Golfers are becoming more adventurous, more cultured and generally cooler thanks to an influx of millenials helping to steer the game away from its conservative roots. With it comes a demand for golf destinations that offer an eclectic mix of awesome courses, gastronomy and places that are rich in culture & history. Here are 5 great golf cities as chosen by one of our Click On Makers:
5. Los Angeles
Any sunny day on the golf course is a good one and the weather in Los Angeles usually cooperates. LA is one of the coolest places in the world with its mix of sun, sea, mountains and sand. For the golf adventurer there’s a plethora of outstanding courses along the coast and inland. You can play Trump National in the morning which is nestled on the Pacific Ocean while a desert course in Palm Springs might be your choice for the afternoon. There’s so much more than golf however with awesome surfing, great hiking, and some wicked eating places that will give New York a run for its money.
Any golf adventurer seeking a sexy city full of glamor, beaches and other craziness should look no further than Miami. It’s always hot, it’s always buzzing and there just happens to be a string of great golf courses littered around the city like Turnberry Isle Resort and Doral. Get up early and hit the course before heading to the beach and flying around on a jet ski. There’s also extreme sports on offer like skydiving and parasailing for the daredevil adventurer.
Asides from being one of the most culturally significant and historical cities on the planet, London is the perfect destination for the golf adventurer. Around its charming centre are a string of golfing oasis’ such as London Golf Club, Wentworth, Sunningdale, and The Grove, all within an hour away. After you’ve played some golf, soaked in the city’s culture and watched a West End show, why not take a speedboat on the Thames and feel like James Bond for an hour?
If you’ve ever seen “Lost In Translation” or “Babel” then you already think Tokyo is the coolest place on earth. Conventional golf travellers don’t trek to Japan in search of golfing heaven because it’s not really considered a golfing mecca like the Dubai and Portugal’s of this world. Tokyo is one of the greatest cities on earth for its odd mix of robots, technology, stunning scenery, and of course, an epic nightlife. But there’s a string of golf courses about an hour away from the centre such as Gotemba Golf Club which offers insane views of Mount Fuji and the Pacific Ocean.
How can this culturally rich and wonderful city not be at the top of any golf list? Edinburgh is positioned an hour away from dozens of the greatest golf courses in the world, such as St. Adnrews, Kingsbarns, and Carnoustie to name just a few. The adventurer needs to travel to this part of the world during the August Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which brings in some of the best comedians from around the country.