Trip Tips: Glamorous Golf Getaways in the U.S.

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Whether a bona fide holiday or business retreat buffered with leisure time, a lot of luxury hotels and resorts offer golf on the menu. From those hosting PGA events to Golf Digest’s highest ranking courses with plush hotels a putt away, here are above par places to hit the links then hit the sheets in the U.S.

CordeValle, A Rosewood Resort
The Frys.com Open tees off in San Martin this Thursday and continues through the weekend. A spare room won’t be easy to find, but once the pros pack up, pack your bags for this tranquil golf spot. A villa suite offers walk-in closets, fireplaces and an enclosed patio featuring an outdoor shower and private whirlpool spa—to relieve sore “fore” arms.

The Lodge at Sea Island
October 18 to 21, 2012, Sea Island plays host to the McGladrey Classic. But whenever you go, the lodge’s Golf Learning Center with three of Golf Digest’s top 50 teachers there to help you with your swing. There are 40 rooms, most with views of the ocean or fairways, a 4,500-strong wine cellar and a myriad of other ways to pass the time (i.e. eight clay tennis courts, spa and fitness center, sailing, deep sea-fishing, salt marsh kayaking, and skeet shooting, to name a few).

Wynn Las Vegas Resort
With the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open having just wrapped up this past weekend, you already know the other kind of clubs can be found in Sin City too. The Wynn has its own Tom Fazio and Steve Wynn designed 18-hole, par 70 course, amongst all the other Vegas treats you’d expect. Wynn-win, right?

The Breakers
This Palm Beach icon has it all, some of which includes private beach bunglows, ten restaurants, and two golf courses, which are exclusive to guest and club members. And here opulence meets eco-consciousness; a part of Kiwi’s Eco Collection, it uses a reverse osmosis irrigation system for its course, and also purchases a 50% energy offset from Renewable Choice Energy.

The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort Naples
Home to the PGA’s Franklin Templeton Shootout December 7 to 9, 2012, The Ritz’s Tiburón Golf Club, one of its two Greg Norman-designed courses, hosts the event. There’s also sandy beach nearby, offering the non-golfer much entertainment to. While it’s Naples, Florida and not Naples, Italy, you will find bellisima Italian fare at restaurant Lemonía.

La Quinta Resort & Club
This 45-acre resort and course in Palm Springs hosts the final stage of the PGA Qualifying Tour November 28 to December 3, 2012. There are five public courses to play and the Jim McLean Golf School for instruction, plus private patios and fireplaces are standard in rooms, while many others also offer private yards with swimming pools and hot spas. This spot has a stunning history too, having hosted Greta Garbo and Clark Gable back in the day.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach
The iconic Pebble Beach has hosted many a tourney and ranks a well-deserved six on Golf Digest’s Top 100, but golf legend Jack Nicklaus describes the four championship courses as “possibly the best in the world.” The number of other amenities here rivals the par of its most famous course (72, FYI), including dining, horseback riding, shopping, spa experiences and beautiful beachfront.

The Ritz Carlton Kapalua
At the beginning of the year, the resort hosted the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and it makes perfect sense because where else would the titans of golf rather be in chilly January than the perennial paradise of Maui. Two championship courses sit on a pineapple plantation, and then there are the pools, beach and whopping 17,500 square foot spa.

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