One of the pleasures of golf travel is discovering great places to celebrate a round of golf, regardless of the score. Memorable and historic 19th hole bars and lounges, cozy sitting areas in legendary clubhouses and a wide variety of engaging pubs are some of the places golfers go to enjoy a few and relish their surroundings.
With recommendations from our Premier Golf staff, Facebook followers and selected golf writers, here are 36 of our favorites:
Castle Stuart Golf Club (Inverness)--A spectacular Art Deco clubhouse along the Moray Firth with floor-to-ceiling windows offering fantastic panoramic views.
Deacon Brodie's (Edinburgh)--It's a bit touristy for some, but this classic pub on the Royal Mile is at least worth a visit for a pint or two for first-time visitors to Edinburgh.
Dreel Tavern (Anstruther, Fife)--An old-school village pub with a simple sign out front that prides itself on not being a sports bar or casual restaurant.
Bee Hive (Edinburgh)--A classic Scottish pub in the Grassmarket section of Edinburgh.
Golfer's Corner Lounge Bar at the Dunvegan Hotel (St. Andrews)--A don't miss favorite located a nine iron or so from the 18th green of the Old Course. While multi-time St. Andrews visitors might bypass it for other pubs, the "Dunny" is an integral part of the overall village experience. Lots of local caddies imbibe there and chances are you might hear a story or two.
Jigger Inn (St. Andrews)--Set adjacent to the Old Course Hotel, this traditional Scottish pub is brimming with golf memorabilia. It's a great place to grab a pint, sit near an open-hearth fire and enjoy a Jigger burger topped with Mull Cheddar and Ayshire Bacon.
Prince of Wales Bar (Aberdeen)--Built in the 1850s, it has the longest bar in Scotland, wood panel walls, excellent cask ales and a legendary steak pie.
The Grand Tea Lounge & Bar at Trump Turnberry Resort--Offering stunning views across Ailsa Craig and Isle of Arran, this comfortable and elegant room has Afternoon Tea, an excellent selection of single malts and a choice of champagnes by the glass.
Sunningdale Golf Club (Sunningdale, Berkshire, England) --Oozing with English sophistication, Sunningdale's patio is great place to sit under an umbrella on a summer day and enjoy a Pimms and Lemonade as you watch the action on the 1st and 18th holes.
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club (Porthcawl, Wales, United Kingdom)--Small bar with green leather chairs, black and white photos of past club presidents dotting the walls and views of crashing waves of the Bristol Channel.
Cliff House Hotel (Ballybunion, Co. Kerry)--Sitting above Ballybunion Beach on the Wild Atlantic Way route, this friendly, family-owned hotel has the classy Bernie's Bar, which has a fireplace and an Irish ballad singer performing nightly during the summer months.
Clubhouse Terrace at Old Head (Kinsale, Co. Cork)--Overlooking the Old Head Lighthouse and the Atlantic Ocean, the view is one of the most inspiring in golf.
Hargadon Bros. Pub (Sligo)--Lots of drink selections and delicious pub food with items like homemade seafood chowder, roasted chicken wings and a steak sandwich.
Hi-B (Cork)--This place is all about sharing a pint or wee dram and great conversation. The word is, if you pull out your cell phone, they'll ask you to leave.
Long Hall (Dublin)--One of the oldest pubs in Dublin, it has Victorian style decor with lots of chandeliers and lanterns
Percy French (Newcastle, Co. Down)--Located at the posh Slieve Donard Resort & Spa adjacent to Royal County Down, it has log burning fires and a fabulous menu highlighted by the Northwest Irish Salt Aged Ribeye and Rump of Irish Lamb.
McDonnell's (Bellmullet)--It's nicknamed "The Lobster Pot" because once you go in, you don't come out. After playing golf at nearby Carne Golf Links, McDonnell's is a great spot to introduce your self to the locals.
O'Connell's (Galway)--It has a beer garden where you can enjoy the fresh air and smoke cigars. The interior has tiled floors, stained glass windows, tin ornate ceiling and solid wood seating.
The Scotia (Glasgow)--Established in 1792, it's the oldest pub in Glasgow. The interior of the pub has changed very little since the 1920s.
Tom Barry's (Cork)--It has a popular beer garden where you can enjoy a frosty one on a summer night.
Smugglers Inn (Waterville, Co. Kerry)--Family-owned, it occupies a 19th-century farmhouse. Situated on Golf Links Beach and next to the Waterville Golf Club, the inn's bar/restaurant was a favorite hangout of Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara and Payne Stewart back in the day.
Arcade Tavern (Bandon, Oregon)--A family run bar with golf memorabilia dotting the walls and an excellent selection of on tap beers and ciders.
Alice & Pete's Pub at Marriott Sawgrass Resort (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)--A tribute to golf architects Pete and Alice Dye, it has a four-sided bar, darts, pool and a floating hole-in-one challenge just outside the front door.
Atlantic City Country Club (Northfield, NJ)--Opened in 1898, Atlantic City Country Club is one of America's oldest golf clubs. A step back in time, the Taproom Bar & Grille has a well-worn hardwood floor, polished wood bar, tin ceiling tiles and lots of golf memorabilia and vintage photos dotting the walls.
Bandon Trails Golf Club Trails End Bar at Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)--If you like sitting outdoors and breathing in the sea air in between sips of a microbrew or whiskey, this spot is absolute nirvana. It has glorious views of the 18th green at Bandon Trails and the dunes.
Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge Member's Lounge (Orlando, FL)--As a guest at the lodge, you're afforded access to this comfy enclave, which has a fireplace and a great selection of single malts and Arnold Palmer wines.
Erin Hills Golf Course (Hartford, WI) --The Irish Pub and Terrace is a terrific place to celebrate a round of golf. Overlooking the first hole, the open-air terrace has a gas fire pit where you can sit in comfy chairs and enjoy the verdant surroundings.
Irish Pub (Atlantic City, NJ)--A venerable favorite and once a hangout for Joe DiMaggio and other New York Yankees as well as boxing writers, the walls of the Irish Pub are dotted with vintage photos of sports celebrities. The food prices are amazingly reasonable, too. You can get a club sandwich for $6.00 and hamburger for $4.00 at lunch time.
McGettigans 19th Hole (Galloway, NJ)--Located across the street from Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, this friendly and popular pub has a golf lovers atomosphere, reasonable prices and a superb Shepperd Pie.
McKee's Pub at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, OR)--This detail-oriented Scottish style pub has Northwest microbrews, single malt scotches and favorite dining choices like Bangers and Mash, Scotch Eggs and Crispy Beer Battered Fish & Chips.
Mr. B's Lounge at Pinecrest Inn (Pinehurst, NC)--Decorated with photos and paintings of golf architect Donald Ross, who once owned the establishment, Mr. B's has been voted the best 19th hole in America by several websites and publications. It has been owned by the Barrett family for more than 40 years.
Phil's Grill at Grayhawk Golf Club (Scottsdale, AZ)--If you like Lefty, you'll love this place. Opened in 1995, it's loaded with Phil Mickelson memorabilia. It's appointed with a fireplace, hard-wood bar and leather couches.
Ryder Cup Lounge/Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst, NC)--Named for the 1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst, it's located in the Carolina Hotel. Just about every big name in golf has frequented the lounge at one time or another. The dining menu is unique with items like Shrimp 'N Grits and Lobster Mac & Cheese.
Streamsong Bar (Fort Meade, FL)--The sleek and stylish clubhouse looks as if it was air-dropped in from southern California. It's a relaxing place to enjoy a cool libation after playing the Scottish links style Streamsong courses in Central Florida.
Tap Room at the Lodge Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, CA)--It has a steakhouse menu and an excellent selection of draft beers, vintage wines and top quality spirits.
Blackwolf Run Restaurant (Kohler, WI)--You can dine indoors in front of a huge fieldstone fireplace or al fresco on the terrace overlooking the 18th greens of the River and Meadow Valleys courses.
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