Pebble Beach, California
It's not like you need to justify spending $495 for a round of golf on the sacred greens of Pebble Beach, which is perched above the Pacific Coast and guarded by a rugged coastline. Augusta aside, it’s probably the most famed course in the United States — and, unlike the aforementioned exclusive, members-only club in Georgia, it’s actually open to the public. On top of that, Jack Nicklaus thinks it should be on your bucket list. The golf great, who won the 1972 U.S. Open there, has been famously quoted saying, “If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach.” You’ll be able to golf the course before the professionals step cleated foot on it at the 2019 U.S. Open Championship. With the unexpected windfall from your tax return, now is the time to set up your tee time, which is contingent on booking a hotel. (You must stay at least two nights at a Pebble Beach property to play the course). Be prepared for one hell of a challenge: The gusty Pacific winds will taunt you, and the ocean will try to swallow your golf balls.
How to blow $3,120 at Pebble Beach: Book the Pebble Beach Stay & Play package that is valid through Sept. 7, 2016. You’ll get two nights at The Inn at Spanish Bay, with a round of golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links and a second round at The Links at Spanish Bay or Spyglass Hill Golf Course. The package starts at $2,250, so go ahead and upgrade to an ocean view and get more golf in at Spyglass Hill.