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Great Golf Getaways The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina (Chris M. Rogers Photography Inc.)


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AMERICA Explore the USA Fall is the perfect time to plan a golf break to the USA. From coastal courses at breathtaking resorts to those surrounded by wooded mountain scenes straight out of a storybook, options are endless. Explore a selection of golf holidays that include the USA’s top sun-soaked destinations, such as Florida, California, and Arizona. Play courses designed by some of golf’s greatest players and architects. Beyond the greens, explore cities and towns teeming with shopping, dining, and nightlife. Plan your holiday at golfbreaks.com/discover-america and find great packages for your dream golf break. Thinking of planning a trip around the Masters or Ryder Cup? Golfbreaks packages include guaranteed tickets, accommodation, flights and car hires at prices to suit all budgets.

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Front Cover: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina (Chris M. Rogers Photography Inc.) Back Cover: Red Sky Ranch, Wolcott, Colorado (Jack Affleck); Rio Secco Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nevada (Rio Secco Golf Club)

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The Resort at Pelican Hill Imagine waking up to the breathtaking Newport Beach coastline, knowing you have a sun-soaked day of outstanding golf ahead of you. That’s what you’ll experience at The Resort at Pelican Hill in California, where 36 ocean-view holes designed by golf legend Tom Fazio are the centrepiece of this sprawling resort filled with top-notch amenities. Professional forecaddie service, offered only at the finest clubs and resorts, is included in guest fees. The luxurious clubhouse features spacious locker rooms, a fully equipped golf shop and Pelican Grill, where you can enjoy California cuisine overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Need practice? Try the uphill driving range or the complete practice tee that includes target greens, sand bunkers, approaches, roughs and fairway turf — all designed to provide a glimpse of Fazio’s course design. Pelican Hill Golf Academy also offers teaching facilities, including two greens, bunkers and artificialsurface driving tees with lessons and clinics led by award-winning instructors. All in all, The Resort at Pelican Hill presents golfers a level of unmatched service in a beautiful, unparalleled setting.

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THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

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ome to nearly half of the world’s golf courses, the USA boasts natural beauty and diverse landscapes that make for a fantastic golf holiday. From coastal gems to mountain retreats, USA golf resorts are ideal for those looking for scenic courses as well as plenty of fun beyond the tees and greens.

If you’re thinking of a USA golf holiday, let the experts at Golfbreaks.com take care of it. With more than 17 years of experience, Golfbreaks.com offers great value breaks to 14 U.S. states, and their dedicated staff can arrange everything for you, including golf, accommodation, flights and car hire.

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California Endless sunshine, vibrant cities, fine wines, great shopping, world-class golf courses, stunning scenery — no matter what you want to see and do on your next holiday, California has it. This is a land of boundless opportunity, a place where you don’t just dream, you dream big. Golf enthusiasts can discover over 1,000 courses. Food lovers feast on flavourful dishes made with locally sourced ingredients no matter where you eat. Discover fantastic California wine, locally brewed beers or handcrafted cocktails. Explore striking desert landscapes, mountains and valleys. There are so many ways to dream big in California!

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GREATER PALM SPRINGS Surrounded by picturesque mountains, stunning desert landscapes, and palm trees, Greater Palm Springs, California, offers 100-plus courses designed by the world's leading golf architects, hence why it’s known as the “Western Home of Golf” in the U.S. Choose from a variety of sprawling luxury resorts, many with excellent courses where pro golfers play, and bask in the warm California sun 350-plus days of the year. Enjoy pulsating nightlife, award-winning restaurants and local breweries. Scenic vistas and adventure thrills, including BMW racing and daring jeep excursions, add to the ultimate Greater Palm Springs holiday.

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Endless beaches, majestic mountains, Spanish Revival architecture, and world-class golf have long made Santa Barbara a must-see destination. Golfers flock to Goleta Valley along Santa Barbara County’s north coast for a variety of excellent courses. Must-plays include Glen Annie Golf Club, Rancho San Marcos, and Sandpiper Golf Club, which Golf Digest recently named to its list of top 100 public courses. Day trips into Channel Islands National Park and the Santa Ynez Mountains as well as downtown shopping keep the relaxed Santa Barbara vibe strong, as do over 175 wineries just 30 minutes north of the 18th hole. In the evenings, enjoy fine dining outdoors, so you can truly appreciate the famously warm and sunny California climate.

One of the most popular Southern California travel destinations, San Diego offers 93 outstanding golf courses, including the internationally recognised Torrey Pines Golf Course. The region’s nearly perfect average climate of 21 °C allows for year-round play in scenic settings that range from stunning oceanfront to mountainside valleys and striking desert landscapes. Beyond the greens, San Diego has a lively urban centre and 100 distinct neighbourhoods. Enjoy the flavours of Baja cuisine at an outdoor café in the trendy Gaslamp Quarter and shop in the upscale village of La Jolla. Visit museums, zoos and amusement parks, and don't leave without a visit to San Diego's famous white-sand beaches.

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Wisconsin might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a U.S. golf break. But the much-underrated state has plenty to offer the travelling golfer. To start, a visit here allows you to play the remarkable Whistling Straits, which sits an hour's drive north of Milwaukee, close to the small community of Kohler. Having already hosted the USPGA three times, most recently in August 2015 when Jason Day secured his maiden

Major win, this magnificent Pete Dye creation will also welcome the cream of American and European golf in 2020 for the Ryder Cup. Boasting panoramic views and more than 1,000 bunkers, this spectacular layout — set hard against the shore of Lake Michigan — is perfectly complemented by the second course, known as the Irish. Stay at the luxurious American Club, close to Whistling Straits and within walking distance of two more Pete Dye courses at Blackwolf Run, for the ultimate Wisconsin golf break.

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Georgia’s perfect blend of rolling hills, lush landscapes and warm weather make for a pleasant golf holiday just about any time of year. You’ll discover what it means to slow down and enjoy every shot, every bite and every moment. Fly into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and drive about an hour east to the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation golf resort on Lake Oconee. The resort offers 117 holes of golf, world-class instruction at Reynolds Golf Academy, a spa, and activities for the whole family. If you continue three hours to Savannah, you’ll discover a coastal city that has it all, from Southernstyle seafood to historic ghost

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tours as well as sandy beaches nearby. The Club at Savannah Harbor is known for its spectacular ocean views from the tees. Heed a warning from locals: If you slice your tee shot on the 14th hole, known as Alligator Alley, don’t become gator bait; take a mulligan.

beach are just a few ways to relax and have fun at this fine resort. With nine courses that have hosted championship play for more than a century, it’s possible to walk in the footsteps of greatness on a different course every day for an entire holiday.

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Great shopping and dining can be found in Asheville, which has its own regional airport. It’s also about three and a half hours by car from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and two hours from Charlotte International Airport. The lively mountain town is home to the Omni Grove Park Inn, a majestic, historic hotel that’s been worthy of 10 U.S. presidential stays. Both its award-winning spa and its golf course offer sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

West Virginia is one of America’s less crowded, wilder and most beautiful states. It’s home to the Allegheny Highlands, the largest single natural scenic and outdoor recreational area in the eastern USA, as well as one of America’s most celebrated golf resorts. With five championship courses and fine golf instructors, the Greenbrier is made for golf enthusiasts. A spa, casino and impressive roster of outdoor activities round out this unique mountain resort. You can fly into Greenbrier Valley Airport easily via Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC.

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Luxurious North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains are the USA’s oldest mountain chain and home to some of the country’s most luxurious and historic golf resorts. Fly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport and drive an hour southwest to Pinehurst Resort. The award-winning spa, classic lawn sports, and private lake with

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Scottsdale Tucked into the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale boasts nearly 200 outstanding golf courses, including TPC Scottsdale; more than 600 restaurants; thrilling outdoor adventures; and a vibrant cultural scene. From posh to playful, resorts and spas are plentiful. Feeling adventurous? Join a guided hike or desert tour. Whether on the golf course or off, Scottsdale offers sun-drenched days and superb scenery.

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Sedona Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of forestland, golfing in Sedona provides spectacular views. From nine-hole, par 3 courses to the 18-hole championship variety with amazing elevation changes, Sedona’s courses have something for every skill level. Year-round mild temperatures are also perfect for gallery browsing and outdoor adventures, though you’ll want to make time for the amazing spas here as well.

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On the Trail in Alabama

Tucson

Known as the home of the Civil Rights movement and that song, Alabama has become a major player on the golfing scene, thanks in large part to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a network of 26 courses on 11 different sites designed by the famous architect. The collection gives golfers no fewer than 468 holes to enjoy and offers incredible value for money. The Wall Street Journal said it may be the biggest bargain in the country. The proximity of the courses to the main route makes a journey on the trail a simple one. There are many different ways to approach the trail – travel down the I-65 highway and you will

Tucson’s award-winning golf scene includes courses that combine cactus forests and canyon hillsides with traditional, parkland-style fairways — all with spectacular views of five mountain ranges. The impressive collection of top daily-fee and resort-style courses includes Omni Tucson National, which has hosted the PGA Tour more than 30 times in its illustrious history, as well as the new Sewailo Golf Club, surrounded by 14 acres of manmade lakes. Off course, enjoy Southwestern cuisine at outdoor cafés and great shopping.

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pick up six of the courses. Others choose to loop from Atlanta, Georgia. It’s about a 90-minute drive to the trail from Atlanta and its international airport, enabling travelling golfers to take on as much or as little of the trail as they want. One of the newest additions to the trail – Ross Bridge – is also one of its best. It’s certainly the longest, with the option to play from the very back tees that stretch the course to almost 8,200 yards! Alabama is building an international reputation as a great golf holiday destination.

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Live Music and Golf in Texas Austin, Texas, may claim to be the live music capital of the world, but it is also a popular golf destination. The Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa will melt away stress, whether that’s on one of four courses or in the resort’s healing Three Springs Spa. The nearby Palmer Lakeside Golf Club, designed by golf great Arnold Palmer, claims the best greens in Texas. The signature 11th hole is surrounded by native flora with a waterfall backdrop.

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SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston A coastal city where history lives. This charming, seaside destination with a semitropical climate has 20 golf courses of exceptional and challenging variety as well as an array of breathtaking coastal terrains, from true links style to Lowcountry forests. Quite simply, there's a perfect course for every level of player in Charleston. The city is also known as a culinary wonderland. Savour the cuisine of internationally recognised chefs who create feasts with fresh fish from the Gulf Stream waters, shellfish from the region's tidal creeks, and local produce. Whether by land or sea, the Charleston area offers plenty of special-interest tours for those who want to learn about the local history and exquisite architecture, and experience the magnificent scenery of the Lowcountry.

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Myrtle Beach Great golf in a grand setting. Known as the Grand Strand for its 60 miles of pristine coastline, Myrtle Beach is also home to over 100 championship golf courses. The Robert Trent Jones design at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, host to six Senior PGA Tour Championships, is a must-play, as is Barefoot Resort's Pete Dye design — ranked among the USA's top public courses. Split your time between the greens and the water, as fishing, boating and a bevy of water sports are also tops here. Fabulous outlet shopping, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in North America, and an iconic oceanfront boardwalk next to a 200-foot SkyWheel round out the many reasons to visit Myrtle Beach.

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Hilton Head Island World-class amenities in a seaside setting. With more than 30 championship golf courses – 24 of them open to the public and seven ranking among the USA's top 100, according to some of the world's most respected golf publications – Hilton Head Island has no shortage of opportunities for both novice and skilled players to tee off. It's all on a lush island paradise with gorgeous, wide beaches and 100 miles of interconnected bicycle trails to explore. Spend an invigorating morning on the course and rejuvenate in the afternoon at a spa, on the waterways or on a cultural heritage tour. Farm-totable cuisine and evening music venues cap a brilliant holiday in the warm island sun. TOP PHOTO: Plantation Golf Club at The Sea Pines Resort

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othing beats a morning on the golf course — that is, unless your round is followed by an afternoon on the beach. Luckily, some of the USA’s top courses and beaches are within minutes of each other. In South Carolina, enjoy the coastal cuisine and historic sites throughout Charleston and then head 30 minutes south to play The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. After, relax on Kiawah Island’s 10 miles of pristine beach. golfbreaks.com/south-carolina In Florida, explore a historic fort and more maritime gems in St. Augustine, then head 30 minutes west to World Golf Village and choose from two sublime courses. When your game ends, soak up the sun on the white sands of St. Augustine Beach. golfbreaks.com/florida On the West Coast of the USA, play on the Tom Fazio-designed oceanfront courses at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach. Spend the whole afternoon at Crystal Cove State Park beach and take in the sunset. golfbreaks.com/california

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On the Tee and Off the Strip

Las Vegas

Flying into Las Vegas, you’ll notice the stark contrast between green fairways and the surrounding desert. With some of the best entertainment in the world and some of the best golf courses anywhere, Las Vegas offers one of the most fun-filled, year-round destinations in the USA. The Rio Secco Golf Club is one of Las Vegas’ most challenging courses. At the base of the Black Mountain Range, this course offers play through canyons, plateaus and desert wash. Enjoy a completely different pace about 30 minutes east of the Las Vegas Strip at the South Shore Golf Club, known for its amazing desert beauty and intense elevation changes. Be sure to warm up on some of the best practice facilities anywhere before taking on this Jack Nicklaus-designed course that challenges you to play like the master himself.

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Go to the Ryder Cup and Masters — with Golfbreaks! If you’ve ever wanted a front row seat at golf’s most iconic tournaments, Golfbreaks.com can make those dreams a reality. Choose from a wide selection of Ryder Cup and Masters packages to suit all budgets, all of which include guaranteed tickets, accommodation, flights and car hire, enabling you to soak up the atmosphere at two of 2016’s hottest sporting events. Held annually in April at the mythical Augusta National in Georgia, the Masters is the ultimate pilgrimage for golfers, while the Ryder Cup – which takes place in September at Hazeltine in Minnesota – remains one of the world’s most popular and exciting tournaments. Book now and you could be there!

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Championship Golf Minnesota is your perfect golf holiday destination – featuring award-winning courses, characterised by beautiful, natural settings, excellent conditions and affordability. Golfers can opt for their favourite style – links, deep woods, breath-taking river and lake views. When you pair accessibility with quality and value, you begin to understand what makes Minnesota a great place to golf and explore. Find Great Golf Packages in Minnesota! golfbreaks.com/minnesota From bustling downtowns to untouched wilderness, Minnesota is incredibly diverse. See the Mississippi River headwaters and shimmering Lake Superior. Follow the Great River Road or 20 other scenic byways. Experience world-class dining and craft beverages, theatre, concerts, museums, shopping and hands-on attractions. Visit exploreminnesota.com.

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FLORIDA Whether you play on a championship golf course along the Atlantic Ocean or near one of several tropical marshes, gardens, or nature preserves throughout the state, Florida is packed with opportunities to tee off. The PGA Tour makes five trips to Florida every year, with four consecutive events in March and the Players Championship in May. All are held at terrific courses that are open to the public. Besides a slew of award-winning golf courses and resorts, Florida boasts 825 miles of sunny beaches and plenty of off-course adventures, including airboat rides, horseback riding on the beach, and more. With so much to see and do, Florida is truly a premiere destination for those who love golf, warm climates, and lots of sunshine.

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NAPLES, MARCO ISLAND AND THE EVERGLADES PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: Tiburon Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; relaxing after golf in Florida; The Oak Marsh course

Located on the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s Paradise Coast is the crown jewel of southwest Florida. With over 90 spectacular courses to choose from, the region enjoys the distinction of having the most golf holes per capita in the U.S. Walk in the footsteps of champions at the home of the PGA Tour Shark Shootout in December and the CME Titleholders LPGA Tournament, the season-ending event for the LPGA Tour, at Tiburon Golf Club in November. Off course, indulge in fresh, off-the-dock seafood at waterfront cafés, stay in world-class resorts and spas, and enjoy the arts and abundance of shopping options. Situated between pristine white sand beaches and the untamed wilderness of the Everglades, the sun-drenched Paradise Coast is a memorable choice for the perfect golf break.

on Amelia Island; Waters of the World at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens; bay views in St. Augustine

AMELIA ISLAND Charming Amelia Island is home to 117 holes of world-class golf. From picturesque oceanfront holes and oak-shaded fairways to preserves teeming with wildlife, the links of Amelia Island offer memorable play for golfers of every skill level. After your last round each day, upscale resorts and historic inns provide Southern elegance and warm hospitality.

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Discover dozens of top courses throughout Florida’s Historic Coast, including the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass and the Palmerand Nicklaus-designed King & Bear, a bucket-list item for most golfers. Visit the World Golf Hall of Fame and relax on worldclass beaches. Luxury golf resorts abound — no wonder it’s called the “Golf Capital of the World.”

Walk in the footsteps of golf’s greats on one of five nationally recognised courses at this legendary resort in the Palm Beaches. PGA National is home to the trifecta of holes named The Bear Trap on its Champion Course. Holes 15, 16 and 17 are where designer Jack Nicklaus famously said, "It should be won or lost right here." Off course, indulge with over 100 spa treatments, dine in one of nine restaurants and lounges or just relax by the pool. A new Sports & Racquet Club featuring 18 Har-Tru tennis courts joins the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and David Pelz Scoring Game School to round out the amenities. It's clear why guests find plenty of reasons to discover the Palm Beaches.

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