World's 17 Best Golf Destinations (PHOTOS)

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted Apr 28th 2011 07:30 AM

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From the exotic to the familiar, the historic to the brand-new, a worldwide tour of 18 of the best places to tee off.

Each year around this time, golf clubs are summoned from cold garages and basements into living rooms while their owners begin plotting a new season in the sun.

Much wool has likely been gathered over the winter: calendars parsed, brownie points calculated, travel budgets massaged- upward.

To help in this process, Departures came up with a list of 17 of the best experiences the game has to offer. Admittedly, it's an idiosyncratic mix, with standard picks like top caddies and quaint country retreats alongside more unexpected ones (the farthest-off-the-radar golf nation and a favorite midday feast among them).

Some of these highlights can be found at new courses or clubs; others are as old as golf itself. All should someday make the leap from being a golfer's idle daydream to well-loved memory. Why not this year?--Thomas Dunne

Check out Departures' article on their favorite golf accessories here.

Text and photos courtesy of Departures Magazine.

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