Newt and Callista enjoy an occasional round of golf. Callista learned to golf when she was nine years old in Wisconsin. She and her girl friend would play three or four holes a day during their summer vacation. Callista learned to love the experience of a beautiful course, a gorgeous day, and intermittent moments of hope and frustration.
Newt took up golf after he left the Speakership in 1999. Today, he loves the challenge of hitting a long drive and sinking a short putt. He’s confident that with practice, he will someday learn the game.
As they travel, Newt and Callista enjoy playing different courses throughout the country. They find each one beautiful and challenging in its own unique way. Some of their favorite golf courses follow.
Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney World has four outstanding championship golf courses and a par 36 practice course. Three of these courses are on the PGA Tour.
Doral, Miami, Florida
The Blue Monster, home of the World Golf Championships-CA Championship, has hosted prestigious PGA TOUR events for the past 45 years. In fact, virtually every great name in golf has had a moment of glorious personal triumph on this world-class track.
Emerald Course, Wailea, Maui
Designed to be fun for practically every player, the 6,825-yard Wailea Emerald Course was one reason Golf for Women Magazine first granted the Wailea Golf Club a Top Fairways Award for the country’s most women-friendly golf clubs, an honor that Wailea has won seven times.
Links at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Near hallowed ground where Union and Confederate soliders marched and camped during the defining battle of America’s Civil War, a supreme challenge of golf has been waged at The Links At Gettysburg – “Golf’s Gettysburg address” – since the first shots were fired in 1999.
Mauna Kea Golf Course, Mauna Kea, Hawaii
“Mr. Rockefeller, if you allow me to build a golf course here, this’llbe the most beautiful hole in the world.” Robert Trent Jones, Sr., at the 3rd hole site.
Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California
The game of golf is at its worldwide best at Pebble Beach Resorts, ranked the No. 1 golf resort in America by Golf Digest Magazine in 2007. Each of Pebble Beach Resorts’ four courses offers a unique heritage, breathtaking beauty, and a once in a lifetime experience.
Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, North Carolina
Immerse yourself in the finest golf experience at Pinehurst and follow in the footsteps of golf legends. This golf resort has witnessed countless moments in golf history, from Hogan’s first professional win, to Jack Nicklaus and Payne Stewart’s dramatic 18th hole putt that led to his 1999 U.S. Open victory. Bobby Jones so revered Pinehurst, he connected it to golf’s homeland as the “St. Andrews of United States Golf.”
Plantation Course, Kapalua, Maui
The Plantation Course, is the course of the champions, site of the PGA TOUR Mercedes-Benz Championship each January featuring an elite field of previous year’s PGA TOUR winners.
Prince Golf Course, Princeville, Kauai
One of the most spectacular Golf Courses in all the world, the Prince GolfCourse at Princeville at Hanalei. Like the rest of Princeville at Hanalei, the Prince Golf Course enjoys magnificent views from 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia
Originally designed in 1929 by famed architects Harry S. Colt and Charles Alison, the Seaside Course underwent an update in 1999 by Tom Fazio — earning it a prominent place on Golf Digest’s list of “Top 100 Courses in the United States.”
Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California
Ranked number eleven on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list by Golf Digest for 2007/2008. Spyglass Hill Golf Course takes its name from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island, published in 1863. Local legend maintains that Stevenson
once wandered the Spyglass area gathering ideas for his novels.
The Bear, Acme, Michigan
Designed by golf great Jack Nicklaus, The Bear is our best-known course and described as one of the toughest in the Midwest. You’ll quickly appreciate this beautiful par 72, links-style course featuring Scottish terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep grassy roughs, moguls, mounds, and deep pot bunkers.
Tiburon , Naples, Florida
Sophisticated and alluring, Tiburón’s two 18-hole championship courses are home to the Merrill Lynch Shootout, which brings many of the top
names in golf to this prestigious golf destination.
Trump National Golf Club, Potomac Falls, Virginia
Trump National Golf Club features two extraordinary courses in an idyllic setting along the Potomac River. Many find it hard to believe there is such a magnificent oasis right in the middle of the greater Washington D.C. area.
Queenstown Harbor, Queenstown, Maryland
One of the foremost golf experiences just outside Washington, D.C., Queenstown Harbor features 36 holes of championship golf on two unique layouts. Spectacular Chesapeake Bay waterfront beauty and superior service makes for an unforgettable round at Maryland’s premier golf destination.