North America

10 Amazing Golf Resorts

written by | Posted on May 1st, 2011

par 72 Bay Course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane, offers gently rolling fairways and generous greens. And off the course activities are just as bountiful, with Kapalua Adventures offering zipline tours above the treetops, a kayak trip along West Maui’s jaw-dropping coast, or a hike through a historic arboretum. All that activity calls for some downtime, which means a visit to the 30,000-sq.-ft. Kapalua Spa, with 19 treatment rooms and outdoor bungalows, or perhaps hanging beachside on Kapalua Bay. Then again, there’s an array of culinary offerings, from gourmet French, Italian, Mediterranean, Pacific Rim, and Asian to fresh Hawaii cuisine at oceanview restaurants.

The Kapalua Villas’ Golf & Spa package, available through Dec. 19, starts at $499 per night and includes a daily choice of one of the following activities: playing a round on either the Bay or Plantation course, a 1-hour golf lesson, or a 50-minute spa treatment.

Contact: (800) 545-0018; kapalua.com

fairmont banff springs There are several Fairmont properties in Canada that blow us away, but when it comes to golf it’s really hard to beat the 768-room Fairmont Banff Springs, which is opening its 27 holes of golf May 13 for the 2011 golf season. It’s easy to see why this AAA four-diamond property, located in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Banff National Park, is called the “Castle in the Rockies”—it’s a stunner styled after a Scottish Baronial castle and with commanding views of the surroundings, including Bow River. Golfers will swoon over the 18-hole Stanley Thompson Course, which opened in 1928 and is one of the best examples of Canada’s most famous golf course designer’s work. The course’s par 3 Devil’s Cauldron, for example, plays across a glacier-fed pond, and, in fact, almost all holes offer impressive views of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle. Tell clients that if they need to sharpen their skills in order to impress the elk, deer and other wildlife that like to hang by the course, they can stop by the golf academy and golf practice facility before hitting the links. Or, guests can try their hand at the 9-hole Tunnel Course, which opened in 1989. While not teeing off, guests can pepper their vacation with treatments at the Willow Stream Spa, hiking, helicopter tours, horseback riding, or simply dining at one of the resort’s fab restaurants.

The resort is offering a Golf for Free package, priced at approximately $312 per room per night sgl or dbl (based on exchange rate between Canadian and U.S. dollars at press time) and available through October. It includes accommodations in a Fairmont Room and one round of golf per night’s stay on the Stanley Thompson Course (based on availability with tee times after 1 p.m.).

Contact: (866) 540-4406; fairmont.com/banffsprings