For a golfer, there is no better experience than gazing out onto the open green. The trees move softly in the breeze, the sun lights up each cascading grassy dune, your eyes are shaded by the brim of your hat, and your club is firmly in-hand, ready to swing. Golfing at its finest – pristine, uninterrupted, in-the-moment experiences unlike any other sport.
If golf is the ‘international sport of business’, a golf excursion would surely make a business trip to remember. So, why waste valuable time waiting for commercial flights and security lines, or why waste money paying extra to check in your golf clubs and gear?
There is a solution. Round up your golf group, charter a private flight, fly on your schedule and make it a short-haul business trip to remember for almost the same price as flying business class on a commercial flight. But which golf course should you choose? While everyone has their favourite green, North America boasts some of the world’s top golf courses. There are more than 34,000 golf courses around the world, 45% of which are in the USA alone, according to ESPN. Of the world’s top 100 golf courses (excluding the USA), nine are from Canada. Golf Digest actually calculates America’s top 100 greatest golf courses on their own ranking system.
With so many options across Canada and the USA, we’ve narrowed down just a few of our favourite (and most popular) golf excursions:
Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club – Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Nestled between the rolling hills and natural landscape of Kelowna in BC is Sunset Ranch – one of the best course’s in Okanagan golf and considered a “must play” amongst locals and travellers alike. Having won multiple awards and recognition throughout the years, including ‘Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play’ and ‘Finalist: Kelowna’s Best Golf Course 2013’, Sunset Ranch’s naturally stunning location is rivaled only by the exciting and challenging course conditions. Fly direct to Kelowna.
Olympic View Golf Course – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
With a captivating view of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, Olympic View is located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, just 20 minutes away from downtown Victoria. Rated ‘Top 10 Best Public Golf Facility’ in British Columbia by ScoreGolf Magazine, and previously ranked within the Top 50 Golf Courses in Canada, Olympic View is 18 holes of scenic bliss that can be enjoyed year-round. Fly direct to Victoria.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon, Oregon, USA
Experience “golf as it was meant to be” at Bandon Dunes. Here, the grassy dunes cascade to the ocean’s edge, where Oregon’s rugged shoreline and captivating views stretch for as far as the eye can see. Quoted as being true to the spirit of Scotland’s ancient links, Bandon Dunes encompasses five uniquely different courses that pay homage to the landscape that surround them. As the elements change, so does the game. Challenge yourself and experience the magic of golf in its purest state. Fly direct to Bandon.
The Coeur d’Alene – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA
Recognized by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Conde Naste Traveler as one of the world’s best golf experiences, Coeur d’Alene is considered the ultimate in premium golfing experiences.
Located on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the 18-hole courses are beautifully manicured and impeccably designed, accessed only by the resort’s handcrafted lake shuttle. Coeur d’Alene is also home to one of the best-known engineering marvels in golf (and one of the biggest challenges) – the only floating green in the world. Experience it for yourself or watch the experience in HD on their website linked above. Fly direct to Coeur d’Alene airport.
When it comes to booking golf excursions, the key is finding the balance between world-class golf experiences and short-haul direct flights that keep costs and flying time relatively low. The Pacific Northwest in the USA and Canada’s West coast are home to some of the world’s best golf. And, lucky for you, they’re only a short flight away. In fact, your private air charter can time your flight perfectly to get you to wherever you need to be, just in time for your tee time.
How, you ask? Reach out. We’ll tell you how you can experience some of North America’s best and most spectacular golf excursions on your own time, and on your own budget.