The most luxurious (and most expensive) golf courses in America 2022
The rich get richer and play golf. That’s not necessarily how the old cliché goes, but for the purposes of this article, it works perfectly. Some golf courses are not only luxurious, but decadent with their magnificent greens, five-star restaurants, fantastic hotels and exclusive memberships.
Some of the best golf courses in the United States have increased their prices in recent years. If you’re looking for a new golf course to play and explore, and price isn’t an issue, book a tee time at one of these gems.
- Kapalua Planting Course – Maui, HI
Although it may not be the most expensive golf course to play, the Kapalua Plantation Course is one of the most magnificent you will ever see. Kapalua is located in Hawaii and offers a great escape for any player from mainland America. The Kapalua Resort is the home of the PGA Tournament of Champions Sentry. The tournament is played on this incredible course which costs only $395. If you stay at the resort, you’ll save $30 on your green fee. There is also the Bay Course at Kapalua Resort. However, we suggest playing the Kapalua Plantation Course on your next visit to Maui. The Plantation course is recognized as the best course in Hawaii, so book a trip to find out why.
- Pinehurst #2 – Pinehurst, NC
Opened in 1895, Pinehurst No. 2 has been beating budding golfers for over 100 years. The legendary golf course is one of the most beautiful in the world. Its beauty is only negated by the difficult par-3 17e hole. Yes, Pinehurst is a thing of unparalleled beauty. It is the centerpiece of Pinehurst Golf Club, which has nine courses in total. You can spend an entire week at the golf club and not play all of its courses. The price to play No. 2 differs throughout the year. During peak season, you should be able to play for $460.
- Whistling Sound – Kohler, WI
Located in North Central America, Whistling Straits has become a popular course for avid golfers. It is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, which offers eerie weather throughout the year. Since its inception in 1998, Whistling Straits has become a popular stop on the PGA Tour. In 2021, the walk-only golf course charged $485 per round during peak season.
- Trump National Doral Golf Club – Doral, Florida
The Trump National Doral Golf Club was only $450 a few years ago. It continues to be one of the most expensive clubs in the United States, 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 complex is huge. It spans 800 acres of prime South Florida real estate. There are 10 lodges and 700 hotel rooms on site. A round of golf will set you back around $495, but prices are lower at different times of the year. You can only book a round of golf 30 days in advance.
- The Greenbrier Resort – White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia
West Virginia’s White Sulfur Springs 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 Greenbrier’s main attraction and is visited by golfers from all over the world. Unregistered guests pay $575 during peak season to play a round of golf. If you prefer to go during the low season from March to April or November, you can get a round of golf for just $365. One of the coolest things about the Greenbrier Resort is the Cold War-era bunker underneath the hotel. It was built because the resort was a popular place for American presidents to visit.
- Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, CA
Pebble Beach has been one of America’s premier golf clubs for over a century. It is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country. It offers an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean, which provides a great backdrop for any party. You will find three hotels and a spa at Pebble Beach for complete relaxation after your round. A goal round will cost you around $600. If you book a hotel room, which could cost you over $1,000, you can save money on your green fees. A stay and a game are worth it. Pebble Beach has hosted some of the greatest golf tournaments and players in its history.
- The Wynn Golf Course – Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas is no longer just about casinos and live entertainment. Golf is a popular attraction for tourists around the world. One of the great things about the Wynn Golf Course is that it is located along the Las Vegas Strip. Opened in 2005, the Wynn was closed in 2017, but reappeared two years later. A round of golf will cost you around $650.
- TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Built in 1980, TPC Sawgrass was designed by Alice and Pete Dye. It was built to be one of the toughest golf courses in the world. Not only is it a challenging course, it is one of the most luxurious with golfers from all over the world, professionals and novices alike seeking it out. It costs $840 to play TPC Sawgrass during peak season. Green fees are lower at other times of the year. From June to August, it will cost you $400. A ride costs $600 between September and May.
- Shadow Creek – Las Vegas, Nevada
In a previous Totalprestige Magazine article, I described Shadow Creek as the most expensive golf course in the world. Shadow Creek, which is owned by MGM Resorts International, has increased its fees to move miles away from other luxury golf courses. It will cost you $1,000 to play Shadow Creek. If you fancy playing Las Vegas golf in the offseason, you can play for just $750.
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