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10 Best Ritz-Carlton Golf Resorts


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We have already investigated the best Four Seasons golf resorts, and the best Ritz-Carlton hotels in the world. Now we look exclusively at the best Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts for golf.

Ritz-Carlton is one of the most luxurious brands within Marriott Bonvoy, so you are unlikely to go wrong if you book into one of these hotels. The Marriott brand also includes Luxury Collection, EDITION, St Regis, W Hotels, JW Marriott, and mid-range brands like Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Sheraton, Le Meridien, Design Hotels, and Westin.

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1. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

With sun-drenched greens and luxury amenities, The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón inspires golf getaways in South Florida. Spend the morning playing the resort’s two 18-hole courses designed by Greg Norman at Tiburón Golf Club. Or take to the water on a kayaking expedition before visiting the 19th green for evening cocktails. Additional amenities include a spa and 16,500 ft² of event space in Naples, Florida for memorable events.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples’ golf courses host two PGA and LPGA golf tournaments annually. Here, you can join the ranks of QBE and LPGA players when you play a round at Tiburón Golf Club, home to two Greg Norman-designed courses.

A complimentary shuttle service between this golf hotel and The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is also available for those who wish to enhance their stay with a day at the beach.

2. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Nestled on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is an island bordered by beaches, and the beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton is magnificent! Whether you prefer to try an 18-hole championship golf course, wiggle your toes in the sand or enjoy the warmth of a beachside fire, this Ritz-Carlton is the perfect hideaway.

Golfers find The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, one of North Florida’s few resorts that unites their love of the sport and the sea. The Golf Club of Amelia Island features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by PGA Tour veteran Mark McCumber and golf legend Gene Littler. The course offers challenging yet fun play with strategically placed bunkers and shifting ocean breezes and is lush and meticulously maintained.

The golf club is also home to The Performance Golf Academy, where personalized golf instruction is offered for players of all levels.

3. Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, is situated on 54 lush acres featuring white-sand beaches and lava peninsulas. The AAA Five Diamond resort offers 463 beautiful guestrooms, including 107 Residential Suites enhanced with all new décor and kitchens, a full-service spa with a volcanic stone grotto, many dining experiences, land, and sea recreational activities with Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment, 36 holes of championship golf, direct access to D.T. Fleming Beach and a three-level swimming pool. The resort is beautiful, but it lacks a boutique feel, and as it can be windy and quiet on this side of Maui. This hotel is one of the best, but it isn’t for everyone due to the peaceful evenings and winds that frequent this side of the island.

We consider this hotel to have one of the best club lounges in Hawaii as well as a beautiful resort on the beach and an exclusive golf course. You can only get access to the club level lounge if you book a club-level room. The club lounge is located near the elevators on the resort’s eighth floor of the Napili Wing.

With emerald fairways that end in dramatic ocean views, the two 18-hole championship courses at this Maui golf resort promise the challenges and rewards of internationally acclaimed play. The Plantation Course, consistently ranked as one of Hawaii’s finest, hosts the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, while the Bay Course is a player favorite. The experience is complemented by the Kapalua Golf Academy, home to the industry’s top instructors.

The Plantation Course reopened in November 2019 after a major renovation and is consistently named the Best Golf Course in Hawaii by Golfweek. It is designed by Bill Core and Ben Crenshaw and has one of the PGA Tour’s most famous finishing holes.

Other courses include the Bay Course, a player-friendly course designed by Arnold Palmer and Frances Duane, which offers ocean and island views on the 16th and 18th holes. Its 17th hole is also the only one in Maui to play over the ocean.

Kapalua Golf Academy is Hawaii’s most complete, state-of-the-art golf school and practice facility. Designed by PGA touring professional Hale Irwin, it offers lessons, clinics and offsite instruction on all aspects of the game and for all skill levels.

4. Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Inspired by the grand palazzos of Italy, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is a true luxury resort which calls America’s playground home. Test your skills against the championship-level golf course or rejuvenate with unique herbal treatments at the spa. We have compared the Ritz-Carlton Vs. JW Orlando which are situated around adjoined pool facilities.

The Central Florida landscape provided inspiration to legendary golf course designer Greg Norman, who worked with nature to create challenging greens, wide fairways, and hazards. The 18-hole championship course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and tests the abilities of every skill level. The Orlando hotel golf club also features a clubhouse, restaurant, and lessons for children and adults.

At The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, children and young adults up to age 17 play golf at no charge with each paid adult round of golf. This promotion is subject to availability and does not cover caddie concierge fees and gratuities.

The Golf Club offers tournament-level golf course conditioning and personal service found only in the best private clubs. We accommodate corporate and leisure groups and offer options for scoring, format of play, food and beverage, and logo amenities.

5. Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale

The Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale is located on the oceanfront, with the beach across a two-lane road fronting the hotel. You can reach it via a sky bridge, which will take you directly from the hotel’s 3rd floor to the public beach. The pool is on the hotel’s 7th-floor pool, surrounded by loungers and palms. The rooms aren’t noteworthy but do all have a balcony. The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge is an ultra-exclusive space open to guests at The Ritz-Carlton who book the Club Experience. The lounge is luxurious, with marble floors and large sofas.

Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale enjoy special access to the members-only Grande Oaks Golf Course and all club amenities. Created amidst natural oak hammocks, the private, members-only Grande Oaks Golf Course is a par 71 and measures 6,680 yards from the tips. In keeping with tradition, all tees at Grande Oaks are perfectly square and are aligned to the middle of the landing area offering a variety of distances from which to play.

Ritz-Carlton Guests enjoy the privilege of a warm personal greeting upon arrival, their own personal locker for the day, and a professional golf attendant to introduce them to the course and answer any questions they may have. Guests receive VIP treatment and have access to all the club amenities, including the restaurants and bars, throughout the day.

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Just 9 miles/ 14 km from the main Miami airport, this tropical island oasis is set on the eastern shore of a unique island that offers guests a tranquil haven, surrounded by golden sands, gentle waters, and towering palms. With a décor inspired by West Indies Colonial design, the 12 acre oceanfront resort captures the beauty of its waterfront setting with floor-to-ceiling lobby windows that offer the first dramatic glimpse of palm gardens and the Atlantic Ocean.

Voted one of the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” by Condé Nast Traveler, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is minutes from the picturesque and challenging par-72 course Crandon Golf Course, former home of the annual Royal Caribbean Classic, a senior PGA tournament. Designed by veteran golfers Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin, Crandon Golf Key Biscayne is considered to be one of the most beautiful and challenging 72-par courses in Florida and has been recognized as one of America’s top 75 upscale courses by Golf Digest. This distinctive Miami golf resort’s combination of challenging greens and beautiful setting with seven saltwater lakes, subtropical lagoon and glimpses of the area’s indigenous wildlife provide a unique playing experience for even the most seasoned golfers.

This hotel is not in central Miami and is instead 20-30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach, so if you’re looking for nightlife, you may find this hotel on the quiet side. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne attracts families in the holiday season, so expect bustling restaurants and communal areas. You can escape the madness in the adults-only pool, but be aware that the whole hotel is a bit crazy, particularly on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years’.

7. Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Where the ocean meets the marina, The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota offers resort amenities that span the charming city. Guests can unlock indulgent experiences uniquely tailored just for them, sparking guests to return to take in the coastal grace from the beach to the city and beyond. Guests have exclusive access to The Beach Club on the white sands of Lido Key Beach; The Golf Club, a Tom Fazio–designed 18-hole course that is virtually untouched by any residential or commercial land; and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, a sanctuary of wellness within the hotel.

Imagine a golf course where velvet greens gently undulate around 12 shimmering lakes. Where each of the 18 holes is expertly framed to be both challenging and rewarding. Where the only thing more beautiful than the game at hand is the surrounding view. With this in your mind’s eye, you have The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Sarasota.

Designed by Tom Fazio, the golf course resides 13 miles away from the resort at Lakewood Ranch. Play this par-72 course, and you will see why no golf vacation will ever be the same.

8. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Perched atop a rugged oceanside bluff in the San Francisco Bay Area, just 30 minutes from San Francisco and Silicon Valley, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay delivers a 5-star, luxury resort experience unlike any other. Designed to be both admired and experienced, the hotel celebrates small details with outdoor fire pits surrounded by Adirondack chairs, a Club Lounge offering local wines, and spa treatments driven by the seasons.

In summer, bring sturdy sandals to manage the steep (but gorgeous) trail down to the beach or to bicycle along the California Coastal Trail, which passes right through the resort.

Avid players seeking sunshine and challenging terrain can access two of the Bay Area’s finest golf courses at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The resort features a parkland-style Old Course, originally designed in 1973, with cypress-lined fairways and an oceanside 18th hole. Soak in water views from every hole and challenging play with tight fairways and knolls at the aptly named Ocean Course, which features a traditional Scottish design. Half Moon Bay Golf Links recently won the 2017 Best Playing Conditions for Northern California award by

9. Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

The quiet mystery of the Arizona desert pairs with anticipatory service and luxury amenities at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana. Conveniently near Tucson yet secluded amid the Tortolita Mountains, this five-star hotel appeals to adventurous travelers who seek solitude. Follow a morning hike with fresh juice made from oranges you picked along the way or visit the resort spa to loosen up with a gemstone massage after a round of golf.

Surrounded by towering saguaro and Tucson’s majestic Tortolita Mountains, The Golf Club at Dove Mountain offers players challenges amid Arizona’s distinct natural beauty. The club’s 27 holes of championship golf sprawl across three courses, each designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the surroundings and changing elevation brings variety to each round of play. The luxury golf facility also features a clubhouse with dining at Cayton’s Restaurant, tour-quality practice areas and a pro shop. Players are encouraged to reserve their tee times in advance.

10. The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman offers a rich Caribbean experience where you can make the most of the sun, sand, and sea. Upon arrival at the resort, relax into the feeling of being welcomed home. At every turn, details evoke the British Caribbean style that defines the Cayman Islands, while also reflecting modern coastal elegance.

Designed by Greg Norman, the nine-hole course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman offers challenging play amid breathtaking natural beauty. The course was designed in a way to make its 470 yard-hole play feel like 600, and is perfect for those who want to play one or multiple rounds in a day. The resort Golf Club also offers a pro shop, tournament conditioning, customized instruction and equipment rental.

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