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6 Great American Resort Pubs

May 15, 2017

Celebrating a round of golf at the 19th hole is one of the game’s great traditions. Regardless if you were dropping putts for birdies all day long or you were roaming the woods searching for errant tee shots, it’s always good karma to toast your wonderful surroundings and appreciate your good fortune. After all, playing at some of the world’s best courses and enjoying camaraderie afterwards is truly one of life’s great pleasures.

Here are six of the best pubs where you can celebrate:

Horse & Plow Brew Pub at American Club Resort (Kohler, Wisconsin)

An historic tavern with lots of brass and dark wood, it also has table tops made from the original American Club bowling alley. Add to those elements, televisions and a fireplace and the atmosphere is inviting and fun. It has an exceptional selection of microbrews and premium European beers and comfort food selections like Chicken Pot Pie, Horse & Plow Meat Loaf and Great Lakes Perch Fry. The burgers are phenomenal, too, with the Bison Burger and the Cowboy Burger with two Black Angus beef patties heading the favorite list.

Tap Room in Lodge at Pebble Beach (Pebble Beach, California)

A bastion of polished wood and leather seats, this legendary tavern is brimming with an extensive collection of historic memorabilia. The steaks, which are grilled to perfection in a high-intensity Montague broiler, are fantastic. Don’t miss appetizers include the Bratwurst Platter and Beef Rib Potato Skins. Equally impressive is the great selection of vintage wines, draught and bottle beers, scotches and whiskeys and other spirits which creates the ultimate 19th hole experience after playing golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Ryder Cup Lounge at Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst, North Carolina)

Located in the Carolina Hotel, this comfortable and cozy spot is named for the 1951 Ryder Cup staged at Pinehurst, which included U.S.A. icons Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. It has a dark wood bar and large, plush, leather living room style chairs in the bar area. The eclectic menu is appealing with a wide range of selections like Shrimp ‘N Grits, Grilled Ashley Farms Smothered Chicken and Lobster Crab Cake Sandwich. In addition to seasonal craft beers, the bar offers some exceptional, creative drinks like the Thin Mint Martini, Carolina Peach Tea and Cherry Vanilla Bourbon.

McKee’s Pub at Bandon Dunes Resort (Bandon, Oregon)

Exuding the warmth and comfort of a Scottish pub, Mckee’s is smartly appointed with dark wood furniture, fireplaces and golf art and memorabilia. This engaging pub is warm and friendly with a menu dotted with delicacies like Braised Lamb Stew, Cider Brined Pork Chop and its signature dish, Grandma’s Meatloaf, which is served with pan gravy, smashed potatoes and green beans. It also has a superb selection of Northwest microbrews and classic single malt scotches. For appetizers, don’t miss the Rueben Fritters and Scotch Eggs.

Taplow Pub at PGA Golf Club (Port St. Lucie, Florida)

Luxuriously appointed with rich dark wood paneling and appointments, blue leather style seats backed with tartan fabric and various golf memorabilia including two golf bags above the bar. There’s also a patio for outside dining. Favorite menu choices include the Citrus Grilled Chicken, Coconut Crusted Mahi-Mahi, Reuben Sandwich and Pub Burger.

Alice & Pete’s at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida)

The furnishings are modernistic and while this pub doesn’t have the feel of Scotland, it, nonetheless is an enclave of good times with a pool table, darts and shuffleboard table as well as a Floating Hole-In-One Challenge just outside the front door. It has an impressive selection of ales and beers on draught including Guinness, Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale and Sweetwater 420 Pale Ale. Heading the list of don’t miss items are appetizers like the Poutine House Fries and Bavarian Bake Pretzel and Cheddar Fondue and entrees such as the Skirt Steak Chimi Churri and Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken.