Every golf enthusiast deserves to play on these top PGA Tour greens at least once. Each of these must-play courses is a masterpiece of exquisite beauty and sporting challenge—a golfer’s utopia—and designed by distinguished architects. Tee up where the pros tee up, and you’ll enjoy an insider’s perspective the next time you watch a tournament. Naturally, as some of the best resorts in America, each venue offers an impressive level of service, luxurious off-course amenities and knowledgeable caddies for a heavenly vacation in paradise.
Monterey | Pebble Beach Golf Links
Situated along the jagged rocks of California’s coast, Pebble Beach Golf Links sets up some of the most dramatic golf shots—and most scenic vistas—in America. With nine holes perched above the crashing Pacific surf and a few tough shots over an ocean cove atop a 75-foot-high bluff, it’s no wonder some of the most legendary moments in golf history took place here. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the breathtaking beauty and unique challenge of Pebble Beach Golf Links promises an exhilarating time. Pebble annually hosts the AT&T Pro-Am Tournament and will host its 6th U.S. Open in 2019.
Enveloped in blue sea and set against the gorgeous backdrop of the West Maui Mountains, The Plantation is ranked the number one golf course in Hawaii—some say it’s the best on the planet. This lengthy 7,411-yard championship course, with dramatic elevation changes, will have you hitting one of the longest drives of your life. At this Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore-developed island course, nearly every hole offers ocean views, with whale sightings that simply add to the thrill of playing in a phenomenal setting. The Plantation Course is home to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Located next to PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, this demanding course is for enthusiasts who are here purely for the love of the sport. Though Stadium Course is primarily recognized for the world-famous 17th hole on the iconic Island Green, players say the spectacular trio of the 16th –17th –18th finishing holes together was the most fun they have ever played. The layout is designed by the legendary architects Pete and Alice Dye. TPC Sawgrass is the birthplace of the Tournament Players Club Network and the annual site of THE PLAYERS Championship. (Be sure to check dates for 2016 renovation closures.)
Sedona | Sedona Golf Resort
For those who prefer the serenity of teeing beside venerable mountains, Sedona Golf Resort in central Arizona is the place to go. The magnificence of the crimson cliffs and the difficulty of a Gary Panks-designed championship course make for an unforgettable experience. As the course winds around the red rocks of Sedona, each hole provides a unique adventure.