The first place is Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand and the second golf course is Old Head Golf Links in Ireland. Both courses are featured in a Conde Nast Traveler feature, "Golf Trips Even Non-Golfers Will Enjoy."
Check it out for more stunning photos of golf in scenic locations like Hawaii and South Africa. And to learn about what else those places offer besides golf.
For instance, while at Cape Kidnappers, you could also do an ATV ride or whitewater rafting. At Old Head, you can go whale watching or deep-sea fishing (we assume NOT for whales). You know, in case you're traveling with people who don't want to play 36 holes every day.
Those aren't necessarily our favorite types of people, but hey, to each his own.
Sitting in the office. Tuning out your professor. Checking out of the end of a meeting. All the times you’d probably rather be on the golf course.
Which is what makes these live streams so dangerous.
The Old Course at St. Andrews and Pebble Beach are two world-class golf courses offering live feeds via webcam on their websites. They can be found here for the St. Andrews feed, and here for the Pebble feed. (Actually, there are five live feeds from Pebble -- the first, ninth, 17th and 18th holes, plus the putting green -- and nine from St. Andrews.)
Some of the coolest views? You can see the grandstands being assembled at the Old Course as it preps for this year's Open Championship. The stands at the 18th hole will seat more than 10,000 people this year, a tournament record. Now you can track the construction progress here!
You can see golfers teeing off and watch as they approach the famous Swilcan Bridge. This is the golf equivalent of FOMO!
One of the coolest parts? You could have family and friends watch the feeds whenever you visit these golf landmarks. But you can't lie after you duff your tee shot. It's all gonna be caught live!
Nothing beats the real thing, though, as this photo of the famous par-3 17th hole by our veteran photographer Stephen Szurlej proves.
There are other live feeds at great courses around the world, too. You’ll either thank us, or blame us, later.
Of course, the long trek is worth it, but an easier and quicker method will be available this summer. According to golf.blotpost.com United Airlines will add two flights a week (Sunday and Wednesday) from its Denver hub to Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend from July 1 to Oct. 18.
And according to Google Maps, that post-flight drive is only 36 minutes. Hmm. We wonder what you could do at Bandon with a few extra hours. . .
Check out this $200 million Florida listing that includes multiple practice greens and a miniature golf course
Probably not, but you might enjoy seeing just how awesome this property is. Named "Gemini" (you know it's a sick property when it has an official name, especially one like Gemini), the family compound encompasses 16 acres on a barrier island just south of Palm Beach.
The main house measures 62,200 (can't forget that extra 200!) square feet and sits on the Atlantic Ocean. There's also a guest house that faces the Intracoastal and the two structures are connected by an air-conditioned and furnished tunnel. That alone might make this the most jaw-dropping piece of real estate on the market, but there's more.
The compound also includes a seven-bedroom house, two four-bedroom "cottages," a pool, a pier, a basketball court, a tennis court, and a golf practice area with two greens.
But while we've seen those type of amenities in luxury listings before, here's a new one: A miniature golf course. With a model train set running through it. Amazing.
The Wall Street Journal describes that last feature as being "for children." Ha. That would be the first thing we'd check out if we ever visited.
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Here's an awesome photo of NFL star Larry Fitzgerald playing the most extreme golf hole in the world
Fitzgerald played the world's longest par 3, the Extreme 19th hole at Legend Golf & Safari Resort, and the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver tweeted this fantastic photo of him teeing off:
Extreme 19th hole at the Legends course in South Africa. Longest par 3 in the world. Don't ask what I made on it 😔! pic.twitter.com/NMOSbKBhK7— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) March 28, 2015
Fitzgerald was asked how long it took to get up to the tee, which is 1,410 feet above the putting surface and said it was a five minute helicopter ride each way. Transportation is included in the $700 fee a foursome pays to play the hole -- the rest of the resort's signature course has just a $61 green fee.
Fitzgerald also responded to Hank Haney, who was more focused on the top of the NFL star's backswing rather than the stunning view from the top of a mountain.
Good comeback, Larry.
Nor a volcano, as it turns out.
On Throwback Thursday, the blog at the St. Andrews Links website recalls how a trio of golfers from Sweden with a tee time on the Old Course at St. Andrews had their flight canceled as ash from a volcano that erupted in Iceland disrupted air traffic throughout Scotland and across Northern Europe in the spring of 2010. They were not deterred.
“Their journey included a drive from Sweden to Denmark and ferry ride from Denmark to Germany,” the blog post said. “They then drove through Europe to Calais [France] where they boarded a second ferry to Dover [England] and finally a ten hour drive from Dover to St Andrews.”
It was a 42-hour trip that encompassed eight countries (Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, England and Scotland) for a four-hour round of golf.
To play the Old Course, no further explanation necessary.