Parkland Style Golf Courses

Typically located inland, parkland courses have well-kept fairways, mature trees, thick rough and many bunkers.  They are lush and well manicured.  The most prestigious ones have immaculate landscaping with flowers, hedges, specialty bushes and trees.  Greens are typically mildly undulating and small. Water hazards are usually manmade often with waterfalls and rock walls.  They have a park-like feel.

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Hawaii

Wailea Gold Course

Fabulous ocean views, classic Hawaiian black lava outcroppings and excellent conditioning. Minutes from the beachfront hotels and villas.

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Mexico

Vista Vallarta Nicklaus

Steady views of the Sierra Madre mountains are comforting but undulating greens, strong bunkering and forced carries make this course a meaningful challenge.

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Mexico

Vista Vallarta Weiskopf

Among plentiful bougainvillea and disinterested iguanas are frequent gullies to carry and dense jungle that devours wayward shots.

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Mexico

El Tigre Golf Club

Slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean, mango and palms trees combine with abundant water features and views of the Sierra Madre mountains. Easy access from the oceanfront hotels.

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Florida

Old Corkscrew Golf Club

A cornerstone of the Southwest Florida golf experience, there are no homes on this course. A natural well-balanced layout with an excellent mixture of water, trees and bunkers.

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Florida

Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club

Tiburon’s Gold course designed is one of the most magnificent golf courses in all of Florida. Architect Greg Norman deftly incorporates water hazards,  adds difficult stacked sod-wall bunkers and converts critical areas of rough into coquina shell waste bunkers.

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Florida

PGA Golf Club Dye Course

Developed by the PGA of America, PGA Village is a community built around learning and playing the game of golf. It serves as the winter home to PGA professionals. PGA Village includes the PGA Golf Club, the PGA Center for Learning and Performance and the PGA Education Center, the training forum for PGA apprentice professionals.

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Florida

King and Bear at World Golf Village

The only golf course in the world co-designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Winding through the residential communities of the Village, it’s long, not tricky with a mixture of their design styles.

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Florida

Slammer and Squire at World Golf Village

With moderate length, little rough, wide fairways and less penal bunkering, the Slammer and Squire is fun and very playable. The sister course, King and Bear nearby, is longer, tighter and more challenging.

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Carolinas

Pinehurst No. 9 – The National

The only Nicklaus course in the Sandhills area. Built in 1989, No. 9 is more challenging than typical Nicklaus courses as it represents his early work. The water holes are memorable and it’s very well manicured.

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Carolinas

Pinehurst No. 8 – The Centennial

Designed by Tom Fazio to celebrate the centennial year of Pinehurst Resort. We rank it third behind Major Championship caliber No. 2 and the Gil Hanse refurbished No. 4 as the best courses to play at Pinehurst Resort.

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Carolinas

Pinehurst No. 7 – The Fairwoods

A Rees Jones design with some of the largest greens in the stable of resort courses.  The terrain is the most hilly of the nine Pinehurst courses. 

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Carolinas

Pinehurst No. 6 – Fazio Design

A George and Tom Fazio design is not as striking as the other Fazio design No. 8. But it’s no “piece of cake”. The uphill elevated greens are frustrating to reach. Not as busy as other courses, you’ll find the perfect place to start a Pinehurst Resort vacation.

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Midwest

The Bog Course – Wisconsin

A challenging, lush tournament quality course with great value. It’s also 100% bentgrass on tees, fairways and greens. Only forty-five minutes south of the 2020 Ryder Cup course Whistling Straits.

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Northwest

Salish Cliffs Golf Club

Salish Cliffs Golf Club is associated with LIttle Casino Resort nearby. It’s a fun high-quality well-manicured golf course framed by beautiful towering pines. And it’s 100% bentgrass on tees, fairways and greens.

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Northwest

Couer d’Alene Golf – Floating Green

The floating green Par3 at Couer d’Alene Golf Resort course is an unusual but entertaining experience. Lake Couer d’Alene is a favored vacation destination in the Idaho panhandle.

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Northwest

Silvies Ranch Golf – Reversible Course

Oregon’s newest golf resort located a working ranch in Eastern Oregon is the second reversible course in America. Fascinating. And it’s an impressive full-size course – in both directions.

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Hawaii

Kapalua Golf – Plantation Course

With breathtaking ocean and mountain views and ranked #1 in Hawaii by Golf Magazine, the Crenshaw-Coore Plantation course is a unique experience and a must-play on Maui.

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Midwest

Wild Rock Golf Club

In the Dells vacationland area of central Wisconsin and designed by the same architects as the nearby US Open Course, Erin Hills, Wild Rock Golf Club is a beautifully crafted championship golf course

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Midwest

University Ridge – Wisconsin

Home to the University of Wisconsin golf teams, the University Ridge Golf Course get’s its name from the glacial ridges that covered the region. It’s as good a natural golf setting as you will find with excellent variety, conditioning, layout, and service.

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