Misplaced" Golf Courses and Where to Find Them

I'm sure you saw the bizarre snowstorm that hit the Accenture Match Play Championship...in Tucson, Arizona.

Boy, did that look out of place.

It got me thinking about golf courses that are also seemingly "out of place."

I don't mean inferior -- some of them are fantastic.

They are, however, very unusual given their surroundings, and you'd be quite surprised -- and often pleased -- to find such a different experience in a given location.

For example, the best desert course I played last year was in Canada.

Called Tobiano (photo below), it's a Thomas McBroom masterpiece near Kamloops in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

Likewise, I certainly didn't expect Vail Golf Club -- amid Colorado's Rocky Mountains -- to be almost completely flat...

...or to find 100-foot elevation changes near Orlando, Fla., at Mission Inn Resort's El Campeon course (and the temporarily closed Sugarloaf Mountain Golf Club).

Speaking of Florida, two new examples are the courses at Streamsong Resort near Lakeland. If you didn't know it, you might think you're playing golf in the Nebraska sandhills (see below).

Of course, today's advancements in technology and architecture (not to mention big budgets) have allowed developers to build virtually any type of golf course any place they want.

That's how we have the ultra-lush, parkland-style Shadow Creek Golf Club rising up like an oasis from the Las Vegas desert and the soaring, Ireland-like dunes of Bayonne Golf Club...in New Jersey overlooking downtown New York City.

Have you come across any "out of place" golf courses in your travels? Any worth playing?

Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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