There might still be snow on the ground and a chill in the air in some places, but a golfer’s thoughts are already turning to lush fairways and warm weather. What better way to start off spring than with a golf vacation?
Of course, not everyone has the financial wherewithal to jet to Scotland to play destination links courses. For the budget-minded golfer, there are still plenty of options for a trip that provides challenging courses for a good price — you can break par without breaking the bank.
Robert Trent Jones Trail, Alabama
Package costs: Unlimited golf with unlimited cart and range balls starts at $115 per person.
You can get great bang for your buck with this collection of courses in Alabama. Eleven sites across the state, all designed by legendary course designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr., make this a must for golfers.
Be sure to check out The Grand National Course at Opeleika, which plays host to a PGA Tour event.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Package costs: Starting at $100 per person per day
With more than 120 courses in the area, Myrtle Beach has all the golf you could ever want. One great option is the Legends Golf Resort, with five courses on site and Myrtle Beach National’s three courses just around the corner.
The resort offers free breakfast and lunch, with two beverages, for every round.
Package costs: $239 per person per night
The Orlando area has plenty of golf courses to choose from, so you should have your pick of places to play. Staying at the Mission Inn Resort gives you access to two courses on site, the Campeon and Las Colinas courses, which have host PGA Tour Latinoamerica Q schools.
San Diego, California
Package costs: $249 per night, unlimited golf
With 90 courses in San Diego County, you’ll have plenty of options of where to play. Challenge yourself on a PGA Tour course by playing the famous Torrey Pines, a public course.
One bargain is the Sycuan Resort and Casino, with access to Singing Hills Golf Resort.
Harbor Springs, Michigan
Package costs: Starting at $187 per night
You can’t go there in the heart of winter, but Northern Michigan has plenty of great golf courses when the weather warms up. The Boyne Golf resort features 10 courses, and there are plenty of package options.
Package costs: Starting at $139 per night
You might not think of “budget friendly” when you think of Miami, but the area has plenty of good golf at reasonable prices.
Miami Lakes Hotel, formerly known as Shula’s Golf Club, is a good place to stay and get access to the Senator Golf Course.
Package costs: Starting at $169 per night
The Scottsdale area has plenty of golf courses at all prices, but the Wigwam Resort provides challenging tracks at reasonable prices.
Plus, there are other affordable courses nearby, including Ocotillo Golf Club, Quintero and Wickenburg Ranch.
Palm Springs, California
Package costs: $149 per night
The mention of Palm Springs conjures images of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope playing exclusive courses, but there’s plenty of good golf available at reasonable prices too.
Owned by the city of La Quinta, the Silverrock Resort offers challenging golf at an affordable cost. And there are oodles of other courses nearby.
Package costs: Starting at $100 per night
You might not think of Tennessee as a golf destination, but you can find plenty of great courses at even greater prices.
Stonehenge Golf Club is the No. 1 resort in the state, with greens fees starting around $50. Beat that!
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Package costs: $599 per person
Kiawah Island is a great golf destination, with seven golf courses designed by luminaries such as Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye and Tom Fazio. It’s one of the more expensive destinations on this list, but the golf is fantastic. Staying at the Kiawah Resort can get you preferred rates on dining, as well.
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