You may have watched some of these famous golf resorts on television and wished you were there. Why not make the dream happen and check into one of these first class golf hotels?
This world-class resort lies two hours drive south of San Francisco near the charming seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Monterey is famous for its wineries; visit the aquarium or grab your camera for a drive along the coast which runs through spectacular scenery.
There are four courses on the resort – The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and Del Monte but everyone wants to play Pebble Beach, the course which hosts the US Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach National. Guests of the Inn at Spanish Bay and the Lodge at Pebble Beach may book tee times at Pebble Beach up to 18 months in advance and guests at Casa Palmero up to 12 months in advance. Green fees are in excess of £200.
There are three hotels; The Inn at Spanish Bay, The Lodge at Pebble Beach and Casa Palmero which runs alongside the first and second fairways of Pebble Beach. Facilities include a spa, beach and tennis club, pools and equestrian centre.
Non hotel guests may book tee times day in advance. Visit www.pebblebeach.com
The easiest way to reach Pinehurst, North Carolina is to fly into Raleigh-Durham from Gatwick and then drive for 90 minutes to Pinehurst.
The mother of golf resorts with eight courses, easily named from Pinehurst no. 1 to Pinehurst no.8. Pinehurst No.2 has hosted the US Open. Pinehurst No.5 is full of water hazards and Pinehurst No.6 is one of the most popular courses. The Ryder Cup visited in 1951.
There is a variety of accommodation including the luxurious Carolina Hotel boasting the Ryder Cup bar, the Holly Inn and the value for money Manor Inn which has a sports bar. Amenities include tennis, lawn bowls, sailing at Lake Pinehurst, fitness centre, spa and wide range of restaurants.
The nostalgic, cobbled streets of Pinehurst village is within walking distance. The resort can organise walking tours to take in the historical cottages. Visit the races or a polo match at Pinehurst Harness Track or nature lovers should visit Sandhills Horticultural gardens.
For more information visit www.pinehurst.com
The Doral is just 15 minutes from Miami airport and 20 minutes from hip and lively downtown Miami. There are five courses; The Gold Course, The TPC Blue Monster, The Red Course, The Great White Course, The Jim McClean Course. The TPC Blue Monster is the toughest and has hosted a number of tournaments.
Facilities include a fitness centre, pool, tennis courts, spa and Camp Doral for children aged 5-12. There’s also a Jim McClean Golf School.
The bright lights of South Beach offers a great selection of restaurants and bars. There’s always a film on location somewhere in the city – the celebrities like to relax at The News Cafe on South Beach. Key Briscane has a great nature park.
More information at www.doralresort.com
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Host to the 2012 PGA, Kiawah Island is located amongst windswept dunes close to a sandy beach. Charleston is a few minutes away. Take a trip back in time with a ride on a horse drawn carriage past the pastel coloured houses, or shop for antiques. To get there you need to fly into Charlotte, South Carolina and drive for three and a half hours to Kiawah Island or get a connecting flight.
There are five golf courses designed by superstars Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Clyde Johnston. Not surprisingly three out of five have been voted in the Top 75 Best US Resort Courses by Golf Digest.
The windswept Ocean course is the most famous, having hosted the Ryder Cup in 1991 and the World Cup next Nov 11-16.
Accommodation is available in one of the fairway villas or stay at the colonial style Kiawah Island Inn or upmarket hotel The Sanctuary.
For more information visit www.kiawahresort.com/