A fantastic golf game depends on the course. The next time you need a gift for the golfer in your life, plan a trip to a city with legendary links. Just make sure there’s something for everyone to do.
Columbus, OH: The Legacy
Columbus seems like an unlikely city for a golfer. However, it’s the birthplace of Jack Nicklaus, who helped design Muirfield Village. EagleSticks, Granville Golf Club, and Cooks Creek are some of the best public courses in the country. Although Double Eagle, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, is private, you can at least sneak a few peeks at the legendary course.
For all the non-golfers on the trip, there’s an array of things to occupy your time. From the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to the city’s famous German Village, Columbus offers diverse activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Head to the Center of Science and Industry or the Columbus Museum of Art. See a show at Ohio Theater or Southern Theater.
Jacksonville, FL: The Weather
Jacksonville and the surrounding area boasts a host of golf courses that players love not only because there’s a green for every price point, but also because the winter golf is excellent. In fact, Jacksonville is a year-round hotspot for golfers. Players and fans alike flock to the city for the Players Championship and the PGA Tour. If you intend to attend either event, search Jacksonville hotels on Hotel Planner well in advance because rooms will go fast. You can specifically look for accommodations near the course you want to tackle as well, such as Deercreek or Hidden Hills.
Other than golfing, Jacksonville is a bustling beach town with miles of white sand beaches. It has attractions ranging from the Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve to the Museum of Contemporary Art. You can participate in various water sports, go on a brewery tour, or spend time at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens.
Hilton Head, SC: The Relaxation
Hilton Head is a more exclusive destination, but don’t discount it because of that. It’s a barrier island, so it’s small and inclusive with a rich base, but the vibe is leisurely, and the golfing is exquisite: Hilton Head is also called “The Golf Island.” It’s full of designer courses, boasting names such as Pete Dye, Willard Bird, Arnold Palmer, and George and Tom Fazio. Palmetto Dunes gets high marks for its courses, as do Hilton Head National and Oyster Reef.
The nightlife is lax and laid-back on the island. There are other things to do, but most of it involves chilling out and stopping to smell the roses. The shopping is lovely, and the beaches are worth a trip all their own. There’s often a live band playing on the beach, plus spas and tennis courts. You shouldn’t miss the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge or the Coastal Discovery Museum, either.
Where’s your favorite place to golf? Is it in the U.S. or abroad?