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Top 10 golf destinations

india Updated: Nov 01, 2010 02:31 IST
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Play golf, with travel. Many golfers are known to spend their vacations in different courses around the globe for their fairway fix. If you’re one of them, or aspire to join the gang, here are the top 10 golf destinations you can’t miss.

1. Portugal
European golfers flock to Algarve, Portugal. Portugal 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.

2. Spain
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.

3. Florida
Orlando boasts of the most tour pros per square mile than any other city, and has a huge variety of public-access golf, with Bay Hill, Grand Cypress, Orange County National and Disney, just to name a few. Ponte Vedra Beach is home of the PGA Tour, and is known for Players Championship Venue TPC at Sawgrass. Other greats include Amelia Island and the World Golf Village.

4. Scotland
Golf’s homeland, the sport has been played here since the 15th century, and havens like St Andrews, Carnoustie, and Gleneagles are ideal spots for anyone invested in golf. Some pros even joke that Carnoustie should be called “Car-nasty” because of its level in difficulty.

5. Arizona
In Arizona, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson crank up the heat and offer premier golf courses in the desert, with luxurious places to stay. Take full advantage of the 30+ public access courses.

6. South Carolina
Golf meccas like Hilton Head and Charleston beckon athletes to enjoy its resort layouts, Ryder Cup venues and PGA Tour stops. Check out Harbour Town or Palmetto Hall in Hilton Head, and Kiwah Island Resort in Charleston.

7. Ireland
Two of the best courses in Ireland are Royal Portrush and Royal County Down. 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.

8. California
For a feel of nature, take a swing near Lake Tahoe, and for more luxurious amenities, head to Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay. In Palm Springs, plenty of resorts do the trick for desert climate, and San Diego delivers for SoCal chill.

9. Canada
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.

10. Hawaii
Golfers flock to Hawaii’s 54-hole complexes like Kapalua and Wailea. Other courses in Lanai and Kauai are renowned as well, and the Garden Isle boasts Pacific gems like the Princeville Resort, Kauai Lagoons, and Poipu Bay.