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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 Hawaii - The Big Island

#1 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: The geographically diverse Big Island features an array of golf courses, so many, in fact, that it is nicknamed the "Golf Capital of Hawaii." Many 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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#2 Dublin

#2 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: 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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#3 Lake Tahoe

#3 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: Visitors flock to the Lake Tahoe region's fairways in the summertime. Twelve courses, with everything from lake vistas to mountain panoramas, are situated throughout North and South Lake Tahoe. But for some of the area's best greens, tee off at the Links at Squaw Creek or the Northstar California Golf Course. Read More »

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#4 Monterey

#4 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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#5 Edinburgh

#5 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: Edinburgh's proximity to the town that invented the sport makes it a natural choice for golfers. The area's 22 courses offer a variety of options, but for some of the region's most picturesque greens, play a round at the Duddingston Golf Club or the Prestonfield Golf Club. Both offer views of Arthur's Seat and sit near the city center. Read More »

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#6 Puerto Rico

#6 in Best Golf Destinations

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

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#7 Tucson

#7 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: The beautiful Catalina Foothills and Ventana Canyon areas won't disappoint golfers seeking drier climate. 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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#8 Bermuda

#8 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: This scenic getaway 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 Club. Read More »

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#9 Scottish Highlands

#9 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: 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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#10 Cabo San Lucas

#10 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: 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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#11 Bahamas

#11 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: Both novice players and golf pros will enjoy teeing off in the Bahamas. Many Bahamian islands have courses, but most reside on Grand Bahama Island and The Abacos. The Atlantis resort complex also features a highly regarded course with breathtaking views of the ocean. Read More »

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#12 Hilton Head

#12 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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#13 Phoenix

#13 in Best Golf Destinations

Why go: 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 Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa. Read More »

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