The art of caddying is enjoying a kind of renaissance in the U.S., due in part to the love affair we’re having with links golf and the belief shared by many that golf is best enjoyed on your own two feet. At the forefront of the movement is Streamsong, the award-winning new golf resort an
The perfect lodging for golfers offers the best views, proximity to the course and amenities that are first-rate but not over-the-top. What are the rooms that add the ultimate touch for a golf getaway? With input from Golf Digest editors and our 1,300 course-ranking panelists, a well-traveled bunch, we created this list of 18 greats.
When he first saw the Dallas property that he and partner Ben Crenshaw would turn into the new Trinity Forest Golf Club—a drab, treeless, 165-acre tabletop city dump perched above the tree-lined Trinity River—golf architect Bill Coore ignored the abandoned refrigerators and scattered tires to focus on the flow of the land. It was a
Playing an old golf course is like walking through history. Who’s teed it up there before you? What memories have been made there before your own? How have architects and Mother Nature shaped and changed the golf course over time? Playing Hyannisport Club offers a heightened sense of such history. You see, the golf course
The golf “buddies trip” is a tradition as old as the game itself—a group of friends plan a trip to a golf destination where they will play more golf in a long weekend than they thought humanly possible, and pair it with great food, activities and camaraderie. The golf professionals at the American Club Resort
The Hill Country west of Austin has a dozen or so small towns worth exploring, many with buildings and sites on the National Register of Historic Places. If your time between rounds is short, focus on Fredericksburg, the unofficial capital of Hill Country. The German settlers left their mark on the town, which you can
Austinites are passionate about their barbecue—brisket, spareribs and sausage. Don’t expect the white glove treatment—this is casual at best—and be prepared to wait in line. Brown’s BBQ (512-517-8520 or Facebook) and La Barbecue are local favorites. If you’re looking for table service and air-conditioning, Freedmen’s is a full-service restaurant and smokehouse in an historic brick
If you’ve yet to play Gil Hanse’s terrific Rio Olympics course in Brazil—we’re looking at you, PGA Tour players—a more-than-reasonable substitute is Hanse’s Black Course at Streamsong, the just-opened third 18 at the famed Central Florida resort. In fact, the Black is a bigger, broader, bolder version of Rio. The course is reshaped from a
The 20 Most Beautiful Courses in the United States – Golf Digest Golf Digest Rankings They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But when it comes to our course rankings, we keep our panelists to a certain set of parameters in determining a score for our Aesthetics category: How well do the
Charleston is ground zero for special-interest tours, and taking one is the best way to pack in a lot of sites in a short time. Tours about the city’s history, bourbon, ghosts, gardens, plantations, shopping, food—you name it, there’s one for you. Since days may be spent on the course, consider an evening ghost tour.
Chicago offers just about every type of dining experience you could wish for, from Michelin-ranked restaurants like Alinea, with 3 stars and tasting menus that hover around $300 a person, and classic steakhouses such as Morton’s and Ditka’s, to no-frills stops like Pierogi Heaven serving up excellent Polish food. No matter what your taste and
Now that the Chicago Cubs are the reigning World Series champs, it might be harder to snag a good seat, but you can typically get a game-day ticket in the bleachers. Even if you can’t make a game, take a tour of Wrigley Field. Built in 1914, this must-see Chicago attraction houses more than 100
To pick these holes of fame, we opted to stay within a 50-mile radius of our offices in the World Trade Center. Like any good All-Star team, we couldn’t have just pitchers and catchers, so we picked our favorite first hole, our favorite second and so on, but no more than one hole per course.
Virtual golf design met the real thing in mid-July at Sand Valley Golf Resort in central Wisconsin. Brian Silvernail, winner of Golf Digest’s 2016 Armchair Architect contest, spent a weekend consulting with golf architect David McLay Kidd on the site of the resort’s second 18, Mammoth Dunes, now under construction. Silvernail’s winning design, selected last
The Golden Age of golf design gets a showcase with a foursome of fabulous Southern California courses hosting three important events in August and September. First up Aug. 7-13 is the U.S. Women’s Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, a 1921 Willie Watson layout whose undulating fairways could put a Scottish links
Royal Birkdale gets its 10th Open Championship July 20-23, nine years after 500-to-1 shot Greg Norman, then 53, held a one-stroke lead with nine to play before a 77 opened the way for Padraig Harrington’s second of three major championships. Harrington’s final-round 69 was one of only 21 rounds in the 60s all week, versus