Dogs have always loved a round of golf. Hunting hounds used to wander from hole to hole to keep up their fitness during the off-season. Fortunately, there are still a few dog-friendly golf courses that allow canine caddies to join you in the ruff. Remember, most of these courses are seasonal and some are members only, so read the fine print below before you show up with Yappy Gilmore.
Posted by Billy Francis
1. Discovery Bay Golf Course
The picturesque Discovery Bay Golf Course is an 18-hole marvel in Washington. Located in a charming coastal town bordered by the majestic Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, it’s the oldest public golf course in the state. The golf staff is happy to welcome leashed dogs on the links. After showing Fido that you can find lost balls as well as he can, make your way to the nearby Quench Waterfront Kitchen and Bar. Dogs are greeted here with a water bowl and a snack, and you’ll enjoy the Hawaiian-inspired cuisine.
Hang up your clubs for the day in a ground floor room at Harborside Inn, where a marsh walk is within walking distance.
2. Belgrade Lakes Golf Course
Nestled among rustic woodlands and panoramic hills, Belgrade Lakes Golf Course is a seasonal, 18-hole public course in central Maine. When you arrive, say hello to the owner’s pups, who can often be found giving helpful tips at the pro shop. Unlike most of the courses on our list, your pooch can join you leash-free as long as he is under voice command. Your dog might love walkies, but has he tried riding in a golf cart? Dogs are welcome to bark tactics if you choose to drive from hole to hole instead. However, he’ll need to stay back and guard your precious nine iron when you’re on the putting green, as the pristine conditions need to be maintained. Don’t forget to swing by the snack shack to grab a pup cup full of chicken for Fido.
After spending all day on the course, you and your pooch can unwind at Kate-Ah-Den Cabin. The pet-friendly rental features 2 miles of private trails that weave through 70 acres of woodland.
3. The Goodwood Estate
The Goodwood Estate boasts two world-class, pet-friendly 18-hole courses and is one of the most accommodating places for golfing dogs and their owners.
The Estate even offers pet membership at The Kennels, which comes with unique privileges like dog bowls situated on the course, all inscribed with the individual dog’s name. A percentage of each membership goes towards pet charity, Hounds for Heroes. After a long day on the greens, enjoy a meaty meal together at The Goodwood Estate's restaurant, Farmer, Butcher, Chef.
Make a weekend of it and stay in one of the many dog-friendly rooms at the historic Goodwood Hotel. When you’re not on the course, you and your pup can roam the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coast or just explore the magnificent estate together.
4. Agate Beach Golf Course
Agate Beach Golf Course is home to a luscious fairway carved into rolling hills that overlook the ocean. Built in the 1930s, the nine-holer is open year round and has been a mainstay for beginner and expert golfers alike. Fido will be relieved to know that “paw-trons” have been bringing their leashed dogs with them for decades. After he’s endured a lengthy round of watching you chop simple putts into the pine and fir trees and sandy bunkers, enjoy a well-deserved bite at the on-site Agate Beach Golf Course Cafe. After tea time, Fido can shed his leash at Agate Beach State Recreation Site, which lies within a golf ball’s throw of the course.
When the sun sets, warm your paws by the beautiful fire pit area and listen to the sounds of the ocean at this cottage in the heart of Newport.
5. Murrayshall Country House Hotel and Golf Club
There’s no better place for your dog to experience the best of Scotland’s greens than at the Murrayshall Country House Hotel and Golf Club near the historic city of Perth. The course spans 350 acres of parkland and is ranked among the finest in Scotland. Fido is welcome to join you as you drive to victory in this secluded wonderland. The estate is steeped in history and includes a statue on the golf course of the two beloved dogs of former Murrayshall owner, Graham Murray, who owned the estate until 1927.
Extend your stay and go for another round by reserving a dog-friendly room in the Murrayshall Hotel.
6. Emerald Isle Golf Course
Fido will be hoping you can pull off a "barkie" at Emerald Isle Golf Course. This rare phenomenon happens when a golfer makes par on a hole even after hitting a tree with one of their shots. The tree-lined greens of this Oceanside golf spot are the ideal location to pull off such a feat, or better yet a hole in one. Leashed dogs are always welcome to join you for a round at this pretty course that includes water hazards, bunkers and floral displays. Pups can even ride shotgun in the brand new fleet of pet-friendly golf carts.
Cruise into nearby Carlsbad for a dog-centric stay West Inn & Suites, where canine guests receive treats, beds and bowls at check-in.
7. Peninsula Golf Course
Located near the beautiful windswept sand of Long Beach Peninsula on the Washington coastline, Peninsula Golf Course will give you and Fido a great tee time, followed by an unforgettable “tea time.” Chip, slice and putt together across nine pristine holes surrounded by a variety of spruce, pine, cascara, willow, alder and rhododendron. Once Fido has chewed on your scorecard to destroy the evidence, he can eat something more substantial at The Cove Restaurant. Ride your pet-friendly golf cart to the eatery and take a seat on the heated pet-friendly patio. Hungry hounds will appreciate the Patio Pup Menu, which includes “Doggietizers” like Cove Puppy Patty, Haida’s Turkey Bites, and Fido’s Fish Fillet. Is your pooch ready to become a PCG Pup?
After a round or two, comb the beach with your Bichon and follow the signal to Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort. Four-legged guests receive a welcome gift with dog treats, a towel, and waste bags at check-in.
8. Cochrane Golf Club
If you’re looking for a casual round, Cochrane Golf Club is the course for you. The resident canine caddies, Chloe and Echo, aim to make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive to the moment you hit your last hole in one. Visiting dogs pay a small green fee that will go directly to the support of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. Dogs are also welcome on Cochrane Golf Club’s tricky 18-hole miniature golf course.
Keep it local when you reserve a stay in this nice dog-friendly home nearby with hardwood floors for easy cleanup and a fenced yard.
9. Schoolhouse Nine Golf Course
Visitors to Virginia can get a round in at the Schoolhouse Nine Golf Course. This classic course allows dogs to accompany their owners from hole to hole. While you play, breathe in the surroundings of Rappahannock County, nestled in the shadow of Old Rag and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and enjoy a course that meanders through a series of native wildflower meadows alongside Thornton River and historic ruins.
Rest up after an afternoon on the links at Estes Cottage, a pet-friendly home with a nice outdoor space to enjoy.
10. IMLAUER Hotel Schloss Pichlarn
Play a round of golf with your Golden in the heart of the Austrian Alps at IMLAUER Hotel Schloss Pichlarn. This impeccable course sprawls out across 135 acres of Alpine terrain with hills, valleys and forests to contend with along the way. While you slice your way through forests and meadows, trying your best to avoid the occasional pond, your canine caddy can join you off leash if they have good recall. If you’re feeling peckish, refuel at Restaurant 19, which is situated on the course.
After your scenic round, head back to a pet-friendly room at Schloss Pichlarn. Pups can enjoy dinner from bowls provided and will love the views from the balcony. Hotel guests receive a discounted golf rate.