World's Top 10 Golf Resorts
Written by John Connelly
10. Pinehurst Resort
Is the site of more championships than any other golf course in the US and will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open Championships in 2014. Eight golf courses allow golfers to craft their own Pinehurst experience or customize a golf package.
9. Torrey Pines Golf Course
Torrey Pines is perched atop cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California. With coastline views, deep canyons, and two championship course, Torrey Pines is the most known municipal golf course in America. The accommodations on site are slim, but America’s Finest City is renowned for its hospitality industry.
8. The Country Club
Is not only the oldest country club in the United States; it is one of the largest in the Northeast. The Country Club outside Boston is one of the founding clubs of the USGA and has hosted 15 USGA competitions; five of them were U.S. Amateurs and three were U.S. Opens. The Country Club was also host to the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches.
7. The Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort
Is an 18-hole golf course, designed by Dave Thomas, which features spectacular views of the Sierra, Gibraltar, the North African coastline and the Mediterranean. With a total length of 6,247m, the course is enhanced by carefully contoured fairways, beautiful waterfalls, lakes and strategically placed bunkers, as well as undulating and protected greens, maintained to perfection.
On the north east coast of Tasmania lays a hidden gem and one of the world's top Links golfcourses, BarnbougleDunes. Upon 200 acres of undulating coastal fairways, BarnbougleDunes is of the tradition of the great public courses at Pebble Beach, Pinehurst and the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.
5. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
Carved out of the slopes of the Coast Mountain range in British Columbia, with elevation changes of more than 400 feet overall, this magnificent Whistler golf course is generous to the eye and provides enough fun and challenge for players of all levels. Whistler has become one of the premier golf destinations in Canada and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is why.
4. Kapalua Resort
Hawaii’s number one golf resort, Kapalua features two 18-hole championship golf courses: The Bay and The Plantation. The Plantation Course perennially hosts the PGA TOUR's season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The Bay Course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane and is the frontrunner of the two.
3. St Andrews
A top 10 golf resorts list would lack serious credibility without St Andrews. The Home of Golf, St Andrews has nurtured and developed the game of golf for 600 years. The course hosts the St Andrews Open Championship, which is one of the four most prestigious tournaments in the world. As Tiger Woods said in 2000, 'to win at St Andrews is the ultimate.'
2. Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta is home to the Masters, arguably golf’s greatest and most famous championship. Located in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta national is ranked the number one course in Golf Digest's list of America's 100 greatest courses. The second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th, and the tee shot at the 13th hole at Augusta are nicknamed "Amen Corner," the most recognizable three holes in the world.
1. Pebble Beach Resorts
The most aesthetically pleasing golf courses in the world are located in Pebble Beach, Calif., which hugs the rugged coastline and has wide open views of Carmel Bay. Four of the courses in the coastal community of Pebble Beach, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, belong to the Pebble Beach Company, which also operates three hotels and a spa at the resort. The other courses are The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Del Monte Golf Course.
Pebble Beach green fees are some of the most expensive in the world, at $495 (plus $35 cart fee for non-resort guests) per round in 2008. Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted the U.S. Open five times, most recently last year. Its distinguished set of Open Champions includes Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, and Tiger Woods.