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Solo Golf Trip?

I’ve played golf at Pebble Beach, Maui and Kauai in Hawaii, St. Andrews, Pinehurst and in Florida, but all with other people. None of them are ideal when you are traveling alone. Most of my friends are retired as I am but do not have the resources to go on a golf trip, or are still married and their spouse doesn’t play and doesn’t want them going without them. My wife likes to travel on her own and has no problem with me traveling alone. I’m looking for some ideas of nice places with good courses who will pair me up with other golfers. A lot of resorts will ask a group if they mind adding another golfer, but they won’t push it for fear of irritating those who don’t want a stranger in their group. I’m 74 and carry an 8 handicap and believe in proper etiquette. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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Its been a while, but I never had any such issues playing golf as a single in municipal courses in England or Scotland. Good way to meet locals. I recommend Troon Muni. Three 18-hole courses, an "executive" course, a "parkland" course, and true links course with blind tee shots, heather and gorse in abundance, and a couple of holes just across the train racks from Royal Troon. Clubhouse is steps from Troon railway station.

Lots of public courses in Scotland.

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Have you considered the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail? Some fantastic courses down Alabama way. Not expensive (comparatively) and a lot of retirees. Bet you could easy join a foursome.

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My husband played St. Andrews as a single, and as such had to get in line (at 4:45 am) to wait for a possible spot. The upside was he had time to get to know the others that were also single. One guy had a car, they gathered a group and played several other courses away from St. Andrews during the time we were there. The advantage was everyone had to have a handicap to play and as singles they were open to making a connection. I’m not sure where else you would find that.

We live part of the year in Las Vegas and my husband frequently plays as a single. He never has trouble getting on as a single and is often paired with tourists. Some days are better than others, but he’s never had a bad time. LV has a lot of courses around the valley and Mesquite is not that far (Wolf Creek).

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Thank you for the input. It has been my experience at some resorts that they don’t want to rock the boat to insist that a two-some or three-some take someone if they don’t want to. I can respect that because in other cases I’ve been paired with players that made the round a nightmare. Hopefully I can go to a place where singles are welcomed and if I get the chance to play, let those who accepted me be glad that they did. Exhibiting proper etiquette and respect for the other players goes a long way towards a fun round.

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As others have said skip resorts and go to IRE, SCO or ENG - as a solo you’ll be welcome virtually everywhere, and your round will be sub- 4h.

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Hi Jim,

I've not played the courses nor am I able to, but I hear good things about the Bandon Dunes courses in Oregon. We're not stuffy here, good lodging options, reasonable restaurants. You might check out their website.

We have friends that are playing the Robert Trent Jones courses tour this spring, and then are capping off their anniversary trip at Bandon Dunes on their way to Arizona this coming winter.

You might just give them a call and see what they say.

Good luck!

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I don't know golf, but I do know Bandon, Oregon, and it is so beautiful there. Do check it out.

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Second the recommendation for Bandon Dunes. Magnificent courses, friendly people, good lodging on site and excellent "golf" food. A bit of a challenge getting to Bandon from La. but doable.

I've played in Western Ireland and found wonderful courses and courses that paired me with friendly locals and visitors. I flew into Shannon, rented a car, and proceeded to the Southwest. Loved Ballybunion, Tralee, and Old Head. My favorite was Lahinch. It's relatively easy to check and secure tee times on their websites. Bring your own sticks and get a caddie. I'd recommend early April as the courses haven't hit the busy season (and green fees are reasonable). Oh, and rain gear is a must. I also found that BnB's were the way to go. Best wishes and "fairways and greens!"

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I played Bandon Dunes courses, will do it again, and also recommend them. I also played the two courses in Whistler, BC and the course in Banff, AB, was paired with locals, everything was really great, and very scenic surroundings in all places.