Travelin' Joe's Best 19th Holes

Monday April 11th, 2011
The legendary Tap Room at Pebble Beach.
Alex Vertikoff/Pebble Beach Company

The Tap Room at the Lodge at Pebble Beach wins by a nose in a crowded field. Drenched in ambiance and lore from past U.S. Opens and Bing Crosby Pro-Ams, this legendary 19th hole is a monument to the good life and a day well spent. The limited seating at the small bar, dark wood paneling and zero view of the Pacific would be drawbacks anywhere else. For some reason, they work perfectly here.

Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Calif.
A gorgeous fireplace, ocean panoramas, great Scotch selection and a bagpiper at dusk make this a worthy sister act to Pebble Beach.

The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Coast, Calif.
If it's possible to feel underdressed at a 19th hole, it's here at this new, oh-so-posh resort near Newport Beach in southern California, where a bevy of attractive locals flock here at happy hour to gaze at the ocean and at each other.

Phil's Grill at Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mickelson memorabilia, goldfish bowl-size margaritas, a sofa in front of the flatscreen and an eye-catching ironwood bar are the highlights at this Scottsdale hotspot that has the feel of a men's grill at a private club.

Ocean Course Clubhouse at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, S.C.
Overlooking the battlefield for the "War by the Shore," (the Atlantic Ocean and 18th green of 1991 Ryder Cup fame), this three-year-old stunner concocts the best mojito in the business.

Fallen Oak Golf Club, Saucier, Miss.
Exclusive to guests of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Fallen Oak experience is a low-key treat. A sunken bar that peers out at the 18th hole, a lake and the signature tree serves up beers from the state's only microbrewery.

Dunvegan Hotel Lounge Bar, St. Andrews, Scotland
Not technically affiliated with the Old Course — but only 112 yards from the 18th green, this charmer offers just the post-round vibe you crave after dueling with the ancient links.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Whether you play the Ocean or the Old, you must cap your experience next door at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, a clifftop retreat 25 miles south of San Francisco. Cocktails around the firepit as the sun sets over the Pacific will cure whatever's ailing you.

Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisc.
Set in an Irish-style farmhouse, the upstairs bar is the perfect place to lift the spirits after the ego-battering walk around the Straits. A tankard or two of locally brewed Spotted Cow beer will enhance the day, no matter how you fared on the 18th.

Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.
Ryder Cup Lounge — Located right off the lobby of the resort's Carolina Hotel, this cozy nook is bedecked with momentos — plus a porch with rocking chairs right outside.

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