By Shaun Tolson
This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler.
Golf continues to expand its reach to far-flung areas of the Earth, and the world’s top tour operators and private travel companies have taken notice. The following 10 golf trips are beyond compare and guaranteed to thrill even the most seasoned golfer, whether you’re looking for a classic journey to historic courses throughout the British Isles or an off-the-beaten-fairway golfing adventure through Southeast Asia or South America.
A Jet-Setting American Journey from Coast to Coast
Iconic American golf experiences can take many forms, but TCS World Travel, a luxury travel operator specializing in custom journeys, has bundled the best of them together in a 13-night excursion. Kicking off on California’s Monterey Peninsula and concluding in the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown district, the journey — which can also be conducted from East to West — is aptly named Golf from Coast to Coast by Private Jet.
Discerning golf enthusiasts won’t wait long to check a bucket-list round off their lists as this journey’s first tee time brings participants to Cypress Point, an exclusive course that former USGA president Sandy Tatum once declared “the Sistine Chapel of golf.” With three nights’ accommodations at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, this journey naturally includes a round at prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Exceptional resort golf along the West Coast continues with two nights and at least one round at Bandon Dunes, a resort that presents guests with four distinctive and natural layouts crafted by a handful of the game’s most prolific, modern course architects. From there, take a cross-country flight to Bridgehampton, New York, for a three-night stay at charming Topping Rose House hotel. While in the tri-state area, tee up at a trio of the country’s most exclusive and revered private clubs, including Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links and Pine Valley.
The trip wraps up with five nights at the Belmond Charleston Place and includes rounds of golf at Pinehurst, Sea Pines Resort and Kiawah Island Golf Resort. All told, participants will travel more than 4,000 miles, playing a series of at least 10 world-class courses, a feat possible only aboard a private jet.