Stella Awards 2021: Best Golf Resort

NORTHEAST

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Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

On 429 scenic acres in Cape Cod, Mass., the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club is an upscale, historic estate with 300 guest rooms divided between a landmark mansion and multi-bedroom villas, 21,000 square feet of meeting space for groups of up to 500, a private beach, five pools, tennis, multiple restaurants, a full-service spa, bike trails and more. For golf-oriented groups, things get even better.

The resort has Cape Cod's only Jack Nicklaus Design course, the private 18-hole Privé, offering tree-lined fairways, rolling topography and dramatic elevation changes for players of all levels. With a mix of harrowing approaches and dizzying doglegs, the course features 7,011 yards of golf with a par of 72. Groups can head to the fairways for leisure play, private lessons or half-day golf schools led by Paul Rudeen, one of only 190 PGA Master Professionals in the U.S.


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The Sagamore Resort

Secluded on a private 70-acre island in the Adirondacks 60 miles north of Albany, N.Y., the Sagamore Resort on Lake George dates back to the 1880s. The hotel has 137 elegant guest rooms, including 54 suites, all with a club-style ambiance. Among more than 52,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space is a 15,760-square-foot conference center with a ballroom that can host up to 1,000. Recreational activities include tennis, basketball, fishing, swimming, soccer and more, not to mention some of the most scenic golf courses anywhere..


SOUTHEAST

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Rosen Shingle Creek

The Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando is impressive enough with 1,501 guest rooms, 524,000 square feet of meeting and event space, four swimming pools and 15 dining options, but for many attendees drawn to the lure of the fairway, the on-site Shingle Creek Golf Club is the main attraction.

With a layout created by the Arnold Palmer Design Co., this 18-hole, 7,213-yard, par-72 course has been beautifully handcrafted with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers surrounded by enchanting flora and wildlife. Green complexes with fairway-out surrounds or run-off areas give golfers of all levels many entertaining strategic options. The club also is home to the Brad Brewer Golf Academy, with a new short-game practice area, state-of-the-art swing analysis and indoor hitting bays.


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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

About 20 miles southeast of historic Charleston, S.C., the Kiawah Island Golf Resort is set among wide stretches of pristine beach and ancient moss-draped oaks. With 255 guest rooms and nearly 90,000 square feet of meeting space, the resort also provides a variety of recreational options on land and water, including five championship golf courses from some of the top names in golf. These include the Ocean Course by Pete Dye, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus and the Cougar by Gary Player, all 18-hole, par-72 masterpieces.

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Trump National Doral Miami

Golf at the 643-room Trump National Doral Miami takes place on four iconic courses — the Red Tiger, Golden Palm, Silver Fox and the famed Blue Monster, a 7,590-yard layout with strategically placed deep bunkers, long flowing fairways, intriguing undulating greens, deep Bermuda roughs and a challenging assortment of water hazards. The resort also has a full-service spa and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space; midnight team-building golf competitions can be arranged.


MIDWEST

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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Situated on 1,300 acres in the woodlands of Lake Geneva, Wis., the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has 356 guest rooms and 29 upscale villas, family-friendly ski hills, an award-winning spa, noteworthy restaurants and the largest meeting space in the area — the 13,770-square-foot pillarless Forum seating up to 1,800, part of a total 62,000 square feet of conference space.

Two Stella-worthy championship golf courses round out a beautiful picture: The more than 7,000-yard, par-72 Lake Geneva course was designed by Bruce Harris and is enhanced with 68 bunkers and huge rolling greens averaging over 8,000 square feet each. The Highlands is a Scottish-inspired links-sale course, complete with a stunning landscape of scenic hills, trickling creeks and lush foliage. This course was originally designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus and was transformed in 1996 by Bob Cupp.


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Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Set in Northern Illinois' beautiful and secluded Galena Territory, the 80-room Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers 63 holes of challenging golf. Along with three championship-class 18-hole layouts, the 9-hole, par-34 East Course is ideal for beginners and anyone looking to play through undulating greens and beautiful rock outcroppings. An on-site golf pro can provide instruction for golfers of all skills. The resort also has three restaurants and over 15,000 square feet of meeting space.


SOUTHWEST

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The Broadmoor

Set in the scenic Cheyenne Mountain foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo., The Broadmoor was built in 1918 and has been a top resort destination ever since, with 784 guest rooms, multiple restaurants and cafes, 315,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, and a vast array of recreational activities, including some of the finest golf to be found anywhere.

The Broadmoor Golf Club comprises two championship 18-hole courses designed by both Donald Ross and Robert Trend Jones Sr. These storied layouts have played host to numerous national tournaments, including the U.S. Women's Open and PGA Cup matches. The East Course is known for its wide, tree-lined fairway, expansive greens and amazing mountain vistas, while the West Course has rolling fairways, multi-level greens and a host of demanding hazards.


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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

At the base of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Ariz., guests at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa stay in 453 casitas (Spanish for "small houses"); play golf on two championship 18-hole courses (the Ambiente and Padre); conduct business (or celebrate) among over 127,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and eat at the Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar (locally sourced American cuisine and craft cocktails), as well as a golf-course restaurant with outdoor dining.

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JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

On 300 acres in the hauntingly beautiful Sonoran Desert, the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has 950 guest rooms, a spa, five pools, a lazy river and more. The resort's two 18-hole courses are the Faldo (as in Nick), with generous fairways, large greens and 108 sand bunkers, and the Palmer (as in Arnold), featuring expansive fairways that allow a golfer to remain in play even on an errant shot. The resort offers 21,106 square feet of event space across 29 rooms, the largest of which can hold up to 4,000 people.


FAR WEST

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Suncadia Resort

Set amid more than 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape in Cle Elum, Wash., about an hour southeast of Seattle, the Suncadia Resort is a complex of two properties under the Destination by Hyatt flag — the 254-room Lodge at Suncadia and the 18-room Inn at Suncadia. The former has over 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space plus Portals Restaurant and the Fifty-6 Degrees Lounge, while the Inn recently welcomed the new Stovehouse Restaurant and its home-cooked comfort foods.

The resort features 36 holes of scenic championship golf on two courses, all surrounded by a rolling pine forest and towering granite peaks of the sunny, eastern slopes of the Cascades. The 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed Prospector Golf Course has well-bunkered fairways, fast greens and lots of risk/reward challenges for golfers of all abilities. The 18-hole family-friendly Rope Rider Golf Course, by Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design, still retains the foundations and portals of some of the mines that once operated on the site.


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Rancho Bernardo Inn

On 265 acres in San Diego, the Rancho Bernardo Inn features 287 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, three swimming pools, an award-winning spa and wellness center, two restaurant and 80,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space enlivened by fireplaces, fountains and grand foyers. The inn's eponymous 18-hole golf course is crisscrossed with old-growth trees providing a dramatic canopy of shade and sun-dappled light throughout. Designed by William Francis Bell in 1964, it has the distinction of having hosted both PGA and LPGA events.

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The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Offering 249 spacious rooms and suites, the incentive-worthy Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in Waimea, Hawaii, is home to the Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay-designed Hapuna Golf Course. Lush greens are set amidst a dark lava field, and golfers can enjoy challenging play while taking in seemingly endless coastal views. The championship links-style course is just under 6,900 yards and is a favorite of both visitors and locals. Other resort features include four culinary outlets, a spa, over 100,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space in 17 venues, and oh, that beach!


INTERNATIONAL AND U.S. TERRITORIES

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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

First the numbers: Across 7,000 acres on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, about 90 minutes east of the capital city of Santo Domingo, the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has 250 guest rooms and 50 private villa homes, more than 24,500 square feet of meeting space across two modern conference centers, seven restaurants (including the new Minitas Beach Club), a marina, an equestrian center featuring polo, a shooting course and three white-sand beaches.

Then there's golf: The resort has three Pete Dye-designed courses, including Teeth of the Dog, the number-one ranked course in the Caribbean; Dye Fore, with 18 picturesque holes (including two of the best par-3 layouts in the world); and The Links, with rolling hills, several lagoons and small lakes adding to the challenge. At all times on all three courses, golfers are surrounded by pristine Caribbean waters, and there's even a world-class Golf Learning Center on-site for guests of all skill classes who want to lower their scores.


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Adare Manor

One of Ireland's top luxury hotels, the 104-room Adore Manor in Limerick is set among 840 acres of parkland, has 32,292-square feet of meeting space, a full-service spa and a beautiful 18-hole namesake golf course, which was fully redesigned by celebrated golf architect Tom Fazio in 2016-17. Planted throughout with mature trees, gorgeously landscaped and bounded by the peaceful waters of the River Maigue, the 7,509-yard, par-72 course has many tee options for all levels of skill and offers ever-changing vistas and breathtaking approaches.

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Rosewood Bermuda

A quick flight from the East Coast, the 91-room Rosewood Bermuda offers guests a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, a spa with eight treatment rooms, a top-notch steakhouse and over 32,000 square feet of meeting space. The property's 18-hole Tucker's Point Golf Club is set on more than 200 acres of rolling hillsides with views of the turquoise ocean, making it as scenic as it is challenging. An on-site practice facility includes a driving range, a 10,000-square-foot practice putting green and short-game area, all of which can also stage team-building experiences.