Top 10 U.S. public golf courses for the business traveller

By Grace Nasri
July 7, 2011

By Grace Nasri at FindTheBest

Golf has come to be known as the international sport of business. The sport offers a way to escape the traditional confines and pressures of an office and instead provides a relaxed setting where people can get acquainted and talk business.

The fact that golf has become the go-to sport for businesspeople is not surprising. One study, conducted in 2008, actually shows a positive relationship between golf and the level of compensation in the workplace.

Whether it’s a CEO of a financial company trying to hire a potential recruit, or two perspective partners discussing the terms of a deal, the golf course has essentially turned into a second office.

According to FindTheBest’s Golf Courses Comparison, the top 10 public golf courses for the business traveller are as follows:

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA
Location: On the California coast with views of the Monterey Peninsula
Caddies: Yes
Nearest Airport: Monterey Peninsula Airport (approx. 8 miles from course)
Nightlife: Monterrey (less than 10 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Difficult

2. Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, WI
Location: Located next to Lake Michigan
Caddies: Yes
Nearest Airport: Sheboygan County Airport (approx. 15 miles from course)
Nightlife: Downtown Sheboygan (approx. 10-15 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Difficult

3. Seminole, Tallahassee, FL
Location: Located near Florida State University
Caddies: No
Nearest Airport: Tallahassee Regional Airport (approx. 5 miles from course)
Nightlife: Downtown Tallahassee (approx. 5 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Moderate

4. Bethpage State Park – Black Course, Farmingdale, NY
Location: Located on a state park
Caddies: No
Nearest Airport: JKF International Airport (approx. 25 miles from course)
Nightlife: Downtown Farmingdale (less than 5 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Difficult

5. Pacific Dunes, Bandon, OR
Location: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Caddies: Yes
Nearest Airport: North Bend Airport (approx. 25 miles from course)
Nightlife: Nightlife on the resort
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Moderate

6. Bountiful Ridge, Bountiful, UT
Location: Located on a ridge overlooking the Great Salt Lake
Caddies: No
Nearest Airport: Salt-Lake International Airport (approx. 15 miles from course)
Nightlife: Downtown Salt Lake (approx. 10 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Moderate

7. Jefferson Park, Seattle, WA
Location: Perched on the Beacon Hill with views of Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier
Caddies: No
Nearest Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (approx. 15 miles from course)
Nightlife: Downtown Seattle (approx. 15 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Moderate

8. Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, CA
Location: On the California coast with views of the Monterey Peninsula
Caddies: Yes
Nearest Airport: Monterey Peninsula Airport (approx. 10 miles from course)
Nightlife: Monterrey (less than 10 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Difficult

9. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Location: Located right off the beach
Caddies: Yes
Nearest Airport: Jacksonville International Airport (approx. 35 miles)
Nightlife: Ponte Vedra (less than 5 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Difficult

10. Rock Barn Golf & Spa (Tom Jackson), Conover, NC
Location: Country Farmland
Caddies: No
Nearest Airport: Hickory Regional Airport (less than 10 miles from course)
Nightlife: Downtown Hickory (approx. 15 miles from course)
Golf Club Rentals: Yes
Course Level: Moderate

(Grace Nasri is Managing Editor of FindTheBest. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

Main caption: Ernie Els of South Africa hits from the ninth fairway during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship in Pebble Beach, California, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Comments

I would love to play Spyglass Hill at Pebble Beach! Although given my most recent golf outing, it’s likely that a club or two will end up in the water.

Posted by dtobin01 | Report as abusive
 

Just played 18 holes at Spyglass the other day and I can vouch, its an excellent place for a meeting. Thanks for this resource, I’ll have to check out the others.

Posted by ngreenberg | Report as abusive
 

While Pebble Beach is gorgeous, California has amazing golf courses throughout the state.

Posted by atanas | Report as abusive
 

Pebble Beach is an utterly beautiful golf course! There are few things better than teeing of next to the ocean. I do hope one day surfing will be the businessman’s escape. Why couldn’t one talk business in the line up? In the mean time I’ll make sure to consider these top courses for my next business golf meet up, thank you!

Posted by ksespinola | Report as abusive
 

Great article, can’t wait to hit some of these courses on my travels!!

Posted by Vinniemb | Report as abusive
 

Hey Grace, I have played most of the top courses on your list which are great, but one you really need to remove is #7, Jefferson Park GC in Seattle. Anyone who takes your recommendation and plays it will be HIGHLY disappointed. It is a goat ranch at best. It is one of the three Seattle municipal courses which is very interested in your green fee, but that’s all. Not enough money goes back into maintenance of the course, so it’s never in good condition. To list it with Pebble Beach, TPC at Sawgrass, and the others is a bad joke. Check it out for yourself next time you are in Seattle and see how bad it is.

Posted by sak1059 | Report as abusive
 

Thanks for all the comments and feedback, we love to hear from you, especially those who have experience with a course. If you would like to make sure your review of a Golf Course (ex: Jefferson Park) is on file for others to see as they use this tool, please write a review at FindTheBest.com. If you click on Jeffereson Park listing, you’ll see a review button at the top of the page.

Cheers,
Amy/FindTheBest

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