Golf is a great sport to play whilst on holiday, and America is home to some of the world’s best courses. You can relax and enjoy high-quality cuisine at world-renowned golf clubs, practice your swing on the driving range, or spend the whole day enjoying professional courses that are used by master golfers from the world over. If you’re not a keen golfer, many golf clubs have superb facilities, and expert tuition means that it’s never too late to start the sport.
Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia
One of the most famous golf clubs in the world, the Augusta National is home to the US Masters, which takes place each year in the first week of April. The club boasts long, smooth fairways that are lined with fresh-smelling pine trees, and stone bridges are dotted along the manmade lakes. Unfortunately the course is membership only, so check out our list below for some great public trails and courses to visit on your road trip.
Southwood Golf Course, Florida
Florida is famed for its beautiful weather, and the golf courses here attract professionals from the world over. Southwood was designed by professional golfer Fred Couples, along with architect Gene Bates, and is a relatively new course on the scene, as it was only completed in 2002. It might be new, but it’s quickly become one of the best courses in the south, boasting a practice range and great facilities for beginners.
When visiting, you’ll walk over Spanish moss, pass by tall elegant oak trees and enjoy rolling hills that provide a challenge for all golfing levels. If you’re looking to stay here for a little longer to explore the area, Southwood has a wonderful selection of cottages, allowing you to ‘stay and play’. Explore the history of Southwood House, built in 1865, or take one of the lessons that are available from professional golfers at the club.
Robert Trent Jones Trail, Alabama
Set across 26 championship standard courses across Alabama, this trail has 11 sites, and is a vast project unmatched by any other in the US. Several of the courses have resorts attached, so you’re set for somewhere to stay if you want to lengthen your trip, and many of them even have world-class spas, so if you’re not into golfing, you can relax and enjoy a pampering session whilst your other half is trekking down the fairway.
Each site in this trail has unique benefits, but we favour Capitol Hill, in Prattville. It’s undoubtedly one of the most popular spots on the trail, and has been ranked amongst the best in the US. Made up of three courses, The Judge sits along the back of the Alabama River, whilst The Legislator and The Senator both have their own challenges for you to tackle, the latter boasting 160 pot-hole bunkers.
Fallen Oak, Mississippi
Mississippi is a place of rich natural beauty, and golf course architects have remembered this when creating the many courses that are dotted across the state. For a glimpse into the history of golfing, head to the Great Southern Golf Club (Mississippi’s oldest club), in Gulfport. If you’re after an award-winning experience however, venture to Fallen Oak. One of the newer kids on the block, this course is arguably the best public course in the state, and plays host to PGA Tour events.
Created by architect Tom Fazio, the course boasts interesting bunkering and alterations in height, which have made it famous. It also boasts 9,000 square feet of putting green, and has superb practice facilities if you’re looking to sharpen your skills. Just 20 minutes south of Fallen Oak in the car takes you to Biloxi, which is home to a huge hotel and casino complex, as well as beautiful white sandy beaches.
Audubon Golf Trail, Louisiana
Made up of 13 courses, this trail in Louisiana weaves through the state’s natural landscape, covering all five regions. The people here are dedicated to preserving the state’s natural environment, as well as creating great golf courses, and you’re likely to run into some wildlife whilst strolling down the fairway.
Named after artist and naturalist John James Audubon, this trail is a beautiful collection of courses, but our favourite is the Olde Oaks Golf Club in Haughton. It was designed with PGA champion Hal Sutton, who comes from the area, and has 27 holes of varying difficulty. It’s become famous for being surrounded by local nature, so it’s a great place for wildlife spotting!
Pack your clubs and prepare to tee off!
The deep south offers some beautiful driving opportunities, and when you rent a car with Alamo, you can spend as little or as long as you like touring the many golf courses here.