Ginella is thankful for the revival of short courses, like Bandon Preserve in Oregon.  (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor) Ginella is a big fan of the revitalization of Goat Hill Park in southern California.  (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)

Five trends and golf courses to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Matt Ginella presented his five golf courses he's thankful for on Golf Channel's Morning Drive. Each is a facility that makes the game a very special place to be a part of, but all in their own unique ways.

Also, in a separate segment on Morning Drive, Ginella shared his favorite trends in golf, from municipal renovations to a recommitment to short courses, he's thankful for.

These trends are going a long way in helping to share the game with more and more new golfers.

You can tweet to Ginella and Morning Drive using the hashtag #Thankful4Golf.

5 golf courses Matt Ginella is thankful for

Old Course at St. Andrews

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Bethpage Black

Bandon Preserve

Goat Hill Park

The state of the game and five trends Ginella is thankful for

Nov 23, 2016

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.