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Guam’s Greens and Fairways

With seven public golf courses across the island, one could say Guam is the golf capital of Micronesia. There’s a reason our tourists often arrive with their clubs in tow: Year-round summer weather means 365 days of tee time – give or take a few (or many) rainy days.

I have never been much of a golfer. I enjoyed the time I spent at a driving range learning how to hit but my golf ambition ends there. If golf is your thing, there is no shortage of courses to play or charity tournaments to enter. Guam’s golf courses aren’t subpar offerings, either. I was impressed to learn that some are certified by the U.S. Golf Association (USGA), designed by legends of the game, and one even made it to a Top 100 in the World list.

In the north there’s the Guam International Country Club, a championship course that is certified by the USGA and was designed with the help of Japanese professional golfer Ayako Okamoto.

Also in the north is Starts Guam Golf Resort, a full-scale 27-hole tournament course that was the first in Guam to be certified by the USGA.

In central Guam, golfers can pay tribute to the late Arnold Palmer at Leo Palace Resort Guam by playing on the two courses (Bougainvillea and Plumeria) that were designed by the golf legend himself. The resort also has two courses (Hibiscus and Orchid) that were designed by Jack Nicklaus, who is widely regarded as the best golfer of all time.

Named one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World, Onward Mangilao Golf Course was designed by renowned golf course architect Robin Nelson. Onward Mangilao is famous for its signature over-the-ocean hole No. 12 – a shot that stretches across the sea to a green built on the opposite end of a cove.

The remaining three of Guam’s seven golf courses are located in the south. Wonderful Windward Hills is the island’s first and oldest golf course. The course is said to be relatively easy to play as it was designed as a family course.

Country Club of the Pacific is an 18-hole course that rolls along Guam’s southern coastline. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, the golf course is laid out to provide panoramic ocean views from nearly every hole.

Lastly, Onward Talofofo Golf Club was designed by nine legendary PGA players including Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. Each golfer took responsibility for the design of two holes, resulting in a course that offers challenging golf for all levels.

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