You want your buddies (or maybe spouse) to join you on a special trip to the Masters, but not everyone’s crazy about golf. All of you can still have fun thanks to this list of famous golf tournaments and world-class courses plus terrific non-golf attractions. Don’t miss the video on traveling with golf clubs at the end.
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Augusta, Georgia: The Masters – April 9-12. Augusta is also fun if you want to visit studios, specialty shops and great restaurants in Artists Row, or take a canal boat ride, tour the boyhood home of Pres. Woodrow Wilson or see other elegant mansions. Learn more here.
University Place, Washington: U.S. Open (at Chambers Bay) – June 15-21. Hike the Chambers Creek area for beautiful views of the Puget Sound and enjoy a brew pub in University Place or head 30 miles north to Seattle for its lively arts and music scene, great coffee and nearby Olympic National Park. Learn more here.
St. Andrews, Scotland: The Open Championship – July 16-19. Visit Scotland’s oldest university (yes, St. Andrews), view the botanic gardens, tour an Edwardian mansion or a distillery, and remember that Edinburgh is just 50 miles down the road. Learn more here and here.
Kohler, Wisconsin: PGA Championship (at Whistling Straits) – Aug. 13-16. A mile down the road is Sheboygan, right on Lake Michigan where you can you hike or bike, or get out on the water to fish, wind surf, and so much more. Hungry? Sheboygan says it is the Bratwurst Capital of the World! Learn more here.
More Great Golf, More Great Attractions
Pebble Beach, California: Cyprus Point Club. Pebble Beach is on the Monterey Peninsula, just up the road from Carmel and Big Sur and arguably the most beautiful region in California. Take the 17 Mile Drive or cruise the Pacific Coast Highway for best scenic views but the area has plenty of terrific hotels, restaurants and shops, too. Learn more here.
Melbourne, Australia: Royal Melbourne. The state of Victoria’s capital offers incredible beaches, very cool nightlife, wonderful spas, historic sites, friendly people, national parks and reserves where you can see kangaroos and koalas and – well, isn’t that enough? Learn more here.
Gullane, Scotland: Muirfield. Gullane is described as a “well-kept village along the coast of the Firth of Forth” which boasts a ruined castle, excellent walks along the beach, windsurfing and more and again, the lovely and lively Edinburgh is not far away (20 miles away). Learn more here and here.
Travel Tips for Golfers
VIDEO: Rick Seaney travels with golf clubs a lot and knows some short-cuts.