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Top 10 Golf Resorts in the World 2007

Do you like to play where you stay? Sure, there are top hotels near the world's greatest golf courses like St. Andrews and Pebble Beach. But in this list, we've compiled top golf resorts where you won't have to go on a long drive to start making your long drives. We sought out the perfect combination of golf courses and luxury hotels, incorporated plenty of 19th-hole pastimes, and tossed in locations that don't usually come to mind when planning a golf escape. For those who like to take their holidays off-course, this unique list should suit you to a tee.

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UNITED STATES

Texas
Horseshoe Bay Resort

www.hsbresort.com

Horseshoe Bay Resort

A planned resort destination near Austin, this Texas Hill Country retreat boasts three championship golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Accommodations include luxury villas at The Waters at Horseshoe Bay Resort, which overlooks Lake LBJ, and a range of guest rooms and suites at Marriott's first resort hotel in Texas. Perhaps the glitziest facility is the resort's Jet Center & Airport, where you can touch down and tee off within minutes of landing.

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AUSTRALIA

Tasmania
Barnbougle Dunes

www.barnbougledunes.com.au

Barnbougle Dunes

In the tradition of California’s Pebble Beach and the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, Barnbougle Dunes has no membership. Everyone is welcome to tee off and enjoy the superb clubhouse and facilities at this “course for the people.”  Play on this links course means negotiating your beloved ball between, over and across towering dunes and wild, grassy hillocks. Between rounds, relax in your charming Barnbougle seaside-style cottage—spacious, contemporary and designed for fabulous foursomes or discerning quintets.

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BARBADOS

St. James
Royal Westmoreland Golf & Country Club

www.royal-westmoreland.com

Royal Westmoreland Golf & Country Club

Guests of this exclusive enclave purportedly liken it to heaven. A stay in any of the three levels of villas entitles you to play on the championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  (In addition to the “19th hole,” you can refresh at the Halfway House on the ninth hole.) The resort’s concierge team can also set you up with yachting expeditions or your own personal chef, and you’ll enjoy an extensive fitness complex and a spa center, with treatments also available in the privacy of your villa.

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CANADA

Banff
The Fairmont Banff Springs
www.fairmont.com/banffsprings

The Fairmont Banff Springs

The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course has two outstanding elements to its profile:  inspiring views of Canada's Rocky Mountains in every direction and a spectacular layout.  The original 18 holes, which wind past mountains and river, were designed in 1928 by Stanley Thompson, Canada's master golf course architect. In 1989, nine additional holes resulted in a tally of 27 holes of championship design and challenges. There’s also a 35,000-square-foot spa and dining options that include Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, wine tastings and even a sushi bar.

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CHINA

Shenzhen
Mission Hills Golf Club

www.missionhillschina.com

Mission Hills Golf Club

This international golf community boasts twelve courses (totaling 216 holes, a Guinness World Book record), each designed by a golfing legend—Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman, Ernie Els and more. The Jack Nicklaus-designed World Cup course, venue of the 41st World Cup of Golf, is considered a masterpiece. Stretching across Shenzhen and Dongguan, the club was conceived of as a destination for relaxation, business and lifestyle. Two luxury hotels overlook the entire course layout, plus guests will enjoy eight different dining venues and a spa.

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ITALY

Brescia
Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort

www.palazzoarzaga.it

Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort

The most prestigious golfing arena in Northern Italy, this elegant resort resides half an hour from Verona beside Lake Garda and the Alps. Duffers can choose from the Jack Nicklaus II, championship golf course and a Gary Player inland links course.  To refine your swing, book a session at the PGA of Europe Golf Academy. The gorgeous palazzo hotel, built in the 15th century and limned in original frescoes, is listed as an historic monument. For extra relaxation, the resort spa beckons with beauty treatments.

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JAPAN

Miyazaki City
Phoenix Seagaia Resort

www.seagaia.co.jp

Phoenix Seagaia Resort

Golf enthusiasts—let's just go ahead and say fanatics—will find everything they need and then some at this Asian haven.  Within it, the Phoenix Golf Club contains a pine-bordered course of 27 holes along the Hitotsuba Pacific Coast. The Tom Watson-designed public course has the feel of a tropical resort. And the Phoenix Golf Academy has everything you need to improve your game—including computer-assisted swing analysis. All 743 rooms of the resort’s skyscraper luxury hotel enjoy magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.

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MEXICO

Cabo San Lucas
Cabo del Sol

www.cabodelsol.com

Cabo del Sol

Check into a condo at this privileged place overlooking the Sea of Cortez and get swinging on one of the best courses in all of golf. The Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, covers a mile of rugged and breathtakingly beautiful coastline. Tom Weiskopf’s challenging Desert Court snakes through desert landscape and arroyos. Each luxury condominium is done in traditional Mexican styling, and guests will want for nothing with complete concierge services that include stocking your fridge with your favorite goodies even before you arrive.

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PORTUGAL

Linhó, Sintra
Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort

www.penhalonga.com

Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort

Two courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. are the main draw at this posh Portuguese resort located within 545 acres of national parklands half an hour outside Lisbon. The 18-hole championship Atlantic Course has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments, including the Portuguese Open.  Dining at the resort’s signature restaurant, assaMassa, offers guests a bread menu and a list of more than 500 fine wines. And since the hotel is managed by The Ritz-Carlton company, service is tops.

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RUSSIA

Moscow
Le Méridien Moscow Country Club

www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien

If you want to play on an 18-hole course in Russia, this is the place—the only place. Another design by Robert Trent Jones Jr., it’s also home to the PGA Europe-sanctioned Russian Open. The resort’s Sports Club features a golf simulator and a glass-enclosed swimming pool. Unwinding here includes pampering in the resort’s Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, Russian banya and Guerlain Beauty Studio. And where else between rounds can you visit the Kremlin, stroll through the Red Square or see a performance at the Bolshoi Theatre?


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(Updated: 03/26/13 CT)

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