Here are five fantastic golf courses where you can watch the 2017 solar eclipse

By Daniel Wilco
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Here are five fantastic golf courses where you can watch the 2017 solar eclipse

You may have heard that there’s a bit of a solar eclipse going on today.

Perhaps, as one is wont to do, you thought it’d be a great idea to play a round at one of the most famous golf courses in the country while wearing funky glasses and breaking out the glow-in-the-dark balls for approximately two minutes of night golf in the middle of the day.

If so, we’ve got you covered. Here are five of the most famous American golf courses with decent eclipse viewing:

St. Louis, Missouri

Home of the 2018 PGA Championship also happens to be home of one of the best eclipse viewing areas on a golf course. The St. Louis course is right inside the path of totality, and will see the moon blot out the sun a little before 1:20 local time.

Augusta National
Augusta, Georgia

The home of the Masters is just a few miles south of the path of totality, but golfers on its famous fairways will still be treated to a >90% eclipse just after 2:40 ET. One problem: The course is closed for the summer, but imagining a solar eclipse over Amen Corner is good enough for us.

Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Like Augusta National, the famous golf resort is also just south of the path of totality, but is just a 44-minute drive from Charleston, S.C., which, around 2:45 ET, will be one of the last places on the continent to see the eclipse of the century.

East Lake
Atlanta, Georgia

The oldest golf course in the city of Atlanta won’t get a total eclipse, but, like Kiawah Island and Augusta National, it’ll be pretty darn close. The partial eclipse will reach its peak coverage at East Lake a little before 2:40 ET.

Bandon Dunes
Bandon, Oregon

Soft rolling hills, a nearby coastline, and one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country make Bandon Dunes a pretty perfect viewing spot for the eclipse. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old course is a decent drive away from the path of totality. It will still see a >90% partial eclipse that starts around 10 local time.

Chambers Bay
University Place, Washington

Chambers Bay is also on the outside looking in at the path of totality for the eclipse, sitting about four hours north, but like Bandon Dunes, it still has plenty to offer. The golden hills of the public course (and home of the 2015 US Open) look especially beautiful at dusk, so getting an extra few minutes of evening light around 10 am makes a Monday morning round at Chambers Bay quite inviting.

To see if your local course will offer a total eclipse of the sun, check out CNN’s interactive map here.