Where in the USA?

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I'm planning my first ever trip to America this year (thanks to my invention) and I have no idea where to go.
Ideally, a parkland area with a few good courses not too far apart.
Not really into the tourist bit and queing for hours on the first tee, would prefer the quieter side with nice views and scenery with a bit of accommodation and nice steaks :)
Any suggestions?
 

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On the V easy thing, I used to know Harold Swash very well,not seen him for a while though.

Also my travelling partner when we were playing here there and everywhere was Phil Kenyon who is now working for Harold and Yes as a putting coach.

Ive played a lot in Florida,great courses but much to touristy for you.
 

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Only experience i have is Orlando. Although to be fair the courses aren't necessarily busy just because of the tourist attractions and the shopping opportunites keep HID happy.

Considering Florida or California myself this year with Torrey Pines, Sawgrass or Doral being possible visits, only one course per hol though.
 

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Bob,

My only experience of golf in the states was in South Carolina last summer. I played on Hilton Head Island (Palmetto Dunes), and the following week next door to Kiawah on Seabrook Island. It was really hot, but I played early. The courses were superb, and pretty deserted - on Seabrook the starter told me he only had 15 tee times booked all day!

My biggest problem was choosing which courses to play, there were so many. Weather was fantatsic, beaches superb. The whole family loved it and I got my fix. I even stood at the gates to Augusta on my way back to Atlanta. Sigh.

Spill on the invention btw...
 

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Alchemy. The Yes company were my first port of call. Met with the MD and Phil K and they both loved it, although Phil doesnt really get excited about anything it seems. lol
Haven't met Harold yet, but from what I gather, he seems to concentrate on his own putting school.
Watch this space :)
 

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I go to Bradenton / Sarasota in florida every year. About an hours drive south from Tampa. Nice weather, not hideously expensive (although the exchange rate isn't helping). I play some nice courses (Legacy, University Park, Waterlefe, Heritage harbour, etc), they are very good at fixing you a game, and it isn't slow.

If not golfing, there is nothing else though.

Oh, to me, the food is terrible. Steak, burgers, fish in a bun, all served with one slice of dill pickle and chips. Where are the veggies?
 

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I can vouch for Phil K 100%,your in good hands there, he is one of my very best most longstanding friends.Again with me moving away and him travelling everywhere giving Henrik Stenson and David Howell amoung others putting lessons I dont see him much now.He is full value on a night out I assure you,he must be more serious in his job as I know him as a joker!!!

He was (is) a very strong player in his own right,played euro pro for a few seasons.
 

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Murphthemog

I bummed round florida for 3 months playing golf in my youth.stopped off in Sarasota for a while.

Is the Salty Dog still there and there was a irish pub as well,cant remember the name.

The average age of the sarasota resident must be about 81 I reckon.
 

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I wish lol
No, its purely used as a teaching and practice aid for helping people to chip, putt and to aim properly.
It only weighs 6 ozs though so it can be kept in the bag all the time as long as it is not used in competition (I checked with the R&A)
Shall I put you down for one? lol
Sorry, didnt mean to hijack the thread.
Back to where to go golfing in the USA
Lots of suggestions already. Thank you
 

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For me it has to be on the east coast/east side so the Travelling is not so long.

Never been there but I have it on very good authority that as a nice place,climate, abundance of great golf courses and plenty of other things to do North/South Carolina is fantastic.
 

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Alchemy, I stay on the IMG campus, as my wife plays tennis there for 9 hours a day. Don't tend to get out much, as we cook and eat in (awesome appartment, awesome kitchen too), and we don't really eat Amrican food.

Agree on the average age though, but I think that's just Florida.

I also get onto the 4 disney courses at Orlando for $15, but it is a 2 our drive.
 

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Like I said I spent a lot of time over there 1 summer getting cash in hand jobs and hustling my arse off on the golf course to prolong my stay.AAAHHHHHH those were the days footloose and fancyfree.

Would have stayed longer but had to come back due to no visa.

Mainly played round Orlando,played Bay Hill that was immense!!

Didnt play the Disney courses.

hustled the most on Falcons Fire (great name) and Celebration.

Tip on hustling Americans

Make as many dodgy practice swings as possible on the 1st tee then negotiate the stakes.
Then cain there arse with the "this is amazing i have never played like this before in my LIFE" round of golf

Americans are so gullible,they were high fiveing as they handed over the money
 

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Tip on hustling Americans

Make as many dodgy practice swings as possible on the 1st tee then negotiate the stakes.
Then cain there arse with the "this is amazing i have never played like this before in my LIFE" round of golf

Americans are so gullible,they were high fiveing as they handed over the money

Alchemy, you've just blown any chance of hustling anybody on this forum then.
 
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