Old Man Winter is about to make his annual visit, shutting down golf in the GTA for the next four months. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to play around the golfing globe during the winter. Here are six destinations with multiple suggestions on where to tee it up.
Must Play – Don’t let the name put you off. The Teeth of the Dog course in the Dominican Republic is considered the top course in the Caribbean with a handful of holes that roll down to the impossibly blue sea.
Super Model – The Jack Nicklaus designed Punta Espada course at the Cap Cana resort in the Dominican Republic traces the sea and sand. Sports Illustrated has used the Cap Cana beach as a location for one of its swimsuit issues.
Double Your Fun – Not only does the Sandals Emerald Reef Resort in Great Exuma, Bahamas boast an outstanding Greg Norman design but the all-inclusive also sports a stunning beach, seven restaurants and direct flights from Toronto.
Must Play – Walk in the footsteps of past and future greats at Pinehurst No.2 in North Carolina. Site of the memorable 1999 US Open when the late Payne Stewart rolled in a 15 footer on the final hole to win the US Open, No. 2 will host both the men’s and women’s US Opens in 2014.
Double Your Fun – The Duke University course in Raleigh, North Carolina sits across the street from the sports-crazy campus of Duke University and not too far from Chapel Hill where David Love III introduced Michael Jordan to golf at UNC. .
Must Play – The infamous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra should be high on the list of any golfer’s resume. It’s only 132 yards long but each year, the surrounding water gobbles up over 100,000 balls.
Best Bargain – The Florida State University course in Tallahassee sports a weekly walking green fee of just $ 22.50. You might also tee it up next to a future star. Major winners Paul Azinger, Jeff Sluman and Hubert Green all played for FSU.
Super Model – At the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort there is beauty wherever you look. The resort includes three courses but the stunner is Long Point, a Tom Fazio creation that hop scotches through the marshland and out to the major sand dunes that edge the Atlantic.
Ireland and British Isles
Super Model Pretty – Pennard is strung along the rocky high ground that rises above Three Cliff’s Bay on the Gower Peninsula in Wales. The course runs past the remains of a Norman castle and ponies snatch at the wild grass that rings the course.
Double Your Fun – Any of the six courses in St. Andrews will do. Not only do you tee it up at the home of golf but you can wander through one of the world’s oldest universities, through castle and cathedral ruins and jog along the beach used in Chariots of Fire.