You want to plan a trip with your golf friends to a course you’ve never played before, but you don’t want to go too far from the airport once you’ve landed. Have no fear; we’ve got you covered. Here are the six best U.S. golf courses located near a major airport.
ASU KARSTEN GOLF COURSE
6.7 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
One of the top college golf courses and the jewel of one of the top college golf programs, this imposing par-70 Scottish links–style design by Pete Dye, opened in 1989, is where ASU stars from Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm to Grace Park and Azahara Muñoz have cut their teeth.
BALI HAI GOLF CLUB
Las Vegas, Nev.
4.5 Miles from McCarran International Airport
Bali Hai is so close to the airport, you might start losing money on the course before you do in the casino. The surprisingly lush Schmidt-Curley layout’s got big-time razzle-dazzle, from the dramatic Strip views to Bluetooth speakers in the carts to the sassy ParMate female caddies.
BEAR CREEK GOLF CLUB
4.7 Miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Two strong Ted Robinson courses, the West and East, sit within shouting distance (over the jet roar) of DFW. Both are traditional, lay-of-the-land tracks with stately oaks framing rolling fairways, and they’ve hosted PGA Tour qualifiers, the Texas State Open and the AJGA National Tournament.
COBBS CREEK GOLF CLUB (OLDE COURSE)
8.7 miles from Philadelphia International Airport
The conditioning might not be quite as pristine as at nearby Merion Golf Club, but the charming and historic (circa 1916) Olde Course here was likewise designed by Hugh Wilson. This tight, tree-lined track, host of a PGA Tour event in 1955, demands your straight game.
TRUMP NATIONAL DORAL
8.2 miles from Miami International Airport
Flying often leaves us feeling monstrous, so it’s apropos that arriving golfers tackle Trump National Doral’s famed, fearsome Blue Monster, a longtime PGA Tour stop. There are three other worthy tests to consider here, too: The Golden Palm, The Red Tiger and The Silvery Fox.
El Paso, Texas
5.9 miles from El Paso International Airport
While we’re talking golf course-airport synergy, this Tom Fazio design is literally owned by El Paso International Airport. Butterfield Trail features dramatic features and expansive views and is the first step in an economic development plan for the area. With twilight rates starting at just $35, this could be the perfect place to stop in before — or after — a flight.