As an avid golfer and foodie, I’ve had the pleasure of playing on courses and dining at clubhouses across the globe. From locally-sourced small plates to decadent post-round desserts, the food can be just as memorable as the course itself.
In this article, I’ll take you on a mouthwatering tour of some of the best golf course cuisine I’ve encountered in my travels. Get ready to start planning your next golf vacation!

First, let’s define what makes for great golf course food. The meals should be fresh, high quality, and carefully prepared. The ingredients should be locally-sourced whenever possible to connect to the regional flavors. Portions should be sized appropriately to fuel your round. And the overall dining experience should enhance your time at the course, not detract from it.

The history of food and beverage at golf clubs is a long and storied one. Early clubs in Scotland often featured hearty, warming dishes like soups, stews, and meat pies to combat the chilly weather. Over time, culinary variety expanded and many clubs began to offer multi-course meals showcasing refined technique and gourmet flair. Today, golf course food runs the gamut from casual snacks to special occasion fare, but quality and service remain paramount.

When it comes to current trends, farm-to-table cuisine and craft beer have gained major ground. More chefs are partnering with local farms, fisheries, and purveyors to bring hyper-local ingredients onto the menu. And clubhouses are expanding their beverage programs to include regional breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Environmental sustainability is also increasingly important, from composting and recycling efforts to sourcing responsibly raised meats and seafood.

Now, let’s dive into some of my favorite and expensive golf course meals and snacks from around the world!

You can’t discuss golf food without tipping your hat to St Andrews, the birthplace of the sport. The clubhouse dining room offers elegantly plated Scottish fare like smoked salmon, lamb stew, and North Sea haddock. But for a more casual bite, head to their famous ploughman’s bar. Here you can tuck into Scottish cheeses, house-made pâtés, cured meats, and crusty breads. It’s the perfect fuel before heading out to play the iconic Old Course.

Augusta National, Georgia

The home of The Masters takes its food just as seriously as its impeccable greens. The menu changes daily but always utilizes ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. I’ll never forget the perfectly prepared Georgia quail I enjoyed while watching the tournament from the veranda. And don’t miss their egg salad sandwiches on poppy seed bread, one of the club’s signature items. Overall, Augusta’s food embodies golf course dining at its finest.

Whistling Straits, Wisconsin

At this majestic course on the shores of Lake Michigan, my favorite post-round treat is lounging on the terrace with one of their custom Belgian-style ales. The in-house brewmaster expertly crafts beers to pair with the restaurant’s farm-to-table fare. I’d also highly recommend their Wisconsin cheese plate served with locally-made preserves, charcuterie, and artisanal crackers. It’s the perfect way to unwind after battling Whistling Straits’ windy terrain.

Barnbougle Dunes, Australia

For breakfast before your round, head to Barnbougle’s clubhouse to try Aussie specialities like avocado toast topped with beetroot relish, bacon, and a fried egg. Or opt for their brioche French toast with macerated strawberries and whipped mascarpone. Come lunch or dinner time, you can expect fresh catches like Tasmanian salmon and dishes that highlight regional produce and wines. Don’t miss their decadent Pavlova dessert with passionfruit curd and Chantilly cream!

Cabo Del Sol, Mexico

With sweeping ocean views at every turn, the Cove Clubhouse at Cabo Del Sol feels like an oasis. Begin your day with huevos rancheros or chilaquiles doused in savory red and green sauces. After your round, cool off with a chilled margarita and tacos loaded with fresh local fish, shrimp, and spicy salsa. And if you visit in the summer, be sure to try their street corn esquites, a Mexican specialty that makes a tasty on-course snack.

Tokyo Golf Club, Japan

For an immersive taste of Japanese cuisine, dine at Tokyo Golf Club’s Cherry Hills restaurant. Highlights include sushi and sashimi platters with the day’s catch and dishes like teriyaki chicken and grilled miso eggplant. Don’t miss their premium Kobe beef offering either. It’s the perfect way to reward yourself after tackling this challenging course. And for dessert, indulge in their matcha creme brûlée or black sesame ice cream.

Fancourt, South Africa

At this world-class resort, the fine dining restaurant’s ever-changing menu highlights South African flavors like seafood curry, bobotie (a savory baked dish), and chakalaka (a vegetable relish). More casual options like their signature fish and chips or local game sausage sandwiches are ideal golf course fare too. And I’d be remiss not to mention their incredible wine list, featuring South Africa’s best varietals. Pair your meal with a glass of Pinotage or Chenin Blanc.

As a seasoned travel blogger, I’ll conclude by sharing a few pro tips:

  • Research menu options at courses before you book so you can pick the cuisine that most excites you
  • Make reservations well in advance to ensure you get a table, especially for more upscale dining rooms
  • Ask the waitstaff for food and beverage pairing recommendations to complement your meal
  • Scope out grab-and-go options for on-course snacking when you need a quick pick-me-up
  • Order local specialty dishes and ingredients whenever possible for the most authentic flavors
  • Savor leisurely meals and drinks post-golf when the setting invites lingering over conversation

Conclusion

With its impressive culinary evolution, golf course food now rivals the world’s finest restaurants. So whether you’re teeing it up at Turnberry, Sawgrass, or even your hometown club, Enjoy the exceptional flavors that today’s clubhouses offer. Just don’t blame me when you start planning golf trips around destination dining! Let me know if you have any favorite golf course food and beverage to add to my list. I’m always excited to discover new culinary gems.

Now that I’ve covered some of my personal favorites, let’s answer a few frequently asked questions about golf course food and beverage:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What food is good for golf courses?

Ans: In general, look for lighter, energizing options before and during your round. Good choices include omelets, avocado toast, granola, sandwiches, salads, and grilled items like chicken or fish. Stay adequately hydrated as well with water, electrolyte drinks, iced tea, etc.

Q2: What is the best post golf meal?

Ans: After you’ve played 18 or more holes, you’ve earned a more indulgent meal. Opt for heartier proteins like steak or seafood along with rejuvenating sides like roasted potatoes or greens. And don’t forget about that drink you’ve been craving! Celebrate a good day on the course with a craft beer, glass of wine, or signature cocktail.

Q3: What are the best energy foods for golf?

Ans: Before teeing off, choose complex carbs for sustained energy like oatmeal with fruit, a peanut butter sandwich, or a bowl of quinoa. Other smart options are bananas, energy bars, trail mix, and Greek yogurt. During the round, snacks like nuts, dried fruit, and crackers will help power you through.