Trip Tips: Glamorous Golf Getaways Around the World

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Last week, we featured a few finer U.S. hotels and resorts that offer the greatest golf opportunities. This week, we go farther afield to find fairways with very fine accommodations, from the sandy shores of Bermuda to the rugged headlands of Scotland.

The Fairmont Southampton
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf returns to Bermuda, October 22 to 24, 2012, and this hotel plays official host. Ten minutes away from the Port Royal Golf Course where action takes place, the Fairmont boasts its own winning 18-hole course. When you’re done your round head for a dip in the pool, ocean or visit the 31,000 square foot spa for ultimate relaxation.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
The icon, arguably the birthplace of golf, St. Andrews Scotland is a must-visit for any golf aficionado. On its most famous course, the Old Course Hotel gets you views of the grounds (the Old Course suites offer the best) and another 30 courses are all within a 30-minute drive. There are other things to do at this hotel (like a Kohler Waters Spa with rooftop Jacuzzi), but really, it’d be silly to do anything but golf.

Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort
Home to perhaps Scotland’s second most famous course, Ailsa, (fourth, according to, Turnberry offers an amazing range of accommodations, all with views of the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig, and Isle of Arran. Preferential tee times are one of the perks for guests. Other amenities include 800 acres of countryside for frolicking and a Grand Tea Lounge offering the highest order of afternoon delights.

If you aren’t already a member of Ireland’s most famous Royal Country Down, well good luck getting in. Your better bet is a stay at seaside Doonbeg. Their Greg Norman course was tweaked a few years ago to make it more quick and playable (on a calm day, that is). The evening’s lodgings are cozy, on the higher end of cottage.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Golf Digest ranks this nefariously named New Zealand course sixth outside the U.S., and its stunning setting on 6,000 acres rimmed by a spectacular cliff has something to do with that. With just 22 suites and one four-bedroom cottage, it’s a much more low-key resort. Rooms let you take in all 180 degrees of the course, working farm and Pacific Ocean.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Near the most northern tip of New Zealand is this lodge, Cape Kidnappers’ sister property. It too has a championship golf course (ranked 25th), astounding views—take in other from either the hole or the infinity pool—and 22 sumptuous suites fitted with fireplaces and private porches.

The Shilla Jeju
You may not have considered heading to South Korea for a golf holiday, but you should. There are a few ranked golf courses here, including Golf Digest’s 33rd, Nine Bridges on Jeju Island. Just seven miles away is this family-friendly resort with a Kids Club (so you’ll know your brood will be well-entertained while get you some quality time with your clubs) and six restaurants to satisfy picky eaters.

Find three championship courses on the grounds of this South African property. Number 67 of Golf Digest’s 100 list, this 115-room hotel also offers delicious dining and serene spa treatments. Aquatic adventures and wine tasting aren’t hard to find either.

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Some go to Costa Rica for the surf, but if it’s sand traps you seek—the adventure of avoiding sand traps, that is—head to the Four Seasons at Peninsula with its Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. Warm up your swinging arm with a swim in 10,765 square foot freshwater pool, salty seas or seated with the sun shining in on you in your open air living room.

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