In many ways, 2021 was better for golf than 2020.
Once the year-end stats are revealed in January, they will show another record-setting year for rounds in America. There were no extended lockdowns like there were last year, and golf built on its momentum as a safe and fun leisure pursuit to escape the stresses of the pandemic. GolfPass tallied more than 300,000 reviews, the most in our history.
Since it was a year worth remembering, let's look back at the GolfPass stories that move the needle. Here are our 10 most-read stories from 2021. Many of them still hold relevance, so if you missed them the first time, enjoy them this holiday season.
See you in 2022!
Best Apple Watch Golf Apps
Tech is taking over golf. The Apple Watch's sports game-tracking features can make you a better player thanks to various apps.
FEEL-GOOD STORY OF THE YEAR
With all the stresses and hardships of the past year, we want to enter the new year on a positive note. This story of 100-year-old golfer Bob Williams should inspire you.
World Top 100 Golf Destinations
With the hope that the pandemic would be subsiding with the introduction of vaccines early in the year, the editors at GolfPass put together an inspirational list of the World's Top 100 Golf Destinations to get golfers dreaming of traveling again.
Is damaging a green golf's greatest sin?
The golf world cringed when Nate Lashley pounded a green at Pebble Beach in disgust after blowing a chance to win the game's most famous pro-am. Damaging a green is one of golf's ultimate no-nos.
Why golfers should be allowed to ground their clubs in the sand
The 2021 PGA Championship was one for the ages, with Phil Mickelson becoming the oldest major champion. The bunkers on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island also were a big part of the proceedings, allowing golfers to ground their clubs. Should that rule become permanent?
10 longest golf holes in the U.S.
With the distance debate continuing to heat up, we break down the 10 longest holes in America, including one that both Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers easily conquered in The Match.
4 reasons why golfers should never get relief from divots
Landing in a divot is one of golf's most controversial situations. Should you be punished for hitting it in the fairway? After a bad break cost Lee Westwood a win on the PGA Tour, our Tim Gavrich explains why golfers should embrace the challenge.
Top 10 San Diego golf courses
At some point during your life, you'll end up in San Diego for work or pleasure. Make sure you bring your sticks.
A gratuity guide: What to tip at the course
This question comes up over and over again. The general rule? Pay it forward and tip generously to anybody who goes that extra mile to make your day great.
Best courses to close in 2021
Thankfully the pandemic golf boom slowed the stream of golf courses closing. But not everybody's favorite course survived in 2021.
10 best big cities in the U.S. to live in for golf
Living in a big city can make it hard for golfers to find a tee time if they're not members of a private club. Not here, however.