Fall golf vacations should not be overlooked, even though many golfers are fair weather travelers. Although the northern courses will be chilly, the weather at many of the best golf courses is still temperate, and prices are pleasantly lower for these fall vacations. Golf enthusiasts also welcome the challenge of fall weather to their game strategy, switching from warm weather play to cool weather play.
St. Andrews Golf Course in Scotland isn't just one of the best place to play golf in the fall; it is one of the best places to golf in the world. Often referred to as the Home of Golf, St. Andrews' Old Course dates back more than 600 years, and the quality of the clubs seven public courses is unrivalled. Fall golf vacations to St. Andrews can also take advantage of St. Andrews Festival in November. Celebrating Scotland's beloved St. Andrews Day, the St. Andrews Festival offers a variety of concerts, exhibitions and activities celebrating Scottish tradition and culture.
Many Americans consider the Carolinas to be the best place to play golf in the fall because of the area's excellent courses and the variety of money-saving fall golf packages, starting at just $99 per person. Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen in North Carolina call themselves the Home of American Golf, and rightly so. Golf Digest has called this area of more than 40 world-class golf courses one of the top three golf destinations in the world. Hilton Head in South Carolina also offers 22 world-class courses on its twelve-mile long island, ranking in the top ten of Golf Digest's list, and Myrtle Beach has its share of courses as well.
If you prefer warmer weather in your game, consider fall golf packages in Arizona or Hawaii. The courses in Scottsdale and Phoenix are considered world-class, offering unique desert layouts. You'll also find a world-class course on each of Hawaii's beautiful islands. Fall golf vacations to Hawaii can also take advantage of the state's annual Aloha Festival in September and October, where each of the six major islands hosts a weeklong celebration of Hawaiian culture. Mexico is also a great place to go, as the 25-mile corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo offers eight scenic courses and beautiful weather throughout the entire year. Las Vegas golf vacations are also up-and-coming, with courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio. Try your hand at the Wynn Golf Club at Wynn Las Vegas right in the middle of Las Vegas action—this is one of the best ways to combine a city getaway and a golf trip, which isn’t always the easiest trip to plan.
If you prefer fall weather to add a challenge to your game, purchase one of the fall golf packages in County Kerry, Ireland. Not only will you be golfing surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ring of Kerry, but Kenmare, Sneem, Ballybunion, Tralee, and Waterville are considered some of the most famous golf courses in the world. Only open through October is Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course in Alberta. This par 71 course features stunning mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, wildlife, carved fairways and elevated tee boxes. Perhaps the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is the best place to play golf in the fall, since the higher altitude adds ten percent to the distance the ball travels.