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Some time ago, we told you where to vacation so you could catch your favourite sports event, live. Now here's a heads up on where to travel, to combine a few games of golf with some rest and relaxation.
Reuters published a list of different courses around the globe where golfers can get their fairway fix.
Go to: Portugal
Why: European golfers, and now Americans, flock to Algarve, Portugal. The European destination has a lot to offer by way of golf - visit San Lorenzo, Vale de Lobo, Vilamoura, and Quinta do Lago for the ultimate resorts known for not only luxurious courses, but also their food and wine.
Go to: Spain
Why: Known by some as Europe's version of Myrtle Beach, Costa del Sol is full of A-list visitors who come for the sunny courses and beautiful coastline. The 1997 Ryder Cup was held at nearby Sotogrande, which adds to the reputation of the area. Also be sure to check out Aloha, Las Brisas, and Torrequebrada.
Go to: Scotland
Why: Golf's homeland, the sport has been played here since about the 15th century, and havens like St. Andrews, Carnoustie, and Gleneagles are ideal spots for anyone truly invested in golf. Some pros even joke that Carnoustie should be called "Car-nasty" because of its level in difficulty.
Go to: The USA
Why: There are enough top golf courses across the US to keep any golfer happy. Orlando, Florida boasts the most tour pros per square mile than any other city and has a huge variety of public-access golf. Ponte Vedra Beach is home of the PGA Tour, and is known for Players Championship Venue TPC at Sawgrass. Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson in Arizona and Lake Tahoe in California are also hot (and luxurious) golfing destinations. Golfers flock to Hawaii's 54-hole complexes like Kapalua and Wailea. The Garden Isle boasts Pacific gems like the Princeville Resort, Kauai Lagoons, and Poipu Bay.
Go to: Ireland
Why: Rolling green hills extend far beyond golf courses here. Two of the best courses in Ireland are Royal Portrush and Royal County Down in Northern Ireland. In County Kerry, Dooks, Killarney, Tralee and Waterville are the VIPs, and in Dublin, Portamrnock, Druids Glen, and the European Club are prime go-tos.
Go to: Canada
Why: An ideal mountain location, Whistler is just 90 minutes north of Vancouver, and resorts like Big Sky and Chateau Whistler. In Prince Edward Islands, try the Brudnell River Resort, and (arguably) Canada's best, Links at Crowbush Cove.
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