From the east to the west coast, check out the best golf courses in the US, including Valhalla Golf Club, Augusta National and Pebble Beach.
<b>Augusta National</b><br>Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most famous men's golf clubs in the world, let alone the United States. Located in Augusta, GA, the course is known for many of it’s remarkable features -- from "The Big Oak Tree" to Magnolia Lane -- but none more famous then "Amen Corner,” one of the most memorable stretches on any golf course, located between holes 11 through 13.
Since opening in 1933, Augusta National has been lucky enough to play host to the Masters Tournament, quite possibly the most prestigious event of all 4 major championships in golf. Winning that elusive green jacket can turn a regular professional into a golfing legend overnight.
Located next to the Genesee River in Rochester, NY, Oak Hill Country Club is the only club in the world to host the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, the US Open, the US Amateur, the US Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship. The Club has a West Course and an East Course. The 2013 PGA Championship will be contested over on the East Course.
Visit Merion Golf Club, a private golf club located in Ardmore, PA, just 11 miles west of Philadelphia. Host to the US Open 5 times, this club’s courses -- designed by golf course architect Hugh Wilson -- has an East Course and West Course, but it’s the East Course that has become the favorite among professional golfers. In fact, <i>Golf Digest</i>is rated the Merion Golf Club’s East Course one of America’s greatest <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/sports/photos/luxury-golf-around-the-world">golf courses</a>.
<b>Kiawah Island Golf Resort</b><br>Play golf on Kiawah Island, located southwest of Charleston, SC. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has 5 golf courses. The Resort’s Ocean Course has hosted major golf tournaments, including the Ryder Cup, World Cup, PGA Championship, PGA Club Professional Championship and Senior PGA Championship. The well-renowned golf resort was voted the “#1 Resort in the US,” in <i>Golf World Magazine</i>.
<b>The Olympic Club</b><br>The Olympic Club, a unique golf course located in downtown San Francisco, California, offers various views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate State Park
The Olympic Club - 18th hole - San Francisco, California.
<b>Pebble Beach</b><br>Regarded as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California kicks off our list of the top golf courses in the United States.
Pebble Beach Golf Links - 7th hole - Pebble Beach, California.
<b>Torrey Pines</b><br>Sitting on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific ocean, and named after a unique tree indigenous only to the coast of San Diego, Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, California is a public golf course owned by the city.
Torrey Pines Golf Club - 6th hole - San Diego, California
<b>Shinnecock Hills</b><br>The oldest formal organized golf club in the United States, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in the town of Southampton on Long Island has been host to the US open 4 times in 3 different centuries.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - 18th hole - Southampton, NY
<b>Oakmont Country Club</b><br>With 210 bunkers throughout, Oakmont Country Club has been regarded as one of the most difficult golf courses in North America. Located in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
Oakmont Country Club - 18th hole - Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
<b>Bethpage</b><br>Home of the renowned 'Black Course' and featuring five 18-hole golf courses, Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York is the largest public golf complex in the country.
Black Course at Bethpage State Park - 18th hole - Farmingdale, New York.
<b>Congressional Country Club</b><br>Located in Bethesda, Maryland right outside of the nation's capital, Congressional Country Club has been the host to 2 US Open Championships and is a regular stop on the PGA tour each year.
Congressional Country Club - 10th hole - Bethesda, Maryland.
<b>Winged Foot</b><br>The West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, is a par 72 course, measuring over 7,250 yards from start to finish, and was designed by the same architect as the famous Bethpage Black course.
West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club - 10th hole - Mamaroneck, New York.
<b>Pinehurst</b><br>The Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina is one of the most celebrated in the world. The beautifully kept and maintained resort is highlighted by its most famous course, Number 2.
Pinehurst Resort - 18th hole - Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Located 20 miles east of Louisville, KY, Valhalla Golf Club hosted the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Champion in 2011 and 2014. The PGA of America owns the majority interest in the 486-acre property -- a dream envisioned by Louisville businessman and golf enthusiast Dwight Gahm and his 3 sons. Grahm commissioned pro-golfer Jack Nicklaus to build a private golf facility, and it opened its doors in 1986. This world-class club remains the best golf course in Kentucky and on the “America’s 100 Greatest Courses”, according to <i>Golf Digest</i>.