· Lakes of Taylor Golf Club - DTW
For those stuck at Detroit-Metro for longer than expected, there’s always the opportunity to hail a taxi and head to the Lakes of Taylor Golf Club. It’s roughly six miles or so from the terminals, so it’s unlikely that you’ll need to worry about your tee-shot hitting any incoming our outgoing aircraft.
They have special rates for early birds and those looking to chase around a ball later in the day, but for the most part it’s going to be $20 for 9-holes and $30 for 18-holes—just remember to bring some comfy Footjoys as these rates are for those doing the course by foot. There’s a restaurant on-site—along with a bar—so there’s definitely a 19th hole as well.
· Wingpointe - SLC
There’s a golf course so convenient to Salt Lake City International Airport that there’s plenty of information about it contained within the airport’s website. Wingpointe Golf Course is easily accessible on a long layover, or as a quick stop to celebrate sealing that business deal before flying back home.
The course has 18 holes and it will set you back $27 if you want to walk the course, or $40 with a cart. Expect rates to be a little less if you’re just doing half of what the place has to offer, as it’s just $13.50 for 9-holes and $27 for 18-holes plus a little electric transportation.
· Bali Hai Golf Club - LAS
There are plenty of awesome places to hit the links near McCarran International Airport, but one of the closest options has got to be the Bali Hai Golf Club. Palm trees, water features, and plenty of sand await travelers just around like a mile from the security line. As always when heading to Vegas, your longest wait will probably be just grabbing a taxi.
We’re hardly golf aficionados—although we’ve done our share of cursing on the course—but this option looks like one of the best airport spots there is. Be sure to blow all your cash at the casino, as this place is also one of the priciest. Expect to shell out at least $125 per person.
· Clearview Park Golf Course - LGA
It’s only about six miles from LaGuardia—and a obviously a little further from JFK—but the Clearview Park Golf Course feels like a different world. Expect plenty of lush greens and surroundings along with a nice view of the area—including the Throgs Neck Bridge.
There are plenty of private country clubs on Long Island, but like our other picks, this one is accessible to one and all. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus—he’s pretty good at golf—so expect some high caliber stuff here. Just be sure to plan your layover links adventure in advance, as you probably want to reserve a tee time. It’s going to set you back between $45 and $60 depending on when you want to go.