One of the fastest growing sports in popularity is most definitely golf. Although it is still a relatively expensive past time, when you factor in the cost of club fees and equipment, the advent of golf as part of the sports program in many high schools and colleges has made it initially accessible to far more and way younger people than before.
Like a lot of sports once you get hooked, or even perhaps good enough to turn professional or make a career from it, you will no doubt find a way to finance your new found passion! Both men and women alike enjoy the thrill and skill of the game both as players and spectators.
Even children as young as four or five can be taught using smaller clubs and will thus learn at an early age the joy of pitting their skills against the terrain and the elements on any given course as well as a healthy dose of competition.
Maybe your experience of golf thus far amounts to a round of crazy golf or pitch n putt at a local resort where you reluctantly leave the far more exciting thrills and keeping the kids happy for a few hours! Do not assume that this relates in any way to the thrill of watching some of the most skilled athletes in the game test their wits and skills at a truly exacting course designed to test the limits of their bodies and minds.
With or without any expert knowledge of the game you will at the very least be thrilled by some of the most amazing scenery at the locations for some of the most iconic and therefore must see golf tournaments around.
As nice as some courses are at the club level nothing compares to the precision and thought that has gone into creating a top class course. Often times prestigious names from the world of golf, perhaps ex players and champions themselves, collaborate to design the most exacting and exciting courses for the benefit of both players and spectators alike.
To select the best courses is of course subjective but many are undoubtedly noteworthy because they combine the elements of great championship moments with history and landscape. The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia, is about as iconic as it gets. The history of this venue alone affords it must see status and with its lush tree lined greens and fairways and beautiful Azaleas is one not to be missed.
On the other side of the US is the home of one of the most well known and respected tournaments, Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This venue on the West coast in Northern California is absolutely stunning and the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean alone is sufficient reason to visit.
If you are a lone golf enthusiast in the family you will I’m sure be able to persuade the other members to tag along as this part of the States has much to offer be it Disney Land to the south or the thrill of Las Vegas where you can try your hand at blackjack tables if you are unsure how to play, you can check out this great guide, or you can give it a try online, before heading out on your trip.
Perhaps your location lends itself to a more European venue and what could be more in keeping with the history of the sport then to visit the great British Open, home of one of the most historic championships in the world. This is the oldest of the four major ones in professional golf dating back to 1860.
The championship is held at one of a number of traditionally links courses within the UK and these are selected and used on a rotational basis. The challenges of the weather and terrain are what make the golf at the British Open so exceptional and earn it a place on the must see list of tournaments.
AT&T National Tournament
The AT&T National Tournament held in Washington DC is normally held over the Fourth of July and has become a must for the best players.
The course itself presents exacting features that test the skill set of the players and the courses proximity to the nation’s capital make it attractive to the visiting spectator. There are several other noteworthy venues in the US such as the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines affording another venue with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Memorial Tournament played at the course that Jack Nicklaus built is considered one of the most picturesque and regularly attracts the top players to this beautiful course.
Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Finally if your wish is to get a little more exotic you could do a lot worse then visit the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii especially as it takes place in January.
The course features some quirky aspects and hilly terrain and the laid back nature of the plantation course make it a fun addition to the must see list of tournaments. Plenty here to excite and entertain the die hard fan and novice alike!