10 Best Private Golf Courses You Can Play In 2012
Yesterday, in Part One, I ran the first half of this unique list by Craig Better. Better is the managing editor of Golf Vacation Insider, a source for expert tips and knowledge for avid golf travelers.
Golf Vacation Insider has a secret weapon that lets golf enthusiasts play otherwise private – very private – golf courses. In fact, these are many of the highest ranked and most exclusive courses in the country, including numerous U.S. Open and PGA Championship venues. Yesterday, Better told readers how they can play legends like Shinnecock Hills, Winged Foot, Baltusrol, Fisher’s Island and Friar’s Head.
To recap Part One, Better and his staff have just updated one of the most valuable lists in golf: a directory of charity outings held at top-100 clubs throughout the country (including detailed contact information). This list covers about 85% of the nation’s top-100 courses. It sells for $27 at Amazon.com, or you can click here to download the complete list for free, including contact information for all the events listed herein).
Today Craig Better gives us the second half of his Top 10 Private Golf Courses You Can Play In 2012:
“Before revealing the rest of my top-10, I will let you in on another secret. You probably don’t need to rush to play in these events this year. Most of these are annual events, taking place year in and year out, generally around the same time. So if something does not suit your travel schedule, just put in on your calendar for 2013. Hold onto the information, and odds are good you will have another chance to take advantage of the opportunity.”
“Here we go. While the courses in Part One were generally in the New York metropolitan area, these are spread throughout the country.”
Medinah Country Club (No. 3): “This Chicago course (with its distinctive clubhouse) will be in the news and will capture the attention of the golf world this fall when it hosts the 2012 Ryder Cup. It is ranked Number 23 in the nation by Golf Digest and 37 by Golf Magazine.” Charity: Evans Scholars Foundation Outing Date: July 23rd, 2012
Muirfield Village: The course made big news when Tiger Woods won his second recent tournament here this past weekend. “The ‘Course that Jack Built’ was indeed built by Jack Nicklaus, as an homage to Augusta National, and it hosts his annual PGA tournament, The Memorial. This dandy in Columbus, Ohio is ranked 19 by Golf Digest and 30 by Golf Magazine.” Charity: OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center Outing Date: June 25th, 2012.
Oakland Hills (South Course): “The South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club is a fixture in major golf championship history. This Michigan venue hosted the 1996 U.S. Open, the 2004 Ryder Cup and the 2008 PGA Championship. The course is rated 19 by Golf Magazine and 24 by Golf Digest.” Charity: Twilight Benefit Foundation Outing Date: July 13th, 2012.
The Olympic Club (Lake Course): Playing Olympic is always a big deal. It’s even a bigger deal this year since the 2012 U.S. Open is being held there. This San Francisco treat is ranked 25 by Golf Magazine and 27 by Golf Digest. You might even meet some interesting celebrities as the event is to benefit the NFL Alumni Association. Charity: NFL Alumni Association Outing Date: September 24th, 2012.
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