North America

10 Amazing Golf Resorts

written by | Posted on May 1st, 2011

Greens fees start at $175 on the Plantation and $225 on the Seaside through the summer. The Stay, Play and Learn package includes accommodations at the Lodge, one round of golf and one golf lesson per night. Rates June 1 through Aug. 31 start at $795 per room, per night dbl plus $35 nightly resort fee and taxes.

Contact: (866) 879-0208; seaisland.com

pinehurst Pinehurst in North Carolina is pure golf heaven with a choice of eight 18-hole championship golf courses, designed by such greats as Donald Ross, Rees Jones, Tom Fazio and Ellis Maples. Look for Pinehurst No. 2 to be the site of both the 2014 U.S. Openand U.S. Women’s Open Championships. The course re-opened in March following a 12-month restoration project. The Pinehurst Golf Academy, along with the golf courses and the resort itself, is consistently listed among the best by golf magazines. Golfers needing a break for a day can treat themselves to pampering treatments in the 31,000-sq.-ft. spa or head for the top-rated tennis facility. The Lake Pinehurst and Beach Club is a 200-acre freshwater lake for sailing and other watersports. Pinehurst has three properties on its 2,000 acres. For a taste of southern hospitality, guests should stay at the four-star/four-diamond Carolina, which opened in 1901 and has 244 recently renovated guestrooms. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and is often called the “Queen of the South” and the “White House of Golf.” Other historic choices include the 88-room Holly, which opened in 1895, or the 44-room Manor, which opened in 1923 and is newly renovated. Spread out in either one of 11 4-bedroom villas or 30 2- and 3-bedroom condominiums.

The 3-day Donald Ross package includes a round of golf per day, accommodations, breakfast, dinner and use of the fitness center. Rates start at $387 dbl valid through Sept. 6. Further discounts and gift card available on certain dates.

Contact: (800) 487-4653; pinehurst.com

the broadmoor The legendary Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, sits on 3,000 acres with mountain views and the ability to hit the ball just a little farther due to the altitude. The 744-room resort is a member of Historic Hotels of America and is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA five-diamond and the Forbes Travel Guide five-star awards. Its 43,000-sq.-ft. spa and fitness center is a must-stop for any guest of the hotel. The resort also has six tennis courts, three pools, 18 restaurants, cafes and lounges, 25 onsite shops and a children’s program. But it’s the 54 holes of championship golf that bring golfers far and wide to play. Golf at The Broadmoor dates back to 1918, when Donald Ross designed the first course at the property. Today the par 72 East Course, with Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed holes as well as Ross’ holes, still offers its challenges to the average golfer. The course will host the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open July 7-10. The par 71 West Course, designed by the duo, was completed in 1964 and hugs the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain. The Nicklaus design of the par 72 Mountain Course, which opened in 2006, offers perhaps the best views of all three courses, especially on holes 3, 5, 9, 15 and 18.

The Five-Star Golf Getaway package includes accommodations, incidental service fee, $50 breakfast credit, one round of golf pp on the package (including cart), personal locker, club storage and range balls. Nightly rates start at $378 pp dbl; valid through Oct. 31.

Contact: (800) 634-7711; broadmoor.com

westin kierland resort & spa Set against the bright blue Arizona sky and the green expanse of its championship golf course, Scottsdale’s four-diamond Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is a study in terracotta with a definitive nod to the state’s adoptive son, Frank Lloyd Wright. Here the Wild West is polished to a high shine with a side of upscale shopping, top-notch dining and great golf. And, in an enticing twist, guests might find themselves teeing off in a kilt and enjoying sips of Johnnie Walker Blue, Gold or Green as they follow their ball. In honor of the Scots who helped make Arizona what it is today, Westin created the Scottish Golf Experience, complete with authentic Scottish kilt rentals and a bagpiper who plays at sunset to “call in” players. The golf club’s Brittlebrush Bar & Grill offers English and Scottish favorites with an haute twist and, on the weekends, duffers can enjoy a Saturday night scotch whiskey tasting event. There’s also a four-legged “ambassador” trotting about the resort named Scotty, of course. The hotel’s 732 southwest-chic guestrooms and suites all have a private balcony or terrace with a view.