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It's prime time for America's top fall golf vacation destinations

By Brandon Tucker, Managing Editor

The end of summer doesn't mean it's time to put the golf clubs in the back of the closet. Rather, direct your compass to the south.

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The trade winds are low, and the crowds are gone at Puakea G.C. on Kauai in the fall.
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Coast to coast, warm-weather destinations are gearing up to again hit prime season as golf courses in the North start to shut it down.

Here are some of the top spots in the United States to tee it up on a golf vacation this fall:

Hawaii

To those of us on the mainland, it's easy to think of Hawaii as a non-changing, tropical paradise. But those on the islands know the seasons, which bring changes in the weather and the crowds of visitors.

"Since I've lived out here, it's one of my favorite times of year," said Dave Werner, head professional at Puakea Golf Course on Kauai. "The weather is really nice in September and October, and the trade winds are calmer.

"There are also less people around, and on the beaches, everything is moving a little slower."

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Myrtle Beach, S.C.

While spring months are the premium time to golf in Myrtle Beach, the fall may actually rate as a better time to play here in several ways. Green fees are lower than in the peak season. And playing conditions are often better because the bermuda rough isn't dormant, as it is in March and most of April.

Like during all seasons, golf packages stretch your buck on the Grand Strand, and hotel prices slide significantly once the peak beach months of summer end.

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Hilton Head Island, S.C.

South of Myrtle Beach by a drive of a few hours, Hilton Head Island is a far more relaxed, quieter destination than most parts of the Grand Strand. The fall season highlights the island as a biking and tennis because of more comfortable weather. But it's still warm enough, with average high temperatures in the upper 70s, to catch a little tan on the island's many beaches.

Food festivals are also common, like the Coastal Cajun Festival, Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival, SCB&T Oyster Festival and Music to your Mouth at Palmetto Bluff.

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Orlando

Labor Day weekend passed and schools are back in session, which means the theme parks and hotels in family-centric Orlando have calmed for a while. The common afternoon thundershowers and humidity of summertime are also coming to an end. Temps are comfortable, and the scores of golf courses in Orlando remain green.

Many PGA Tour pros retreat their homes in Orlando homes in the fall, and many resorts in the area, like Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Waldorf Astoria Golf Club and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes offer treatment fit for the pros to every guest.

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Las Vegas

Football season in Sin City is a golfing gamer's dream for a long weekend getaway. On Friday night, head to one of the top sports books like Mandalay Bay or the Mirage, place your bets on NFL and college action, and before kickoff, spend the mornings on a golf course.

High-end venues like Bali Hai Golf Club, Cascata and Wynn Golf Club await if you hit it big on a parlay bet.

Other high-end venues like Rio Secco Golf Club and Royal Links Golf Club are as affordable to play this fall as in years.

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San Antonio, Texas

The Hill Country summer wasn't nearly as hot as last year's record-setting heat. Heading into the prime fall season, most San Antonio golf courses remain in good, green shape in comparison to this time last year after the summertime drought.

Fall weather showcases the area's foliage and the emerging wineries of the Hill Country. And the cooler night makes for a perfect outdoor barbeque setting.

If you're into music, festivals around the city, ranging from jazz to mariachi and even the International Accordion Festival, take place in town this fall.

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Scottsdale, Ariz.

The fall season in Scottsdale is ideal for players who like warmer weather than in January and February, which offer prime playing conditions but temperatures that often require a jacket.

The tradeoff: Most Scottsdale golf courses have entered a transitional period, and you'll catch them right before or after over-seeding. Play a golf course before over-seeding occurs, and it will be covered with dry bermuda turf. After seeding, it's a more wet rye grass.

When visiting in the fall, it's best to check with the golf courses on their over-seeding schedules. They can close for a month or longer, depending on the thoroughness of the over-seeding process.

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Monterey, Calif., and San Francisco

October is actually the warmest month in San Francisco Bay area. Here, you can enjoy the city sights and take on golf courses like a municipal, Harding Park Golf Course, right in the city. Or escape to nearby facilities like the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay or Alister Mackenzie's Pasatiempo Golf Club.

About a two-hour drive south of San Francisco, the Monterey Peninsula boasts golf weather 12 months a year, but the fall months are particularly welcoming. Pebble Beach Resorts offers package specials, and the weather is not as unpredictable as the winter

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Brandon TuckerBrandon Tucker, Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Channel Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker.


 
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