American Way Magazine
The golf world is filled with lists. The best this and the Top 100 that for courses in the U.S. and world. But nowhere is there a list for the best meals in golf. From fortifying breakfasts to view-inspiring lunches or power drinks in the 19th hole, here’s the best meals in golf for public resorts and private clubs.
Pinehurst Golf Resort, Pinehurst, NC
At this landmark Southern golf resort, you’d expect nothing less than a hearty all-you-can-eat buffet filled with comfort foods and this 30-year morning time staple, at the site of the 2005 U.S. Open, certainly doesn’t disappoint. Start with cheese grits, homemade biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, creamed chipped beef, among other traditional favorites. Leave at least two hours to consume and enjoy the entire morning feast.
Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas, TX
The former longtime golf home of Yankees superstar Mickey Mantle is the place for the most prestigious early morning power meals in North Texas. Extra crisp bacon, eggs, poached or scrambled, hash brown potatoes along with Texas Toast are the specialties. The dining room sits on the second floor overlooking the course, just steps away from Mantle’s glass paneled locker.
The Challenge at Manele, Lanai, Hawaii
Nowhere does a great lunchtime burger and outstanding outdoor scenery combine so pleasingly than the Clubhouse Burger at this Jack Nicklaus designed resort course on Hawaii’s smallest inhabited island. It features a thick slab of prime beef topped with caramelized onions and three kinds of cheeses. Add crisp Maui chips and serve on outdoor patio overlooking the pounding Pacific surf.
Mirabel Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona
The concept of a rushed hot dog and quickly signed member ticket is so 20th Century at the Tom Fazio-designed Discovery Land club. A chef greets golfers at the 9th hole turn, usually slicing freshly prepared jalapeño sausage, sometimes adding tenderloin or piping hot fajita quesadillas to the tasty mid-round offerings.
C’s at Palmilla Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
Nationally known chef Charley Trotter made his name at U.S. restaurants, but his first international entry, which opened in 2004, has become famous for his light, buttery Sea Bass, often freshly picked from the surrounding Pacific waters. Trotter has become famous for his variety of fresh Baja preparations and constantly changing menu, but the Sea Bass remains among his most popular choices.
Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
There can be no better ending to a great golf day than sitting on the Veranda at Augusta National, home of the Masters, dining on local club favorites including grits, sliced tomatoes, olives and pot roast, finished off with fresh peach cobbler and homemade ice cream. The menu features a hand-painted golf course scene, which guests often take home as a souvenir.
Pebble Beach Golf Resort, Pebble Beach, California
Most golfers who have ever played the most highly ranked of U.S. public courses have come through the Tap Room, located directly behind the 18th green and lined with golf memorabilia and celebrity photos. The Del Monte Fizz is the signature drink to celebrate or commiserate.
Great Room, R&A Clubhouse, St. Andrews, Scotland
The ultimate power spot, trumps any argument for best 19th hole location at the Home of Golf. Huge floor to ceiling windows overlook the first tee and 18th green and a small button recessed in the wood-paneled wall signals the waiter you’re ready for another round. Worth pulling any strings you have to get an invitation into golf’s inner sanctum.