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- Punta Cana:
New Additions Make This Seaside Golf Paradise Even More Appealing
On the eastern shores of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana, a popular beach haven famed for its all-inclusive resorts, has recently emerged as a fantastic golf destination. More golf courses are in the works, but Punta Cana now rates as the best getaway for golf in the Caribbean thanks to its collection of seaside eighteens. A rousing foursome showcases the design talents of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo and . . .
- Royal Isabela:
Puerto Rico's Unique Private Star
Of late, no Caribbean island has been making bigger waves in golf travel circles than Puerto Rico. A luxurious, oceanfront Ritz-Carlton Reserve just opened at Dorado Beach in the shadows of Robert Trent Jones II's restoration of his father's formerly notable East Course. Since our last visit, a ritzy St. Regis Resort opened to accompany RTJ II's distinctive Bahia Beach Golf Course . . .
- The Best Charity Outings This Spring
We are always on the lookout for great events that not only provide the opportunity to play great golf courses, but support worthy causes. Here are some of the very best events this spring, all being held at private courses ranked within the country's top-100. For more information, contact the sponsoring organizations listed below. A portion of the cost may be tax-deductible. Act fast, space is limited. . . .
- Golf Odyssey's Platinum Places:
The World's Best Golf Destinations of 2012/2013
A long list of top-100 courses or destinations with little logic to the rankings is of little help when planning trips, so we came up with a better approach for our year-end review. Since every golf traveler has different needs and tastes, we categorized the most intriguing destinations by their unique strengths to enable you to make the perfect choice for your next getaway. In honor of golf's traditions, we present 18 alphabetically arranged fantastic foursomes. Congratulations to our winners.
Best US Resorts for Golf
The American Club Resort, WI . . .
- Cabot Links:
Is it Destined to be Canada's Greatest?
Although new course openings have been few and far between since the bottom fell out of the market, this year promises to be a blockbuster. We've already previewed Trump Scotland Golf Links and Bandon Preserve, both set to open this summer. In December, Tom Doak and Coore-Crenshaw will unveil their respective inland eighteens at the . . .
- The American Club Gets a Facelift:
Is It America's Best Overall Golf Resort?
Every year, the American Club Resort contends with the likes of Bandon Dunes, Kiawah, Pebble Beach, and Pinehurst for top honors among America's golf resorts. Not bad for a resort that didn't even plan to offer golf when it first opened. Now, other than at Bandon Dunes, you won't find a single property with a stronger 72 holes of golf. . . .
The Private (& Even More Pampered) Side of Kohler
Ever since Golf Odyssey's editors began spanning the globe to reveal the inside scoop about golf destinations, no resort has so consistently thrilled and delighted us as the American Club. We have long considered Destination Kohler, the moniker that encompasses the entire scope of this Wisconsin mecca, the best overall golf resort for its combination of golf, lodging, dining, non-golf activities, and service. It also boasts the best 72 holes of any resort in the world--at least until Bandon Dunes Golf Resort opens its forthcoming Old MacDonald eighteen. . . .
- Golf in the Shadow of Pebble Beach
Sooner or later, everyone who loves golf owes it to himself or herself to make a pilgrimage to the Monterey Peninsula to play Pebble Beach. Such journeys to "the most beautiful meeting of land and water nature has produced" invariably inspire thoughts of a return, and on return trips, golfers may be apt to explore other courses on or near the fabled peninsula. With this in mind, we present a passel of courses, accommodations, and restaurants that lie in the shadow of Pebble. . . .
- Trump Scotland:
First Take On A Must-Play Marvel
Has any golf course ever been subject to as much pre-opening anticipation, bombast, controversy, hope, praise, and bluster as Trump International Golf Links (Rating: A+) in Aberdeen, Scotland? Or has any golf-course architect-in this case Martin Hawtree-been given a more daunting assignment? From the moment Donald Trump first laid eyes on the site in 2005, he . . .
- FINDING THE SILVER LINING IN IRELAND'S FISCAL CLOUD
As the banking and sovereign debt crisis continues to rock euro-zone countries, the Emerald Isle, Europe's most popular golf destination, has become a (relative) travel bargain. Hotel rates and green fees, already in decline due to the tourism slump of the last few years, promise to be . . .
- Dormie Club: Enjoy It Now and, Hopefully, in the Future, Too
Pinehurst No. 2 and the panoply of courses at Pinehurst Resort may bear the flag for the entire Carolina sandhills golf mecca, but worthy alternatives abound all around Pinehurst. This month, we turn our spotlight on the Dormie Club (Rating: A-), Coore-Crenshaw's first original design in North Carolina. In 2009-2010, just before turning their attention to the restoration of Pinehurst . . .
- The Little Known Private Side of Kiawah
What if we told you that one of the country's premier golf destinations, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, with its luxurious Sanctuary Hotel, five golf courses headlined by the Ocean Course, world-class tennis facilities, and great spa, was only part of Kiawah's golf story? In fact, what if we told you that tucked behind the barrier island's natural bounty of stunning beaches and wonderfully preserved and flourishing . . .
- The Kingsley Club:
Northern Michigan's Most Inviting Club
Northern Michigan, with its sandy dunes and glacier-formed kettle bowls, is a magnet for great golf. Heading the list is Alister Mackenzie's Crystal Downs, a private masterpiece perennially ranked among the nation's top 15 courses. No track in the state has done more to inspire homegrown golf architects like Tom Doak and Mike DeVries. While Doak's every move makes headlines, DeVries, who literally grew up at Crystal Downs (his . . .
- The Phoenician: A Scottsdale Classic Gets a Facelift
March, when the desert blooms and spring training is in full swing, is among the best times to visit the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. In January, we reported on Superstition Mountain, a private club with 36 holes of solid Jack Nicklaus golf on the area's outlying eastern fringe. This month, we evaluate the recent facelift to the full-service . . .
- Pinehurst Resort: The New No. 2 is "Old" Again
Next year, in an unprecedented "doubleheader," Pinehurst Resort's iconic No. 2 course will host the US Open and US Women's Open in back-to-back weeks. With its turtleback greens, extraordinary green complexes, and rich history, Pinehurst No. 2 is one of golf's sacred places. What a great treat it is to walk in the footsteps of the game's legends. On the 18th green, with the Payne Stewart statue providing inspiration, who doesn't get goose bumps thinking of the tragically-fated, knicker-clad champion triumphantly draining his par putt in . . .
- A Summer of Golf Travel Getaways
Of all the subscriber questions we receive at GOLF ODYSSEY, one of the most common is "Where do you recommend I go next?" There's no universal right answer to that question, of course, as any number of factors leads to a different recommendation. However, with that in mind, here are some suggestions for intriguing getaways that . . .
- The Weekend Conundrum:
How to Avoid the Weekend Blues When in the British Isles or Ireland
If you have ever planned a golf trip to the British Isles or Ireland, you are well familiar with just how challenging it can be to stitch together an ideal itinerary. Like in the US, the vast majority of top-ranked UK/Ireland venues are private clubs. Unlike the US, the overwhelming majority of these clubs welcome, to some extent, non- . . .
- Cashing in While in Las Vegas:
Three Pure Golf Escapes
In the dizzying orbit of Las Vegas, where daytime is indistinguishable from nighttime and reality morphs into fantasy, golf helps us stay grounded. Whereas in other destinations we crave rounds close at hand, in Vegas we revel in escaping the swirl of The Strip to pure golfing grounds that clear our heads and totally envelop us in the game. Esteemed eighteens like Shadow Creek (freshly redesigned with rebuilt greens) and Cascata provide just such a meditative interlude, although their stratospheric green fees never let us forget we're partaking in a high-rolling experience. This month, we examine three much more affordable, if still more remote, alternatives. . . .
- Torrey Pines:
Perhaps no golf facility in the US provokes such polarizing views as Torrey Pines. For starters, it is the long-time host of an annual PGA Tour event (now called the Farmer's Insurance Open). In 2008, it also received the ultimate honor from the USGA when the US Open was contested on the South Course. This was the first time the championship was held at a . . .
- Eastward Ho!: Cape Cod's Private Paradise
Cape Cod, the arm-shaped peninsula that extends from the Bourne and Sagamore bridges to Provincetown, is the golf mecca of Massachusetts. More than 30 golf courses dot this ever-popular New England getaway. While many of these layouts are fine public tracks, the best golf, as on neighboring Nantucket Island (see GOLF ODYSSEY, March 2010) and Martha's Vineyard (GOLF ODYSSEY, September 2005) is private. . . .
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