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PLANNING A BUDDIES TRIP?

On GolfDigest.com's Course Finder (courses.golfdigest.com), you can create a comparison chart of the courses you're considering, making it easy to evaluate green fees, rankings and other valuable information. Senior Travel Editor Matt Ginella demonstrates how it works by listing his favorite courses at the top-10 buddies-trip destinations. They're at his blog, Where's Matty G?

8. St. George, Utah
Only two hours from Vegas, this hub of golf and value might not offer the nightlife of Sin City, but I ambushed a group of guys who enjoyed six rounds, four nights, food, transportation and side bets for $1,000 per man. $
stgeorgeutahgolf.com

9. Lewiston, Mich.
Only 90 minutes from Traverse City, the Garland Lodge & Resort has four decent courses, golf cottages conducive to buddies-trip behavior, affordable rates and a hospitable attitude. $
garlandusa.com

10. Lancaster, Ky.
At Peninsula Golf Resort, 45 minutes from Lexington, you can stay three nights in golf villas and play three rounds on a Pete Dye design for less than $300 per person (carts and homemade breakfast included). BYOB, because it's a dry county. $
peninsulagolf.com

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AMERICA'S 36 BEST BUDDIES-TRIP DESTINATIONS



* $ TO $$$$: LOW TO HIGH BASED ON RELATIVE EXPENSE FOR AREA GREEN FEES AND ACCOMMODATIONS.

RANK REGION SELECTED COURSES PRICE
1. Oregon (southern coast) Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails, Old Macdonald $$$*
2. Carmel/Monterey Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Pasatiempo $$$$
3. Kohler, Wis. Whistling Straits (Straits), Blackwolf Run (River), Erin Hills $$$$
4. Pinehurst, N.C. Pinehurst (Nos. 2, 4, 8), Pine Needles, Dormie Club $$$
5. St. Simons Island/Sea Island, Ga. Sea Island (Seaside, Plantation), King and Prince $$$$
6. Charleston/Kiawah Island, S.C. Kiawah (Ocean, Turtle Point, Osprey Point), Wild Dunes (Links) $$$$
T-7 Palm Springs PGA West (Stad.), La Quinta (Mtn.), Indian Wells Resort (Players) $$$
T-7 Scottsdale TPC Scottsdale (Stad.), We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro), Talking Stick (North) $$$
9. Hilton Head Island/Savannah Harbour Town, Palmetto Dunes (Arthur Hills), Hilton Head National $$$
10. Traverse City, Mich. Arcadia Bluffs, Grand Traverse (The Bear), Bay Harbor $$
11. Maui, Hawaii Wailea (Gold), Kapalua (Plantation), Ka'anapali (Royal Ka'anapali) $$$$
12. Central Oregon Pronghorn (Nicklaus), Tetherow, Sunriver (Crosswater) $$$
13. Big Island, Hawaii Mauna Lani (North), Hualalai (Nicklaus), Waikoloa (Kings') $$$$
14. San Francisco TPC Harding Park, Presidio, Half Moon Bay (Old) $$$
15. Kauai, Hawaii Princeville at Hanalei (Prince, Makai), Wailua $$$$
16. Lake Oconee, Ga. Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters), Cuscowilla, Harbor Club $$$
17. White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The Greenbrier (Old White TPC, Greenbrier) $$$
18 Gaylord, Mich. Treetops (Masterpiece), Forest Dunes, Black Forest $$
19. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Coeur d'Alene Resort, Circling Raven, Indian Canyon $$$
20. Palm Beach PGA National (Ch.), The Breakers (Jones), W. Palm Beach G. Cse. $$$
21. Cumberland Valley, Pa. Nemacolin W. (Mystic Rock), Chestnut Ridge (Tom's Run), Rocky Gap $$
22. Las Vegas Shadow Creek, Primm Valley (Lake, Desert), L.V. Paiute (Wolf) $$$
23. Phoenix Legacy Golf Resort, Arizona Biltmore (Links), Raven $$$
24. San Diego/Carlsbad Torrey Pines (South), Coronado Municipal, La Costa Resort (Ch.) $$$
25. Myrtle Beach (north) Tidewater, Barefoot Resort (Fazio), Legends (Oyster Bay) $$
T-26. Jacksonville TPC Sawgrass (Stadium), World G. Village, Amelia Isle. (Oak Marsh) $$$
T-26. Myrtle Beach (south) Caledonia, True Blue, TPC Myrtle Beach $$$
28. Austin Barton Creek (Foothills, Canyons), Horseshoe Bay (Apple Rock $$
29. Tucson Dove Mtn., Ventana Canyon (Canyon), Tucson National (Sonoran) $$$
30. Naples, Fla. Naples Grande, Tiburón (Black, Gold), Rookery at Marco $$
31. Orlando Bay Hill, Waldorf Astoria, Orange County National (Panther Lake) $$$
32. Colorado Springs The Broadmoor (East, West), Ridge at Castle Pines North $$$
33. Vail, Colo. Red Sky (Fazio, Norman), Raven at Three Peaks, CommonGround $$$
T-34. Mesquite, Nev. Wolf Creek, Coyote Springs, Conestoga $$
T-34. Myrtle Beach (central) The Dunes, Grande Dunes (Resort), M.B. National (King's North) $$
36. Montgomery/Auburn-Opelika, Ala. RTJ Golf Trail (Capitol Hill, Grand National, Cambrian Ridge) $$
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