Top U.S. Golf Courses on 15 U.S. Islands
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
About an hour outside Charleston, South Carolina, sits a pristine island made just for a golf resort. Play on any one of five championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston.
Kiawah hosted at The Ocean Course, the 2007 Senior PGA, the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 1997 and 2003 World Cups, the 2001 UBS Cup and 2005 PGA Professional National Championship. In 2012 Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host the 94th PGA Championship, only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships.
The Ocean Golf Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – 18 holes, designed by Pete Dye, Named “#1 Golf Course in South Carolina” by Golf Digest. Turtle Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort designed by Jack Nicklaus gets a near perfect 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. Osprey Point, Oak Point, Cougar Point round up the Kiawah’s fab five.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
The Carambola Resort, on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, was once a private estate of Laurence Rockefeller. Robert Trent Jones-designed the par-72 Carambola Golf Course, which opened 30 years ago.Golf digest gave it a four-star rating and Golf Magazine gave it a gold medal for being one of the best resorts in the world.
Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island Plantation boasts 54 championship holes and consistently garners “Silver Medal Golf Resort” each year by Golf Magazine, Amelia Links, designed by Pete Dye and Bobby Weed, is a 36-hole configuration with two signature courses, Oak Marsh and Ocean Links.
Long Point, Tom Fazio’s design, is an 18-hole layout and must be booked a day in advance.
St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Golf courses are hard to come by in the US Virgin Islands, but George and Tom Fazio created a beauty– a 6,022-yard par-70, 18-hole course at Mahogany Run with stellar views of the Atlantic and the British Virgin Islands. A recent multi-million dollar course make-over included an irrigation system, recently re-grassed greens and renovated bunkers. The course has three signature holes known collectively as The Devil’s Triangle.
Marco Island, Florida
A recent redesign by acclaimed golf course designer Robert Cupp, Jr., is nestled in shallow wetlands. The Rookery at Marco Golf Course is 7,100 plus yards in length, players will experience great fairways, over-sized greens, and the choice to play from one of five teeing locations.
Designed with nature in mind, The course is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, paying close attention to the preservation of the ecological balance by providing areas where native bird life reside.
Catalina Island, California
A couple hours off the coast of Long Beach, California, a simple ferry ride lands you on one of the So. Cal’s only inhabited islands.
Santa Catalina Island’s Golf Course is the oldest operating golf course west of the Mississippi! A scenic 2,100-yard course has nine challenging holes, two sets of tees for 18-hole play, and is the former home of the Bobby Jones Invitational Tournament. Originally built by the Banning Brothers in 1892, this is history, folks!
What began as a three-hole course, it was expanded to 9 holes in the early 1900’s. In 1929, The Catalina Golf Course graduated to an 18 hole tournament-worthy course. The course features five Par 4 and four Par 3 holes.
There’s not much here to say about Hawaii’s jawdropping golf courses. So many to choose from at all playing levels, I’ve decided to just add this link for you to check then all out. Meander through the various options on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, and Oahu.
Bald Head Island, North Carolina
The Bald Head Island Club is an 18-hole seaside golf course. George Cobb, who for 20 years was the lead consultant at Augusta National, designed the course, leaving much of the terrain to nature. The Bald Head Island Club Course has a slope rating of 139, course rating of 74.3, making it a top 20 percent of course in difficulty. Golf Digest’s Places to Play gives it 4.5 stars.
Wellesley Island, New York
The Thousand Islands Country Club began in the late 1800’s when they were known as a palatial playground for some of the wealthiest families in America.
The location sits across from the resort village of Alexandria Bay in the heart of the 1000 Islands. 36 holes of pure golfing magic. The Old Course and it’s original 9 holes were built in 1894 by George Boldt, with an updrade in 1924 by course designer Seth Raynor who expanded the course to its present 18 holes.
The Lake Course, a slightly smaller and more “golfer friendly” for more casual play.
Sea Island, Georgia
Sea Island Resorts and golf is located off southeastern Georgia’s Atlantic coast, along five miles of private beach, The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club offers two championship Georgia golf courses. The Seaside Course — updated in 1999 by Tom Fazio is on Golf Digest’s list of “Top 100 Courses in the United States,” and rated No. 1 in the U.S. among the “World’s 50 Best Golf Hotels” by Golf Digest Index. It has hosted multiple USGA events, challenging golf’s best amateur players, and will again host the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic in Oct. 2011.
The Plantation Course lends to both accomplished and novice players at any level.