways this year, let’s look at some of the most prestigious courses to tick off your golfing bucket list. Many of the picturesque courses featured below have played host to some of the majors over the years, including some of the top players the sport has ever witnessed.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

Widely regarded as one of the most scenic golf courses in North America, if not the world, Pebble Beach became the first course open to the public to be ranked the number one course in America by Golf Digest. At $525 per round — and an additional $40 to hire a golf cart — a game at Pebble Beach doesn’t come cheap, but its breathtaking scenery more than makes up for the outlay. It has played host to half a dozen men’s Major Championships, including five U.S. Opens.

Pinehurst Country Club, North Carolina

This historic golf resort boasts a whopping nine courses on-site, with many prestigious course architects having played a part in designing this stunning complex. The likes of Jack Nicklaus, Ellis Maples and Donald Ross have all had a hand in transforming Pinehurst into a world-class golfing destination. Although course number one is arguably the most picturesque, course number two is the best-known, playing host to the 1999 U.S. Open where Payne Stewart holed a 15-foot pressure putt to claim the championship.

Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia

Augusta is one of the most famous courses on the planet. Every year, this course plays host to The Masters and is the only major to be played at the same course each year. The trio of holes on 11, 12 and 13 are part of Amen Corner, which is some of the stiffest tests in world golf. Few will be able to forget the way Jordan Spieth blew up at The Masters at Amen Corner just a couple of years ago, dropping four shots on a single water hazard. The unpredictability of golf is almost unparalleled in the world of sports. Only poker comes close to the inconsistencies that professionals experience, with golfers and poker players both troubled more by things they can’t control than what they can. Unfortunately, in both industries, you are only one mistake away from spoiling an otherwise faultless performance.

Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania

The Oakmont Country Club played host to the 2016 U.S. Open and remains an institution for budding golfers throughout eastern America. This Pennsylvania course was founded back in 1903 and was the only one designed by a man named Henry Fownes. With around 200 bunkers for the company along the course and a host of sloping greens that face away from the fairways, it is considered one of the most challenging courses to master within the golfing fraternity.

An honorable mention should also go to California’s Cypress Point Golf Club. This Alister MacKenzie-designed course is the birthplace of one of the most spectacular holes in world golf. The 16th hole sees you tee off over the Pacific Ocean. Whether you are an amateur or a scratch player, these North American bolt-holes are the perfect escape and a stiff test of anyone’s golfing credentials.