10 Best Bachelor Party Cities For Golfers

May 25, 2013

1. Las Vegas
Affordability, lodging options, destination accessibility, bountiful nightlife and (seasonally) good weather are the Big 5 for bachelor parties.

For that combination, nothing can touch Las Vegas. Sin City boasts unlimited lodging options, but my current favorite on the Strip is The Cosmopolitan, if for nothing else, my fondness for any place that serves up a secret, pizza-to-go restaurant down a narrow, unmarked hallway.

Walters Golf makes it easy for one-stop shopping, especially with its right-on-the-Strip Bali Hai layout, as well as the Par Mates caddie program available at Royal Links, comely coeds that read, rake and coo appreciatively during your round.

I'm also a fan of OB Sports' Angel Park, which offers night-lighted golf, two big 18s, an all-grass putting course, great food and drink, and you can request a shuttle van that will take you to and from.

2. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Guaranteed sunshine, big-league pro sports, tribal casinos and superior golf options lead the charge for this desert destination.

Zona Resort Suites in north Scottsdale is where I would camp. It's got studio units, as well as four-bedroom suites, has easy freeway access to anywhere in the Valley, is 25 minutes from the airport and is right around the corner from my two favorite bachelor party courses, the TPC Scottsdale and Grayhawk.

3. Miami, Fla.
What kind of trouble can a person get into prowling the clubs of South Beach, right? That's why Miami soars. Fun will come looking for you.

Doral is the pick for an all-around golf experience, but if you want to maximize mirth and mayhem in Miami, stay down by the ocean and do your golf outing at one of the fine munis, such as Normandy Shores or at Crandon at Key Biscayne, where Rory hit balls during his girlfriend's tennis tournament nearby.

4. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The supermarket of golf offers everything to every golfer, which is why it also works superbly for your bachelor bash.

Unlimited golf options, a price tag everybody can afford, good accessibility for folks north and south and no shortage of entertainment options make Myrtle a must for that one last go-round.

The Legends works for me, with its on-site lodging, three strong golf courses, its Ailsa Pub and central location to all of the area attractions.

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5. New Orleans, La.
You can play a Tour course by day, the TPC Louisiana — or my favorite three-hour round, Audubon Park — then get gonzo in the French Quarter at night.

A city where they'll let you openly consume booze on the streets can't be all bad for bachelor parties.

Stay at the heart-of-it-all Omni Royal Orleans, or gamble at Harrah's — and soak up the excess with a po'boy at Mother's.

6. Atlanta, Ga.
Nightlife is alive and well in the Peach City, whether you're holed up in Buckhead or looking for something grittier.

By day, tee it up at Bear's Best, a brawny spread made up of great Jack Nicklaus replica holes, and spend the extra cash for dinner one night at a classic steakhouse such as Bone's or Chops.

There must be a hundred good hotels to pick from; find one to fit your budget — with all of Atlanta's attractions, you won't be in your room a lot.

7. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If it weren't so expensive to fly to Cabo, I would rank it much higher. That said, once you're there, it delivers on value, from perfect seaside/desert weather to unforgettable golf to the kind of nightclubs that caused Van Halen's members to want to open their own back in the early 1990s.

Eddie and Sammy's joint, Cabo Wabo is still rockin' (It's Sammy's alone now, and he plays there on his birthday), as do Squid Roe, the Giggling Marlin and the Nowhere Bar.

Cabo del Sol's Ocean course is your splurge, Club Campestre will work for budget-minded golfers. Stay in the corridor area, at the Hilton, or closer to the night scene, at Playa Grande Resort.

8. Atlantic City, N.J.
Coastal Jersey is loaded with casino hotels, so that's a good start for your golf bachelor party. The Trop, Harrah's, Caesars and Trump are all solid hotel choices, but don't skimp on the golf — play Atlantic City Country Club.

Tom Doak re-designed this 1897 classic, and the first-class service, superb conditioning and zippy play will allow you to maximize the experience.

9. Biloxi, Miss.
Handsome, affordable golf is splashed all over the Gulf Coast, but treat yourself to the MGM and its otherwise private, Tom Fazio-designed Fallen Oak for the most memorable golf experience of all. Shaggy's Beach Bar, Bonefish Grill and the MGM eateries will work every time — and stay at the MGM for gaming, or else head to the Hard Rock.

10. Bangkok, Thailand
Forty-five minutes from downtown, Navatanee hosted the 1975 World Cup, won by the U.S. team of Johnny Miller and Lou Graham, but if your bachelor party winds up being anything like "Hangover 2," don't even bother making a tee time.