Mark Twain once said that "golf is a good walk spoiled by a little white ball." But devotees of the game know that it's a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, in some of the most pastoral settings around. Timeshare resorts near golfing typically share in this natural splendor.
Top Timeshare Destinations for Golf
Pebble Beach, California
Set on the beautiful California coast, golf courses don't get much more ideal than Pebble Beach Golf Links. Jack Nicklaus has been quoted as saying, had he one last round of golf to play, he would choose to play at Pebble Beach. Staying at a timeshare in the Monterey Bay area puts Pebble Beach and several other California golf courses within a short driving distance.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas offers more than 60 golf courses for every skill level including: Bear's Best - Jack Nicklaus' collection of holes from his courses worldwide (~ 20 min from the Strip), Desert Pines lined with thousands of mature pines (15 minutes from the Strip), Rhodes Ranch with impressive waterscapes and palm trees, and The Falls Golf Club with amazing city views. Las Vegas is also a hub for timeshares, so deals on timeshare rentals can always be found.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Often referred to as the "seaside golf capital of the world," Myrtle Beach's more than 100 golf courses include the popular River Oaks Golf Plantation, Belle Terre Golf Course, Myrtlewood Golf Club, Cane Patch Golf Course, and many more. Combined with its location directly on Atlantic Ocean, Myrtle Beach tops any list of Mid-Atlantic destinations.
Play a round of championship Arizona golf amidst Sedona's famed red rocks, the Sonoran desert near Phoenix, or in the ridges and canyons of the McDowell Mountains' foothills. And with the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations, and Painted Desert, sightseeing and golf opportunities in Arizona are seemingly endless.
The Orlando area has experienced quite a growth in golf courses over the last decade - boasting a current portfolio of over 160 courses. Popular golf courses include Disney's Golf Digest-praised Osprey Ridge course and PGA tour host - Lake Buena Vista, Jack Nicklaus' four course Grand Cypress Resort, and Greg Norman's International course at ChampionsGate. Orlando is one of the most popular timeshare destinations as well.
Greater Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
Named Golf Digest's third best urban city for golf in 2002, the Greater Tampa/St. Petersburg region of Florida is home to the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, the Bobby Jones Golf Complex, Arnold Palmer designed Legacy Golf Club, Stoneybrook Golf Club designed by Arthur Hills, and dozens more. Plus, it is home to over 100 public courses, and within easy reach of many of Florida's top attractions.
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler, British Columbia is the site of three notable courses, including Arnold Palmer's first Canadian design, the Whistler Golf Club; the Chateau Whistler Golf Club, sitting at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offering breathtaking views and a challenging course; and the semi-private Nicklaus North Golf Course offers water hazards on most of the 18 holes.