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11 Hotels for Golfers
  • Beachcomber Dinarobin

    Beachcomber Dinarobin

  • Isle of Eriska

    Isle of Eriska

  • Argentario Resort Golf & Spa

    Argentario Resort Golf & Spa

  • The Address Montgomerie Dubai

    The Address Montgomerie Dubai

  • Kauri Cliffs

    Kauri Cliffs

  • Wequasset Resort and Golf Club

    Wequasset Resort and Golf Club

  • Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa

    Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa

  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines

    The Lodge at Torrey Pines

  • Finca Cortesín

    Finca Cortesín

  • Terranea Resort

    Terranea Resort

  • Banyan Tree Lang Co

    Banyan Tree Lang Co

April, 2013

For the serious golf fanatic, a single short trip to the links does not a vacation make. These eleven hotels put guests virtually within putting distance of some truly spectacular courses, and the post-play accommodations are the clinchers.

1.

Beachcomber Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa
Le Morne, Mauritius — If you’re going to hit your ball into a sand trap, it might as well be the soft white sand of a secluded palm-shaded beach on a tiny tropical island in the Indian Ocean. The 18-hole course at Beachcomber Dinarobin is called Paradis, a name that could just as easily apply to the all-suite, colonial-style resort.
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2.

Isle of Eriska
Argyll, Scotland — What would our list be without an entry from the game’s birthplace? It’s more about long views than long drives at Isle of Eriska’s 9-hole course, that and the love of the game. Fortunately if you finish early, you’ll find yourself in a sixteen-room hotel that looks more like a castle, with plenty of comfy nooks for settling in with a snifter of single malt, another proud local tradition in these parts.
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3.

Argentario Resort Golf & Spa
Tuscany, Italy — Imagine a golf resort on the Tuscan coast and a visually arresting, environmentally friendly design hotel may not be the first thing to come to mind — but that’s just what you’ve got in Argentario, whose rooms face a course that follows the contours of the coastal hills.
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4.

The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — In addition to the Colin Montgomerie championship course that gives the hotel its name, this twenty-one-room boutique surrounded by lakes, gardens and links has a floodlit par-3 for off-hours practice, plus a full complement of training and coaching facilities. And this being Dubai, the small-scale hotel is long on luxury.
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5.

Kauri Cliffs
Bay of Islands, New Zealand — Set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific and flanked by four thousand acres of rolling farmland at the northern edge of the North Island, Kauri Cliffs and its stunning David Harman–designed course feel like they’re at the end of the earth. With guest cottages lining the edge of the course (and facing the Pacific), a game is always close at hand.
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6.

Wequasset Resort and Golf Club
Cape Cod, Massachusetts — Leisure activities take on their own sort of classic American elegance on the Cape, and the seaside Wequasset Resort is the perfect place to get into the spirit. Guests can watch the sun rise over the ocean from their private deck before hitting the links at top-ranked Cape Cod National.
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7.

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa Hotel
Essaouira, Morocco — A Sofitel hotel in Essaouira, a whitewashed walled city rising dramatically from the rocky Atlantic coast east of Marrakech, is an inviting proposition to begin with. Put it within putting range of a Gary Player–designed golf course and throw in some golf-appropriate Lacoste-styled villas with putting greens of their own, and it’s irresistible.
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8.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
La Jolla, California — Perched on a bluff overlooking the rocky Pacific coastline outside San Diego, Torrey Pines boasts an impossibly scenic setting and a world-class course that has hosted dozens of pro tournaments. If your score doesn’t quite measure up to the pros’, the deeply comfortable Arts and Crafts–style hotel offers plenty of consolation.
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9.

Finca Cortesín
Andalucia, Spain — There’s lots of room to spread out at Finca Cortesín, whether in the positively sprawling contemporary rooms or on the 18-hole par-72 championship course that unfolds across the idyllic Andalucian countryside. A Jack Nicklaus golf academy rounds out the experience, and there are just as many diversions for non-golfers.
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10.

Terranea Resort
Los Angeles, California — Sometimes Southern California sprawl can be a good thing; the massive Terranea resort occupies a hundred acres in an upscale enclave in southwestern LA, its golf course winding along a peninsula that offers one incredible backdrop after another.
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11.

Banyan Tree Lang Co
Lang Co, Vietnam — The 18-hole Nick Faldo golf course at Banyan Tree Lang Co is full of game-stopping views of the sea, and each of the forty-nine villas comes with a water feature of its own in the form of a private pool. Until recently this was just a sleepy little fishing village between Hue and Hoi An, and after Banyan Tree’s sensitive development of the coast it still feels perfectly unspoiled.
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