Unfortunately, there are things that keep you away from the golf course. Your job, the weather, other obligations -- just to name a few. But even if you can't get out and play, you can keep tabs on what's happening at some of the most famous courses around the world.
Thanks to the Internet and invention of the webcam, many courses have live links available at the click of a mouse, including St. Andrews and Pebble Beach. Here's just a sampling of what's out there -- and what you might see.
Click the headlines or photos to see the webcam for yourself. And don't forget to bookmark your favorites:
The ancestral home of golf may be more than 500 years old, but its website is state-of-the-art, boasting nine different views of the grounds, including the Road Hole and Swilcan Bridge.
The Alisa course, redesigned by Mackenzie Ross, has hosted four Open Championships. The webcam provides views of the clubhouse and the lighthouse and shoreline in the distance.
Established in 1877, Royal Dornoch has hosted the British Amateur once and Scottish Amateur three times since 1985.
The host of the 2014 Ryder Cup might be just a little bit unplayable right now, as this image shows.
Royal North Devon Golf Club was founded in 1864 and is the oldest golf course in England. The course was designed by Old Tom Morris.
According to the Spanish translation, the course was opened in 1988. It emerged from the natural beauty of the area between two valleys and surrounded by small hills, which protects it from the wind.
The adjacent course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is one of nine courses on the island.
Located on the west side of Barbados, Royal Westmoreland was designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior and claims to be consistently rated as one of the top courses in the Caribbean.
Even though it's covered in snow now, you can still see the fabulous view from the clubhouse of the course and the lake.
Opened in 1981, there are five courses to choose from at the home of the PGA of America. Host of the 1983 Ryder Cup and 1987 PGA Championship.
In addition to the iconic 18th fairway shot, Pebble Beach offers a number of webcams. Watch foursomes line up to tee off at the first hole, or check out the 17th green, where Tom Watson made U.S. Open magic many years ago.
Oregon's golf mecca includes the first course opened there in 1999. Bandon Dunes was designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd.
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed this course, which opened in 2005. It's different from the others in the resort, in that no holes parallel the ocean.
Opened in the summer of 2001, Tom Doak's design is considered the favorite course of the majority of golfers who have played all four tracks.
Host to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the Planatation course boasts significant elevation changes and spectacular views.
Another stunner from Robert Trent Jones Junior, this course hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf between 1994 and 2006.
Built in 1990 by Ted Robinson, Ko Olina has been rated as Oahu's No. 1 course by Hawaii Magazine and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. It also plays host to the LPGA's Lotte Championship.
Skiing is king this time of year. But the resort southwest of Bozeman, which boasts as being "the basecamp to Yellowstone" has a classic links-style course under all that snow.
Located near Boone and Blowing Rock in the western part of the state, Jefferson Landing was designed by Larry Nelson. The views are spectacular, especially in the spring and fall.
Located in a valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, the course is open most of the year. You might even find an occasional elk or coyote.
Gary Player designed this course near Murrell's Inlet, with lots of doglegs and lots of water.
One of three municipal courses nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Ute Creek was designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
There are more available, especially in golf and ski resort areas in the western half of the country. And more courses are in the process of adding webcams, so keep searching to find course webcams near you.