August 19, 2017
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Top 5 U.S. buddy trip locales… A Golf Vacation of Epic Proportions!

Ever wondered which are the Top 5 U.S. buddy trip locales? What is America’s top golf city? The U.S. boasts no shortage of golf strongholds; Orlando, Scottsdale, San Diego. When it comes to America’s best golf buddy trip location, however, five destinations are truly can’t miss. The majority of South Floridians can drive a couple miles to play the local daily fee course year-round. But if the opportunity arises to hit the open road or friendly skies with your fellow duffers, here’s a lineup of golf destinations worth the extra effort.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.

 Where to play:

The Legends Golf & Resort

Heathland is Tom Doak before Tom Doak was cool. Paying tribute to the game’s roots, and molded in the image of British Isle links courses, the prevailing winds can propel errant shots into penal bunkers and hazards. Legends also has two additional outstanding layouts in the same complex: Moorland and Parkland. www.legendsgolf.comTop 5 U.S. buddy trip locales

 Mystical Golf

A full Myrtle Beach golf vacation could be had solely with Mystical Golf’s three Dan Maples classics – The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard. If only time for one of the acclaimed trio, The Witch is a must play. With 4,000 feet of bridges winding through swamps and rolling hills, golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears.

Where to stay:

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts

Operator of the area’s premier oceanfront condo-hotel and vacation rental properties, this six-hotel collection on the world-famous Grand Strand provides full service resort comforts combined with the space of condominiums. All lodging options provide easy access to golf, dining, shopping, beaches and other area attractions.

 NEW YORK, N.Y.

 Where to play:

 Pound Ridge Golf Club

Pete Dye’s first and only design credit in the state is a bold, brawny layout hewn from a rolling, tree-lined site in the private golf haven of Westchester County. At 7,154 yards from the back tees with a slope of 146, Pound Ridge Golf Club doesn’t play tough “on paper.” Reality, though, is a different story. Demanding tee and approach shots require golfers to navigate rock outcroppings, boulders and the occasional wetland. www.poundridgegolfclub.comTop 5 US buddy trip locales

Crystal Springs Resort

 Nestled in the Kittatinny Mountains of northern New Jersey, Crystal Springs Resort is the best-kept secret in golf. The 4,000 acre escape boasts seven championship and resort golf courses (Ballyowen, Black Bear, Crystal Springs and Wild Turkey), a 27-hole complex with a retro theme, a nine-hole layout, and another nine-hole track emanating from the lavish Grand Cascades Lodge. For those seeking first-rate instruction, Crystal Springs is also home to The Leadbetter Golf Academy Northeast Headquarters.

Where to stay:

Crystal Springs Resort

Amazingly, great golf at Crystal Springs is just the tip of the iceberg. Other highlights include four luxury hotels; 15 acclaimed restaurants led by the four-star Restaurant Latour (complete with a 135,000-bottle, Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine cellar); two full-service spas ranked among Spas of America’s Top 25; the state-of-the-art Minerals Sports Club; and multiple indoor and outdoor pools (including the distinctive Biosphere Pool Complex with an underground aquarium, tropical foliage and free form nature pools).

DALLAS

Where to play:

Old American Golf Club

Old American is the work of acclaimed designer Tripp Davis and PGA TOUR star and hometown hero Justin Leonard. Inspired by the ‘Golden Age’ of golf course architecture (1911 – 1937), Old American’s natural contours, hazard styles, native grasses and green shapes were influenced by such works of art as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs. www.oldamericangolfclub.comtop 5 buddy trip locales

The Tribute

Situated next to Old American in The Tribute Resort Community, The Tribute is a true links golf experience simulating some of the most famous and challenging holes from renowned Scottish courses such as St. Andrews, Troon and Prestwick.

Where to stay:

NYLO

This chic 76 room boutique hotel developed by South Side steward Matthews Southwest opened in 2012 amid palpable buzz. The 102 year-old building in the trendy neighborhood is an architectural all-star in Dallas’ lodging lineup. Walls are adorned with works from local artists, and the rooftop “Soda Bar” with its infinity pool and casual grill and has become one of the most popular “hangs” in the city.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.

Where to play:

Sea Pines Resort

This iconic resort is home to 54 holes, including world-renowned Harbour Town and one of the most distinguished events on the TOUR schedule, the RBC Heritage. The course is known for its tight fairways, small greens, and famous 18th hole with the lighthouse. Sea Pines also boasts two additional layouts – Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean Course. www.seapines.comTop 5 U.S. buddy trip locales

Palmetto Dunes Resort

Just a few miles north of Sea Pines are another trio of can’t-miss courses. The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course was the first design at Palmetto Dunes and named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year” in 2003 by the S.C. Golf Course Owners Association. The seven-mile lagoon system makes for some challenging holes across the 7,000 yard layout, and some of the best scenery on the island with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. www.palmettodunes.com

Where to stay:

The Inn at Harbour Town

The recently renovated 60-room boutique hotel at The Sea Pines Resort is the recipient of Four Diamond and Four Star ratings from AAA and Forbes, respectively. Steeped in gracious Southern charm and surrounded by mesmerizing seascapes along the Calibogue Sound, guests will enjoy an intimate sun deck and pool and a relaxing, secluded whirlpool-spa with unobstructed views of holes one and nine of Harbour Town Golf Links. www.seapines.com

 PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA.

Where to play and stay:

PGA National Resort & Spa

The South Florida mainstay offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic, and the newly remodeled Fazio Course. The Champion showcases the legendary “Bear Trap” – one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in the game. On-site programs from both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with tour level custom club fitting from the PGA National Club Fitting Lab, are available.  The resort’s 379 guest rooms include individually-themed “specialty” accommodations ideal for golf buddy trips. After a round, indulge in one of more than 100 treatments offered by The Spa at PGA National, lounge in the magnificent zero-entry pool, or enjoy the chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood signature restaurant and sophisticated lobby iBAR. The legendary South Florida destination additionally offers a world-class 33,000 square-foot health-and-racquet club with 19 Har Tru tennis court. www.pgaresort.com

I am Fernando, Editor and Publisher of South Florida Golf. My goal will always be to make sure you have a great time while visiting our website or reading our digital magazine. I'm an old school guy happily married with 35+ years of serious golf under my belt. Former mini-tour player, Florida Atlantic University Grad... I follow Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins, Panthers and anything related to South Florida .. Contact me at fs@sfgmagazine.com or @SOFLAGOLF

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