Forget that shiny new set of irons you've been eyeing at your local golf store. The best golf experiences your money can buy from rounds at top courses to the finest gear isn't likely to be found on the rack at the nearest Golfsmith outlet. Here is what should be on your wish list if you're an affluent golfer or a Powerball lottery winner.
Most Expensive Round: Shadow Creek Golf Course
If you haven't already gambled away your fortune at the Blackjack tables, you can leave some of it in the pro shop at the most famous and best course in Las Vegas. This Tom Fazio/Steve Wynn masterpiece is 20 minutes from The Strip, but the lavish layout is a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. A private limo will take you from one of the MGM Mirage properties (you have to be a guest to play) to the course, where your caddie will greet you. Don't be surprised to see poker legends like Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey, who regularly play money matches here.
Price tag: $500
Most Expensive Sticks: Maruman 2007 Majesty Prestigio Irons
This Japanese company claims to have developed the first metal wood (TaylorMade would disagree), but they can certainly claim the priciest set of irons you've never heard of. Their flagship range is the Majestic Series, which features the Prestigio men's iron set, made from a combination of stainless and maraging steel that has been strengthened from the previous model to minimize energy loss at impact. And since you're spending so much, you might as well get the 2007 Majesty Prestigio Driver ($2,499) and a Fairway Wood ($1,750).
Price Tag: $6,400
Most Expensive Club: Sebonack Golf Club
It took a reported $120 million to create this Tom Doak/Jack Nicklaus creation that sits between National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills on the eastern end of Long Island, N.Y. It will cost you less to join, if you're invited, but it's still no bargain. Benefits of membership include cottages to stay on-site and a terrific layout that made GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses ranking just a year after opening.
Price tag: $650,000