Guests of the Wequassett Inn get to enjoy gorgeous views and luxe accommodations, in addition to guest access at Cape Cod National Golf Club.
Stop me if I start sounding like a snob, but…
In general, I prefer private golf clubs to public courses.
Don’t get me wrong—there are plenty of worthwhile public courses of all types, from the diamond-in-the-rough municipal track to the high-end daily fee course.
But in almost all cases, if I can get on a private club, I’m going to do my best.
One of the tried-and-true ways I can recommend is to stay in hotels that have agreements with private clubs. You get an awesome vacation experience and get treated like a member when you want to tee it up. Private clubs are less crowded, in better shape and just more peaceful than even the nicer public courses out there.
Here are five of the best private clubs I can recommend, and the corresponding hotels that will give you access:
Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen, Scotland, plays some of the most dramatic dunes we have seen. It would make a spectacular Open site. (Brian Morgan)
I loved watching the Open Championship from Royal Liverpool this weekend. Rory McIlroy’s performance was tremendous. I’m already counting down until next year, when the Open returns to The Old Course at St. Andrews.
I do have one minor concern, though.
The “Open rota.”
As it stands, there are currently ten sites in the Open rota (counting Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, host its first Open in 68 years in 2019).
The Old Course seems destined to host the event on every year ending in a 0 or a 5 going forward, which is fine. The game’s oldest championship should return to its most iconic championship venue that often. But as for the rest of the rota?
Let’s share the wealth a bit more.
This is one of those real “finds” I love tipping you off about.
The timing is perfect given what’s happening this week.
An awesome golf book about The Open Championship and golf’s other major tournaments was recently published…but very few people know about it.
This course is NOT in the Open Championship rota. Nevertheless, it’s an absolute must-play. (Larry Lambrecht)
You’re probably familiar with all of the courses of the Open Championship rota by now.
You know the ones: The Old Course, Carnoustie, Royal St. George’s, yadda yadda yadda, not to mention jolly old Hoylake, which hosts this year’s Open.
But what about the “best of the rest?”
In this case, many of “the rest” are better than the Open venues themselves.
These links courses in the Isles will never host an Open, but they are “must-play” courses for your next UK golf trip.
You can thank fellow reader Rob Healy from Boston for today’s tip.
Given how much I travel, he wanted my advice on something.
He emailed me asking…
“What’s the single most important piece of travel gear in your arsenal?”
Here’s what I told him.