For avid golfers in cold weather climates, there is nothing sadder than the off-season. In America, golf season typically runs from March/April until November. That leaves about four months of inactivity. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for going out of state while your home state deals with Winter.
The Sunshine State home attracts many tour pros for a good reason. In addition to year-round warm weather, the sheer multitude of top-class courses makes Florida a golfing paradise. Orlando is an exceptional choice because of its proximity to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, in addition to Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course. The skill level is intermediate because of all the water hazards, but with its broad fairways, the course will invite you to stick around. There are also some quaint Disney touches like a Mickey-shaped bunker guarding the 6th hole.
South Carolina is extremely popular throughout the summer, so having the opportunity to play golf in the off-season means having access to some great courses without having to pay top price. Fewer visitors also means more tee-time availability. Some of the most popular courses are at Dafuskie Island, Harbour Town, Hilton Head, and Pete Dye’s Heron Point. The Hilton Head National is a must-visit because it was conceived by legendary designers Gary Player and Bobby Weed. The breathtaking design of this nine-hole course has made it a must-play for the past 27 years.
In January, California’s average temperature is in the upper 50s, which is why golf is playable all year long. Winter rates will save players a lot of money, and a lack of crowds will make tee times more amenable. While it might be tempting to gravitate instantly towards infamous courses like Pebble Beach, San Francisco also hosts Cinnabar Hills, Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, Half Moon Bay, and TPC Harding Park.
For some, a dry, desert-themed landscape is the perfect escapism destination for Winter golfing. Arizona offers a high of 67 degrees in January, which means you will feel the warmth. It stands out from other states because Arizona’s natural landscape creates courses that are unlike anywhere else. Multi-course golf clubs like We-Ko-Pa and Troon offer different levels of players a chance to stretch their legs. The Mountain course at Ventana Canyon was designed by Tom Fazio and features dramatic vistas with fairways lined by red rock and cacti. One of the most photographed holes in the country is the third hole, featured in many publications.