Hey, what's this?A seventh issue of TRAVEL + LEISURE GOLF?Yes, that's right, your favorite bimonthly magazine is upping its frequency—our annual September/October publication has been split into two separate issues, giving us a chance to showcase even more thrilling destinations to consider for your next golf vacation. And this is a prime time to be plotting and planning and taking those trips.
For those of us in the Northeast, October has traditionally been the wind-down of the season, the time to get in your last rounds before the first snowfall, to post a few more scores before you put your sticks away until spring. But because of golf's growing reach around the globe, the end of the year just doesn't feel like that anymore. I actually get excited now by the onset of fall here—when many destinations are just entering the springtime of their seasons. And what an array of destinations they are! Last month, for example, we introduced you to the great new courses of mainland China; this month it's the emerging golf scene in Brazil. Globetrotters will also enjoy pieces herein about amazing places to play in Dubai and South Africa. Once-in-a-lifetime trips, perhaps, but hey—this is the only lifetime you have, and you want to fill it with as much great golf as you can, right?
Not that you have to cross an ocean to find it. Travelers with shorter wingspans will find, in this issue, guides to sublime golf in Charleston, South Carolina (a particular treat for gourmands); Oregon's Willamette Valley (a wine lover's dream vacation); and the unique mid-Atlantic courses created by the late, great Mike Strantz (for design buffs). Pick your pleasure, and play away.
Personally, I plan to be in East Lothian this month—absent the crowds of summer, autumn might be my favorite season in Scotland. Then it's off to Los Cabos and Jamaica. Really, in my view, golf doesn't have a season anymore. Or, put another way, it has just one:
The Endless Spring.