Golf, unlike most games played with a ball, does not utilize an even playing field and the varied forms of terrain encountered during the course of the game is a key part of the challenge and game itself. With early forms of golf being traced back to 100 BC of the Roman game called paganica, the origin of modern day golf is typically traced to 15th century Scotland, where the 18-hole round was first created at the Old Course at St Andrews in 1764.
Golf’s oldest and firs major tournaments is the Open Championship, or the British Open, first played in 1860 in Scotland, and is one of the four major tournaments in men’s professional golf, with the other three being the Masters, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship played in the U.S. Most recently, and for the first time in 112 years, golf was played at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With so many golf destinations in the world to choose from, below are five great courses in the U.S. you can access with a private charter.
1. Kohler, Wisconsin
One of the best championship courses in the United States, the Whistling Straits of the American Club Resort is a 36-hole links-style golf course that has hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships, the 2007 U.S. Senior Open and is the future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup.
Located near Kohler, Wisconsin, the resort is one of the Top 100 Golf Resorts according to Conde Nast Traveler magazine and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust of Historic Preservation. The scenic village of Kohler is also home to River Wildlife, a wilderness preserve and dining club that consists of more than 30 miles of scenic woodland trails and the Sheboygan River.
- SBM: Sheboygan County Memorial Airport
2. Bandon, Oregon
Located on the Pacific Coast of Coos Bay County, the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a hidden little gem surrounded by cedars, evergreen trees, pines and the Pacific Ocean. One of America’s most beautiful oceanfront golf locations, the Bandon Dunes Resort has a total of four courses, three of which are links-style courses with the scenic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. With the scenery being one of the top attractions, this Oregon golf course opened in 1999 and is enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels.
- BDY: Bandon State Airport
3. Colorado Springs, Colorado
With a rich history, the Broadmoor luxury hotel dates back to 1959 when young Jack Nicklaus took a birdie to win his first major on the 18th hole of the East Course. The property itself has more than 5,000 acres and a variety of activities to choose from including fly-fishing, shopping and tennis. The city of Colorado Springs also offers visitors great outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding for all levels.
The city is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and one of the most famous U.S. landmarks, Pikes Peak, whose summit is known to have inspired the words to “America the Beautiful” song. Founded as a resort town in 1871, Colorado Springs is the epitome of natural scenery, outdoor adventure and great golf. Colorado Springs private jet charters are becoming more frequent these days.
- COS: Colorado Springs Airport
4. Big Island, Hawaii
In Hawaii, the Big Island is a beautiful island that has everything from black-sand beaches to active volcanos and lush rainforests. It has also been voted in 2018 as #1 in Best Golf Destinations and #2 in Best Luxury Destinations in the USA by U.S. News & World Report travel rankings.
With so many luxurious and scenic courses to choose from, some designed by the biggest names in course design, such as Jack Nicklaus, Francis H. Ii Brown and Robert Trent Jones Sr., it’s no wonder the Big Island is known as the “Golf Capital of Hawaii.” Tee off amongst the lush green fairways of the Volcano Golf & Country Club or the turquoise waters of Mauna Lani Resort, and you won’t regret it.
- ITO: Hilo International Airport
5. Palm Springs, California
With mid-century architecture and warm weather, Palm Springs is a popular spot in the desert for its hot springs, luxury spas and first-class golf resorts. Of the many golf resorts to choose from, the 36-hole Indian Wells Golf Resort is among the top 20 courses you can play in California, according to Golfweek magazine. The city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley consistently draws visitors to its 100 top notch courses to participate in the year-round golf tournaments of all levels and it’s a beautiful destination to bring your family along.
- TRM: Jacqueline Cochrane Regional
Flying private to any of the golf destinations above, ensures that you arrive with no jet lag and ready for a round of golf in no time, as the cabins of the aircraft are pressurized to 6,000 ft. Additionally, you have space in the cabin’s baggage compartment to bring along your golf equipment and luggage without the hassle of commercial flight check-ins and small weight restrictions.
Whether you are flying with family or business colleagues for a buddy trip, there is a variety of entertainment options and WiFi onboard to ensure you are kept busy, relaxed and comfortable during the duration of your flight.