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7 dog-friendly golf courses that are on my bucket list

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As an avid golfer and a dog parent to my own pup, Birdie, I always feel a little guilty every time I'm getting ready for a round. The minute I take my sticks out, her little face drops—and she gives me a look I’m used to seeing when she’s gotten into the trash. She knows when my clubs are by the door, I’ll be gone for most of the day, and I can’t help but wish that I could bring her with me. Which got me thinking, are there golf courses where you can bring your dog?

I know that most courses allow service animals and that some private clubs will turn a blind eye for members they like, but what about true, dog-friendly golf courses? Do they exist, I wondered.

The answer is yes, and in my hunt for the best dog-friendly golf courses in the country, I discovered there are more than you might think. Below are some of the best golf courses in America to play a round with your four-legged bestie.

Did we miss a course that's dog-friendly? Head to that course's page and leave a comment—telling us about your experience walking the fairways with your doggo!

Goat Hill Park
Public
Goat Hill Park
Oceanside, CA

The 18-hole short course has become a popular spot for dog parents in Southern California to enjoy a fun round with their furry friends. Enjoy gorgeous water views as you navigate Goat Hill's challenging 4,454-yard layout.

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Emerald Isle Golf Course: Emerald Isle

Dogs are not just welcomed at Emerald Isle, they're encouraged. The 18-hole short course, which boasts a fun, quirky layout at 2,452 yards, even lists the 'dog-friendly' moniker on its website. Whether you're an avid golfer or a beginner, this is a great option if you're looking to tee it up alongside your four-legged pal. 

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Tahoe City Golf Course: Tahoe City
Public
Tahoe City Golf Course: Tahoe City
Tahoe City, CA

Tucked away off the shores of Lake Tahoe, this hidden gem was the site of big money matches between Hollywood stars like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. Now, you and your ‘rat pack’ can play a round together on the nine-hole public course. Don't let the tree-lined fairways intimidate you, this 2,678-yard layout is approachable for even the most beginner golfer. 

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The Links At Teton Peaks: Links at Teton

Located an hour from Grand Teton National Park, this 18-hole course is parked below one of the most magnificent mountain ranges in the country. Take in the gorgeous views with your canine companion as you test your game on the 6,547 yard Heathland-style course.

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Belgrade Lakes Golf Club
Public
Belgrade Lakes Golf Club
Belgrade Lakes, ME
4.1
49 Panelists

Belgrade Lakes is one of the most scenic courses on this list. The idyllic 18-hole layout will test your game with its challenging contours and frequent elevation changes. And after the round, you and your pup can enjoy panoramic views from the clubhouse.

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Agate Beach Golf Course: Agate Beach

Looking to have a relaxing long weekend with your furry friend? This hidden gem is the perfect pick. The 18-hole short course is so close to the beach that you can taste the salty air as you tee off. And the simple layout makes for a fun, leisurely round.

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Discovery Bay Golf Club: Discovery Bay
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Discovery Bay Golf Club: Discovery Bay
Port Townsend, WA

Rated the No. 1 dog-friendly course in the country, Discovery Bay’s 18-hole layout has a classic course layout that will interest all skill levels. Take in gorgeous, panoramic views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains and the stunning waters of Discovery Bay as you navigate the sloping tree-lined fairways.

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