Three of World's Most Luxurious Golf Resorts
Magnificent courses like Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2, St. Andrews and TPC Sawgrass have seen their fair share of golf history, but if you are looking for a lavish, pampering experience in addition to your golf game, you may want to look at courses with additional features, custom packages and resort amenities. Here are three golf resorts where booking a tee time also means scheduling a few moments of luxury.
Laucala Island, Fiji
Stay and play on one of the world's most exclusive golf resorts: beautiful Laucala Island in Fiji. This island paradise offers a championship course designed by David McLay Kidd, lovingly created in the footprint of a former coconut plantation. The course's famous 12th hole features a green that extends all the way on to the beach.
Stay in one of the 25 villas dotted around the premises, all styled with sustainable yet high-end natural fibers and woods. You'll have the stunning white sand beaches almost to yourself as you explore the island and its surrounding blue-green waters by foot, kayak, sailboat or horseback. Five distinct restaurants offer everything from the most elegant dining to cocktails at the pool bar.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
For more than 100 years, golfers have come to the Colorado Rockies for award-winning courses and the promise of their own storied moments, like Jack Nicklaus experienced when he won his first major here at The Broadmoor in 1959. Get custom fit for a set of top-of-the-line Callaway sticks before you tee off at one of the three layouts nestled into the mountains.
If the rolling fairways and stunning mountain views aren't enough for you, book a guided fly fishing trip or an outdoor adventure on one of the resort's zip line courses for a different look at the wilderness. Private dining or reservations at one of the many resort restaurants, a treatment at the spa or getting your every need met by the renowned customer service specialists at The Broadmoor can round out your vacation.
Yas Links, Abu Dhabi
Golf Digest's No. 44 course in the world, Yas Links, sits on a private island just outside of the cosmopolitan Abu Dhabi. Designed by Kyle Philips, the course is a traditional links layout in an unlikely setting that takes great advantage of the desert conditions. The complex includes a high-end pro shop, international dining options, pool and academy teaching area that's fully air conditioned.
Yas Island was created as an exclusive recreational area and you'll find beaches, a water park, a Formula One racetrack and a live music arena. Six luxury hotels provide all the pampering you'll need for your stay.