2022 Golf Bucket List: Courses You Need to Play On Story

For many, golf is not just how well you play but where you’ve played. Talk to any avid golfer, and they’ll ask about the courses you’ve teed off at. There are certainly no shortages of excellent golf courses in America, but these courses steeped in the game’s history should be on every player’s bucket list.

You don’t need to make the record books at these historic golf courses played by U.S. Presidents, world leaders, celebrities, and some of the best golfers that ever lived. Instead, just enjoy a golf getaway at one of these 25 Historic Hotels of America that feature stunning courses designed by some of the most legendary architects of the game.

The oldest golf tee in continuous use in the United States is at the Omni Homestead Resort in Virginia, built in 1766. Initially only a 6-hole course, but later expanded to a full 18 by famous golf course designer Donald Ross, it has seen its share of historical figures.

Deemed the jewel of southern Arizona golf courses, Tubac has its fair share of history. Bing Crosby invested in the course, and Robert “Red” Lawrence, a founding member of the American Society of Golf Couse Architects, designed it.

2. Tubac Golf Resort and Spa – Tubac, Arizona

Opened in 1906, the course at Woodstock is the oldest public course in Vermont. Redesigned by architect Robert Trent Jones in the early 1960s, the course sits in the perfect Vermont landscape for a day out in nature. The full course has a unique par-70 making it a new experience for all avid golfers.

3. Woodstock Inn & Resort – Woodstock, Vermont

Opening in 1895, the Bedford course is one of the oldest in the United States. Starting as one of the more extensive golf courses in the country, the 18-holes at Bedford have been designed by the most accomplished architects in the sport’s history.

4. Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa –  Bedford, Pennsylvania

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