Love a bit of golf and nature? Looking to combine the two on your next overseas jaunt? Then look no further than the US, which has some of the most beautiful golf courses on the edge of some of the best National Parks in the country. JORDAN FULLER takes us on a tour of four such places.
Muir Woods with Presidio Golf Course - San Francisco
The crown jewel of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the Muir Woods National Monument. Best known for its towering redwoods, Muir Woods has miles of trails that weave through majestic forests, and is the perfect spot for visitors that want to reconnect with nature.
The park isn’t over-commercialized either as no pets, biking, and horseback riding is allowing on the grounds.
Once you’ve completed your Muir Woods experience, then head into San Francisco for one of the best golf courses in the state.
The Presidio GC is one of the oldest golf facilities in California. Created in 1895, it even became a favourite among celebrities like Bob Hope, Babe Ruth and Joe Dimaggio.
Be sure you call far in advance of your trip to grab a tee time, as the Presidio is in high demand by golfers all over the world. And of course, properly fill up your golf bag with a large amount of clubs.
Mount Rainier NP with Chambers Bay Golf Course - Washington State
Located in southwest Washington, the Mount Rainier National Park is a pure spectacle, with rainforests, trails, glaciers and snowfields covering the entire park.
Here, you can expect to see a wide assortment of creatures that are native to the area including cougars, black bears, red foxes, and elk can also be found here, while those who love to hike, climb or fish are well catered for too.
Less than an hour away from Mt Rainier is one of the most beautiful GCs in America.
A links course, Chambers Bay offers views of Puget Sound and nearby Fox Island and is so well regarded that it even hosted the US Open in 2015.
Sleeping Bear Dunes with Arcadia Bluffs - Michigan
In the US summer, few places are more scenic than the Great Lakes region. And around the Great Lakes, there‘s arguably nowhere prettier Sleeping Bear Dunes.
With breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and nearby islands, Sleeping Bear Dunes was named as “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America in 2014.
Several spots around the National Lakeshore have access to fishing and swimming in the warmer months, while nearby, families can also enjoy the Maritime Museum, Lanphier Observatory and local cultural activities such as shopping and dining out.
If you’re looking for some great golf around the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, head south to Arcadia Bluffs. With excellent facilities, Arcadia offers some of the best golfing in all of the midwest.
If you can find a tee time, play the wide open South Course, with its large greens and immaculate fairways. Just remember again, to bring your latest golf clubs.
Acadia National Park with Belgrade Lakes - Maine
There‘s arguably nowhere nicer to take in the American summer months than in the northeast US. In Maine, that includes a trip to one of the most stunning National Parks, Acadia, which is known for its extensive history and grand, elevated views.
Cadillac Mountain, the Atlantic coast’s tallest point, is perfect for catching a gorgeous sunrise or sunset, while Acadia also features trails and kayaking for the adventurist as well as whale watching for the animal enthusiast.
One of the best areas of the park is the 27-mile Park Loop Road that has several elevation changes and plenty of lookouts perfect for photos.
If you’re interested in getting in a few holes whilst in Maine, northwest of Acadia NP is one of the best public courses in the US, Belgrade Lakes Golf Club.
The course is always in immaculate condition, with terrific greens and carpet fairways. And you‘ll need to pinch youself as you step onto each tee box and see mountains, lakes, and seas of native trees.
What is your favourite golf course and/or National Park in the US?
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