Golf is a very interesting game with no age limit. It can be played by children as well as older people. All it needs is that the player should be able to swing his arms and walk. The types of equipment needed are also nominal, and golf can be easily learned and played.
Golf is played with either 9 or 18 holes. In the game, there are different kinds of terrains such as fairway, hazards, rough, etc. The end goal is to hit the ball one by one in all the 9 or else 18 holes. The person who does it in minimum chances is adjudged the winner.
Golf is also a game that makes a player fresh. The golf course is a lush green garden in the midst of trees and many other natural beauties such as beaches, hills, etc. These things make the experience even worthwhile. It gives a break to the player from the routine life.
There are various resorts in the country that offer great golf courses and facilities for the same. These resorts are the places which have room and many other facilities, along with the golf course. They have all the necessary types of equipment also for the best golfing experience to the players and their friends or families.
Top 30 Golf Resorts In The USA
There are many different golf resorts available in the USA. Many of these are just average, but some of them are a treat to play at. These should be on the bucket list of every golfer. The top 30 golf resorts in the USA are:
1. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon
It was established in the year the 1999 and has developed ever since. It has four different golf courses, namely Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, and Old Macdonald. There are other 2 courses, which are very small. The room rate is $250 for the players and family. It has got an overall score of 89.81.
These courses are laid in an average length of around 2,700 yards. Various tournaments are also held here. Total of five amateur tournaments have been staged here. These were Curtis Cup, US Mid-Amateur Golf Championship, US Amateur Public Links, US Women’s Amateur Public Links, and US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball.
2. Pebble Beach Resort, California
This resort was established in late 18th century. It has 8 different public or private golf courses, each of 18 holes. These courses are the most popular in the western California. These were developed by Jack Neville & Douglas Grant. It is a very celebrated resort in this part of the country.
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Competition is held here every year since it moved here in 1947 from Rancho Santa Fe. It is the only resort to beat Pine Valley Golf Club and bag the ultimate spot at the biennial list of America’s top 100 courses. It has also held 5 US Opens.
3. The American Club, Wisconsin
This is a resort that covers a very high amount of space. It is built in a span of 4 acres in Kohler. It is owned and operated by the Kohler Company. It was also included in the top 100 golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler. It has two courses, namely Black wolf Run and Whistling Straits. Both these are featured in top 100 golf courses.
They have been designed and created by the designer Pete Dye. These courses have held many championships, that include 3 PGA Championships, Anders Consulting World Golf Championship, a US Senior Open, and 2 US Women’s Open. In 2020, it will also host the Ryder Cup.
4. Sea Island Resort, Georgia
This resort offers the players 3 courses, each of 18 holes. These are Seaside course, Plantation course, and Retreat course. It was developed during the first 3 decades of the 21st century. It has been hosting the McGladery Classic for the past 5 years. Along with golf, it also has a beach club, cloister, and lodge.
It is also a great place for learning golf. Many great teachers of golf can be found here including Jack Lumpkin, Gale Peterson, Todd Anderson, Mike Shannon, and Jared Zak. The rate of a room is $525. It is the site of the PGA tour’s classic RSM Classic, held in the Seaside course.
5. The Greenbrier, West Virginia
It is a four-star resort that has also won the AAA Five Diamond Awards. Currently, it is owned and maintained by the Justice Family group. In its lifetime, the resort has hosted a total of 26 USA presidents, with last being Dwight Eisenhower. The main hotel was built in 1858, and the premise was developed thereafter.
It has a 9-hole golf course, which was designed by Alexander H. Findlay. It has also hosted a Ryder Cup and a Solheim Cup in 1979 and 1994 respectively. Champions Tour was also held here between the years 1987-90. The room rate here is $359. There is also a massive underground bunker in the resort.
6. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii
This resort has an 18-hole golf course, which is built in an area of 7,100 yards. It passes through green fairways, with the black lava and finally the oceans, where the final holes are located. It offers a picturesque view of nature to the players. It also offers golf clubs for rentals to players.
The golf course was built in 1996 and designed by Jack Nicklaus. It offers many different amenities, including one challenging putting course for playing at night. It also allows you to play with its professionals in the 9-hole scramble event. In 2010, it won the Forbes Five-Star Award that has been won only twice in the USA.
7. Ritz-Carlton Resort, Hawaii
This resort hosts the annual opener of the PGA Tour, named Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It offers two golf courses, with an amazing view and both with different challenges. These are both 18-hole golf courses. The Plantation course is designed by Coore & Crenshaw. The Bay Course is the creation of Arnold Palmer & Francis Duane.
The Plantation course has been ranked first in Hawaii and 17th in America. It is also one of few courses to play in par 73 while others play in par 70 to 72. It has seven holes with 500 yards distance and also has 6 holes with less than 400 yards difference.
8. One & Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
This resort offers a great 7,100-yard golf course, with par 72. There is a total of 18 holes. Thus, it offers almost all the elements that are needed for a perfect game. The golf course was made and inaugurated in 1962. It is very well made and maintained and passes through various great locations.
The fairways here don’t show even a sign of tires, as it is cart path only one year round. Also, it offers rental clubs of good quality. Also, it has a poolside bar, tennis, fitness room, spa, etc., that make it worthwhile even for the family.
9. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico
The resort offers 2 18-hole courses in its premise. These were developed by Jack Nicklaus. These are named Bahia course and Pacifico Course. The Pacifico was developed in 1999 while the Bahia was developed a decade later. Both these courses are made on around 7,000 yards of land and are both par-72 courses.
10. Sandy Lane, Barbados
The Sandy Lane resort offers 3 different golf courses. These are the Old Nine, Country Club & Green Monkey. Among these, Green Monkey is the most famous. It is the most expensive golf course ever built. The Old Nine is a 9-hole course while the other two are 18-hole each. These were designed by Tom Fazio.
The resort was founded in 1961 along the coastal lines. In 2006, it hosted the World Golf Championship World Cup. This event was won by the team of Germany. This resort is owned and operated by Granada plc since 1998. This resort is also a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
11. The Broadmoor, Colorado
The Broadmoor resort comprises of 3 golf courses. These are East Course, West Course & Mountain Course. All these are par 72 courses, each with 18-holes. East course is one of the few North American courses to get a 5-star rating from Golf Digest. All these courses have an area of around 6800 yards to 7200 yards.
The Broadmoor was built and started in 1918. Many championships such as US Women’s Open, US Women’s Amateur Championship, & US Senior Open (2018) have been held at this resort. Adding to this, the resort has had a 5-star rating from Forbes for 54 consecutive years. This is the only establishment in the USA to do so.
12. One & Only Palmilla, Mexico
The golf structure in this resort is very interesting. It features 3 golf courses of 9 holes each. Apart from the golf courses, this place is very well known for the natural scenes and beauty it offers. This was the first golf resort that was designed by Jack Nicklaus signature design in Latin America.
13. Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina
This is one of the biggest and most famous resorts for golfing. There is a total of 8 golf courses in the resort. Among these courses, Course No. 2 is the most popular. It has hosted a series of different events and championships. It has a par 70 and a course rating of 76.0.
Out of the events hosted here, some are The US Open (next to be held in 2024), PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, US Amateur, US Women’s Open. This course was designed by the great Donald J. Ross. It is maintained in 7,565 yards of area. Thus, it is a very prestigious resort for golfing enthusiasts.
14. Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, Hawaii
Just like other resorts under this brand, this resort also offers an exquisite golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus himself. The Manele Golf Course is spread in 7,039 yards and has 18-holes. It is a par 72 golf course with a rating of 73.7. It was opened in 1993.
It also has all the necessary requirements such as the gift shop, club rental stored, caddie, driving range, golf instructions, putting green, etc. The golf course offers an exquisite view of the Hawaii beaches and the greenery. It also has facilities for the family and the business meets. It is a resort, as the name suggests, for all the four seasons.
15. May River Golf Club – Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
The May River course flows along with the river and has the fairways made of eco – friendly material. For this reason, it was awarded “Best New Course” in 2005. It was built in the year 2004. This course is an 18-hole, par-72 course which is spread over an area of 7,171 yards.
It is designed by Jack Nicklaus and is available all year round. It is a private course only for the resort members. This course has an exceptional rating of 75.6. This is the reason people from far-fetched places come and visit this place. It provides a great experience to the player.
16. Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa, Nova Scotia
The resort was built and opened in the year 2000 by the Canadian businessman Ron Joyce. The main attraction here is the golf course. Other attractions include spa, marina, private air strip and shooting range. It is created in overall 1,100 acres of land.
Out of this area, the golf course is made for 250 acres of land. It is an 18-hole golf course designed by Graham Cooke. The golf course is a par-72 course. The best record on this course is of Tiger Woods. He shot the course record to 63 in the year 2009.
17. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
The Kiawah resort was opened in 1976, southwest of Charleston. This resort has 5 golf courses. These are Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Oak Point and Cougar Point. Among these, the Ocean course has the highest rating of 79.7, which is excellent. Among these courses, the Ocean course is the one with the highest popularity.
Many international events have been arranged on the Ocean course. These were Ryder Cup, World Cup, PGA Championship, PGA Club Professional Championship, and a scheduled PGA Championship in 2021. All the courses are par 72 and have 18 holes. It is the first course to feature in a video game.
18. Ritz – Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Colorado
The Bachelor is recognized as the resort in the Beaver Creek. It was also recently named as the third best in the Western USA. The courses that one can visit are Beaver Creek Golf Course, Red Sky Golf Club, Sonnenalp Golf Club, Gypsum Creek Course, & Vail Golf Club. All these are 18-hole courses with par in the range of 70 and 72.
19. St. Regis Princeville Resort, Hawaii
The resort is known for its renowned Makai Golf Club. This course is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. This was first opened in 1971, but it went under reconstruction and reopened in 2010. It is a par-72 course with an area of 7200 yards. There is a total of 18 holes in the course.
The course passes through beautiful lakes and woodlands. It also has a view from the coastlines. The air flow thus, is very soothing and calming. The reconstruction brings a surreal view of the mountains from the course. It has a signature 7th hole with one of the most challenging tee shot.
20. Wynn Resort, Los Angeles
The Wynn resort was opened in 2005 and remains the only resort with a golf course in the strip. The resort is very well recognized, with AAA 5-Diamond, Forbes 5-star, Michelin 5-star and Zagat Survey Top US Hotel. The Wynn Golf Course was designed by Steve Wynn & Tom Fazio. The resort also plans a 142-acre course in the future.
This course is a par-70, 18-hole course. It has a green lawn with white bunkers and rolling streams. These make the course even more beautiful and worth visiting. Being the only one in Los Angeles, it attracts major attention. It also gives you complimentary clubs and shoes to allow you play with easy.
21. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel The Big Island, Hawaii
This golf course at Mauna Kea has been leading and setting standards since 1964 for all the other golf courses. It is the best one in design and beauty and has been solidifying its place as Hawaii’s best golf course. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and recently modified by Rees Jones.
22. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta
This resort was started in the year 1922, in competition with the Banff Spring Hotels. It’s Mountain Golf course was started in 1925 by Stanley Thompson. It is an 18-hole course. It is known for its challenging outlay and is known as the number one golf resort in the country. Its golf course was also rated the best in the year 2013.
23. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort And Spa, Hawaii
Along the shore of Kauai and adjacent of the resort is the Poipu Bay Golf Course. It is a lush green stretch, made from a rolled plateau. It is scenery beauty. Species such as rare Hawaiian monk seals and humpback whales can be easily spotted. These pose a great challenge to the golfers’ attention.
24. Resort At Pelican Hill, California
The Resort at the Pelican Hill offers two of its finest courses for a great golf experience. One can carry his own family; drop the kids at the resort with loads of indoor and outdoor games to keep them entertained, and head himself to either Ocean North Course or Ocean South Course. The South course offers a 270-degree view of the Pacific Ocean while North course requires a lot of attention as it involves the cliffs.
25. Grand Wailea, Hawaii
This resort is located near 3 golf courses. Each of these 3 courses has 18 holes and has hosted championships. These are Wailea Blue course, Wailea Gold course & Wailea Emerald course. All these courses have their own charm and natural beauty. There is also David Leadbetter golf academy for learning golf. These courses also offer discounts to the age of 62 and above.
26. Cordevalle, A Rosewood Resort, California
It is a private resort for golf and spa that was established in 1999. From 2010 to 2013, this course has hosted the Frys.com Open, which was the opening part of 2013-14 PGA Tour. The 2015 PGA Tour and 2016 US Women’s Open will be played here. The course has 18-holes and is spread over a vast area.
27. The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Florida
The resort has a signature Pete Dye golf course, spanning 6,837 yards. It is a par 72 course with 18-holes. It is located on the Charlotte Harbor, a private island. It also provides practice facilities to all of its guests. These can also be arranged from PGA professionals with prior appointment.
28. The Homestead Hot Springs, Virginia
The golf club developed here by the resort is called Virginia Hot Springs Golf & Tennis Club. It comprises of two golf courses. The Old Course was made to an 18-hole course in 1913 by Donald Ross. The other one is the Cascades Course, which is also 18-hole course. It has hosted a total of 7 US Golf Association Championships. It was designed by William S. Flynn and opened in 1923.
29. La Quinta Resort & Club, California
Located in California, this resort is home to 5 of PGA West’s golf courses. These are TPC Stadium Course at PGA West, La Quinta Mountain course, Jack Nicklaus Tournament course, Greg Norman course at PGS West, & La Quinta Resort Dunes Course. All these courses are championship courses. Also, another 9-hole course has opened recently.
30. Pronghorn Resort, Oregon
The Pronghorn resort has the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Oregon. It is a 7,460 yard, desert style golf course, with par-72. It also has a view of the Cascade Mountains. It is ranked among the top 100 Public Courses of the USA. It is ranked at number 23.
Thus, these are the various golf resorts that can be visited by a golf enthusiast of The USA. All these resorts are unique in their offerings, and these must be on the bucket list of every golfer. There may be many other things that we may have missed out. If you can find some, then please mention them in the comments section.