Are you ready for the golf-travel life as you plan for an adventurous year ahead? The flight team at Vincent Jets is here to help! Looking for some of the Best Golf Courses in 2021? We got you covered.
In recognition of the reality of Covid safe travel, reservation policies at most resorts remain generous, ranging from full refunds on cancellations to credits for future use, at no penalty. The trickiest part, at some of the most popular destinations, is simply getting a tee time and a room so why not plan for a road trip with your crew once you land to make the best of it?
Tee times may be tougher to come by this year, with cancellations spilling over from 2020 – however, there is still great golf to be had! The US, UK, and Ireland are loaded with top-notch courses that don’t always make the pages of glossy magazines but our concierge team is ready to get you to. “As we continue to climb out of this pandemic, as quarantines lift, opportunities will exist for great golf trips,” says Gordon Dalgleish, president of PerryGolf. “At that point, it might become a tradeoff of your sheer desire to travel and what compromises you might have to make to do so. And in any event, the prospect of a golf trip might look very appealing compared to sitting at home and watching the four walls.”
Golfers dream big. We all want to play the greatest courses and stay in the most luxurious hotels and inns, and when our thoughts drift to where we might travel, we often settle on the legendary destinations with names that are synonymous with the game: Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, The Greenbrier, Sea Pines, Sea Island, The Broadmoor. These resorts are home to some of the greatest courses, but they are also large, complex properties near other golf destinations with numerous golf courses and something different for every mood and every vehicle.
1. Northern California—From Monterey to Wine Country
PLAY: Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay, Old Del Monte. If you head north to Half Moon Bay and tackle the Ocean and/or Old Courses, or continue to wine country and take on the Tom Weiskopf design at Langtry Farms and the two courses at Silverado, with a nice bottle of 2015 Mt. George Merlot at the 19th hole.
DRIVE: Tesla Model X. Your foursome will have plenty of room to stretch out. And if there’s anywhere you should drive an electric vehicle, it’s California.
2. Florida’s Historic Golf Trail—With the Top Down
PLAY: Florida has some of the richest golf histories, starting at The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s Ocean Course. Then visit the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine. Try to work your way south to Lake Wales GC, the Donald Ross-designed (Brian Silva-restored) Biltmore Golf Club in Coral Gables, and Miami Beach Golf Club. If you’re game, go all the way to Key West Golf Club, and conquer the southernmost course in the U.S.
DRIVE: Jeep Wrangler. The open-air Wrangler will accommodate a twosome nicely and is perfect for a beach trek or two along the way.
3. Northern Michigan—Woods and Waves Tour
PLAY: Either of the two standout tracks at Tullymore Golf Resort, and all 36 at spectacular Arcadia Bluffs, then to Bay Harbor Golf Club and play all 27 there. Next, make time for Treetops in Gaylord, where you’ll have your choice of five courses, including one of the best par-3 courses in America. End your trek at Boyne Highlands, where four more excellent courses await, including the Donald Ross Memorial Course with 18 Ross replica holes.
DRIVE: Cadillac Escalade ESV. The larger-than-life (and Arlington, Mich.-built) Escalade ESV will be right at home on the shore of Lake Michigan.
4. Mile-High Swing Through the Colorado Rockies
PLAY: Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton, where huge slabs of red rock flank their fairways. Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden, with its own triceratops footprints. Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction—which offers the one and only Colorado National Monument as a backdrop. Near Vail, play Red Sky Golf Club, Keystone Ranch, and Eagle Ranch. End your trip at the iconic Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, whose East Course has played host to many USGA national championships.
DRIVE: Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo. This all-wheel-drive estate wagon has lots of cargo space and 473 horsepower—more than enough to handle the steep inclines of the Rockies.
5. Bayous & Bourbon Street—The Louisiana Audubon Golf Trail
PLAY: The Pelican State’s Audubon Golf Trail, named for naturalist John James Audubon, includes three Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certified golf courses. You will absolutely want to play: Audubon Park Golf Club, a par-62 gem just minutes from downtown; Carter Plantation, the first course from Louisiana native David Toms; Bluffs Golf Resort, where water comes into play on half the holes; Tamahka Trails, named after the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s word for alligator; and TPC Louisiana, host for years of the PGA Tour’s Zurich classic.
DRIVE: Dodge Ram 1500 Limited. This is the Deep South. Only a pickup truck will do. The four-door version of the 1500 is as cushy as they come.
7. Escape from New York
PLAY: Visit the three most superb courses at Turning Stone Casino in Verona; Deveraux Emmet’s 1909 Golden Age classic at Leatherstocking Golf Club in Cooperstown; Donald Ross’s 1928 course at The Sagamore near Lake George; Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs; and Ravenwood in the Finger Lakes Region—which happens to be where you can also sample the products of some of New York State’s finest wineries.
DRIVE: Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon. Lightning-fast with tons of space, this supercar with a liftgate lets you travel in comfort and style and is as well-suited for the twisty roads of the Adirondacks as it is for the canyons of Manhattan.
9. New Scotland: Nova Scotia
PLAY: Let’s state the obvious. You are going to start at Canadian architect Graham Cooke’s standout at Glen Arbour near Halifax. Play scenic Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa on the Bay of Fundy, then work your way north and east to Fox Harb’r near Pugwash and its fun, links-like back nine. From there, it’s up to Cape Breton, where the ever-beautiful Cabot Trail will take you to World’s Top 100 Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs, and Stanley Thompson’s stellar Highland Links, which like the Cabot twins offers unforgettable ocean views from many holes.
DRIVE: Audi RS7. This wide-bodied sports sedan can accommodate four people, and with 600 horses under the hood and an adjustable air suspension system, it’s the next best thing to a limo.
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