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  • Hawaii

    The secret is out about Ewa Beach Golf Club

    Despite sitting in one of the driest sports on Oahu, the Ewa Beach Golf Club is wall-to-wall green like it's located in Ireland instead of Hawaii. The course is always in terrific condition, with impeccable greens, and has been one of Oahu's best-kept secrets. Not anymore.

  • Florida Panhandle

    Camp Creek Golf Club on the Emerald Coast of Florida is all golf, it doesn't cater to real estate, and it really doesn't cater to all types of golfers. To appreciate Tom Fazio's work -- which includes 86 bunkers, a number of waste areas, numerous water hazards and large, difficult greens -- you have to have a little skill and some experience. There's nothing ordinary about Camp Creek, especially the scenery, Mike Bailey writes from Panama City Beach.

  • The Dunes at Maui Lani

    Grab your clubs and get ready to see some of the best values on Maui golf, 18 holes at a time. These courses often have listed rates of less than $100. Add in tropical breezes, swaying palm trees and nicely designed golf layouts, and you've got a bargain on your hands.

  • Links at Sandestin

    Just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, the Links Course at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort features water on 14 holes, plenty of bunkers throughout, palm and pine trees and a few risk-reward holes that reward you if you have a little patience. Mike Bailey has more from, Destin, Fla.

  • Las Vegas

    Spanish Trail Country Club -- a private club that allows some outside play -- boasts a 27-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course, a massive elegant clubhouse, world-class dining, spa options and much more. On the course, players will find three distinct nines: Canyon, Lakes and Sunrise. By the numbers, Spanish Trail features 15 lakes along with 120 bunkers.

  • Orlando

    Orange Lake Resort prospers

    The buildings overwhelm any first impressions at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee. In all, 2,478 villas comprise this massive timeshare vacation zone, all a part of the Holiday Inn Club Vacations network. Nature might not take center stage upon the drive to the accommodations, but don't fret, it's there. Tucked into the resort's 1,450 acres are four golf courses, and an 80-acre lake with a beach and water sports.

  • Orlando

    Ritz-Carlton guests, at least as a general rule, are not adrenaline junkies, but between the zip lines, Greg Norman-designed golf course and eco-tours, the Grande Lakes property has created a reason to avoid the contrived magic of Disney and the sprawl of I-Drive. And as a golf destination, the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes has been a vastly underrated option in the Orlando golf scene.

  • Phoenix - Scottsdale

    Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North: The proof is in the formula

    The big attractions at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale are the nearby golf courses at Troon North, which can be reached in a couple of minutes with the on-resort shuttle. Staying at the Four Seasons, which pays attention to every detail, merely completes the experience, Mike Bailey writes.

  • Hilton Head

    It wasn't all that long ago when cars raced by this undeveloped stretch of the South Carolina Lowcountry headed for the hot, hip and happening Hilton Head Island. Those days are long gone, my friends, especially for golfers. Bluffton can legitimately stand on its own among the top golf destinations in the Southeast.

  • Phoenix - Scottsdale

    Laid out in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, the Padre Course at Camelback Golf Club is unique among golf courses in the Scottsdale area. Wide fairways, water hazards and plenty of grass rule the day, making the Padre Course a solid play in an area full of great golf courses, Mike Bailey writes.