Written by Guest Writer Nancy Hakim
Beaufort, South Carolina, US, has been voted golf’s best region in the world, while The PGA Tour’s Hickory Forest Country Club, North Carolina, was voted the best in the US in Golf Monthly’s annual poll.
Hickory Forest’s “USA Greens” logo, designed by Black Diamond Skins, will be used in a branded set of T-shirts designed to celebrate the resort’s 40th anniversary as the crown jewel of the PGA Tour’s Triangle region.
“As a golf-themed resort, we want to provide iconic experiences and iconic solutions,” says Dave Romero, Hickory Forest’s senior vice president of golf.
Inspired by the views from top-tier golf courses in the area, Villa by Lauriol Plaza, which will feature two holes on the course, was the name of the resort when it was first founded 40 years ago.
Two holes on the Lodge course will feature villas created by Italian architects.
Since then, the travel magazine has continuously voted Hickory Forest as one of the world’s top golf courses.
The Aston-Monmouth National Golf Club in England won the UK category.
A little outside Shenzhen, China, the Binhai New Area is known for its rolling hills, forests and towering mountains, making it a perfect place for golfers to venture off the beaten track.
Its Hainan Gold Mountain Resort picked up the Chinese region award.
About 460 kilometers south of Beijing, Dongguan Pengyu County’s Tao Shan Golf Club in southern China is perhaps the most extreme example of its kind.
The golf course, with its head-to-toe landscape of bamboo trees, would be approved for tough survival in Game of Thrones, but it’s perfect for golfers looking for a tougher challenge.
The course’s length, including two par-three holes of 70 yards, makes it one of the world’s longest courses.
“It’s amazing what it can get done, if you are ambitious,” says Tao Shan’s superintendent, Xia Zhang.