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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 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 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 Scottish Highlands

#1 in Best Golf Destinations

Travel to the Scottish Highlands, where golfers have been aiming for par since the 1400s, to enjoy charming towns and beautiful backdrops. Courses like Inverness Golf Club, Castle Stuart Golf Links and The Nairn Golf Club are just a few that draw in both pros and amateur enthusiasts with impressive scenery and challenging holes. Read More »

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#2 Monterey

#2 in Best Golf Destinations

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

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#3 Phoenix

#3 in Best Golf Destinations

With nearly 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 fairways at Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa. Read More »

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#4 Hawaii - The Big Island

#4 in Best Golf Destinations

The geographically diverse Big Island features an array of golf courses, so many that it is nicknamed the "Golf Capital of Hawaii." Several 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 cover lodging expenses and green fees. Read More »

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#5 Dublin

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If you travel just outside of Dublin, 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 to hit the links among castles with a backdrop of the Irish coast. Read More »

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#6 Augusta, GA

#6 in Best Golf Destinations

Although Augusta is home to multiple fairways, few are as synonymous with golf as the links at Augusta National Golf Club. Here, golfers can watch the pros compete during the annual Masters Tournament. The course is closed to the public year-round, but amateurs can tee off at nearby venues like Forest Hills Golf Club and Goshen Plantation Golf Club.

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#7 Hilton Head

#7 in Best Golf Destinations

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 low country and the Atlantic coast. Read More »

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#8 Cabo San Lucas

#8 in Best Golf Destinations

The courses in Cabo boast stunning ocean views and challenging water hazards, making this city one of Mexico's premier spots to golf. In addition to the greens found at Diamante Cabo San Lucas and Cabo del Sol, golfers are within a short drive of the championship links found at San José del Cabo resorts like One&Only Palmilla. Read More »

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#9 Naples

#9 in Best Golf Destinations

This serene city on Florida's Gulf Coast attracts legendary golfers with its gorgeous links. 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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#10 Bermuda

#10 in Best Golf Destinations

Bermuda is known for its beaches, shorts, geometry and greens. You'll find six 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 Course. Read More »

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#11 Tucson

#11 in Best Golf Destinations

The beautiful Catalina Foothills and Ventana Canyon areas won't disappoint golfers seeking a drier climate. Previous golfers especially recommend the courses at the Omni Tucson National Resort. After a long day golfing, book a spa treatment to unwind even more. For a more affordable option, visit one of the other 40-plus courses in the area. Read More »

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#12 Myrtle Beach

#12 in Best Golf Destinations

Myrtle Beach has drawn golf enthusiasts for years, with links created by acclaimed architects, including Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman. From the famous Legends Golf Resort fairways to the more intimate Myrtlewood Golf Club greens, this seaside retreat suits all types of golfers. Even youngsters can putt at mini-golf courses like Mount Atlanticus. Read More »

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#13 North Island, New Zealand

#13 in Best Golf Destinations

New Zealand's North Island boasts 10 of the country's 14 golf courses, many of which sit atop stunning cliffs that overlook picturesque bays. Two of the most well-known fairways include Kauri Cliffs Golf Course and the Tom Doak-designed Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. Following a full day on the links, relax with a glass of wine in the clubhouse.

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