Hitting The 19th Hole – Some Of The Best in Golf

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Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, California

By Scott MacLeod

One must admit that the ceremony of the post round beverage is a long and popular tradition. While it’s not a must to play golf, relaxing with your golf partners after a day on the links (and recapping the struggles and victories) just seems to be the right way to finish things off.

I’ve managed to find one or two to my liking over the years.  Here are a dozen you may want to try:

Mrs. Formans Bar & Kitchen (Musselburgh, Scotland)

The original halfway house in golf, Mrs. Formans can be found behind the 4th green at the Musselburgh Old Links, the home of six Open Championships prior to 1889.  A wee dram here means you are following in the footsteps of Tom Morris, Willie Park, James Braid and many more legends of the game.  Stand by the back window and look out on to history.

Dunvegan Hotel (St. Andrews, Scotland)

There are plenty of places to wet your whistle near the Old Course in St. Andrews but few are as popular as theDunvegan Hotel.  A stone’s throw from the 18th green, the walls are lined with images of every Open Championship winner.  Go early if you want to find a spot in the main bar and also to catch the kitchen that closes far before the taps do.  No worries though, owners and hosts Jack and Sheena will be happy to order in pizza.

Hammock Beach – The Lodge (Atlantic Grille) (Palm Coast, Florida)

The only oceanside restaurant on the Palm Coast not only serves up cold beers but sweeping views of the beach front.  You’ll likely need the relaxation after tackling the tricky Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Course.

Cabot Bar, Cabot Links (Inverness, Nova Scotia)

The fun does not end on the golf course at Canada’s greatest new golf attraction.  If you have not had enough of the views by the time you reach the 18th (doubting you will) then quench your thirst at the Cabot Bar.  Your entertainment will be one of the best sunsets in Canada.

The Links at Crowbush Cove – upper deck (Lakeside, Prince Edward Island)

I only wish it were bigger. After a round at Prince Edward Island’s favourite golf course head upstairs in the clubhouse and to the small deck that overlooks the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  You’ll be rewarded with amazing scenery and be the witness to a golfer or two struggling their way off the 15th tee box.  I can’t promise celebrity appearances but NHL star Dion Phaneuf was taking in the view the last time I was there.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club – side porch (Pawley’s Island, South Carolina)

Tucked away on the side of this antebellum clubhouse are just a few rocking chairs overlooking the 18th green.  Sip a cold southern beverage here at this former Indigo Plantation and join in the fun as spectators playfully bet on the success level of golfers approaching the final green over water.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, back deck (Kiawah Island, South Carolina)

As exhausting as the golf course can be, you’ll feel elation when you finally settle in to the clubhouse at the Ocean Course. The 30 seat bar in building that resembles an oversized cottage (albeit a very expensive one) has views for days. If it’s not close enough to the water for you they also have an outdoor dining porch.  Crashing waves and a dropping sun after playing a Dye masterpiece, with a beverage in hand, is a big winner.

Forest Creek Golf Club – 19th hole (Pinehurst, North Carolina)

The hardest part is getting an invite to this private club but once you do, you’re in for a treat.  You can enjoy your post round (or rounds, they have 2 courses) drink in one of the best locker rooms in the country or better yet, take it to the back porch of the clubhouse.  From there you can witness games being settled on a true 19th hole – the “Hog Hole”.  The short par three over water makes for great spectating as golfers look to settle who will be buying the post round drinks.

Pinehurst Resort , back deck of main clubhouse (Pinehurst, North Carolina)

You can wander back to the Resort’s Carolina Hotel and the revered Ryder Cup lounge but lingering on the back porch at the main clubhouse is a must at Pinehurst Resort.  From here, under the watchful eye of the Payne Stewart statue, you can settle into an oversized rocking chair and see golfers close out a memory of lifetime on the final green of Pinehurst #2.

Atlantic City CC – Taproom (Northfield, New Jersey)

Built in 1897, the clubhouse at ACCC retains all the flavour from the era.  You’ve never seen so much wood panelling and it all seems to exude the scent of an intriguing past. One full of famous guests, from athletes to movie stars and maybe even a gangster or two.  Sitting in the Taproom you can let your mind wander through history (all the newspaper clipping and photos on the wall help) while looking out over the skyline of Atlantic City six miles on the distance.

Trump Turnberry Resort – Ailsa Bar & Lounge (Girvan, Scotland)

High atop the hillside, within the Trump Turnberry Resort, a wall of windows reveals a scene complete with a lighthouse, glimpses of the world famous Ailsa Course, and iconic Ailsa Craig sitting hauntingly out in the water.  On a shimmering summer day a drink here will make you feel like all is right in the world.

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay – The Ocean Terrace (Half Moon Bay, California)

Northern California coastline.  Sunsets. Nothing more I need to say.

Enjoy.