5 Dream Tee Times

Dated: 08/05/2013

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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 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
Killeen Course  Killarney Golf  Fishing Club
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
Ballybunion golf course
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
August National Nelson Bridge
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
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
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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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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