The great game of golf may have been born in Scotland, but there are breathtakingly beautiful, wonderfully challenging courses all over the world—particularly in the U.S., home to 50 percent of the world’s courses. There are courses for amateurs, courses for the more advanced player, and then there are courses for different budgets as well. From California to South Carolina, and Nova Scotia to South Africa, here’s where you’ll find the world’s best and grand golf resorts whatever your preferences might be.
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
Home of the Caribbean’s number one golf course, Teeth of the Dog, this luxurious 7,000-acre resort boasts 90 holes of golf surrounded by white-sand beaches and clean blue waters. In addition to many other impressive accolades, Casa de Campo was just named the “Golf Resort of the Year” in the 2014 IAGTO (Global Golf Tourism Organization) Awards.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Broadmoor has a storied golfing history. The property is enormous at more than 5,000 acres and includes fly-fishing, wilderness lodges, tennis, a spa, 10 restaurants and wallet-damaging 26 boutiques. On the accommodation front, take your pick from no fewer than 784 rooms, suites and bungalows. Total cost for a couple for two nights in regular season, including two 18-hole rounds of golf: $1,500.
Fancourt, South Africa
Golfers at this premier golf resort have the stunning Outeniqua Mountains as the background of their cuts. Perfectly conditioned and highly ranked courses make Fancourt the ideal destination to pass time on the green.
Terre Blanche, Provence Côte d’Azur, France
Tucked into the delightful landscapes of Provence Côte d’Azur in southern France, Terre Blanche houses Le Château and Le Riou, two 18-hole championship courses. Le Château is famous for its water features and supports the annual French Riviera Masters on the Senior European Tour. The five-star resort is integrated inside the region’s picturesque lakes, forest and waterfalls, where all 115 suites and villas boast lovely views.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
World-class golf courses at this luxury retreat offer unobstructed views of the Atlantic shoreline from every hole. The Ocean Course is notoriously tough due to its large slopes, numerous bunkers and challenging Bermuda grass.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Designed by the Australian winner of two majors, Greg Norman, there may only be nine holes at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, but they’re challenging enough even before you add in the beautiful oceanfront landscapes. The 365-room resort has plenty of other sporting distractions including coaching from Nick Bollettieri tennis pros, while 144 acres of grounds along Seven Mile beach provide ample chance to get away from it all. Dining is a true highlight, thanks to the five restaurants on property, including one from three Michelin-starred chef and Anthony Bourdain buddy Eric Ripert. Full cost for two nights, including two 18-hole rounds of golf: $3,988.
From breath-taking ocean views to stunning mountain peaks, these beautiful golf courses will not disappoint you.