Into American homes on TV this year will come 41 splendid golf courses -- the on-location sites for the two US professional golf tours. Although most of these courses are strictly private, 11 of them are open to play for many of us. Here goes:
Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla. (Bay Hill Classic, Feb. 26-March 2). Rolling, flat, wooded, plenty of water, windy, tight. You have to be staying there to play. Green fee $25.
Doral Country Club adn Hotel, Miami (Doral-Eastern Open, March 11-16). Four supersize courses, green fees complimentary to hotel guests but $10 to $20 for outsiders.
The Inn at Rancho Bernardo, San Diego (Honda Civic Classic, March 13-16). Green fee $12.
Sawgrass Gold Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Tournament Players Championship, March 18-23). A rolling seaside beauty. You must be staying at the club to play there; green fees included in the rates.
Desert Inn and Country Club, Las Vegas, Nev. (LPGA National Pro-Am, March 20- 23). A lush desert oasis. Green fee $15, but golf is included in the hotel's special package.
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Sea Pines Heritage Classic , March 25-30). Flat, heavily wooded devilishly trapped. Regular green fee $25 . Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, Cal. (Colgate-Dinah Shore Women's Circle, April 3-6). Long and rambling. A private club, but can be played if you're staying there, provided you hold membership in a private golf club at home. Green fee $30, cart included.
La Costa Hotel and Spa., Carlsbad, Calif. (MONY Tournament of Champions, April 15-20). Flat, lots of water, many traps. Regular green fee $18, and you must be staying there. Woodlands Inn and Country Club, Woodlands, Texas. (Houston Open, April 29-May 4). Tree-lined fairways, many traps, much water. Green fee $12 to $15.
Harbour Trees Golf Club, Noblesville, Ind. (LPGA Mayflower Classic, July 3-6 ).Private, but out-of-towners holding another private club membership are welcome by contacting the pro. Green fee $7 to $9.
Bardmoor Country Club, Largo, Fla. (J. C. Penney Classic, Dec. 9-14). Three courses, all straight and narrow, and oh, what hazards! Green fee $10 to 12.50.
Three other courses on the 84-stop men's and women's tours will not be nationally televised, but are listed here because they can also be played by travelers. They are:
Pinehurst Country Club, Pinehurst, N.C. (Hall of Fame Tournament, Sept. 19-24 ). Green fee $18 to $25.
Silverado Country Club, Napa, Calif.(Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, Sept. 23-28 ). Green fee $20.
Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney World Team Championship, Oct. 14-19). Green fee $16.