Golf courses are renowned for offering a tranquil setting in which sportsmen and women can relax and unwind whilst playing a technical, precision sport. However, some golfing greens are unmistakably more beautiful than others, as their natural surrounding make for stunning panoramic views as the golfer moves around the course. In this article, we reveal some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, where they are located, and the features that make these courses truly exceptional.
Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons, Kalanipu’u, Hawaii
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Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons Golf Course offers breath-taking coastal views, an abundance of sunshine as well as some interesting obstacles to test experienced golfers. The golfing green is laced with palm trees and tropical flowers.
Why visit Hawaii?
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With such beautiful surroundings, golfers would be easily tempted to spend their whole time teeing off on the green however, with the island offering a wealth of attractions, delicious foods and tropical beaches; it would be nonsensical to spend your entire time in just one place – so what are some of the main attractions?
Other Sports: As noted on surfing-waves.com, ‘Hawaii has a nice warm, tropical climate and lovely warm water, making it a popular destination for tourists, surfers and other water users.’ There is also the opportunity to partake in other popular sports such as athletics, horse riding, volleyball and football.
Traditional Cuisine: According to vietnamonline.com, authentic Vietnamese cuisine ‘varies by regions: fresh vegetables continue to dominate the tables, while meat and poultry are rising in popularity.’ Expect to see dishes such as; Breadfruit, Chicken Longrice, Lau-Lau Lomi Salmon, Haupia, Kalua Pork / Pig, Kulolo, Pipi Kaula, Poi, Poke, Purple Sweet Potato and Squid Luau.
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Scenery: Perhaps the most iconic flower of Hawaii is the Aloalo Hibiscus, with its bright red petals, that is often worn in women’s hair as an accessory. However, Hawaii is home to a range of other stunning flowers including; Anthurium, Blue Jade Vine, Cup of Gold, Kahili Ginger, Naupaka Kahakai, Plumeria, Popohau, Pukanawila, Pukiawe, Red Ginger, Red Jade Vine, Silversword and White Shrimp Plant.
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Wildlife: Hawaii is home to some beautiful creatures including; Hawsbill Turtles, the Hawaiian Owl, Gold Dust Day Gecko, Giant Bufo Toad, Green Anole, Raccoon Butterflyfish and Lizardfish, to name but a few.
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Vinpearl Golf Club, Vietnam
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According to golfauvietnam.com, Vinpearl Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 71 Championship masterpiece of 6.787 yards on 1.82 sq. km. Located on Hon Tre Island in Nha Trang Bay, the course design has made great use of the natural beauty, mapping an impressive layout along the 800 meter beach and throughout the valley.’
‘The full length driving range with all grass teeing area, including large practice chipping and putting greens and standard practice bunkers, will provide perfect conditions for you to hone your skills and challenge the course.’
Why visit Vietnam?
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Travelling from the U.K to Vietnam simply to play a round of golf would be considered quite a hike! So, to make your journey worthwhile, it is advisable that you stretch out your stay to as long as your finances permit. Vietnam is a visually stunning country with a wealth of culture and an abundance of activities, festivals and
Delectable Cuisine: According to vietnamonline.com, authentic Vietnamese cuisine ‘varies by regions: fresh vegetables continue to dominate the tables, while meat and poultry are rising in popularity.’ Expect to see dishes such as; Bun Cha, Banh Mi, Bahn Xeo, Cao Lau, Cha Ca, Com Tam, Goi Cuon, Mi Quang, Nom Hua Chuoi, and Pho. Coffee is also highly popular however, not the Americanised beverages we have become accustomed to.
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Relatively low-cost: With unforgettable festivals, awe-inspiring scenery and beaches; travellers certainly get a lot for their money. Vietnam has historically been popular with back-packers owing to it being a cost-effective destination.
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Shadow Creek Golf Club, Las Vegas
As noted by golf.com:
‘The first thing that strikes you when you get to Shadow Creek, the ultimate Vegas golf course, is how unlike Vegas it is. In contrast to Cascata, its high-roller rival, whose clubhouse has a waterfall running through it, Shadow Creek goes for understatement. No outlandish architecture. No garish themes. A gated access road, shaded and serene, winds toward a clubhouse whose wood-paneled siding, with green trim, calls to mind Butler Cabin more than anything else.’
Why visit Las Vegas?
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Known as the place that never sleeps, Vegas is one big party! Centred around tourism; there are an various casinos, water parks, circus performances and museums to entertain visitors.
Traditional Cuisine: Dishes associated with Las Vegas are often tasty and calorie-laden. Typical menus would include; Burgers, Fried Chicken, Langoustines, Lobster, Mac & Cheese, Meatballs, Pizza, Shrimp Cocktail, Smores Boards, and Spaghetti.
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Golden Nugget Pool
As cited on their site:
‘The Tank is a $30 million complex complete with a 200,000 gallon shark tank that allows guests the opportunity to swim up-close and personal with five different species of shark and a wide variety of exotic fish.’
‘If excitement is more of your preference, try a trip down the three-story Shark Chute that features a clear passage through the Shark Tank as you splash into our main deck pool. The slide takes you on a thrilling ride that will make your getaway unforgettable.’
Monterey Peninsula Country Club, California
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As noted on Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s own site:
‘Few country clubs take your breath away as does this private, Member-owned Club in Pebble Beach, California. The most exquisite meeting of land, water and turf, MPCC sits on over 400 acres of forest, dunes and coastal landscape, a perfect setting for not one but two top-rated golf courses, The Dunes Course and Shore Course, with a combined 15 oceanfront holes along nearly two miles of coastline. And what a coastline it is!”
Why visit California?
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California is the home to many A-Listers who enjoy the warm climate, up-market shops and fine dining. From sun-kissed beaches to mouth-watering steaks, California provides something for everyone.
Beaches, Surfing and Sunshine: California is home to copious white sand beaches with excellent waves, which attract hordes of surfing fanatics annually. For those who are yet to tackle on of the big waves, simply spectating whilst sipping a chilled cocktail on the beach is the ultimate relaxation in paradise!
Traditional Cuisine: Usually expensive foods in the U.K. are relatively more affordable in California. Those visiting can dine on divine delicacies such as; California wines, Clam chowder, Fruit (particularly apples, avocados, grapes, lemons, oranges, and strawberries), Ghirardelli chocolate, Seafood (predominantly crab, shrimp, and swordfish), Sourdough bread, Steak, Tacos and Tofu.
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Yosemite National Park: As noted on visitcalifornia.com:
‘Famous for its plunging waterfalls and massive granite faces, this unparalleled parkland, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1948, attracts 4 million visitors each year – with good reason. Nearly the size of Rhode Island and covering more than 1,100 square miles, it features unforgettable natural beauty, from sheer walls of Yosemite Valley to the alpine beauty of Tuolumne Meadows.’
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