Best winter golf destinations usa: Best Winter Golf Destinations in the United States

Best Winter Golf Destinations in the United States

North Carolina has a lot of great places to play golf in the winter but there are some times when it’s just not possible. So what are you to do when you want to play golf in the winter but can’t because of the North Carolina weather? You go to a great winter golf destination!


How to find a winter golf destination?

Think areas with warm weather! Here in North Carolina our winters can be unpredictable so you want to think of a destination that has pretty consistent temperatures during the winter. You also want to think of places that don’t get a lot of snow.


There are tons of them but some of the best winter golf destinations include:

Orlando, Florida

Florida has great weather during the winter and you don’t have to worry about snow. The Orlando area also has many other attractions which makes for a great winter getaway. You can enjoy a round of golf and then spend some time at one of their many amusement parks. The area also boasts of many great golf courses including the Championship Course at Bay Hill Club & Lodge and Waldorf Astoria Golf Club.


San Diego, California

Southern California also has great weather during the winter and the San Diego area has tons of great golf courses, making it a great winter golf destination. San Diego is also close to Los Angelas or Tijuana which are big tourist destinations. They have many golf course choices including the South Course at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course and Maderas Golf Club.


Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona winters are great for getting in a round of golf. The Scottsdale area also offers a lot of things for visitors and vacationers. The area has many different golf courses with views that you can’t get many other places including Saguara Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and the Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club.


Hilton Head, South Carolina

You don’t have to go far for this one! Even though Hilton Head isn’t that far from home, the weather there is a lot more conducive to winter golf. Hilton Head isn’t nearly as busy during the winter which makes it a great time to get in a round of golf at one of their many different golf courses. They have many different options including Atlantic Dunes at Sea Pines Resort and Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.


Miami, Florida

You can’t get much better winter weather wise than Miami! There is so much to do in this area that it would make a great winter vacation destination. The area boasts of many different golf courses including Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne and Soffer Course at Turnberry Isle Country Club.


Tucson, Arizona

Tucson doesn’t have quite as many golf courses as Scottsdale but it definitely has top quality courses. The area also has tons of hiking trails and parks that would make it a great winter destination. Tucson has many different golf courses including Sonoron Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Canyon Course at Ventana Canyon.


How should I prepare for my winter golf trip?

Prepare for your golf trip by stopping by Kelly’s Golf to make sure you have all the equipment you need. We can check your clubs to ensure they are in tip top shape before you make your way to your winter golf destination. This will help you play the best game possible while you’re there. We offer custom golf club fittings as well as many other services to help improve your golf game. We also sell new and used golf equipment so if you find that you are needing some new or more equipment, Kelly’s Golf is the place to go! Stop by today to check out our selection of new and used golf equipment and to chat about our golf services!



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The continental U.S.’s top 10 winter golf destinations

It’s looking like a long winter wonderland for golfers stuck in Northern climates.

Already dreaming of an escape to find the sun?

It will cost you. Not everybody has the means to tee it up on a Caribbean or Hawaiian island. Most Americans don’t even own a passport. That’s not a problem in Puerto Rico (although cost certainly is).

If you can’t afford the airfare to some dreamy tropical paradise, all is not lost. You can find plenty of golf courses open south of the Mason-Dixon Line and on the west coast. The 10 best winter golf destinations in the continental United States have golf courses for any budget, not to mention various lodging from luxurious to basic. Ready to plan an escape? Here are some of your best options:

1. Scottsdale, Arizona

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Premier courses: Cholla Course and Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club; Monument Course and Pinnacle Course at Troon North Golf Club; Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale; Raptor Course and Talon Course at Grayhawk Golf Club; North Course and South Course at Boulders Resort & Spa.

Average daily temperature: Dec.: 65 degrees. Jan.: 66. Feb.: 69.

What to expect: Scottsdale edges out California’s best. Most of its desert designs are resort friendly with wide fairways, although you’ll still lose balls to the cacti in the arroyos. Scottsdale’s modern restaurant and shopping districts, packed with bars, attract a younger crowd than SoCal’s Coachella Valley, fostering a more energetic vibe. There’s a much better sports scene nearby, too, with the Phoenix Suns (NBA), the Arizona Coyotes (NHL) and the Fiesta Bowl followed by spring training in the Cactus League. The desert sunsets never get old, either.

2. Coachella Valley, California

The Stadium Course at PGA West is a feared venue in La Quinta, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Premier courses: Stadium Course, Greg Norman Course and Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West; Dunes Course and Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort & Club; The Classic Club; SilverRock Resort; Players Course and Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort.

Average daily temperature: Dec.: 69 degrees. Jan.: 71. Feb.: 74.

What to expect: Palm Springs might be the most famous of the nine cities in the Coachella Valley, but all of them (Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, etc.) have restaurants, resorts, festivals, shopping and courses worth exploring. The surrounding desert and mountains provide a beautiful backdrop. The main drawback is most of the courses are surrounded by housing developments. For a change of pace, you can ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to an elevation of 8,500 feet to hike in the snow.

3. San Diego, Orange County

The view from the tee box on Maderas Golf Club’s par-5 18th is one of the best in San Diego county. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Premier courses: North Course and South Course at Torrey Pines; North and South Course at The Resort at Pelican Hill; Maderas Golf Club; Barona Creek Golf Club; Champions Course and Legends Course at La Costa Resort and Spa, The Grand Golf Club.

Average daily temperature: San Diego: Dec.-Feb.: 65 degrees. Los Angeles: Dec.-Feb.: 67.

What to expect: The worlds of Orange County (south of L.A.) and San Diego feel dramatically different, but both are loaded with bucket-list golf. Orange County reflects the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, while San Diego has the surfer «just chill, dude» mentality. The major downsides are the traffic jams and California sticker shock.

4. Naples, Florida

Jack Nicklaus returned to the course he played as a child to revive The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Courtesy of The Naples Beach Hotel & G.C.

Premier courses: Old Corkscrew Golf Club; Gold Course and Black Course at Tiburon Golf Club; Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club; Naples Grande Golf Club.

Average daily temperature: Dec.: 78 degrees. Jan.: 76. Feb.: 78.

What to expect: Most of the best clubs are hidden behind the gates of private communities. Other good options, like Naples Grande, require a stay at a resort for access, so don’t delay in making plans. Tee times at the best public golf courses in Naples fill up fast when the snowbirds land. It’s not always beach weather. Yet you wouldn’t know it by all the Michiganders and Ohioans in shorts splashing in the waves off the Gulf of Mexico.

5. Northern California

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Premier courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links; Spyglass Hill Golf Course; the Old Course and Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links; CordeValle; Pasatiempo; TPC Harding Park.

Average daily temperature: San Francisco: Dec. : 57 degrees. Jan.: 57. Feb.: 60. San Jose: Dec.: 61. Jan.: 60. Feb.: 64. Monterey Peninsula: Dec.: 58. Jan.: 58. Feb.: 60.

What to expect: The weather can vary wildly between the chilly microclimate surrounding San Francisco and Half Moon Bay and the milder one on the Monterey Peninsula. The drought has tempered the rainfall in the normally wet winter months. There’s so much to do and see that golf could easily take a back seat for a day or more to experience the San Francisco tourist traps (the Golden Gate Bridge, the street cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, etc.) or a coastal hike in Monterey.

6. Orlando, Florida

The 18th at Bay Hill Club & Lodge is considered among the toughest closers on the PGA Tour. Courtesy of Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Premier courses: Bay Hill Club & Lodge; El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort & Club; Waldorf Astoria Golf Club; The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes; New Course at Grand Cypress Resort; Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando; the International Course and National Course at ChampionsGate Golf Club.

Average daily temperature: Dec.: 72 degrees. Jan.: 71. Feb.: 73.

What to expect: Yes, the land of Mickey Mouse is overrun every winter by families and tourists. Considering the deep roster of courses, golfers also get a seat at the table. There plenty of resorts we haven’t even mentioned yet — the 54-hole Reunion Resort, the 36-hole Orange Lake Resort (plus two executive nine holers), the three (and a half) Disney courses, and the 54-hole Streamsong Resort, which is 90 minutes south in the middle of nowhere. It’s as close to Orlando as anywhere else. (GolfPass Members: Click here for Matt Ginella’s Ultimate Itinerary to Orlando)

7. Miami/Palm Beach, Florida

Doral’s Blue Monster Course, fresh off a Trump purchase and renovation, now costs $390. Courtesy of Trump National Doral Miami

Premier courses: Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami, Miller Course and Soffer Course at Turnberry Isle Miami; Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne; Biltmore Golf Course. Rees Jones course at The Breakers Palm Beach. Ocean course at The Breakers Palm Beach. Palm Beach Golf Course. Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa. Dye Course at PGA Golf Club.

Average daily temperature: Miami, Dec.: 78 degrees. Jan.: 76. Feb.: 78.

What to expect: Everything is hotter in south Florida — the forecast, the night clubs, the wardrobes on South Beach. Its golf scene ranges from a classic Donald Ross at the Biltmore in Coral Gables, to the legendary Blue Monster, which hosted the PGA TOUR from 1962 to 2016. With five courses, PGA National is one of golf’s largest resorts, led by the famous Bear Trap on the Champion course. The Breakers Palm Beach is one of the game’s most luxurious and most historic resorts. Its Ocean course is the oldest course in Florida. The Palm Beach par 3 course provides the best public golf right on the ocean in the region at an affordable price.

8. Mississippi/Florida/Alabama Gulf Coast

No. 3: Fallen Oak Golf Club, an amenity of Biloxi’s Beau Rivage, showcases the Mississippi Gulf Coast lowcountry. Courtesy of MGM International

Premier courses: Kiva Dunes Golf Course; Fallen Oak Golf Course; Shell Landing Golf Club; Camp Creek Golf Club; Shark’s Tooth Golf Club.

Average daily temperature: Biloxi, Mississippi: Dec.: 62 degrees. Jan.: 60. Feb.: 63. Destin, Florida: Dec.: 62. Jan.: 61. Feb.: 63.

What to expect: The sugar-white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are the attraction. Sections of the Gulf Coast are affectionately called the «Redneck Riviera,» a haven of high rises, spring breakers, T-shirt shops, crab shacks and bars. Don’t let the nickname scare you off. If you lean toward luxury, there are pockets of it (the WaterColor Inn & Resort for example). Several courses, especially Fallen Oak and Kiva Dunes, rank among the best in the country.

9. Tucson, Arizona

The tee shot on the par-5 seventh tee of the Hill nine at La Paloma Country Club heads towards the Catalina mountains. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Premier courses: Sonoran Course and Catalina Course at the Omni Tucson National Resort; Mountain Course and Canyon Course at Ventana Canyon; Starr Pass Golf Club; and The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

Average daily temperature: Dec.: 66 degrees. Jan.: 66. Feb.: 70.

What to expect: Tucson doesn’t have the sheer volume of courses as Scottsdale, but it’s got the quality on top to compete. The Dove Mountain course by Jack Nicklaus used to host the World Golf Championships-World Match Play event. Although the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour events packed up and left, Tucson remains a fun college town, home to the University of Arizona Wildcats. Parks and trails surround the city, winding through the Sonoran Desert and canyons of the Santa Catalinas Mountains.

10. Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Harbour Town Golf Links’ par-3 17th hole plays straight out towards the Calibogue Sound. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Premier courses: Atlantic Dunes and Harbour Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort; Robert Trent Jones Course, George Fazio Course and Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Oyster Reef Golf Club.

Average daily temperature: Dec. : 62 degrees. Jan.: 60. Feb.: 63.

What to expect: Marshes and oaks draped in Spanish moss define the courses of the Lowcountry. Weather-wise and turf-wise, conditions aren’t as good as high season in the spring and fall, but the island still delivers arguably the best winter weather of any golf destination in the Carolinas (including Myrtle Beach and Kiawah Island in South Carolina, and Pinehurst in North Carolina). Crossing the bridge back into Bluffton, golfers will find more memorable places to play: Old South Golf Links, Hilton Head National and the celebrated May River Golf Club.

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Winter Destinations 1: Florida — OnCore Golf

If you live in the land of ice and snow from November to March, you deserve a winter golf trip. However, there is nothing worse than leaving for rainy-cool to rainy-cold weather. If you’re buying a breather from the cold, go all the way to the end. We’ve put together a list of popular, fun, warm sunny places that are guaranteed to melt the frost in your limbs, joints and heart and guide you towards spring. First up is Florida.

If we break the solar state into segments, we get six separate areas that deserve attention. From the Panhandle in the Northwest to the three unique cultures of the East Coast, the Magical Middle and the West Coast, Florida means a lot to so many people. Let’s be honest: when you go to the tropics, you want more than golf. For this reason, we have removed two of our favorite golf destinations from this list. World Woods and Streamsong are spectacular golfing destinations, but each requires a trip to get to what’s going on.

Choose the location that best suits your personality and needs. With that in mind, let’s get down to business! Is it Florida? Those in Tallahassee may shake their heads no, but it has an FLA zip code (18 of them to be exact). To the west of the state capital, about 2 hours away, is Miramar Beach. Situated on a spit of idyllic coastal land, Florida MB is home to the Sandestin Resort. All those kids love this place during spring break, but you’ll love the chance to get away from the snowmen here. With 4 golf courses to choose from, variety will spice up your southern hit.

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Jax Beaches

We chose Sawgrass because of its 36 holes on site, including the world famous TPC course and its par 17 island green. The resorts and courses in the Jax Beach area are very similar to each other, and we wanted a place that had several courses, each of which was its own. When you watch the Players Championship every March, you not only tell your friends that you scored on every hole, but also remember the holes at Valley Course.

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Finding the perfect spot is a lot harder than Jax Beaches. We considered Orange County National and Shingle Creek but opted for a place with a little more golf and also a little more fun. Grand Cyparis is also very close to the land of the famous mouse, if theme parks are your thing. However, you won’t miss any of these three opportunities.

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Dayton Beach is always a little edgier than other parts of the FLA, it’s super-cool golf, motorcycles, space travel and the international headquarters of the LPGA. There are no clean golf resorts in the area, but that’s okay. Gets you up and about to see a bit of the region. For golf, we chose the LPGA International club. Built for the game’s top pros, headquartered on site and world famous Daytona Speedway right across the fairways.

LPGA International

East Coast

How do I cancel access to the 5 golf courses on site? No, you can’t, you can’t and you won’t. Every spring the PGA National hosts the Honda Classic during the Florida Swing on the PGA Tour, no small task. If the best in the world come here in search of a livelihood, this is proof of that. After you complete the course of the championship, four more courses await you, differing in layout, tasks and scale of fun. If you need to be in Miami, go to Turnberry. Apart from this requirement, West Palm will not harm you.

PGA National Resort

West Coast

Fort Myers can be tricky when you first visit. There is, of course, the city itself. There is also the island of Sanidbel, connected to the mainland by a long bridge or many boats. Like Daytona Beach, you won’t find multiple golf courses on your property, so choose a location that’s closer to the water, the action, or golf. Fiddlesticks, Estero, and Old Corkscrew are some of the toughest trails in coastal southwest Florida. With the number of northerners choosing to retire in the region, there are many more courses to suit your game and your budget. For the night we went to Sanibel harbor. Still mainland but right on h3O.

Sanibel Harbor


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Five Sne it’s not to be afraid of cold weather and arrange yourself a magical holiday surrounded by snow. To inspire you, we have compiled a selection of the most charming chalets, the most luxurious ski resorts and the best Northern Lights spots around the world.

Rosenheim Hakuba Nagano, Japan

See the snow-covered landscape from Rosenheim Hakuba

Rosenheim Hakuba is a ski resort with its own karaoke bar. The design of the hotel is much more traditional than its amenities. The hotel is built in the style of an old Swiss mansion with a lattice facade decorated with a large clock, and snow-covered firs grow on the slopes of the Japanese Alps surrounding the hotel. Take advantage of the shuttle service to Hakuba-Happo-One Ski Resort for an active day of skiing or snowboarding, then take a dip in the Rosenheim Hakuba’s hot springs.

The Lodge at the Flying Horse in Colorado, USA

Wake up to a winter wonderland in Colorado

Colorado is one of the snowiest states in the US and is famous for its almost ethereal scenery. Travelers staying at The Lodge at Flying Horse will be rewarded with views of the Rocky Mountains, covered in snow in winter. The complex features Weiskopf Golf Course, which is open during the off-season (playability is subject to weather conditions), a spa, swimming pool and luxurious lounges where you can sit back and watch the snowflakes dance outside.

Litli Geysir Hotel in Høykadalur, Iceland

Don’t miss out on seeing the Aurora Borealis in Iceland

The appearance of the Aurora Borealis cannot be guaranteed, but in the Høikadalur Valley of Iceland’s Golden Ring you will have a great chance to see this natural phenomenon. Litli Geysir Hotel takes its name from the nearby hot springs. At your disposal will be traditional Icelandic cottages, lit by the warm light of beeswax candles and decorated in a minimalist style. There are plenty of things to do in the picturesque surroundings, including a snowmobile tour and a sunrise geyser.

Le Faucigny Hotel de Charme, Rhone-Alpes, France

Admire the view of Mont Blanc

When it comes to a winter wonderland, Chamonix’s snowy peaks and classic chalets are hard to beat. Ski down the best slopes in Europe or take to the skies above Mont Blanc on one of the resort’s cable cars. Afterwards, head to the luxurious Le Faucigny Hotel de Charme to warm up. This modern chalet features a hot tub, sauna and a warm lounge with charcoal walls, a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Valen Cabins in Reine, Norway

Enjoy mountain and sea views in Reine, Norway

Valen Cabins are wooden holiday homes in the Norwegian fishing village of Reine.

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