A Quick Nine: Best golf courses to walk

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Both the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines made your list of best golf courses to walk.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | 10:01 a.m.

Is there anything better than walking a great golf course? We didn't think so.

It really doesn't matter where you play; one of the best things about playing golf is taking in the surroundings. It's peaceful, it's serene.

We don't know what it's like in your experience, but we find we even play better when we walk. There's more of a rhythm. You have time to thing about your next shot.

With that in mind, we asked our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation this week to tell us: What are the best golf courses to walk?

As you'll see, there are some great answers. And, before you throw down the extra cash for a golf cart next time you go to the golf course, consider walking. You just might prefer it!

Editor's note: If you've played any of the courses listed below, please click its name and visit its PGA.com course page to leave a review for others to see.

9. The Old White TPC at Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Here's some background from the Greenbrier website:

President Woodrow Wilson was one of the first golfers to play The Old White TPC in April of 1914. This historic course features generous fairways and challenging, undulated greens. Every hole is memorable and has a well-defined strategy for success. Whether you prefer a challenging approach or one with less risk, and a higher chance of success, you'll find it on this historic course.

Charles Blair Macdonald, a dominant figure in the early history of American golf, designed the course and modeled several holes from some of the most famous European holes. The Old White TPC Course's Hole 8 was styled after the Redan at North Berwick; Hole 13 after the Alps at Prestwick; and Hole 15 after the Eden at St. Andrew's.

Facebook fan quote:

"Old White at The Greenbrier." -- Jeff Brown

8. Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia, Mich. In terms of daily-fee courses, you'd be hard pressed to find one nicer than Arcadia Bluffs. With 3,100 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, there's no shortage of breathtaking views.

Facebook fan quote:

"Arcadia Bluffs in beautiful Northern Michigan." -- Spencer Sucharski

7. Mystic Rock at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington, Pa. Designed by Pete Dye, you're sure to see your fair share of water hazards on this western Pennsylvania gem.

Facebook fan quote:

"Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Resort Farmington, Pa." -- Cody J. Nypaver

6. The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind. Weren't we just talking about Pete Dye? What a course this is! Based on experience though, be warned -- you're going to need a lot of golf balls. And, with all the hills at this place, you'll be a lot safer walking than in a cart!

Facebook fan quotes:

"The Pete Dye Course French Lick, Ind." -- Jordan Cook

"The Pete Dye Course at French Lick in Indiana." -- Spencer Everhart

5. Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash. Nestled up against the Pacific Coast line sits Chambers Bay -- a remarkable links course that's new, but looks like its been there for centuries. Chambers Bay will play host to the 2015 U.S. Open.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Chambers Bay, spend the money and get a caddy though. Makes for a much better experience." -- Craig Pack

"Chambers Bay, Tacoma, Wash., home of the 2015 U.S. Open!" -- Aaron Holliday

4. The Old Course at St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. Can anyone argue with this selection? After all, it is the birthplace of golf.

Facebook fan quote:

"Old Course St. Andrews." -- James Jordan

3. Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, Ore. At Bandon Dunes, they make the decision to walk or ride easy -- you can't ride! No carts allowed. It's a walk-only resort, with four magnificent 18-hole courses (Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails, Pacific Dunes and Old MacDonald) and a 13-hole par three (The Preserve)

Facebook fan quotes:

"Any of the courses in Bandon Dunes. Not like you have a choice other than a caddy. The way golf is meant to be!" -- Andy Kennedy

"Pacific Dunes." -- Tiss Dahan

2. Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. Whether it's the North Course or the South Course, our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation tell us it doesn't matter -- you're in for a treat walking either of Torrey's famous courses.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Torrey Pines. Either course." -- Scott Kenny

"Torrey Pines, South Course! The rough gets pretty brutal out their!" -- Daniel Matthews

"I walk Torrey Pines South every Friday. Best affordable public course to walk. Pebble beach is the best expensive public course to walk." -- Jim Mattix

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. Quick question: Is anyone surprised to see Pebble in the top spot? Didn't think so and for good reason. Believe it or not, Pebble isn't all that difficult to walk either. That refreshing breeze off the Pacific Ocean along with special views at every turn makes Pebble one of -- if not "the" -- best walk in golf.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Pebble Beach by far! Easy walking, short distance greens to tee box, and great views!" -- Barry Woods

"Pebble... with a caddie!" -- Rod RJ Swartwood

"Pebble Beach!" -- Lynda Such

"Pebble. Every golfer needs to walk that masterpiece in their lifetime." -- Chris Wright



T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.



Totally agree with Pierre above except put Old Tabby Links on Spring Island on the chart just above Secession. The whole club is committed to walking. As close to Pinehurst #2 as you can get. And Beaufort is beautiful.


Tiger has absolutly no use for the fans.Great Player, Huge Jerk.


Very US orientated. Many magnificent courses in places like Ireland and Scotland. Tralee, Waterville, Macreddin, Loch Lomond etc, etc


Very American orientated. Many brilliant scenic courses in places like Ireland and Scotland. Tralee, Waterville, Macreddin, Loch Lomond etc,etc


The best walk I ever had was 36 at Turnberry. The early round on the Ailsa course had everything links golf should, wind, rain, sun and hail. The afternoon round on the Kintyre was a sweet stroll to finish a great day with a spectacular sunset as the day ended. Pebble, Torrey, Bandon, the Straits, Ballybunion, Royal Dornock and others are great walks and the way the greats should be played but all are second to that day at Turnberry. I guess I am just lucky to be able to compare them.


How can Old Head in Ireland not be on this list? It is coined, "Pebble Beach on steriods"!


In Baton Rouge, Louisiana the best nine hole course is Historic City Park - a Tom Bendelow design. Louisiana's topology is rather flat, but City Park overs overlooks, lakes, rolling fairways, and large oaks. There is a constant breeze off the lakes and the view of Pelicans, White Egrets, and other wildlife is memorable. When in Baton Rouge you can walk a quick nine for under $15.00 dollars.


what about Secession Golf Club in beautiful Beaufort South Carolina?