The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California - © Evan Schiller
Readers' Choice 2015: Top 20 Golf Resorts
Pebble Beach, California
— Distinguished resort with glorious views of Carmel Bay and the 18th green of the famed Pebble Beach links. An extensive 22,000-square-foot spa, 12 tennis courts, beach club, riding stable and hiking trails complement the incomparable golf facilities.
Newport Coast, California
— Lavish and well-managed resort on 504 acres south of Los Angeles. The property offers golf at two Tom Fazio championship courses and nearby Oak Creek Golf Club, in addition to a stunning circular mosaic glass-tiled pool and a spa.
— Grand resort in dramatic grounds along a half-mile rocky shoreline on the north Kona Coast. The property features a spa (the island’s best), as well as a gym, seven pools, tennis courts, and a manicured Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
— Beautifully appointed resort set along a 10-mile beach on private Kiawah Island. The property offers five championship golf courses designed by the likes of Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
County Mayo, Ireland
— Newly refurbished castle-hotel in a 350-acre woodland park on the shores of Lough Corrib, 45 minutes north of Galway. Crenellated battlements incorporate the remnants of a 13th-century castle.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
— World-class sporting facilities draw visitors to this grand 3,000-acre resort along the eastern slope of Colorado Springs in the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain. The property features three 18-hole championship golf courses.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
— Beachfront colonial-style plantation resort of 105 guest rooms, suites and residential-style villas on the mainland of New Providence Island. The property features a three-mile beach, nearby golf and children’s programs.
Bluffton, South Carolina
— Plantation-style residential resort amid 20,000 scenic Lowcountry acres. The property features a strikingly designed Jack Nicklaus signature golf course complemented by a timbered clubhouse.
— Stylish country house hotel-resort in the rolling hills of Virginia near Charlottesville, two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. The 600-acre estate is centered on a golf course dotted with ponds and woodlands and private fairway homes.
— Luxurious resort on 15 oceanfront acres at the south end of Wailea Beach. A U-shaped building contains spacious rooms overlooking landscaped courtyards. There are three 18-hole championship golf courses adjacent to property.
Kohala Coast, Hawaii
— Renowned 252-room resort founded in 1965 by Laurance S. Rockefeller, overlooking an exquisite white-sand beach on the Kohala Coast. The property features a revitalized 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course, plus clubhouse.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— Luxurious resort terraced into Punta Ballena’s panoramic bluffs, overlooking two private coves. Clusters of earth-toned casitas contain 57 rooms. The property features oceanfront pool, sandy beach for lounging, refreshed spa and excellent golf nearby.
St. Simons Island, Georgia
— Tranquil golf-oriented oceanfront hotel situated at the end of an avenue of live oaks, adjacent to the spectacular 18-hole championship Plantation links. Forty luxurious guest quarters have been designed to resemble an English manor house.
Palm Beach, Florida
— Legendary oceanfront resort with an Italian-Renaissance décor amid 140 acres. Amenities include two golf courses, an extensive spa, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, two fitness centers and a Mediterranean-style beach club with four heated swimming pools.
Sea Island, Georgia
— Renowned family-oriented resort and golf community on a 10,000-acre island estate. The property offers a full spectrum of resort activities and amenities: a lavish 65,000-square-foot spa; world-class sporting facilities and a five-mile beach.
Matauri Bay, New Zealand
— Plantation-style lodge on 6,000 scenic acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its own world-class championship golf course. The Pebble Beach-like golf course features six dramatic cliffside holes, plus nine others with ocean views, and holds an excellent practice range.
La Jolla, California
— Charming resort hotel adjacent to the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course and a 2,000-acre seaside nature reserve. The rambling lodge embodies a distinctive early 1900s California architectural style. Tee times can be reserved for Torrey Pines’ two legendary municipal links.
— Tudor-style mansion set on 117 acres of grounds near Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Twenty-one beautifully decorated guest quarters are housed within The Main House, The Carriage House and several secluded cottages.
Rancho Santa Fe, California
— Spanish hacienda-style resort enclave 30 minutes north of San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe. The property features excellent golf nearby, an outdoor heated swimming pool and 18 Plexipave tennis courts.
— Imposing golf resort boasting three 18-hole championship courses. The property features Scotland's PGA National Golf Academy and pitch-and-putt golf course. The country club atmosphere is enhanced by lavish salons and fine restaurants.
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