Times Staff Writer

LUKE WILSON swears that Scotland’s the Old Course at St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, is on his life’s to-do list. Until he gets there and reports back, here are his top five courses:

Austin Golf Club, Spicewood, Texas

“Ben Crenshaw designed it and didn’t add much dirt. He more went with the contours of the land, so it feels very natural. It’s such a beautiful area of Texas too.”

Maidstone Club, East Hampton, N.Y.


“It was built in the 1800s and it goes around the oceans and the marshes. It’s very ‘Great Gatsby.’ It’s very much like you look around and say, ‘I want to live in that house and wow, that woman over there is very beautiful.’ ” Bandon Dunes, Bandon, Ore.

“It’s on the Oregon coast in the middle of nowhere and it’s breathtaking. They say it looks like Ireland, but I haven’t golfed there. It’s challenging, but it’s not so hard that only real great golfers can play. The weather can affect your game though. You have to play when the wind is down.”

Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire, England

“It’s another one of those courses that’s ancient. You need to wear a blazer, which is always interesting. It’s not that they’re putting on airs. They’re really friendly, but it’s the tradition.”


Cypress Point Golf Club, Pebble Beach, Calif.

“It’s an exclusive course right next to Pebble Beach. I have never golfed here, but it’s next on my list. It was built by Alister MacKenzie and the light and the trees are so incredible. You can just spend the whole day walking around and staring at the scenery.”