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“Fore” for African American Golfers

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Among the world’s best golfers there’s Bubba Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Rory McIlroy. African Americans who have also earned this prestigious title include Tiger Woods, Calvin Peete, Cheyenne Woods, and Charlie Sifford, just to name a few.

I admit that I recognize the names, but I couldn’t even begin to tell you the difference between a Par, Bunker, Birdie, Ace or Bogey. But I do know that people are as serious about their golf—whether watching it or playing it—as any die-hard fan is of any other sport.

What you may not know, is that since 2003, African American Golfer’s Digest has been the nation’s leading print publication and online portal for avid Black American golfers.

 More than just the love of the Game

Inside its pages, readers will find a wide array of everything of what they call “the ‘soulful’ world of golf,” from interesting interviews with golf industry business owners, to resort and destination reviews, news, travel features, course critiques, equipment and product information, and a great deal more.

The publication also hosts a series of signature annual hosted golf excursions to some of the most amazing and culturally enriching destinations all over the globe, each designed to not only showcase the many stunning, distinctive courses and picturesque landscapes, but to also bring together people of color and others who share a passion for the game.

To top it all off, African American Golfer’s Digest is a woman-owned business, 100 percent minority-owned and operated, and independently published.

While looking through their website recently, I learned that there is an entity called  The National Black Golf Hall of Fame, designed “to recognize and honor the contributions of black golfers for their skills and, to honor persons, regardless of race or ethnicity, who have done the most to promote golf in the Black communities.”

Its founder was (the late) Harold Dunovant, the first Black person to graduate from the Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) Business School in 1960.

Although it was well over a decade before his PGA Class A membership was officially bestowed because the all-white membership at the time refused to ratify it, Dunovant went on to play the “Black Tour” with other African American golf greats in the mid-60s, and served for many years and at several courses across the country as Head Professional. He founded the Hall of Fame (online, not in a brick-and-mortar building) in 1986.

Putter (Wood, Iron, Shaft…) Adventures
Avid golfers travel all over the world to experience some of the best golf resorts on the planet, each offering their own distinctive elements, weather, vistas, and more. According to one source, the U.S. is home to 50 percent of the world’s best courses.

To that end, here are a handful of premier golf resorts that can be found on many a “Top ____ List” according to numerous A-List print and online golf, travel and other publications.

Barnbougle Dunes – Bridport (Tasmania), Australia – www.barnbougle.com.au

Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, South Carolina www.kiawahresort.com

Sandy Lane – St. James, Barbados – www.sandylane.com

Hotel Quinta do Lago – Algarve, Portugal – www.quintadolago.com/en

The Inn at Spanish Bay/ Pebble Beach Resort – Pebble Beach, California – www.pebblebeach.com

Cabot Links – Inverness, Nova Scotia – www.cabotlinks.com

K Club Resort – Kildare, Ireland – www.kclub.ie

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa – San Antonio, Texas – www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/satjw-jw-marriott-san-antonio-hill-country-resort-and-spa

Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa – Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua – www.mukulresort.com

The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, Colorado – www.broadmoor.com

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – Alberta, Canada – www.fairmont.com/jasper

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upUlehu – Kailuua-Kona, Hawaii – www.fourseasons.com/hualalai

Fancourt – Blanco George, South Africa – www.fancourt.com/en/home

Old Course Hotel St. Andrews Golf Resort & Spa – St. Andrews, United Kingdom – www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk

Pinehurst Resort – Pinehurst, North Carolina – www.pinehurst.com

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon, Oregon – www.bandondunesgolf.com

One & Only Ocean Club Resort – Paradise Island, The Bahamas – www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-ocean-club-bahamas

The American Club – Kohler, Wisconsin – www.americanclubresort.com

 

Written by Lysa Allman-Baldwin

 

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