Top 10 Vacation Destinations for Golf Fanatics
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Next to two golf courses, including the Prince, Golf Digest's No. 1 Hawaii course, Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is the place to stay for golf-lovers.
Two well-regarded courses are adjacent to the Westin Princeville. The first, the Prince, has breathtaking views along Princeville's cliffs. The second, Makai, a 27-hole monster, was renovated in 2009. The Prince Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. 18 holes, 7,309 yards, par 72, on 390 acres. The golf carts are equipped with GPS systems. The 13-acre practice facility has a 1,200-square-foot putting green and an additional 1,200-square-foot chipping green. PGA-pro private lessons are available.
Makena Beach and Golf Resort
As the highest-elevated course on Maui's south shore, Makena Golf Course gives players stunning views of Mount Haleakala, the island's dormant volcano, and the Molokini and Lanai islands. Like the Wailea Golf Club's Emerald and Gold courses, famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. also designed the Makena's 18-hole course.
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Casa de Campo
The signature course, Teeth of the Dog, which was redesigned in 2006, at Casa De Campo is arguably the best in the Caribbean. In 2008, Travel and Leisure Golf ranked Casa de Campo the top golf resort in the Caribbean. Teeth of the Dog is also ranked No. 43 on Golf Magazine's top 100 courses in the world.
In addition, there are two other courses on the property, and all three were designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Pete Dye. Each course has 40 groundskeepers assigned to it, which ensures the grass is superbly maintained.
Wynn Las Vegas
Designed by Tom Fazio, the The Wynn has the only 18-hole golf course on the Strip. The 7,042-yard, par-70 course comes with waterfalls, water features and well-maintained greens. Golf carts come stocked with beverages at The Wynn, and there are food and beverages available on holes nine and 13. Callaway loaner clubs are available, as are caddies.
Marriott Orlando World Center Resort
An 18-hole, par 71, 6,600-yard course named Hawk's Landing surrounds the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort. The Bill Madonna Golf Academy has covered bays, putting and chipping areas, bunkers and manicured grass tees.
Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
The Omni Championsgate has great greens — just outside the door. Guests can choose from two 18-hole golf courses as well as enjoy the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. The nine-hole par-3 course is illuminated at night, unlike most other courses in Orlando.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Ritz-Carlton at Rose Hall
At the peak of a mountain, with 16 of 18 holes overlooking the Caribbean Sea, White Witch golf course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort mocks the low-lying, much easier courses below.
According to most guests at the hotel (as well as Travel and Leisure), the White Witch golf course is the best golf course in the Caribbean (though the aforementioned Teeth of the Dog is a close second).
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo The Four Seasons'
par-72 championship course, designed by pro golfer Arnold Palmer, has panoramic ocean views, and the surrounding forests are rich with wildlife (including both howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys).
The course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, meaning its construction was, and its operation is, more environmentally sensitive than your typical golf course.