Accessible LPGA Tour golf courses: 10 options for playing where the pros play
Dreaming of playing the golf courses that the tour pros play, but didn't think they were accessible or affordable? Maybe you should expand your horizons and look beyond the PGA Tour to the LPGA Tour.
While it's true that a large number of events are in Asia and Europe (including Turnberry for the Ricoh Women's British Open), the LPGA plays many of its events at resort and public venues across North America and the Caribbean. Some are little pricey, of course, but many of them are quite affordable, including two on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.
Here's a look at 10 courses on the LPGA Tour schedule that everyone can play.
Top 10 courses on the 2015 LPGA schedule you can play
1. The Ocean Club, Paradise island, Bahamas
2. Faldo Course at Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Ariz.
3. Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif.
4. Ko Olina Golf Club, Oahu, Hawaii
5. River Course at Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.
6. The Crossings at Magnolia Grove, Semmes, Ala.
7. The Bay Course at Seaview Resort, Absecon, N.J.
8. Senator Course at Capitol Hill Golf Club, Prattville, Ala.
9. Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City
10. Black Course at Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.
The Ocean Club, on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, tests the LPGA players' ability to play in the wind at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Courtesy of Ocean Club, Bahamas
Wildfire Golf Club's Faldo Course at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge & Spa in Phoenix is the home of the LPGA Founders Cup. Courtesy of Wildfire G.C.
The Arnold Palmer-designed Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif. is home of the LPGA's Kia Classic in March. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu is one of the more affordable public courses in Hawaii and home of the LOTTE Championship. Courtesy of Ko Olina Resort
The par-4 finishing hole on the very playable Pete Dye-designed River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia provides the backdrop for the LPGA's Kingsmill Classic. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The recently renovated Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Mobile, Alabama is the site of the Airbus LPGA Classic. Courtesy of rtjgolf.com
With plenty of water views, the historic Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club is the host course of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Courtesy of Stockton Seaview
The Senator Course at Capitol Hill Golf Club, which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama, is the host of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Courtesy of RTJtrail.com
To no surprise, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational is played in Mexico, more specifically, Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City. Courtesy of Club de Golf Mexico
The Greg Norman-designed Black course at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida is the host course of the LPGA's final event of the season, the CME Group Tour Championship. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor