From Hawaii to the Czech Republic, the best golf pictures of 2013
The year 2013 was once again a year to remember in my golf travels. I had two big firsts -- playing golf on the island of Maui and visiting the Czech Republic.
Maui, though a bit crowded and commercial, lived up to expectations. The Plantation Course at Kapalua (where the PGA Tour plays its Hyundai Tournament of Champions) has some of the best views of any golf course in the world. And golf in the Czech Republic has come a long way just in the last 10 years, and it's a legitimate golf destination, especially for Europeans.
In between, there was Dublin, Ireland, a trip across the eastern half of the United States, some Midwest golf courses and, of course, golf closer to home, where a the new Campus Course opened at Texas A&M University. Here, then, are a dozen of my favorite golf scenes from 2013.
-- Mike Bailey
Plantation golf course at Kapalua - no. 5
The scenery around par-5 Kapalua's Plantation Course can be somewhat distracting to the task at hand.
Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club - hole 8
The par-3 eighth on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. showcases the beauty of the desert.
Boyne Highlands - Donald Ross Memorial GC - 8th
The Donald Ross Memorial Park at Boyne Highlands Resort in Michigan features tribute holes like the par-8 eighth, which is a tip of the cap to no. 11 at Charlotte C.C.
Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 17
The 468-yard, par-4 17th is just one of the holes that lives up to the name of The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort in Wisconsin.
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 2
The horticulture is a huge part of the maintenance budget at Baywood Greens in Longneck, Delaware
St. Anne's Golf Club in Ireland
Open during the week to outside play, St. Anne's is a very playable links course just outside of Dublin, Ireland.
Texas A&M Golf Course - 15th
Despite being on campus, architect Jeff Blume could still get more than 7,000 yards at the new Campus Course at Texas A&M, including 618 on the par-5 15th.
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 18
Inniscrone Golf Club is a memorable Gil Hanse design near Philadelphia.
Loreta Golf Club Pysely - 18th
The new Loreta Golf Club Pysely shows that the golf scene is growing in the Czech Republic.
Belterra golf course - 18th
The Tom Fazio-designed Belterra Golf Course & Resort near Cincinnati is one of the best public courses in Indiana.
Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin - 13th
Don't miss the sunset view on the 13th hole and Choctawhatchee Bay at Burnt Pine Golf Club in Destin, Florida.
Kaanapali Resort - Kai golf course - hole 7
The par-4 seventh hole on the Kaanapali Kai Course exemplifies Maui golf.