Aside from the hope one day to experience the thrill of a hole in one, beating in every golfer’s heart is the desire to play as many of the best and most beautiful golf courses as possible. Sending incentive winners to any (or all) of these properties is sure to be a hit.
8 Notable Golf Course Resorts Throughout the Nation
Sea Island, Ga.
The 400-room Sea Island Resort actually is home to several different resort experiences:
- The Cloister, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top 10 properties in the American South
- The Lodge, an English style manor
- The Inn, with a more casual vibe
- Broadfield, a rustic hunting and fishing lodge
There’s plenty to do, beyond enjoying five miles of private beach. Among the possibilities are tennis, a yacht club, a shooting school, an oceanfront pool, and a lively clutch of restaurants. Golfers have a choice three championship layouts, the Seaside, Plantation and Retreat courses.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
At the base of Cheyenne Mountain, The Broadmoor is one of Colorado's most iconic resorts and home to two esteemed golf courses, the East and the West, both of which feature holes designed by storied architects Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones Sr.
The layouts — which have hosted numerous national tournaments — earned a spot on Golf Digest's list of the Best Golf Resorts in the Americas in 2018. Along with 784 guest rooms, the property serves up 10 restaurants, 10 cafés and lounges, 26 specialty shops, a spa, three swimming pools, and activities such as horseback riding and mountain climbing.
This resort hugs Oregon's rugged Pacific coast, whose verdant forests and rocky cliffs make a gorgeous backdrop for the four 18-hole courses, each ranked in the top 10 in Golfweek's 2019 Ultimate Guide to the top 200 resort golf courses in the U.S.:
- Pacific Dunes
- Old Macdonald
- Bandon Dunes
- Bandon Trails
The 30-acre practice center is an added bonus for those who need to hone their swings. Off the greens, there are 264 guest rooms, four restaurants, and walking trails. Although there are no on-site meeting facilities, the nearby city of Bandon has a conference venue called The Barn for groups of up to 250 people.
Pebble Beach, Calif.
In Monterey County, Calif., Pebble Beach is home to five distinct layouts:
- The Peter Hay
- The Del Monte
- The Links at Spanish Bay
- Spyglass Hill
- Pebble Beach Golf Links
One of the most famous courses in America, if not the world, the latter has hosted five U.S. Open championships and will host its sixth this year.
Guest rooms abound in the 199-room Lodge at Pebble Beach, the 269-room Inn at Spanish Bay and the 24-room Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach. Other details include more than a dozen restaurants and lounges, a gourmet deli and a wine shop, a spa, 17 shops, and activities such as horseback riding, hiking, cycling and kayaking.
The Upper Midwest enters this list with the American Club, home to four golf course layouts designed by World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye:
- The River Valley course at Blackwolf Run
- The Meadow Valley course at Blackwolf Run
- The Straits coursde at Whistling Straits
- The Irish course at Whistling Straits
Whistling Straits have hosted three PGA Championships and will welcome the Ryder Cup in 2020. Off the greens, guests can enjoy the Kohler Waters Spa, as well as a health and racquet club, four restaurants, a wine bar, a 500-acre wilderness preserve and 25,000 square feet of meeting space.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
While TPC Sawgrass, home of the Players Championship, cracked the top 10 in Golfweek's 2019 Ultimate Guide, its companion property, the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, made it onto Coastal Living's Top 10 Golf Resorts list.
Just south of Jacksonville, the destination is home to two PGA Tour championship layouts by Pete Dye: the Players Stadium Course, with its famous island green on the 17th hole, that has foiled many a PGA Tour player, and the sister layout, called Dye's Valley Course. At the Marriott, there are 514 guest rooms, several pools (including a wave pool), a spa and seven restaurants and lounges. Guests can chill at the private beach and beach club.
Southern hospitality and golf are the two things for which this North Carolina golf resort is perhaps best known. Duffers love coming here, thanks to its nine courses, the first of which was designed by Donald Ross in 1898. Since then, the facility has hosted more championships than any other golf club in the country, including the 2014 U.S. Women's Open Championship; five years from now it will host the prestigious U.S. Open Championship.
Complementing the courses are three historic hotels that collectively offer 428 guest rooms, along with:
- Six bars and restaurants
- A coffee shop
- A spa
- A fitness center
- 16 tennis courts
- Two pools
Plus, there's the nearby village of Pinehurst, with walking tours, carriage rides, shopping and a 33-acre arboretum.
Kiawah Island, S.C.
According to Golfweek, the Pete Dyedesigned Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is among its 10 Best Golf Courses. The four other layouts are sure to thrill, as well:
- The Tom Fazio-designed Osprey Point
- Turtle Point from Jack Nicklaus
- Gary Player's Cougar Point
- The Clyde Johnston-designed Oak Point
Accommodations are available at the 255- room Sanctuary Hotel, which will be joined in 2021 by a new 150-room oceanfront property.
The Sanctuary has four restaurants, a bar, a spa, two outdoor and one indoor pools, and a fitness center; the new hotel will feature a spa, a two-story oceanfront restaurant, a bar, a club-level lounge, and adult and family pools.