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5 Beautiful Golf Courses the Pros Love to Play
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One thing is for sure: There is no shortage of gorgeous golf courses in the USA.

But when it comes to choosing your next set of fairways, take a cue from the world’s most famous golfers, and head to one of these beautiful courses.

TPC Scottsdale: Scottsdale, Arizona

Pro golfer Phil Mickelson spent his college years in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, so it’s not surprising that his favorite greens sit among the Valley of the Sun’s rusty-hued desert landscape. Lined with towering palm trees and prickly saguaro cacti, TPC Scottsdale consists of two 18-hole courses: the Champions Course and the Stadium Course, which plays host to one of the most highly attended championships, the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Both courses are maintained to PGA standards year-round. You can tee off to views of the rugged McDowell Mountains for around $80 during peak hours and $50 in the evening.

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson is fond of the desert scenery at Arizona’s TPC Scottsdale golf courses.

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson is fond of the desert scenery at Arizona’s TPC Scottsdale golf courses.
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Innisbrook: Tampa Bay, Florida

Less than 20 kilometers north of the vacation hub of Clearwater, Florida, Innisbrook boasts four spectacular 18-hole championship golf courses and one beautiful nine-hole course — each promising a challenging game with beautiful views. Every year, this expansive golf destination hosts the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship. Come March, the pros descend on Innisbrook’s beautiful Copperhead Course.

Professional golfer Luke Donald has had exceptionally good luck here, taking home the winning title in 2012, after a sudden-death playoff; and tying for fourth in 2013. When the pros aren’t vying for a title, you can aim for par on the course’s lush fairways. While here, keep your eyes peeled for local critters, like alligators and blue herons.

British golfer Luke Donald made PGA history when he claimed the Valspar Championship title after a sudden-death playoff at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course.

British golfer Luke Donald made PGA history when he claimed the Valspar Championship title after a sudden-death playoff at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course.