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The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California - © Joann Dost

Readers' Choice 2014: Top 20 Golf Resorts

By Andrew Harper

The Hideaway Report | September 1, 2014

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Each year, we ask our readers to select their favorite golf resorts around the world. From the classic links of Scotland to the emerging gems of New Zealand, check out our readers' favorite destinations for golfing vacations.


1. The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, California — Distinguished resort with glorious views of Carmel Bay and the 18th green of the famed Pebble Beach links, a short drive from Carmel.
Courses include: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay, Del Monte Golf Course, Peter Hay Golf Course


2. Four Seasons Hualalai

Ka`upulehu-Kona, Hawaii — Grand resort in dramatic grounds along a half-mile rocky shoreline on the north Kona Coast, adjacent to Kona Village.
Courses include: Hualalai Golf Course


3. The Sanctuary Hotel

Kiawah Island, South Carolina — Beautifully appointed resort set along a 10-mile beach on private Kiawah Island, 35 minutes from Charleston.
Courses include: The Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Oak Point, Cougar Point


4. Four Seasons Punta Mita

Punta Mita, Mexico — Seaside hotel on a scenic 1,200-acre peninsula with two pretty beaches, 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport.
Courses include: Pacifico Golf Course, Bahia Golf Course


5. One&Only Palmilla

San José del Cabo, Mexico — Impressive resort on a picturesque headland fronting a walking beach on one side and a swimmable beach on the other (a rarity in the Baja).
Courses include: Arroyo, Mountain, Ocean


6. The Resort at Pelican Hill

Newport Coast, California — Lavish and well-managed resort on 504 acres south of Los Angeles, in the hills overlooking the Pacific between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.
Courses include: Ocean North Course, Ocean South Course


7. Four Seasons The Lodge at Koele

Lanai City, Hawaii — Distinctive 102-room resort tucked away in the cool highlands on the pristine island of Lanai, 30 minutes by air from Honolulu.
Courses include: The Challenge at Manele, The Experience at Koele


8. Four Seasons at Troon North

Scottsdale, Arizona — Stylish resort blending into a picturesque high-desert landscape backdropped by Pinnacle Peak, near the celebrated Troon North golf courses in Scottsdale.
Courses include: The Pinnacle, The Monument


9. Four Seasons at Wailea

Maui, Hawaii — Luxurious resort on 15 oceanfront acres at the south end of Wailea Beach.
Courses include: Gold Course, Emerald Course, Wailea Blue Course


10. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Kohala Coast, Hawaii — Justly renowned resort overlooking an exquisite white-sand beach on the Kohala Coast.
Courses include: Mauna Kea Golf Course


11. The Boulders

Carefree, Arizona — Imaginative 221-room resort and spa blending into dramatic outcrops in Sonoran Desert foothills, 30 minutes north of downtown Scottsdale.
Courses include: North Course, South Course


12. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay, New Zealand — Plantation-style lodge on 6,000 scenic acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its own world-class championship golf course.
Courses include: Kauri Cliffs


13. The Inn at Spanish Bay

Pebble Beach, California — Appealing sister resort of the nearby Lodge at Pebble Beach, set among the Monterey pine groves of Del Monte Forest, Scottish-inspired golf links and the Pacific Ocean.
Courses include: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay, Del Monte Golf Course, Peter Hay Golf Course


14. The Lodge at Torrey Pines

San Diego, California — Charming resort hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, adjacent to the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course and a 2,000-acre seaside nature reserve.
Courses include: Torrey Pines Golf Course


15. Turnberry Resort

Ayrshire, Scotland — Landmark 150-room Edwardian resort overlooking two famed 18-hole seaside links courses on the scenic Ayrshire coastline.
Courses include: The Ailsa, The Kintyre, The Arran


16. Ashford Castle

Cong, Ireland — Imposing castle-hotel in a 350-acre park on the shores of Lough Corrib. Battlements incorporate the remnants of a 13th-century castle.
Courses include: Ashford Castle Golf Club


17. Dromoland Castle

Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland — Dramatic baronial castle-hotel on a 375-acre estate, 15 minutes north of Shannon Airport. A turreted façade leads to salons accented by handcarved oak paneling and heirloom portraits.
Courses include: Dromoland Golf Course


18. Wequassett

Chatham, Massachusetts — This resort near the historic village of Chatham contains 120 cottage-style rooms and suites spread across 27 acres of gardens, salt marshes and woodlands.
Courses include: Cape Cod National Golf Club


19. Old Course Hotel

St. Andrews, Scotland — Refurbished contemporary 144-room hotel (35 suites) overlooking the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse and 17th fairway of the famous St. Andrews Old Course, 90 minutes northeast of Edinburgh.
Courses include: The Duke's St. Andrews, St. Andrews Links courses, Kingsbarns


20. Sandy Lane

St. James, Barbados — Luxury resort amid mahogany trees in a parklike setting fronting a broad crescent beach.
Courses include: The Old Nine, The Country Club, The Green Monkey

1. Lodge at Pebble Beach - © Joann Dost 2. Four Seasons Hualalai - © Don Riddle 3. The Sanctuary Hotel - © Steve Uzzell 6. Resort at Pelican Hill - © The Irvine Company 11. The Boulders - © Hilton Worldwide 12. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs - © Gary Lisbon 13. Inn at Spanish Bay - © Joann Dost 20. Sandy Lane - © Aidan Bradley

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