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Top golf destinations for Father’s Day

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The first day of summer in 2015 just so happens to be Father’s Day. From baseball games to family parties, few father-son traditions beat hitting the outdoors and shooting 18 holes on a beautiful golf course for a few hours. (Hint hint: Here’s an idea in case you haven’t bought a gift yet!) With over 35,000 golf courses in the world to choose from, we have highlighted just some of the best destinations to visit when you break out the clubs with Dad on your next trip.

South Carolina Coastline

  • From busy tourist areas like Kiawah Island near Charleston to Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach, South Carolina seemingly has a golf course within every couple miles. Myrtle Beach in particular is one location that has labeled itself the “Golf Capital of the World,” and with a large amount of courses open to the public, it is easy to see why.
  • Course Recommendations: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Barefoot Resort

 

Pebble Beach

  • Pebble Beach’s courses should be on anyone’s short list of golf spots to visit, as Pacific Ocean waves meet jagged coastline at this golfer’s paradise on the California coast. Located roughly an hour and a half south of San Jose, Pebble Beach boasts some of America’s oldest and most challenging courses to play on.
  • Course Recommendations: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, Cypress Hill, Poppy Hills, and the Links at Spanish Bay

 

Scotland

  • With some of the oldest and most beautiful natural golf courses in the world, all of modern golf’s roots can be traced back to the early 1500’s in Scotland. Just about any golf course you have ever played at also owes some form of its design to the early layouts of infamous courses like St. Andrew’s, so a trip here will surely make for that “once in a lifetime” flavor for you and your dad.
  • Course Recommendations: Campbelltown, Balmedie, Carnoustie, Dornoch, St. Andrew’s, Muirfield, Turnberry Resort, Royal Aberdeen Golf Course, Royal Troon Golf Course, Loch Lomond Golf Course

Melbourne, Australia

  • Victoria’s capital city offers quite a few beautiful golf courses and a great intro to the Land Down Under. Smaller greens and tight bunkers against many fairways make many courses here challenging, but this will only raise the stakes between you and your Dad to see who can shoot the lower score!
  • Course Recommendations: Victoria Golf Course, Royal Melbourne Golf Course, Kingston Heath Golf Course – Cheltenham

 

 

Southampton, NY

  • Right on the Southeast tip of Long Island you can find some of the most pristine golf courses on the U.S. east coast. Perfect for a long weekend away from the urban sprawl, you can play at a variety of golf courses on the Long Island coast, including notable U.S. Open sites.
  • Course Recommendations: Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links of America

 

Hawaii

  • A top vacation destination like Hawaii should also be on any golfer’s bucket list. Even better, any of the Hawaiian Islands will be a fantastic place to golf for your Father’s Day trip. With comfortable weather year-round, and landscapes ranging from volcanic peaks to ocean cliffs, it is easy to see why. Some of the more popular locations can be found in areas such as Kailua-Kona, Koloa, and Princeville.
  • Course Recommendations: Kapalua (Plantation), Nanea Golf Course, The Club at Hokuli’a, Turtle Bay Resort (Oahu)