The Top 99 Golf Resorts in the U.S. (1-9)
Golf resorts are plentiful, but not many have the time or luxury to try them all, so we’ve narrowed it down to the top 99 — here are the first 9 of the best golf resorts in the U.S.
Pinehurst Resort – www.pinehurst.com
Pinehurst Resort is known as the unofficial home of golf in America and has hosted more championships than any other golf club in the country. Guests have a choice of 3 historic hotels: the elegant century-old Carolina Hotel, the quaint Holly Inn, and the relaxing Manor Inn. The resort also features the Carolina Villas and Condos, which are perfect for foursomes or groups. Resort amenities include a spa, dining, golf, tennis, free courtesy car, shopping, a lake, and more!
No one does golf quite like Pinehurst, with nine pristine courses to choose from, all of which are equally challenging. Courses are named by their order of completion. Pinehurst offers Course No. 1 through Course No. 9 for nine distinct golf experiences.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort – www.kiawahresort.com
Located just minutes away from beautiful Charleston, SC Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a stunning 3,000-plus-acre coastal retreat with miles of private beaches and unmatched luxury accommodations and amenities. Guests can enjoy a stay at the grand seaside Sanctuary Hotel, the spacious Resort Villas, or a private home with amenities including pools, tennis, award winning spas, planned activities, kayaking, biking, and more.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort features five spectacular courses, with the main attraction being the Pete Dye-designed Ocean course, home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship. This stunning course is so beautiful, experts advise golfers to forego a cart and walk the course to appreciate the breathtaking coastal scenery. Other courses include Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Oak Point, and Cougar Point.
Pebble Beach Resort – www.pebblebeach.com
Pebble Beach Resorts have been celebrated for over 95 years for their unparalleled golf and resort facilities. Located on California’s magnificent Monterey Peninsula, guests can choose from three luxury resorts: The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay, Casa Palmero, and the new Fairway One at The Lodge. All offer exemplary service and amenities including world-class restaurants and lounges, a wine shop, award winning spa, retail arcades, shopping experiences, pools, tennis, and more.
Pebble Beach offers the Monterey Peninsula’s most exclusive courses. Spyglass Hill, which winds through forest of pines; Pebble Beach with cliff-top holes and never-ending views; Spanish Bay whose rolling fairways are separated by man-made dunes; Del Monte, the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi; and Peter Hay, the only 9-hole par-3 golf course open to the public in the area.
Kapalua Resort – www.kapalua.com
Located on a former pineapple plantation and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Kapalua Resort on the Hawaiian Island of Maui features a classic Ritz-Carlton Hotel, The Kapalua Villas, and Montage Kapalua Bay Hotel, all nestled in one of Hawaii’s largest nature preserves. The oceanfront resort includes white sand beaches, exclusive homes, and two marine sanctuaries. Amenities include onsite ziplining, pools, tennis, hiking trails, award winning spa and more.
Kapalua Resort offers two legendary world-class golf courses including the Plantation course, home to the PGA Tour’s Mercedes Championships and the Bay Course, with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. Kapalua’s spectacular views make it one of the best in the country.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – www.bandondunesgolf.com
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, located along Oregon’s rugged coast, offers a variety of accommodations with sweeping views, miles of untamed shoreline and resort amenities including a massage center, fitness center, hiking trails, fishing, pools, restaurants, pubs, and more. Choose from single room accommodations in The Lodge and Inn or spacious four-bedroom Grove Cottages with fireplaces and patios.
There are five courses to play, which each have their own unique features – Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, Old MacDonald, and 13-hole.par 3 course Bandon Preserve. All courses are walked by players, allowing them to observe and appreciate the beautiful and natural surroundings of the Oregon coast.
Princeville Resort (Princeville at Hanalei) – www.princeville.com
Located along Kauai, Hawaii’s north shore, the Princeville at Hanalei Resort is recognized as one of the top Ocean View Resort Communities in the world. Guests have their choice of the St. Regis Princeville Resort and The Westin Princeville, which both offer award winning accommodations. The property is surrounded by sea cliffs that overlook Kauai’s beautiful Hanalei Bay where guests can enjoy luxury pools, spas, onsite shopping, dining, ziplines, waterfalls, horseback riding, and even a 2,500-acre working cattle ranch!
There are two multi-awarding winning Robert Trent Jones designed golf courses on the sprawling resort. The Prince Course, known as one of the hardest courses in Hawaii, taunts and satisfies at 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The Makai Course offers gorgeous views, a tee shot that soars over Turtle Cove to the greens, and GolfBoards to get you from hole to hole.
Doral Golf Resort & Spa – www.doralgolf.com
Doral’s legendary golf resort in Miami, Florida has been a magnet for celebrities and icons since it opened in the 1960s. The Doral Resort today offers a new generation of service, style, and exclusivity that can’t be beat. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, a variety of restaurants and lounges, daily beach shuttle, world class spa, fitness center, golf, retail shops, tennis, and poolside cabanas.
A staple on the PGA Tour, this tropical ocean-oriented resort has views that don’t stop and four demanding courses that offer a challenge to even the best golfers. Home to the famed Blue Monster and its iconic 18th hole, Doral offers three other courses, which are not for the weak! Enjoy the amazing Red Tiger, Golden Palm, and Silver Fox for a challenge at Doral Golf Resort in Miami.
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North – www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale
The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North offers the choice of casita guest rooms as well as one and two-story adobe casitas with up to 3 bedrooms. Accommodations have custom furnishings and patio doors with private landscaped terraces, spotlighting magnificent desert views. Amenities include private plunge pools, spa services, fitness centers, wine tours, babysitting services, onsite dining, lounges, and more!
Catch a complimentary golf shuttle to the adjacent Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ for a day on two of Arizona’s most prestigious golf courses – The Pinnacle and The Monument. These popular courses meander through the foothills and ravines of the high Sonoran Desert with gorgeous views of Pinnacle Peak. Monument offers a well-designed Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish course and is the most popular. The Pinnacle, provides a boldly-bunkered challenging course with views for days.
Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa – www.theboulders.com
Located just north of Phoenix, AZ The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa offers relaxing, Sonoran Desert-inspired accommodations including adobe casitas, executive suites, villas, and haciendas. The luxury retreats are uniquely designed and feature authentic amenities like wood-burning fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and natural stone showers. Guests can enjoy the world-class Spa at the Boulders, pools, tennis courts, resort shopping, outdoor adventures, onsite dining and more!
Painted with the magnificent landscape of granite boulders and high desert colors, the 36 holes at Boulders Resort offer two award-winning Jay Morrish courses that were instrumental in popularizing target golf. The challenging South and North Course include natural terrain and unmatched scenery, making them some of the finest courses in the U.S.
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