Friday, November 2

Secrets to Playing Exclusive U.S. Golf Courses

By Dan Croop
Golf Vacation Insider

I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU to a free guide to getting on private top-100 golf courses. You can find it on a website that has information on everything from golf vacations to course tips. It’s called “Secrets to Playing America’s Top-100 Golf Courses” from Golf Vacation Insider.

Cypress Point: Impossible to get on? Hardly. (ryascolot)
Golf Vacation Insider is a great source for lots of valuable golf knowledge in various fields. Managing editor Craig Better is a golf travel veteran who has contributed to many publications, from Golf Magazine to Travel and Leisure Golf.

Few people realize there are ways of playing every top-100 golf course in America— even the so-called “fortress” clubs like Augusta National, Pine Valley, Cypress Point, and Seminole—without a member connection.

For example, at Cypress Point (ranked 2nd by Golf Magazine and 5th by Golf Digest), you merely need to know a club employee. Everyone from the cooks in the kitchen to the pros in the shop are allowed to bring one guest per month. Better explains that while this is still a long shot, the ultra-exclusivity of Cypress Point and a handful of others is actually the exception, not the rule. In fact, once you look beyond the top-5 or so courses, a lot more opportunities open up.

For example, “Secrets to Playing America’s Top-100 Golf Courses” explains that you can often play Michigan’s Crystal Downs Country Club (ranked 12th by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest) by first playing the nearby Kinglsey Club, which welcomes visitors.

“Secrets to Playing America’s Top-100 Golf Courses” combines Golf Magazine’s and Golf Digest’s lists of America’s top-100 golf courses. With a lot of research completed on different ways to get on their courses, you won’t be thinking about giving up on playing your dream course.

There is an extensive list of charity outings at top-100 private courses. It covers more than half of the courses on the top-100 list. Many more of the private courses can be played by using one or more strategies from their “21 Secrets” in the back of the guide. For the remaining few courses, which are public courses and resorts, they include insider tips learned first-hand by visiting and playing those courses.

Golf Vacation Insider also publishes guides to many destinations, which include researched and tested discount options, exact course details and experience on them, where to stay (or where not to), and other important details that you may not realize you need to know before booking a vacation.

Check out Golf Vacation Insider and sign up for the free email tips. They aren’t daily, so they won’t bombard your inbox. They will be worth your time.


The Grateful Golfer said...


Thanks for the post. I always wondered if there were ways to play exclusive clubs.

The Grateful Golfer

Unknown said...

This post was very useful,thanks! This goes well with the other guides I find like one for golf swing aid.

Unknown said...

Great post! I just recently played golf in Las Vegas and fell in love with the sport even more. I have never tried getting into exclusive clubs, but after this post I think I will try. Thanks so much for the post!

Unknown said...

This was a very informative post. I have been golfing for some time now and am looking for more challenging courses. For those professional exclusive courses I would definitely need my gps range finder
to help me navigate the course.

Golfanon said...

Nice post. Another way you can get on courses is to simply google search the name of the course and add the word auction at the end. I found an auction for Seminole doing that. I was too late, but it was charity auction site I had never heard of before that had it.