When it’s played for leisure, golf is a relaxing sport. It’s a nice stroll through lush greenery, a time to be outside and be active with the people you care about. These stunning golf course retreats offer all of that plus incredible views, accommodations, and the opportunity to keep that zen feeling going after you’ve played 18. Hit the tees and then hit the spa to loosen up those muscles.
Provence Côte d'Azur, France
Do as the Parisians do and take your vacation in the tranquil Provence Côte d'Azur in the South of France. Terre Blanche resort houses two 18-hole courses, Le Château and Le Riou, with the former being famous for its intricate water features and for hosting the annual French Riviera Masters. Along with being a championship course, Terre Blanche is a five-star resort tucked into the scenic lakes, forests, and waterfalls of Southern France. Four restaurants offer gourmet French fare for you to nosh on post-round, while the full-service spa offers an indoor pool complete with floor to ceiling windows and vaulted ceilings. Just outside the spa is what the resort calls Zen Space, a quiet garden where you can take a moment to yourself. Very serene.
The Abaco Club is hailed as the number one golf course in the Bahamas. Designed by architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, deep sloping putting greens and wide sand traps are trademarks of the course. Officially a members only club, the Abaco has cottages, cabanas and houses for rental. The beautiful island property boasts a spa and fitness facility, water sports, tennis courts, gourmet dining, and access to two miles of white sand beaches along Winding Bay. The Cliff House restaurant serves up local seafood while the spa is full-service and also offers a range of fitness options.
Velaa Private Island
When we picture paradise, we picture the Maldives. Golf is a focus here, but not the main focus. The nine-hole course offers some of the lushest greens you’ve ever seen under incredibly blue skies. Velaa also offers a state-of-the-art golf academy, should your skills need some tweaking. When you’re not working on your game or lounging in your villa, you can choose from a number of ocean activities including diving and yachting, or head to the wine cellar (the largest in the Maldives) for a couple glasses.
Pebble Beach, CA
Set along the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway between Carmel and Monterey, the Pebble Beach resort was built in 1919 and is host to four courses and three lodges. Touted as the premiere public course in the country, the greens offer stunning oceanside fairways and a view of Carmel Bay. World-class dining is available, and the spa incorporates seaweed and local ingredients into its treatments.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos has become on of the world’s top golfing destinations and the Palmilla was a leading force in that, having opened in 1922. It features three 9 hole courses (aptly named Arroyo, Mountain, and Ocean) that were the first in Latin America to be designed by the famed Jack Niklaus. They’re all stunning, featuring tricky elevations and clear lakes, but appealing to all level of golfer. The resort itself overlooks the Baja Peninsula and is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset, or a stroll down to the beach. The resort also offers infinity pools and wellness packages including daily yoga and meditation to help you get your mind in the game.
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
This rustic retreat in New Zealand will appeal to those who love to walk their rounds. Designed by golf architect Tom Doak, cliff-edge fairways soar above sea level and offer breathtaking views of the sea. The course road winds through farland and bush, while the Farm at Cape Kidnapper’s sits on lush, rolling hills and rugged cliffs overlooking the sea. When you’re done golfing, book some calming treatments at the spa, participate in activities like horseback riding and guided nature tours, or dine on local and seasonal cuisine at one of the restaurants.
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