5 Luxury Golf Resorts For An Incredible Golfing Holiday
Resorts are often associated with spas or health and rarely with sport. Unless, of course, that sport is golf. Taking its cue from golf clubs, luxury golf resorts have sprung up around the world offering more than just a bar, dining room and token swimming pool.
Many of the more beautiful golf resorts in the world are located in regions known for their picturesque landscapes over which the world’s finest golf courses are laid out.
Add to that the luxuries of gourmet cuisine, top-notch spas, boutique villas and personal concierge service, and you have yourself a resort that has turned a high-end sport into a premium lifestyle.
woman with drive has earmarked these five top luxury golf resorts for their eminent golf courses and impeccably high standards of resort living.
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Millbrook Resort, New Zealand
The Location: North west of Queenstown, nestled within the mountain ranges of the Southern Alps and just two minutes from the historic Arrowtown.
The Resort: How can you go wrong with a golf resort that has been voted Leading Golf Resort in Australasia for three consecutive years? The five-star Millbrook Resort is classic luxury at its best with beautifully designed studios, suites, cottages and fairway homes. Treat yourself to award-winning spa treatments after each round of golf and dine on gourmet casual, contemporary or Japanese cuisine at one of its four fine dining restaurants.
The Golf Course: Three world-class nine hole golf courses, each shaped from the rugged mountain landscape and named after prominent Queenstown landmarks – The Remarkables, The Arrow and The Coronet Nine. Expect your game to be interrupted by extraordinary photo opportunities, although the real memories from this golfing experience will be forever stored in your mind.
Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
The Location: A stone’s throw from Port Denarau Marina, the gateway to the famous Manauca and Yawawa Islands.
The Resort: When one of Fiji’s best resorts promises “a new realm of luxury” the only reasonable thing to do is experience it firsthand. Offering eight luxurious accommodation styles, six swimming pools, a first-rate spa and 14 fine dining restaurants, the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa stays true to its word. And it makes sure to infuse each experience with Fijian culture and style. The only drawback of this resort is that you cannot move in permanently.
The Golf Course: No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The bunkers at this 18 hole course really are shaped like marine creatures. That it just part of its charm. The Pacific-themed course offers tee positions for golfers of all levels as well as international standard golf lessons and clinics.
Chateau Elan, Australia
The Location: In the heart of the stunning Hunter Valley, a short two-hour drive north of Sydney.
The Resort: Chateau Elan is a luxury escape amidst a premier residential lifestyle community that houses a designer golf course, the highly acclaimed Legends Grill restaurant and a collection of spa suites and private villas. When you are ready to take a break from golf and spa treatments, choose your next indulgence from a menu of hot air ballooning, helicopter rides and horse riding. And of course, there are also the famous Hunter Valley vineyards in which to lose yourself.
The Golf Course: Designed by golfing pro, Greg Norman, the 18 holes at The Vintage Golf Course is ranked among Australia’s best. Serious golfers will appreciate being able to sharpen their skills at the course’s signature bunkers and water traps while those who prefer a more leisurely game have the option of signing up for a specially tailored package.
Bonville Golf Resort, Australia
The Location: Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane in a small town on the beautiful Coffs Coast.
The Resort: Catering to families and groups, the Bonville Golf Resort has 30 rooms overlooking the first fairway. Peace and bliss is a staple here whether you are taking in the spectacular panoramic view of the 18th fairway from the Flooded Gums Restaurant, strolling through the lush rainforest, lazing by the billabong style pool or swimming in the nearby breathtaking beaches of Sawtell.
The Golf Course: Voted the most beautiful golf course in mainland Australia for 14 successive years, not just for its championship course but also its reputation as a natural wildlife sanctuary. The 18 hole course features isolated and private fairways with dips and rises that will thrill golfers of all levels. The tranquility is only broken by singing birds, koalas rustling in the trees and wildlife disappearing into the bushes.
Sandy Lane, Barbados
The Location: Set on one of the most enviable locations in the Caribbean, this resort is central to many of the island’s sites.
The Resort: Private heated infinity pools, private elevators and a personal butler are part and parcel of life at Sandy Lane. Time seems to slow in this exquisite location as you stroll through the manicured gardens, tour the wine cellar or book a spa suite. And if for some unfathomable reason you tire of sandy Lane’s grounds, then make a beeline for its white sand beach, said to be one of the most magnificent in Barbados.
The Golf Course: Whether you tee off on The Old Nine, The Country Club or the Green Monkey, the incredible beauty of Barbados’ terrain and platinum coastline will make for an unforgettable game. The ultra-luxurious Green Monkey is world renowned for being carved from an old limestone quarry and is said to be a once in a lifetime experience. The ultimate challenge on this course is hitting against the trade winds. Put in the work and then swap stories at the classy Clubhouse.
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