Top places to play golf in 2011

My feelings, you either love to golf or you hate to golf. I Love it. Just the idea of me getting away to de-stress and play 9 ( or 18 holes if I am lucky ) of golf just soothes my sole. I actually get excited to load up the clubs and shoes and head out for my favorite golf course.

Some people just don’t get it though. They just look at me with a blank expression when I talk about golf.

To me It’s more then just hitting a little ball around with a iron club, its the feeling you get when you are out there on the course. I love to golf early in the morning when the birds are chirping and the day smells fresh and I am rested. It just sets the mood for me for the rest of the day.

But that is a feeling that only golfers can feel, only golfers can relate to. This lens is for people who love to golf and appreciate it like I do.

So here at HTR we decided to list some of our favorite Golf Courses and call them the top 18 (in no particular order listed below)

Top 17 Golf Course to play in 2011!!!

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif. Golf Rates: Resort Guests $495 incl. cart Non-Resort Guests $495 + cart

2. St. Andrews (Old)

St. Andrews, Scotland.

The Old Course is the Home of Golf where golf was first played 600 years ago. It remains a real test of golf for today’s champions. The fabled original links course is synonymous with The Open Championship which it has hosted more times than any other venue and will host for a 28th time in 2010. Despite its reputation and status, it is a public course and is one of seven public courses at St Andrews Links.

Golf Rates:Low season Old Course, 1 January – 31 March 20 £64 ~ Shoulder Season Old Course, 1 – 17 April 2011 £91~ High Season, 18 April – 16 October 2011 £140~Low Season, 1 November – 31 December 2011 £70

Hotels in Scotland

3. Turnberry (Ailsa)

Turnberry, Scotland Golf Rates £90-£110 Caddie: £40 plus gratuity at own discretion, per person Club hire: £70 per person per day; £50 per person per round; £30 per person per 9 holes

Hotels in Scotland

4. Spyglass Hill

Pebble Beach, Calif.  Golf Rates: Resort Guests $350 incl. cart Non-Resort Guests $350 + cart

“Spyglass Hill is possibly the hardest of the courses on the Monterey Peninsula. The hilly land tumbles down towards the sea, leaving fairways lined with cypress trees and Californian pines liberally laced with areas of brilliant white sand.

The course designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1966, makes heavy demands on both the mental and physical resources of those who play. On a windy day it can become almost impossible and in fact is rarely played at its fully championship length of 6,810 yards.

Hotels in Monterey

5. Mayakoba (El Camaleon)

Maya Riviera, Mexico

6. CordeValle

San Martin, Calif.

7. Torrey Pines (South)

San Diego Golf Rates: Non-Residents $110-289

Hotels in San Diego

8. Classic Club

Palm Desert, Calif.

9. Grayhawk (Raptor)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

10. Ballybunion Golf Club

Sandhill Road, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

The Old Course exudes a majestic feel that simply cannot be compared to any other course on earth. With beautifully contoured fairways that tumble down through a blanket of grassy dunes, it’s no wonder these challenging holes have been consistently rated among the top courses in the world.

Golf Rates: €65pp-€180pp

11. Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock Co. Dublin Ireland Golf Rates: €120pp-€180pp

Hotels in Dublin

12. Lahinch Golf Club,

Liscannor Road, Lahinch, County Clare

13. Royal County Down Golf Club
Newcastle Co Down. Northern Ireland

To February: £50 per round. March £75 per round. April £100 per round.

May to October: Weekdays £165 per round am / £150 per round pm. Sunday pm £180 per round. Two rounds in one day £250

14. Whistling Straits®

Kohler, Wisconsin Golf Rates: $180pp-$350pp

15. Pinehurst No.2
Village of Pinehurst, NC

Golf is as much a part of Pinehurst as the pines themselves.  More than a century ago, Ross laid the foundation for this resort to become as loved as the game itself.  There’s a reverence for the game found here that lives in the traditions, championships and legends that have made Pinehurst one of the most storied golf resorts in the world.

Hotels Near Pinehurst

16. The Stadium Course

Bro Sweeden

Outside Stockholm, Sweden

Hotels in Stockholm

17. St. Annes Golf Club

Dollymount, Dublin 5, Ireland Golf Rates: €40pp-€50pp

Situated on Dublin’s most famous ecological attraction – Bull Island Nature Reserve in Dublin Bay. The island, a bird sanctuary under the protection of Unesco, is natural links terrain of sand and dunes. The island’s beach is over three miles long.

In 2003 St Anne’s completed a major development of the course and clubhouse, which affords spectacular panoramic views of the bay and Wicklow mountains beyond. Visitors are welcome all year round and will be greeted with traditional friendliness.

Hotels in Dublin

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