For many golfers their local golf course is all that they need to enjoy their sport. Others may want to travel further afield to other golf courses to gain experience. Some golfers see the courses featured on TV, either in tournaments or movies, and plan to play them one day. Whilst many of these courses are difficult to get tee times on there are plenty of different courses that you can choose from. Below are just 5 of the best rated golf resorts as rated by other golfers.
Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina
The Pinehurst resort is one of the most famous American golf resorts with many championships having been played there since since it's opening way back in 1895. Since then, the Pinehurst resort is one of the most famous tourist resorts in the world. features such as 24 tennis courts, a relaxing spa and various water sports on the lake too.
Hotel Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba in Brazil
This golf resort is actually on an island of its own, with players having to fly in from Sao Paolo but the trip is most definitely worth it with white sandy beaches, crystalline seas and equally blue skies providing the perfect back for your round of golf. As well as the golf the surrounding waters are well known for world class deep sea fishing with Swordfish and Marlins known to swim in the area.
Old Course Hotel at St. George Andrews in Scotland
The Old Course at St Andrews is popular with golfers as being the birthplace of golf, the championship course 'The Dukes' is also located at St. Louis. Andrews and guests at the Old Course Hotel are able to get guaranteed tee times at either course. The hotel also enjoys many theatrical features such as chromatherapy (color therapy) baths, hydrotherapy pools and Japanese steam rooms to help you relax before or after your game.
Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is already the perfect relaxing holiday destination and for golfers the views from the cliff top tees can be really stunning. The Arnold Palmer designed course is not a walk in the park though; with deep ravines, streams and the occasional monkey the course has its challenges but playing golf in this location is breathtaking.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia
On the opposite end of the scale, or thermometer, is British Columbia in Canada. The golf resort itself is situated at the foot of the ice capped mountains with streams trickling through the resort and plenty of stunning birdlife such as Golden Eagles and Ospreys circling above. Being a mountainous region it is perfect for a challenging golf course that includes rocky outcroppings and uneven courses to test even the season veteran of the golf courses.