Golf isn’t just for men anymore; 25 percent of all golfers across the country are women. And now, more than ever, golf course managers are catering to both sexes. In honor of summer golf season, we’ve outlined our favorite female-friendly courses from coast to coast.
Reynolds Plantation — Greensboro, Georgia
This historical community has six courses, all perfectly landscaped and bordered by stunning views of nearby Lake Oconee. One of the most popular is the Great Waters Course. Open for nearly two decades, it has played host to a number of professional events including the 2008 PGA Professional Championship. Another one of our faves is the Plantation Course, designed by two former PGAers.
For more information, visit: www.reynoldsplantation.com
Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run — Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
This much-buzzed-about course is punishing but not without fun. Jack Nicklaus designed the award-winning course himself. What’s more, because the course is built to favor strategy and skill over power, women can keep up with (and even kick the butts of) the men they play with.
For more information, visit: www.clubcorp.com
Kierland Golf Club — Scottsdale, Arizona
When you have a husband-and-wife set of golf pros on staff (Mike LaBauve, a class A member of the PGA, and Sandy LaBauve, an award-winning Class A member of both the PGA and LPGA), clearly you mean business in making golf male and female friendly. The nine-hole course is great for beginner golfers, and it’s challenging enough for pros who are looking to boost their games.
For more information, visit: www.kierlandgolf.com
Torrey Pines Golf Course — San Diego, California
Set to host the 2009 Samsung LPGA World Championship, this sprawling two-course club is bound by lush, jaw-dropping landscapes (with mountains to the north and the ocean to the west). And it’s quite common to catch even the most avid golfer stopping to spot some of California’s nearby wildlife. We love the recently revamped South Course, with its 7,607 yards and rolling hills (which are challenging but fun).
For more information, visit: www.torreypinesgolfcourse.com
World Woods Golf Club — Brooksville, Florida
Packed with courses, from two world-class championship ranges — Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks — to a nine-hole short course (perfect for practicing), World Woods frequently has been rated a favorite by female golfers for its lush landscape and smooth-golfing terrain. It’s also a great place to buff up your skills.
For more information, visit: www.worldwoods.com
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