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Top Five Multi-Course, Golf Heavens
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By Golfing Magazine Staff
Published on 04/1/2011
 

Top Five Multi-Course, Golf Heavens, by David Wood
To our way of thinking, a golf locale where you can play several wondrous layouts without more travel is ideal. An elite group of the world’s best golf destinations have a number of excellent courses without ever having to go “off campus.” Just unpack your bags, put on your golf shoes and play a new course every day.

1. Mission Hills Resort Shenzhen - Shenzhen, China

Mission Hills Resort Shenzhen definitely proves the noble idea of “the more courses, the better.” Stretching across the lush, rolling hills of Shenzhen and Dongguan in southern China, Mission Hills is China’s highest rated golf club, and the largest golf club in the world according to the Guinness World Records. With 12 exceptional courses designed by the giants of the genre like Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Schmidt-Curley (the hottest design company internationally), simply get yourself to China and tee-it-up on any layout at Mission Hills. You’re guaranteed an Asian golf experience extraordinaire. www.missionhillsgroup.com

2. PGA National Resort & Spa - Palm Gardens, Fla.

With its storied golf history including hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, nearly two decades of the Senior PGA Championship and now hosting the PGA TOUR’s wildly popular Honda Classic, PGA National’s Champion Course is a jewel. The splendid Jack Nicklaus design boasts the infamous “Bear Trap” – one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in golf. In addition, The Palmer, Haig, Squire and Estates courses are all high-caliber championship eighteens and well worth a play. www.pgaresort.com

3. Celtic Manor Resort - Newport, Wales

Set in the flourishing rolling hills of Wales is the majestic Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor Resort. The superb 2010 Ryder Cup venue won rave reviews from the golf world for its spectacular “do or die” holes along the floor of picturesque Usk Valley.  Seemingly peaceful lakes encroach on rippling fairways and sloped greens posing threats of danger. Moreover, the Robert Trent Jones designed Roman Road and The Montgomerie – the work of victorious Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie – both traverse the same splendid terrain and are first-rate. Golf in Wales is a must.   www.celtic-manor.com

4. St. Andrews, Scotland

With enticingly sinister bumps, knobs and hollows, the Old Course at St. Andrews is the golfing thrill of a lifetime. Every great golfer in history has walked those hallowed fairways and, as a public course, you can as well. Plus there are six other admirable links-style municipal courses in the Auld Grey Toon. With the wind whipping off the North Sea, the spires of old cathedrals serving as aiming points and golfing ghosts from centuries past lurking, St. Andrews is the pinnacle of the golfing heap. No golf list is complete without St. Andrews and its wondrous courses! www.standrews.org.uk

5. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort - Bandon, Oregon

In the classic baseball movie Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice whisper, “If you build it, they will come.” Hearing the voice of the Golf Gods, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has built four of the Earth’s finest layouts – Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old Macdonald – in remote southern Oregon. Golfers now flock there to tee-it-up. Put your bag on your shoulder, walk the courses, keep the ball low and play the game as it was intended. Bandon Dunes is exceptional. www.bandondunesgolf.com