04/28/2011 09:16 am ET Updated Sep 20, 2011

17 Of The World's Best Golf Destinations (PHOTOS)

From the exotic to the familiar, the historic to the brand-new, a worldwide tour of 18 of the best places to tee off.

Each year around this time, golf clubs are summoned from cold garages and basements into living rooms while their owners begin plotting a new season in the sun.

Much wool has likely been gathered over the winter: calendars parsed, brownie points calculated, travel budgets massaged- upward.

To help in this process, Departures came up with a list of 17 of the best experiences the game has to offer. Admittedly, it's an idiosyncratic mix, with standard picks like top caddies and quaint country retreats alongside more unexpected ones (the farthest-off-the-radar golf nation and a favorite midday feast among them).

Read more on AOL Travel News