The options are limitless and naming the “best” golf resorts is, at best, subjective. So instead, we’ve put together a few unconventional golf trips you might consider as the spring and summer seasons come into view. Each trip has its own theme. Maybe you want more than a golf course. How’d you like to be immersed in everything golf. If you like the sound of that, there’s a place you’ll want to see. Or, instead, maybe you want to park your RV literally on the golf course. There’s a way to make that happen.
But, first, let’s drive to Scotland.
RV to “Scotland”
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
You won’t reach Scotland in your Tiffin motorhome, but you can come closer than you think. Bandon Dunes is true to its claim: golf courses designed in the spirit of Scotland’s ancient links. The resort is located on Oregon’s rugged coast. There are six distinctly different courses here, and the rates aren’t cheap. But for the avid golfer, this place is worth every cent. Keep in mind, it’s not the kind of place you can fly into with ease. In fact, air travel to Bandon Dunes is sort of a pain. Instead, Tiffin owners can avoid a maze of connecting flights, and ultimately set up camp about 6 short miles from this bucket-list resort.
Where to Camp
Bandon RV Park offers 45 full hook-up spaces, free cable TV, and free Wifi. Nearby, there’s also the celebrated Bandon Crossing Golf Course, which is a fantastic course that’s easier on the wallet than famed Bandon Dunes. Plus, the RV park offers coupons for 10% off tee fees at Bandon Crossing. So the option for golfers to mix it up with a premier golf experience at the Dunes, and then come down a bit for a more traditional golfing experience at the Crossing is there for you.
Did You Know?
Bandon Dunes is a walking course. Golf Aficionado magazine says golf here is, “one of the most demanding golf trips you’ll ever take.”
Camp the Course
Harvest Hosts isn’t a place. And it’s not a golf course. That’s why we didn’t bother listing a city and state for it. It’s headquartered in Vail, Colorado, but its location is of little consequence. Why? Because Harvest Hosts is a member-driven, RV-camping experience that puts your RV on the golf course. Members can choose from 370 golf courses located in the U.S. and Canada.
Where to Camp?
Where you choose to golf is where you’ll also camp. Options range from courses like the quaint and affordable Pine Hills Golf Club in Winder, Georgia, where you can play 18 holes for $25. Winder is only 25 miles from the University of Georgia in Athens, a quintessential college town loaded with funky cafes and unique entertainment.
Tubac Golf Resort is another golf destination offered by Harvest Hosts. This Arizona resort is where the movie Tin Cup was filmed starring Kevin Costner. Tubac has three signature holes including Anza No. 9. It’s an island green, and there’s the Stables Patio Bar nearby where patrons entertain themselves by heckling anyone whose ball finds a watery grave.
Did You Know?
Harvest Hosts gets its name because, in addition to the 370 golf courses where members can park their RVs, it also offers over 1,200 camping opportunities at wineries, breweries, and farms.
St. Augustine, Florida
If what you’re looking for is full-on golf immersion, World Golf Village is your next destination. It’s located in historic St. Augustine, Florida. There, you’ll find everything from two golf courses designed by World Golf Hall of Fame members to an on-site PGA Tour Academy. The World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is also located within the golf village. For lunchtime and evening meals, there are four restaurants in the village serving everything from a rack of ribs at Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant and Italian cuisine at Villagio’s. And the best part? There’s the Stage Coach RV Park right down the road.
Where to Camp
Just off of Interstate 95, only five miles from World Golf Village is Stagecoach RV Park. This park was built on a family farm, land originally purchased by the family in the 1940s. The campground opened in 1985, and the property offers a shady, breezy atmosphere thanks to the property’s mature hardwoods. Amenities include a dog park, volleyball and basketball courts, modern bathhouse, and laundry facilities. There’s also a trolley pickup to shuttle guests to and from historic St. Augustine.
Did You Know?
The World Golf Village offers 1, 2, and 3-day golf schools at their PGA Tour Golf Academy. Or, if you’re looking for customized, private training, they’ve got that too.
The Trip for MLB Baseball Fans Who Golf
Florida’s West Coast
This trip was conceived for the baseball fans who golf. It’s especially ideal for a family who’s got kids or grandkids in tow who play Little League Baseball or follow Major League Baseball’s biggest stars. Within a 150-mile radius on Florida’s West Coast, you’ve got eight MLB spring-training ballparks. The eight include Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida, where this 150-miles stretch starts, and it ends just south to Fort Myers, Florida, where the Boston Red Sox train.
Pair all this baseball with the concentration of golf courses in Florida — the state is ranked No. 1 for its 1,281 golf courses, many of which are on Florida’s west coast — and oh my goodness. Notable golf resorts along this same 150-mile strip include Concession Golf Club, a renowned, private club, which ranked as one of Florida’s best golf courses by GOLF Magazine’s expert course raters. Honestly, there are too many accolades to list about this golf club. There’s also the Venetian Golf and River Club in North Venice, which is just 10 miles from the Atlanta Braves’ CoolToday Park and 25 miles from the Tampa Bay Rays’ Charlotte Sports Park. The Venetian is a par-72 course known for its generous fairways and abundance of grass hollows. You might also check out the Vinoy Golf Club in Saint Petersburg, not far from spring-training ballparks for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays.
When planning this MLB-laced golf trip, there’s something to keep in mind that may make planning and logistics easier. Let’s say, for example, your team is the Atlanta Braves. That’s who you’ve come to see. They train just south of Venice, Florida, at CoolToday Park. The site is in the middle of this 150-mile coastline we’re targeting for our trip. But it sort of doesn’t matter. All of these MLB teams are so close to each other in Florida, and they’re busing back and forth to different parks to compete in spring games. So maybe you’re set on playing Concessions Golf Club. It’s near the Pittsburgh Pirates’ facility in Bradenton. But that’s OK. Just check the game schedules and choose a game where the Braves play at the Pirates’ LECOM Park. It’s a quick 17 miles from Concession’s Golf Club.
Where to Camp
Check out Myakka River RV Resort in Venice. This resort is right on the banks of the Myakka River, and it offers river-front sites with full hookups. Turtle Beach Campground in Sarasota is a beachfront campground with a tree-lined landscape and crushed-shell RV pads. Further south near Fort Myers and Cape Coral, you’ll find Sugar Sands RV Resort. This is a small, waterfront campground. Reservations are limited, so book early. Or, if you’re looking for shady grounds and a low-key atmosphere, you might like Seminole Campground and RV Park in North Fort Myers. This park has been around for 45 years, boasts native oaks and cypress, and the Popash Creek cuts through the park’s surroundings.
Did You Know?
The first MLB team to travel south to Florida for spring training was the Washington Nationals in 1888. If you’re thinking there’s no way the Washington Nationals have been around that long, you’d be (technically) wrong.