There is lots of golf to be had in San Diego, whether you want a high-roller experience like Torrey Pines or are looking for bargains. Rest assured, SoCal's ideal climate and mountain scenery is free of charge.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs will showcase some of the northeast's best private clubs. While this region is stocked with exclusive private clubs, public golfers aren't shut out entirely - and you can play more than just Bethpage.
It may not be a major, but The Players Championship certainly has that feel, which is probably one of the reasons that Pete Dye's Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is in such high demand when the tour is not in town.