For golfers, there’s no shortage of dream destinations and bucket-list courses. This life-long sport pairs effortlessly with travel, encouraging players to explore windswept Irish coastlines, pristine California beaches and Pacific Northwest dunes.
The PGA Store at MSP draws golf and travel even closer together. This interactive golf experience and lounge invites travelers to take on the world’s best courses in top-of-the-line simulators. Beyond the virtual, golfers can also tee off with lessons from a PGA professional, fine-tune their putting on a practice green, and shop the latest gear.
If you stop, Joel Burger, founder of PGA MSP and President of the Minnesota PGA, recommends a proper club fitting, given the thousands of options available. The proper fit, he promises, will maximize enjoyment on the course. Stop in to see the full lineup of PING Golf products.
After a virtual round on the world’s most renowned courses, you just might find yourself booking a ticket to see the real thing. To help kick off your planning, here are a few of this year’s United States top golf destinations according to Burger:
PEBBLE BEACH – Monterey County, California
The Holy Grail of golf destinations offers a world-class resort experience on the bluffs of the Monterey Peninsula overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Golfers can get an even better preview of the course when it hosts the U.S. Open in 2019. Try it first on the PGA MSP simulators.
BANDON DUNES GOLF RESORT – Bandon, Oregon
Coming in a close second is Bandon Dunes, featuring four championship golf courses and a 100,000 square-foot ‘Punchbowl’ putting course. Bandon Dunes is a true, golf-exclusive destination with on-site lodging, a walking-only policy and a fully staffed caddie program.
Golfers will be interested to know that Mike Keiser, the developer of Bandon Dunes, is opening his newest course creation in the heart of Wisconsin this May. Sand Valley Golf Resort sits on more than 1,700 acres of dunes and heathland, and aims to bring the playing style of coastline courses to the Midwest.
STREAMSONG RESORT – Bowling Green, Florida
Central Florida is quickly becoming a luxury golf destination thanks to Streamsong Resort’s twin courses—Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue—both borne out of a reclaimed phosphate mine developed by The Mosaic Company, a Minnesota-based operation. An on-site lodge contributes to what repeat visitors describe as an ultimate escape from reality. If you’ve been there before, you’ll be happy to hear that a Black course will open fall 2017.
But before you jet off in search of your dream round, Burger and the PGA MSP team have a critical piece of advice: protect your clubs! The best piece of equipment for golf travel is called The Stiff Arm from Club Glove. It’s an inexpensive telescoping aluminum rod that is placed in your bag and serves as a backbone to absorb the inevitable shocks during air travel.
The Stiff Arm is available for $30 at PGA MSP, along with a variety of travel-friendly gear and equipment.
Located in Terminal 1 at the north end of the Airport Mall between Concourses D and E on Level 2. Open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the week and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends.