World's Best Golf Destinations

From the exotic to the familiar, the historic to the brand-new, a tour of 18 of the world’s best golf destinations.

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Pebble Beach, California

The Tap Room in the Lodge at Pebble Beach is basically the blueprint for the ideal après golf watering hole—think of it almost as a decompression chamber between golf and the real world. After four-plus hours battling Pebble in the sun, rain, and wind, low light cools everyone off. Quiet corner tables or more sociable bar areas can be seized to suit the group's mood—both offer first-rate people watching. The burgers are great and the beer nice and cold, but there’s also a fine wine list and menu for a full dinner. The walls are covered with vintage “golfiana,” including Nicklaus and Palmer, but also Hope and Crosby, all of them players in the resort's long history as the pre-eminent social hub of American golf. The Tap Room is, quite simply, a place to pull up a chair and savor the scene. Green fee, from $495; 1700 17 Mile Dr.; 831-298-5896;