Emerging Golf Trends of 2015 That Will Stick

Teen golfer ready to drive

As our world becomes more technology focused, geared towards efficiency and continues to break further away from the old mindsets and expectations that have been traditionally upheld, so is the world of golf continuing to evolve and progress. Some trends have begun to gain momentum in recent years and 2015 may just be the year where they really take off and stick around. The following trends are what you can expect to witness in the golf world during the following year.

Technology Enabled Equipment

The advancing world of technology is not just limited to your iPhone – it is reaching the world of golf as well. Technology emerging in 2015 includes hot items like the Apple Watch and other advanced watches such as the Garmon Approach S6 and Zepp Golf Sensor. These technologies monitor your wrist and hip movement to help improve your game so you can always be improving, coach or no coach. Other technologies include electric golf caddies to increase your mobility around the course if you are looking to walk it without the weight of the clubs.

Increased Travel

As golf continues to become more and more popular around the world, there has been an increase in travel to various courses that are now located all around the world. Travel is becoming a popular way to not only see new places but test your skills on the various courses and terrains as well as experience the dynamic scenery that the world of golf has to offer. Additionally, as the baby boomers begin to retire, they now have the time and have saved up the funds to be able to enjoy this golfing luxury trend.

Catering to Women

Golf, since its invention in the eighteenth century, has traditionally been a man’s sport. This was not due to the sport itself in particular, but rather the culture of the sport which fostered to the traditional social life of men. However, golf is now becoming more popular among the ladies as well and with this new trend, golf facilities and clubs will begin to become more accommodating for women. This will look like more accommodating facilities for women and possibly even nurseries as an option for families to bring their children in to the club while both mom or dad hit the course.

Popularity in Asia

In countries such as Vietnam, China, Korea, India and Thailand, which have become overall more wealthy in recent years, now have consumers who are able to spend more money and time on leisure activities. Also similar to the younger player trend, golf in these Asian countries has seen an increase in playing among young children with more excitement then seen in traditional countries where golf has been popular. On top of the increase in popularity among Asian inhabitants, golf tourism in these Asian countries, along with many Middle Eastern countries, has seen a huge boom in recent years and has become a significant source of profit for the tourism industries.

Younger Players

Golf is one of the last sports with a traditionally older community to begin to be dominated by younger players. Other sports such as Tennis and Chess have already begun to see this trend in recent years and now golf is following the pattern. Like the increase in popularity among women, this trend is also most likely due to the changing of the times and culture of the sport more than anything else. Additionally, golf has been working to recruit players from various Asian countries to the game, like discussed above, which includes recruiting their younger players as well.

Shorter Courses

In a world of busy schedules and time crunches, the leisurely game of golf has become too much of a time consumer for many players. With this in mind, many resorts and golf clubs have begun to design shorter courses to be more accommodating to tighter schedules. These accommodations include shorter formats of six, nine and twelve holes. Less holes still gives people the opportunity to get out on the course and hit some balls but does not pressure them into playing for hours and hours. Already courses have begun designs to build these shorter courses and there are even plans to hold competitions with these formats in mind.

Whether you are a young player looking to get involved in the game or an experienced one with a yearning to see what the world’s courses have to offer, you won’t be alone this year. Emerging trends in 2015 will make the game of golf more dynamic, efficient, and expansive and are sure to add to the overall positive face and popularity of the sport.

Nevada’s Best Places to Play Golf

A golf course view in Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada is full of golf courses that are gorgeous, fun to play, and challenging. Here at Cart Tek, we have compiled a list of the courses we feel have all of those features and more. So read on, and then grab your clubs and your remote control golf caddy and hit the links at one of these amazing courses.

Bali hai Golf Club

Enjoy a little piece of paradise in the middle of the Nevada desert and the Las Vegas strip. Vegas doesn’t have to be all about drinking and playing the slots; it can be about escaping and enjoying the sport you love. And if you are looking for some classic Vegas style fun? Enjoy the course during the day and be minutes away from everything else Las Vegas has to offer at night.

 

Rio Secco Golf Club

This Nevada course is situated at the foothills of the Black Mountain Range thirteen and a half miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. The course is both difficult and playable to golfers of all levels, making it a dynamic and challenging course to all. Additionally, Rio Secco is host to Butch Harmon, named the world’s #1 Golf instructor as well as the infamous T-Mates, a group of lovely ladies available to caddy and host golfers during their time on the course.

 

Desert Pines Golf Club

Referred to as Las Vegas’ Top Strategic Course, Desert Pines is located less than five minutes from downtown and less than fifteen minutes from the Las Vegas strip. The course invites you to experience the Carolina sandhills and enjoy the refreshing scent of the pine trees that give this course its name. The Dye-designed golf course, modeled after Augusta National Golf Course, features the beautiful pine trees which line the fairways as well as four lakes situated around the course.

 

Conestoga Golf Club

This dynamic course, located in the adult community of Sun City Mesquite, features every golfing element and obstacle in nature including canyons, rock outcroppings and water elements. The course embodies the feel of a naturally crafted course with its creativity and multi-faceted elements and provides beautiful scenery and a challenging game for all players.

 

Wolf Creek

Recognized for its spectacular desert landscape as well as brilliant green fairways which wonder through red rock canyon, Wolf Creek, since its opening in 2000, has quickly acquired prestige and has been on the fast track to becoming one of America’s most proclaimed gold courses. It has been selected as a location for Tiger Wood’s video game as well as the location for various advertising films and photography such as Buick, Ogio, and Under Armour. Players around the world travel to Mesquite, Nevada to not only enjoy the beautiful scenery embodied by the course but also to test their skills on the challenging course.

 

Desert Willow Golf Course

Considered Southern Nevada’s most challenging executive golf course, Desert Willow is known and praised for its challenging character. The course if carved from the foothills of Henderson’s Black Mountain and features sand traps, hilly terrain, undulating greens and water on three holes. Desert Willow is sure to test ability, fitness and patience and all around will improve your game. Additionally, it is a family friendly course which offer junior tees. It also offers great practice facilities, including one of the largest driving ranges in Henderson.

 

Paiute Golf Resort

Situated twenty five minutes northeast of the Vegas Strip, Paiute is an incredibly unique resort featuring three separate and fantastically creative courses: Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and WOLF.  This trio truly makes for the most dynamic experience you can get on a single resort. Additionally, all three courses feature acclaimed course designer Pete Dye’s signature elements such as railroad tie bunkers and sweeping slope changes. All three courses offer distinct, unique and beautiful challenges and scenery.

 

Reflection Bay Golf Course

Nestled in one of Nevada’s most luxurious residential resort communities, Lake Las Vegas, this prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is one of its kind for the state. The beautiful course features challenging holes and a beautiful atmosphere in addition to world-class golf and dining facilities and other unique experiences including a private white sand beach, paddle boarding, and access to the La Contessa and Lady of the Lake yachts.

 

Royal Links Golf Club

This unique links-style course features holes that have been inspired by eleven British Open rotation courses that make for a fun challenge. If the British Open inapired holes aren’t enough of a challenge, take your shot at beating Tiger Woods’ course record score of 67 (February 2001).

 

Revere Golf Club

This 36-hole championship offers golfers exciting and challenging golf with unique panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip. Players are able to tee off at either of the two courses situated on the resort, Lexington and Concord. Testimonials of the courses praise Revere Golf Club for the fun and different facets the two courses offer to players.

Best Golf Resorts in America

Pebble Beach golf course, Monterey, California, USA

With so many golf courses and resorts located all across America to choose from, it can take a bit of daunting research to make an informed decision on which of these resorts are truly America’s best. Refer to this compilation, which takes into account an array of factors such as location, services, family friendliness, course landscape and more, in order to create a comprehensive ‘best list’ of America’s Top Golf Resorts.

Pinehurst Resort – Pinehurst, NC

This historic resort exemplifies a genuine Southern hospitality experience in addition to fantastic golfing in the beautiful North Carolina Sandhills. On top of enjoying some incredible golfing, the resort offers family friendly and affordable packages which include free stay, play, golf, and eating for children 12 and under who are with a paying adult. Additionally, seven of the eight courses included junior tee markers and scorecards. Enjoy a golfing and/or generally relaxing vacation with or without the family at one of America’s most beautiful and historic resorts.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon, OR

This gorgeous resort is located in the sand dunes alongside the city of Bandon on the Oregon coast. The resort takes pride as one of the 160 ‘true links’ courses in the entire world, taking advantage of the natural landscape and all of the naturally occurring hazards and challenges it provides for the course. The dunes and subsequent courses were not so much built as discovered, giving the resort a unique and special feeling. Lodging at the resort is also a special and particularly cozy experience, with various living accommodations including single rooms, small cottages and lodges which are additionally nestled into the natural, beautiful landscape.

Pebble Beach Resorts – Pebble Beach, CA

Home to the Pebble Beach Golf Links and ranked number one public golf course by Golf Digest, these beautiful resorts along the California coastline include three award-wining championship courses of Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Course. The resorts provide an array of events, dining experiences, shops, spas and beautiful lodging options. A fantastic place for a couple getaway or an overall excellent golf vacation, Pebble Beach Resorts encompass all of the classic views and activities a golf resort could offer.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu – Big Island, HI

Located in the stunning North Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu is a dream of a vacation golf resort. With white-sand beaches and lava-rock landscapes overlooking the magnificent Hawaiian coast, the resort lets you soak up all of the tropical delicacies whether you are dining on local Polynesian cuisine, enjoying the lush Hawaiian ambiance on a spa day or trying your test your golf skills out on the uniquely crafted 7,100 yard course beginning in the lush kipuka (oasis), you are sure to get everything you could imagine here at this golf resort settled in the heart of Hawaiian paradise.

Hershey Resort – Hershey, PA

A traditional, sophisticated, family friendly resort located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this resort offers a well-rounded experience for everyone. The Hersey Hotel itself is one of America’s most historic hotels and is known for its elegance and abundance amenities. Situated just 90 minutes outside Baltimore and Philadelphia and only hours from New York and D.C, both the town of Hershey itself and its surrounding historic cities have endless sites to visit and experiences unique to America’s New England coast. On the resort alone there are countless recreational activities as well as access to top notch resort experiences including spas, dining, pools and more. The golf course and Hershey Country Club features award-winning courses that have been home to prestigious tournaments and has been ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 50 courses in America.

Wynn Resort – Las Vegas, NV

If you desire the experience of the infamous city, the Wynn Resort is a fantastic luxury spot to enjoy the notorious amenities of Vegas without having to partake in some of the cities more hectic scenes. The Wynn offers the best of Vegas activity with beautiful rooms and suites overlooking the strip, gorgeous pools and spas to soak up the desert sun, high end onsite clubs to enjoy true Vegas nightlife and entertainment, elegant casinos and fabulous dining halls, the Wynn truly offers the most luxurious Vegas experience. The Wynn’s 18-hole, par-70 course was conceived with the rolling hills of Georgia and South Carolina in mind and as part of the only golf course attached to a resort on the Las Vegas strip, it offers a unique Vegas and golfing experience.

The Resort at Pelican Hill – Newport Beach, CA

Visit this gorgeous resort on the coast for beautiful views, comfortable lodging, and great golf. Pelican Hill offers fantastic hospitality and accommodations and will ensure you have the most wonderful vacation. Enjoy a couples retreat, bring the kids along or host a family gathering on this coastal resort then sit back, relax or take the clubs out for a swing.

Golf and vacation in America go hand in hand, and the above list is what consumers and experts alike have afforded to be the best of the best. Whether you are looking for family accommodations, lodging comfort, customer service or unique golfing experiences, these American Golf Resorts truly provide the ultimate experience. So next time you are planning a vacation, resort to this list in order to enjoy the variety of golfing resort experiences America has to offer.

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