by T.J. AndersonIf you know me, you know I love golf.
I'm not completely obsessed, but definitely ... semi-obsessed. And, in
my fantasy world, I would wrap all of my vacations around a visit to an
incredible course in some far-flung location. Well, Augusta, Georgia,
isn't that far-flung, but the rest of my favorites are:
Adare Manor - Ireland Adare
Manor Hotel and Golf Resort in the village of Adare, County Limerick,
Ireland, is home to the last major course designed by legendary golf
course architect Robert Trent Jones, Senior. Located about two hours
from Dublin, this 18-hole championship course opened in 1995. The course
is simply gorgeous, surrounded by a 19th-century manor house turned
luxury hotel, lots of mature trees, and aquatic features like the River
Maigue and a 14-acre lake that anchors the front nine holes.
The Killeen Course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club - Ireland In
Killarney County, Kerry, Ireland, the Killeen course at the Killarney
Golf & Fishing Club is surrounded by lakes and a high, majestic
mountain range. Everything is undulating and greener than green. The
course re-opened in June 2006 and is said to be a challenge to long
hitters, as there is water complicating virtually every hole. Killeen
was the host venue of the Irish Open in 1991 and 1992, the Curtis Cup in
1996, and more recently the Irish Open in 2011 and 2012.
Ballybunion Colf Course - Ireland I
clearly am dreaming of an Irish golfing experience. This course on the
west coast of Ireland sounds like a dream come true, as it's situated on
a stretch of sand dunes that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. There are
actually two courses at Ballybunion--the Old Course and the Cashen
Course. The Old Course reportedly "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." Meanwhile, the Trent Jones Cashen
Course has a wild look, with an undisturbed shoreline and long grass
swaying over the sloping dunes.
Augusta National - Augusta, Georgia Augusta
National Golf Club has played host to The Masters since 1934; Among
other distinctions, the Masters is the only major tournament played each
year at the same course. Prior to becoming a golf course, it was plant
nursery. For that reason each hole is named after a tree or shrub. Part
of the course's intrigue--and much of its criticism--is derived from its
exclusivity. Earlier this year The New York Times observed,
"There is so much you cannot do at the site of the Masters, it is a
wonder the place was not named the Country Club of No." Controversy
notwithstanding, what really makes this course shine is how iconic and
perfectly manicured it is. Pretty as a picture, I tell ya.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort - Oregon Probably the most realistic of places I can play would be here. "Bandon
Dunes is true to the spirit of Scotland’s ancient links," reads the
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort website. Except Bandon Dunes isn't in
Scotland--or Ireland; it's in Oregon, designed by Scotsman David McLay
Kidd. Along Southern Oregon’s rugged coast, the five Bandon Dunes
courses embrace the miles of untamed shores and grassy dunes. The views
here are so pretty I feel sure I wouldn't be able to concentrate on the
game. Golf Magazine declared this "the finest land made
available for a golf course in America since Alistair Mackenzie was
shown the site for Cypress Point Club on Monterey Peninsula."What would be your dream course?
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