Is the winter season dampening both your spirits and your golfing experience? It’s understandable, of course. Compared to the warmer months of the year, winter poses a troublesome challenge for both golfers and golf course caretakers because the cold temperatures can result in turf loss, or a wet or snowy terrain. As such, some clubs opt to close down their courses until springtime arrives.
While it’s possible to enjoy rounds on a snow-covered green and fairway, it can be difficult because winter golf calls for different equipment and techniques. Plus, playing golf in freezing weather conditions can be tough or even unhealthy for some people. However, this doesn’t mean that you should put your clubs away this season. To keep those swinging and putting skills sharp this winter, you can head down south and play in courses where the turfs are evergreen!
Here are Swing Control’s favorite golf courses for snowbirds:
Built over a 350-acre desert flatland in North Las Vegas, Nevada, by Las Vegas casino tycoon Steve Wynn and famous golf course architect Tom Fazio, this stunning 18-hole golf course is a refreshing sight amidst the region’s sandy landscape. With vibrant green trees, colorful flowers, and small waterfalls, Shadow Creek offers a magnificent yet challenging course layout.
This luxurious club lies within the Mojave Desert, so the climate is sunny and dry almost throughout the year. Winters are very mild, and even during the coldest days, you’ll only feel a bit chilly. Due to these conditions, the fairways almost never suffer from turf loss during the winter months. This makes Shadow Creek an ideal choice for those wanting to play golf away from the cold. Here, visitors can enjoy the club’s excellent facilities and play rounds of golf in any season. Keep in mind, though, that Shadow Creek is a highly exclusive golf club. To play here, you need to be a guest of an MGM resort or casino.
Los Angeles Country Club
The Los Angeles Country Club had its humble beginnings in the fall of 1897, when a group of local players comprising the Los Angeles Golf Club sought to promote golf, a game which was only starting to become popular at the time. It was then that the Los Angeles Country Club came to be. After a number of relocations due to overcrowding, this country club now sits proudly along Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
In this century-old club, golfers can play in 36 holes surrounded by formidable bunkers. As Los Angeles enjoys a Mediterranean climate, the weather is often dry and mild, with low chance of rainfall. The winters here can range from cool to warm, with sunny skies dominating the weather pattern.
The club is set to host the 2017 Walker Cup Match in September next year, so you may see some up-and-coming golfers practicing their winning shots on the greens.
Monterey Peninsula Country Club
Located on the coast of Pebble Beach, California, the Monterey Peninsula Country Club is sure to take your breath away with its
spectacular ocean views and picturesque verdant landscapes.
Established by environmentalist Samuel Finley Brown Morse in 1925, this 5-star platinum club is perfect for snowbirds. The weather around the Monterey Peninsula is consistent throughout the year: mild and not too hot or too cold. This comfortable environment allows golfers to focus on sharpening their skills.
You can improve your long and short game techniques by challenging the 15 oceanfront holes of the Dunes Course and the Shore Course. Both courses have hosted the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1947 to 1966. After years of being excluded from the hosting rotation, the Monterey Peninsula Country Club will once again hold this prestigious golf tournament this coming February 2017. You also have the option of watching the thrilling matches as a spectator.
Augusta National Golf Club
Established in 1933 by American golfer Bobby Jones and investment dealer Clifford Roberts, the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, has since become one of the most famous golf courses in the world. It ranked number 1 in Golf Digest’s 2009 list of America’s 100 greatest courses, and is currently ranked number 5 in Golfweek Magazine’s 2016 list of the best classic golf courses in the U.S.
Augusta National Golf Club is a favorite among many golfers during the colder months.
Augusta has a humid subtropical climate, so with winters being short and mild, snowbirds can tee off in comfort. As a former plant nursery, this club’s golf course is also teeming with a variety of stunning shrubs and magnificent tree specimens. You can hone your skills or enjoy a relaxing game in any one of its 18 holes.
This renowned golf club also has a long list of distinguished and high-profile members such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and IBM CEO Sam Palmisano. Esteemed pro golfers also frequent the course as the Augusta National Golf Club is known for hosting the annual Masters Tournament, a major championship game in professional golf.
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Designed and established by golf course architects Jack Neville and Douglas Grant in 1919, Pebble Beach Golf Links is a renowned golf course that has hosted some of the most exciting matches in golf history. Prominent tournaments for the the annual PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions, including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, are often held in this distinguished golf course. It is also set to host the U.S. Open in 2019.
Aside from being home to many renowned golfing events, Pebble Beach Golf Links is also touted as one of the most beautiful courses in the world. With its beautiful ocean views, scenic rolling greens, and cliff-side fairways, it’s easy to see why. Moreover, the weather is always pleasant, even during the cold months.
As the chilliness of winter can affect your overall enjoyment of golf, it’s important to select a golf course that has favorable weather conditions. The golf courses listed here offer just that and more. Aside from their clement environments, these clubs also have great facilities and amenities that can help improve your performance. When you get there, make sure to check out the shops, where you can find Swing Control’s fabulous golf wear collections! Happy New Year!