The most luxurious (and expensive) golf courses in America 2022
The rich get richer and play golf. That isn’t necessarily how the old cliché goes, but for the sake of this article, it works perfectly. Some golf courses are not just luxurious, but decadent with their gorgeous greens, five-star dining, fantastic hotels, and exclusive memberships.
Some of the top golf course around the United States have upped their prices over the last few years. If you are looking for a new golf course to play and explore, and price is no issue, then book a tee time at one of these gems.
- Kapalua Plantation Course – Maui, HI
While it may not be the most expensive golf course to play, Kapalua Plantation Course is one of the most gorgeous you will ever see. Kapalua is located in Hawaii and provides a great escape to any player from mainland America. The Kapalua Resort is the home of the PGA’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. The tournament is played across this amazing course which costs just $395. If you stay at the resort, you will save $30 on your green fee. There is also the Bay Course at the Kapalua Resort. However, we suggest you play the Kapalua Plantation Course on your next visit to Maui. The Plantation Course is renowned as the best course on Hawaii, so book a trip to find out why.
- Pinehurst No. 2 – Pinehurst, NC
Opened in 1895, Pinehurst No. 2 has been defeating would-be golfers for more than 100 years. The legendary golf course is one of the most beautiful in the world. Its beauty is only undone by the tough par-3 17th hole. Yes, Pinehurst is a thing of beauty with no equal. It is the centerpiece of the Pinehurst Golf Club, which has a total of nine courses. You can spend an entire week at the golf club and still fail to play all of its courses. The price of playing No. 2 differs throughout the year. During peak season, you should be able to play around for $460.
- Whistling Straits – Kohler, WI
Located in north-central America, Whistling Straits has become a popular course for avid golfers to play. It is set on the banks of Lake Michigan, which provides some strange weather conditions throughout the year. Since its inception in 1998, Whistling Straits has become a popular PGA Tour stop. In 2021, the walk-only golf course charged $485 per round during the peak season.
- Trump National Doral Golf Club – Doral, FL
Trump National Doral Golf Club costs just $450 a few years ago. It continues to be one of the most expensive clubs in the U.S. with the most sought-after course being the legendary Blue Monster. Located near Miami, the Blue Monster enjoys fantastic weather for much of the year. The Trump National Doral Golf Club resort is massive. It stretches out across 800 acres of prime real estate in southern Florida. There are 10 lodges and 700 hotel rooms on-site. A round of golf will cost you around $495, but the prices are lower at different points throughout the year. You can only book a round of golf 30 days in advance.
- The Greenbrier Resort – White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
The White Sulphur Springs of West Virginia have been a popular vacation destination since the 1700s. The area continues to attract travelers thanks to the Greenbrier Resort, which is one of the most exclusive in the world. The Old White course is the main attraction at Greenbrier and golfers from around the globe visit it. Non-registered guests pay $575 during the peak season to play a round of golf. If you would rather go during the low season of March through April or November, you can get a round of golf for just $365. One of the coolest aspects of the Greenbrier Resort is the Cold War era bunker underneath the hotel. It was constructed due to the resort being a popular place for American presidents to visit.
- Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, CA
Pebble Beach has been one of America’s most prestigious golf clubs for over a century. It is one of the country’s most beautiful golf courses. It has open views of the Pacific Ocean, which provides a great backdrop to any round. You will find three hotels and a spa at Pebble Beach for complete relaxation after your round. A round of goal will cost your around $600. If you book a hotel room, which could run you more than $1,000, you can save money on your green fees. A stay and play are worth it. Pebble Beach has hosted some of golf’s biggest tournaments and players in its history.
- The Wynn Golf Course – Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas isn’t just about casinos and live shows anymore. Golf is a popular attraction for tourists around the world. One of the great aspects of the Wynn Golf Course is that it is set alongside the Las Vegas Strip. Opened in 2005, the Wynn was closed in 2017, but re-emerged two years later. A round of golf will set you back approximately $650.
- TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Built in 1980, TPC Sawgrass was designed by Alice and Pete Dye. It was built to be one of the world’s most difficult golf courses. Not only is it a difficult course, but it is one of the most luxurious with golfers from all over the world, professional and novice, seeking it out. It is $840 to tee off at TPC Sawgrass during peak season. Green fees are lower at other points during the year. From June to August, it will cost you $400. A round is $600 between September and May.
- Shadow Creek – Las Vegas, NV
In a previous Totalprestige Magazine article, I profiled Shadow Creek as the World’s most expensive golf course. Shadow Creek, which is owned MGM Resorts International, has increased its fee to move miles ahead of other luxury golf courses. It will cost you $1,000 to play Shadow Creek. If you fancy playing the Las Vegas golf course during offseason, then you can tee off for just $750.
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