In this review, we have listed our top 5 best luxury resorts for golf in North America, where you can swing your clubs in the sunshine whilst enjoying all the benefits of staying in a luxury hotel.
The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort is ideal for golfers as it benefits from a championship golf course which was completed in 1911. The resort is also partnered with Great Bear Golf Club (pictured above) so guests can enjoy the Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole golf course too. Situated at the rolling foothills of Pennsylvania’s magnificent Pocono Mountains on the doorstep of the Delaware River, you are just two miles from the Delaware Water Gap and I-80. The resort is stunning; surrounded by majestic mountain scenery with heaps of historic charm. There’s a lot more to do here besides golf too; your surroundings just beg to be explored, and you can raft, canoe or kayak, plus there are lots of hiking and mountain biking trails to discover and skiing throughout the winter. The best spa experience in the Poconos can be found in Spa Shawnee; vast at 3,200 sqft., it features seven treatment rooms and a full salon as well as manicure/pedicure stations. Their treatments are inspired by ancient traditions of Eastern and Western cultures, perfectly designed to target trouble areas and rejuvenate your entire body, bliss! For accommodation, there are is lots of choice; stay in one of 80 rooms in the historic Main Inn, experience riverside glamping, there are 12 rooms in the Delaware Lodge or the newly renovated Evergreen House offers beautiful cottage accommodation just steps from the Delaware River – use any of the 6 rooms individually or hire the whole unit – perfect for groups of up to 24! The most luxurious accommodation can be found in the Legacy Collection of suites and cottages with a beautiful old-world arts and crafts style. There are five dining options which include a relaxed pub, a trendy gastropub and a café, as well as three bars; be sure to sample the ShawneeCraft beer which is brewed on the premises!
So not only can you play on the stunning Jack Nicklaus-designed Challenge at Manele golf course, which was recently ranked by Golf Channel among the top 10 Nicklaus courses you can play in the United States, but you are in Hawaii!! This heavenly resort is perched above Hulopoe Bay on the south-eastern shores of the unspoilt paradise of Lanai. Although the golf is excellent, there’s much to entertain everyone here; an excellent kids program, yoga and wellness activities, a spa, luxury shopping boutiques and of course a plethora of gorgeous pools to relax around! There are 9 bars and restaurants, 213 beautiful guest rooms including 45 spacious suites; choose from small, large, penthouse or our favourites, the speciality suites – vast, individual and achingly stylish.
This new resort is all about the golf. Located on 1,700 acres of tumbling sand dunes in Central Wisconsin, the playing has an energetic seaside style about it and a unique drama as those dunes tower over you. The first course, Sand Valley, by Coore & Crenshaw is already open and the second equally ambitious course by David Kidd set to open in 2018. Having said that that accommodation, which consists of lodges and cottage for between 1 and 8 guests, is beautiful, with lovely views across the golf course and sand dunes. There are a number of dining options too which offer social spaces to gather, dine, drink and enjoy those views.
A hidden secret off the north-east Florida coast, this resort lets you golf among sand dunes and along tidal marshes. Pete Dye’s Oak Marsh course is a less-difficult version of his famed Harbour Town. There are 404 oceanfront rooms, an impressive 9 resort dining options, including a steakhouse, seafood restaurant and our favourite, Oceanside, which overlooks the multi-tiered poolscape, a flip-flop friendly venue by day and upscale ocean-side dining at night. As well as those pools, there is a spa and salon, a pretty shopping village and a health and fitness centre so there’s lots to do for those who don’t want to golf constantly. There’s even a family-friendly miniature golf course features 18 nautically themed holes so this is a great option to bring the kids too!
Set in North Carolina, this resort boasts two exquisite Donald Ross designs set amongst the pine forests. This is a historic golf resort having been welcoming golfers for nearly a century. For accommodation choose between the casual lodge or the charming inn, the décor is traditional and comforting. Both include dining options with fine dining, relaxed lounges and an outdoor courtyard to choose between.