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Best Golf Destinations

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There's a whole lot more to play than the same 18 holes at your local course. Plus many popular golf destinations offer vacation packages that include hotel costs and green fees. To inspire you to break away from your normal clubhouse, U.S. News has ranked the world's Best Golf Destinations. Are these vacation locales the best places to tee off in your eyes? Cast your vote to help decide next year's list. And if you're interested in booking a trip, check out the Best Golf Hotels in the USA.

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#1 Monterey

#1 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: Two words: Pebble Beach. This 18-hole course north of Carmel has challenged heavyweights like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. The area also features a smattering of other beautiful courses, such as The Links at Spanish Bay. Just note that green fees here can cost a pretty penny. Read More »

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#2 Phoenix

#2 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: With more than 200 golf courses to choose from, the Valley of the Sun boasts plenty of places to hit the links. Take a swing at the Arizona Biltmore's two PGA Championship courses or at TPC Scottsdale. For more affordable greens, try the Gold Canyon Golf Resort. Read More »

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#3 Scottish Highlands

#3 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: Travel to the Scottish Highlands, where golfers have been aiming for par since the 1400s. Courses like Inverness Golf Club, Castle Stuart Golf Links and The Nairn Golf Club are just a few that draw in seasoned pros and average enthusiasts with impressive scenery and challenging holes.

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#4 Hilton Head

#4 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: This coastal South Carolina destination exudes a less kitschy vibe than its nearby counterpart, Myrtle Beach, and the golf is just as good. If you have to choose just one set of greens, hit Palmetto Dunes. These three courses offer gorgeous views of the Atlantic coast. Read More »

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#5 Punta Cana

#5 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: The Barceló Bávaro Golf Resort originally helped this overlooked Caribbean spot gain notoriety. Punta Cana now attracts golfers with courses that offer one-of-a-kind designs and views of the turquoise surf, such as Punta Espada Golf Course and La Cana Golf Club. Read More »

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#6 Bermuda

#6 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: This scenic getaway is known for its beaches, shorts, geometry and greens. You'll find seven courses within the island's mere 21 square miles; that's more courses per square mile than any other territory on the planet. For Bermuda's best, head to the Port Royal Golf Club. Read More »

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#7 Hawaii - The Big Island

#7 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: The Big Island offers more courses than any other Hawaiian Island. Many of the links are located along the coast, and boast spectacular ocean and beach views along with black lava-lined fairways. Check with resorts for package deals that include lodging and tee times. Read More »

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#8 Naples

#8 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: This serene Florida beach town attracts legendary golfers with its gorgeous greens. It seems like everyone's trying to make a mark here, with fairways designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Play a game like the pros at the Tiburon Golf Club, devised by Greg Norman. Read More »

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#9 Dublin

#9 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: If you travel outside of the city, you'll find historic courses that are steeped in tradition. Enjoy a round at the Royal Dublin Golf Club, founded in 1885, or travel to the photo-worthy Deer Park Golf and FootGolf Club, which includes a backdrop of castles and Irish coast.  Read More »

Dublin from the River Liffey
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#10 Tucson

#10 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: Although Tucson may not have as many greens as its northern neighbor, Phoenix, the beautiful Catalina Foothills and Ventana Canyon areas won't disappoint. Previous golfers especially recommend the course at Omni Tucson National Resort. After a long day golfing, book a spa treatment to unwind even more.  Read More »

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#11 Puerto Rico

#11 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: Golfers will find plenty of greens to suit their needs. Several secluded courses are affiliated with hotels, such as the Gran Melia Golf Resort in Rio Grande, while others are clustered together, including the multiple courses along Dorado Beach,  What's more, most of the courses are set along the coast, providing stellar ocean views.  Read More »

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#12 West Palm Beach

#12 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: It should come as no surprise that this ritzy Florida town is a hot spot in the golf world. West Palm is home to the dazzling PGA National Resort, which boasts a whopping 90 championship holes. If you're still not satisfied, hit the links at The Breakers Ocean Golf Course. Read More »

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