Best Golf Resorts 2014
Hitting the links has never been more popular. Five star golf resorts can be found on every continent. The world's best golf courses range from the windswept courses of Scotland (where the sport was born) to the dramatic desert courses of Arizona and Dubai to the tropical splendor of Hawaiian and Costa Rican and Caribbean golf courses. So how to pick the best luxury golf resort to visit? Tee up to our list of World's Best Golf Resorts and hotels to find a luxury golf course and resort that’s perfect for duffers and pros alike. These resorts are designed by pro golfers and the world's top course architects and offer golf-focused packages, classes and workshops, golf schools run by PGA pros, tours, guaranteed tee times for guests, and more. Some of these courses pay host to golf championships such as the Ryder Cup, U.S. Open, and The Open Championship. Experience exceptional golf vacations in some of the world's most beautiful destinations, plus all the non-golf amenities to ensure a memorable for everyone, on the course or off. Tee up to our list of World's Best Golf Resorts and hotels to find a luxury golf course and resort that's perfect for puttering around.
Sand and sea, hill and valley, challenge and celebration… the thrill of the game reveals itself across three Championship Golf courses and 63 holes all designed by Golf Hall of Fame member Pete Dye. From the imposing coral shores and winding fairways of the Caribbean’s #1 golf course – Teeth of the Dog – to the craggy mountains of Dye Fore and the undulating hills and lagoons of The Links, Casa de Campo summons your inner champion.
Fancourt is South Africa's premier golf resort. Since opening with 27 Gary Player-designed holes, the Outeniqua and Montagu golf courses have matured and developed into two of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts in the country. In addition, Fancourt has an exceptional golf academy that houses a state-of-the-art teaching facility, backed up by the expertise of PGA professionals.There's also two well-stocked pro shops.
The championship 9-hole par 36 resort course is stunning and an exciting challenge. Designed by course architect Peter Harradine, each hole is uniquely landscaped, and the course also features a saltwater lake which comes into play on five holes. The option of four different tees provides the opportunity to play an 18-hold round. There's also a floodlit driving range with putting and chipping greens and an Academy of Golf, featuring PGA Professionals.
Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards / 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland.
Nestled alongside an exotic rain forest with breathtaking ocean views, the 18-hole, par-72 championship La Iguana golf course offers not only a challenging Ted Robinson-designed layout but also a spectacular gallery featuring friendly monkeys and brightly hued macaws. Knowledgeable golf guides will be happy to point out all the beautiful Costa Rica highlights. But make no mistake; the mesmerizing scenery masks a challenging course - one well worth conquering.
Mission Hills is China's highest rated golf and leisure resort, and the world's largest golf club. Winner of multiple international awards, the 20-square kilometer golf complex features twelve 18-hole resort and championship courses designed by golf's greatest legends and architects. Mission Hills is the cradle of golf in China and hosts the region's most important tournaments, including the World Cup of Golf and the Asian Amateur Championship.
With a spectacular setting above St Andrews, The Duke's has panoramic views to the sea. The Duke's style ranks alongside the great inland challenges which demand accuracy and invention as well as power golf. With five tee positions at every hole, The Duke's has the flexibility and challenge to appeal to all golfers, with the venue being host to the 2014 International European Amateur Championship. There's also a golf academy, pro shop, and a club house.
With a 27-hole composite golf course and state-of-the-art driving range, Royal Pines Resort offers the best in world-class golfing for both the amateur and serious golfer. The course is one of the top 60 public courses in Australia and was listed by Hacker Golf Magazine (Australia) in its Top 100 Golf Courses in Australia. RACV Royal Pines Resort is the host of the Australian PGA Championship for the next five years.
Designed by the legendary Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye, Kohler's four championship golf courses are all ranked among the best in the United States by the leading publications, and The American Club Resort is the only resort with four courses ranked in America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2011/2012 by Golf Digest. There's also a golf academy for adults and kids, regular tournaments, and a golf shop.
Golf Holidays in Ireland are not complete without a visit to The K Club, a venue that has hosted The Ryder Cup and 13 European Opens. Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course are considered two of Europe's finest Championship Courses. The Golf Guest Services Team will organize tee times, golf lessons, rental clubs, golf carts, rental shoes, caddies and club and shoe cleaning.
Many consider Kiawah Island to have the finest collections of golf courses in the country. At Kiawah Island Golf Resort, golfers can sample the works of five masters of modern golf course architecture without leaving the island. In fact, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the only resort in the country that has three courses on Golf Digest's list of America's Top 75 Resort Courses, and Conde Nast Traveler listed the Resort among the top 50 Golf Resorts Worldwide.
The Cascades Championship Golf Course was designed by golfer Gary Player. The 18 hole, par 72 course has lush green fairways that contrast with the desert and the blue waters of the sea. There's a 9 hole, par 3 Golf Academy Course for practicing a variety of shots with an emphasis on the short game. There's also a 60 bay driving range, and putting and pitching practice greens. Lessons from PGA Golf Professionals are available.
For players the world over, Turnberry Resort, host to four Open Championships, is simply the finest golfing destination of all. With the hotel on the left, the magnificent Ailsa Championship Course to the right and a whole new set of challenges ahead, there are few feelings that match teeing off at Ailsa or Kintyre. Turnberry Performance Academy is a world-class facility that embraces an holistic approach to golf, and the clubhouse is one of Britain's finest.