Monday, May 24, 2010

Golf Winner: Five Must-Play Golf Courses

How To Play Golf

The seasoned golfer is always on the hunt for the best of the best when it comes to new and exciting golf courses that are making waves in the industry. Here are five must-play golf courses in the United States.

1. Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon, NJ - Pine Valley, which is 15 miles from Philadelphia, is constantly listed in many reputable lists for the best golf courses in the world and the U.S. George Crump is the founder of the course and made the island the main focal point of the area. The tee is an island. Each plot is surrounded by sand, dense woods and water among beautiful scenery.
2. Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, CA - Cypress Point is known for its picturesque surroundings of the sea and wildlife (players have even had sights of deer roaming the area). The course, which was designed by Alister Mackenzie, is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. 3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in Southampton, NY - William Vanderbilt, Duncan Cryder and Edward Mead were the first to discover the area in the swanky Long Island town of Southampton. With the help of 150 Shinnecock Indians, a 12-hole course was constructed in 1891; the course had been upgraded and added several times afterward. A unique part of the course is that the longest par 4s play downwind while the shorter par 4s play into the wind. The course is challenging off the tee and from the fairway.
4. Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA - Oakmont is claimed to be one of the most difficult courses in America. The greens are slick and wildly contoured and combined with rough ditches along the fairways and nearly 200 bunkers. The course opened in 1903 and was to resemble the open links of Britain.
5. Pacific Dunes in Bandon, OR - Opened in 2001, many consider Pacific Dunes to rival Pebble Beach as the best public access course in the country. The course is difficult with consecutive par 3s and among beautiful scenery.