Top 5 Popular Outdoor Traveler Destinations for Golfers


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach golf course
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is known for its beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, white sand beaches, and water activities such as windsurfing, fishing, parasailing, and kayaking. It is also host to the numerous water parks, aquariums, and racing tracks that are scattered throughout the sun-soaked region.

However, Myrtle Beach offers more than just long stretches of alluring beaches and nightly entertainment; it also contains an array of world-class golf courses. Nicknamed the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World,” Myrtle Beach boasts 110 world-renowned golf courses designed by golf masterminds such as Jack Nicklaus, Francis Duane, and Arnold Palmer. There are even miniature courses for young golf enthusiasts in training!

Just a quick drive up the coast from Myrtle Beach is Thistle Golf Club, a luxurious and tradition-rich golf course inspired by  early 19th century Scotland. Complete with deep bunkers and naturally occurring water hazards, this course offers 27 holes, rolling fairways and bentgrass greens. Even the new clubhouse appears to be inspired by the majestic beauty of Scottish castles. With an almost perfect rating on Golf Digest, this Myrtle Beach golf course is ideal for golfers of any skill level.

St. Augustine, Florida

Situated in sunny Florida, St. Augustine is host to 43 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, dozens of recreation areas, and numerous state parks. In addition to the multitude of outdoor activities available — including camping, bird watching, swimming, water sports, hiking, and exploring the famous sand dunes of Anastasia State Park—St. Augustine is also a picturesque golf destination.

There are many courses to choose from, including St. John’s County Golf Course which features a 27-hole championship course. One can also visit The World Golf Village — just north of the main street and host to both PGA Tour Operations and the World Golf Hall of Fame. The World Golf Village also offers two championship golf courses: The King and Bear and The Slammer and Squire.

The King and Bear course is the result of a collaboration between golf legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, and remains their only joint-effort project to date. Just over 7,000 yards from the stone tees and just over 5,000 yards from the green tees, this challenging course is ideal for the seasoned golfer. Arnold Palmer was so enchanted by his course design that he even included hole 15 as one of his “Dream 18” in the Ryder Cup 2006 edition of Sports Illustrated.

The Slammer & Squire, however, is an 18-hole championship golf course designed for golfers of all skill sets. Bobby Weed consulted with Gene “The Squire” Sarazen and Sam “The Slammer” Snead to create a course with two distinct nines, rolling greens, and plenty of water hazards and fairways. With a great view of the World Golf Hall of Fame, The Slammer & Squire is an ideal course for any St. Augustine visitor.

Ozark Mountains, Ridgedale, Missouri

Buffalo Ridge golf course
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Framed by the majestic beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Ridgedale is an enchanting outdoor paradise complete with waterfalls, sparkling lakes and lush forests. The Mark Twain National Forest, a whopping 1.5 million acres, is perfect for exploring, hiking, and even ATV riding while The White River, Table Rock Lake, and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park are perfect spots for water skiing, tubing, scuba diving, and fishing. If you find yourself feeling adventurous, Fantastic Caverns offers tours of the underground riverbed, a beautiful scene that features crystallized formations and a rich history of Civil War Soldiers, moonshiners, and Indian tribes all seeking refuge in the vistas.

One of the most exciting draws of Ozark Mountains is the multitude of golf courses. After exploring the scenery and attractions the Ozarks have to offer, you can tee off at one of two world-renowned golf courses — the Tom Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Course and the Top of the Rock Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Whether you want to play eighteen holes or play on the pristine greens of a championship course, the beautiful mountain scenery will always provide a breathtaking backdrop to your game.

Boyne Falls, Michigan

Boyne Falls in northern Michigan features a naturally beautiful landscape and non-stop activities. From the mountains to the great lakes, this region offers a multitude of seasonal activities including skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, and sledding during the winter months, and fishing, swimming, kayaking, and hiking in the summer.

For golfers, Boyne Falls is a scenic paradise, offering two championship golf courses in close proximity to the falls. The Monument is a course that begins high on Boyne Mountain and ends on the signature island green of the 18th hole. Designed by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones, Pete Dye, George Fazio, and Dr. Alister Mackenzie, this scenic course is a legendary, playable hall of fame. Meanwhile, the 18-hole Alpine course offers panoramic views of Deer Lake.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Featuring unique shopping boutiques, charming snowy slopes, and exciting casinos, Wisconsin Dells is a spot for adventures of all kinds. With a scenic landscape and tons of fun activities for the family, Wisconsin Dells is a great family destination, especially for golfers.

The Wisconsin Dells feature various golf courses, including The Oaks at Christmas Village and the lush greenery of Wild Rock Club, ranked by Golf Magazine as the “Best New Course of 2008.” A rugged, expansive course that runs through a former quarry, Wild Rock Club is chiseled to perfection and remains one of the only quarry courses in the United States. The course is well-maintained and features five sets of tees, a driving range, chipping bunker, and putting green. Guaranteed to impress both scratch golfers and guests of the resort, Wild Rock Club is a golf course that any Wisconsin Dells visitor shouldn’t miss.