What makes an unforgettable golf vacation? There is hardly any golfer anywhere who would disagree to an answer a basic as this: beautiful scenery, challenging layout, and excellent amenities and services. Unfortunately, finding one course that has these in just the right amounts is not all that easy. This combination is rarely perfected even in top golf destinations like Florida. But that is not saying there is none at all. Courses the likes of Naples Grande Golf Club are a most fitting example.
The natural splendor of Naples took care of the scenery. Native pine hammocks, oaks, cypresses, and natural waterways grace the area both as visual accents and as hazards to the game. Meanwhile, renowned course designer Rees Jones Jr supplied the requisite for a challenging layout. It measures 7,210 yards from the longest tees, par 72. And a superb designer he is, he put to use everything that nature offered him and made it part of the course. The result is a golf trip haven that is an explosive combination of tight and wide fairways, sand bunkers, mounds on greens, and native vegetation. And as for the amenities and services? Being a part of the Hilton Hotels group covers that for Naples Grande Golf Club.
The course is made exclusive for the guests of Edgewater Beach Hotel and the Naples Grand Beach Resort. Thus, apart from the usual golf vacation destination implements, the Naples Grande Golf Club serves up a more exciting golf experience. And with an offer as good as that, there is hardly any golfer who could (or would) resist it, nor forget it.
Coming together in CrossCreek Golf Club is the legendary design of Arthur Hills and the wonderful beauty of Temecula Valley. The result is a pristine looking Southern California style golf vacation spot nestled on a diffident natural environment. Timeless old oak and sycamore trees are displayed along with rippling creeks that provide a challenging scenery complimenting the demands provided by the layout as it positions near the ‘Hills’. Here, there are no homes, no freeways, and not even unnecessary noise to take away golfers from focus on their game.
Obvious in the CrossCreek Golf Club are traces of its inspiration taken from the golden age of golf course architecture. That means that a mixture of the philosophies that the Donald Ross, Alister MacKenzie, George Thomas, and C.B. Macdonald re apparent in this contemporary golf trip masterpiece. Arthur Hills truly crafted a masterpiece in San Diego with this one effortlessly highlighting as one of America’s most celebrated destinations, consistent with the honors its architect has been getting for years.
The putting green also forms as a large driving range providing for impressive practice facilities to every type of golfer. Aside from that, other golf vacation packages are up for grabs in CrossCreek Golf Club. One of the most famous is the clubhouse grille where sumptuous food are served and thirst quenching drinks are offered which makes a visceral decision out of a guest to dive into the luxury. Moreover, like periodic films shot in the highlands, this course is blessed with the sound of birds as musical score, instead of the noisy traffic, especially because it is minutes away from the I-15. Great golf is played in this glorious natural location where a pristine world removes it from the brouhaha of the city, leaving only the comfortable conditions to freely create the best atmosphere. There may be a myriad of emotions fired from an experience here, but of all of them would surely express the positive.
If there is one thing that La Costa Golf – Champions Course is ultimately known for, it’s that it is purely challenge and technique, making it appear indifferent to gimmicks. This golf vacation spot does not necessarily abhor theatrics, but it is more faithful to a layout that would bring out the best of a player’s ability. In this course, the classic landscape wins. Native grasses, tee boxes, landscaping bridges, fairways and greens, wetlands, rerouted paths, and contour and gradation raise the experience and enhance the technical side of the game.
But La Costa Golf – Champions Course was slightly less awesome before its facelift in 2011. After the $10 million renovation, this place easily became a famous golf vacation destination spot featuring a more robust looking course where tees are at length, turf are reduced and holes are reshaped and contoured. Aside from the design, the course also experienced an improvement in its drainage irrigation and conditioning system. The course can already take a bit of rain without diminishing productivity.
Newly installed accommodation golf vacation packages also abound in La Costa Golf – Champions Course with expanded gyms and better looking events center. That only compliments to the new set of 4,200 yards “Family Tees”, where kids and adults can have the best golf experience. Clinics are also present for parents and children to learn together, while camps await summer to offer lessons for ages 6-14 years olds and other interested guests. In effect, this course has turned into a family friendly location causing golf resort reviewers to declare it as the “course of the future!”
There is nothing old about the in Lee County, Florida, but this golf vacation destination has reaped more awards since it opened in 2007 than most other older golf courses built through the years. This course is indeed like a corkscrew that opens a bottle of wine that adds a different flavor to compliment whatever good this part of Sunshine State already has on its plate.
That shouldn’t be surprising. As a Jack Nicklaus Signature, the course makes it one of the most unique layout in the area. That alone is an answer suffice enough to reply to the few people who are puzzled –this was created to have both playability and challenge to make for unforgettable golf trips. The Old Corkscrew Golf Club measures 7,400 yards from the longest tees, playing for par of 72. Nicklaus created it in a way that the contemporary additions would simply flow naturally on the terrain using the indigenous features of the area as main attraction and guide for direction. The final picture is a huge golf course dotted with mature oaks, slash pines and native vegetation where the careful wins loads of chances for a neat scorecard. And just as easily as fun reveals itself , the awards and recognitions came in pours.
Now nearing its fifth year of giving happy golf vacations, the Old Corkscrew Golf Club has gathered prestigious awards surpassing those before it. Under its namer are:‘Best Course That You Can Play That You Have Never Heard Of’(Golf Magazine, 2011); ‘Southwest Florida’s # 1, ‘Best Course You Can Play’ (Golf Magazine 2010); ‘One of America’s Best New Courses in 2007’(Golf Digest) – plus a Silver Signature Certification from the Audubon International. When it is a huge breakthrough for a new course, it would not be surprising to see this become a classic in the future; like fine wine that simply gets better as it gets older.
Standing as the centerpiece for the Napa Valley experience is the Silverado Golf Resort – North Course which is just among the two 18-hole championship golf courses in the resort. Designed by the legendary golf vacation destination architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the courses exhibit a sight of enormous water crossings, unparalleled elevation changes, and impressive routing through oak trees that has outmatched the tests of times. Manipulation and direction of the layout exhibits challenge and a visual sensation that tickles a unique ambiance set by the place’ own standards. Here, golfers search for an authentic Napa golf experience and constantly return to the place to make the memory tangible.
Staying at one of the spacious guest rooms in Silverado Golf Resort – North Course means having the delightful treat of witnessing the Northern California’s wine country, which serves as both picturesque backdrop and lucky charm for the golf vacation location developers. Numerous recreational activities await at the area including tennis, biking and swimming. The 10,000-square-foot clubhouse also provides a place to unwind after a tiring and thrilling game. But ultimately famous among players is the largest resort spa in Napa Valley, which is the Spa at Silverado, where a wide variety of spa treatments are offered by skilled and experienced staffs.
The Silverado Golf Resort – North Course golf vacation package includes a wide range of amenities. Carts are available not only to ease a golfers transportation from one hole to another, it also brings them into the sought after cocktail lounge and clubhouse. New players would not worry about purchasing their own equipment as club rentals and free range balls are offered here. There are also lessons and practice facilities ready for those eager to develop skills before actual play. This course is undeniably unparalleled.
Relax, play, and enjoy a golf vacation at Eastlake Country Club. This tranquil golf course blends with the beauty that surrounds Mt. Miguel, providing a picture perfect backdrop. It is a favorite choice of guests looking for a perfect course to hold a professional golf tournament or a fun golf outing. Its breathtaking scenery makes it an ideal place for a golf recreation.
Eastlake Country Club was designed by renowned architect Ted Robinson. It features 6,606 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Having a golf vacation here will give players of different abilities an exciting challenge and fun with 1,800 trees, 6 lakes, waterfalls, and 72 bunkers that border the course. This is a challenging test of skills for experienced players from the tips. Conversely, from the shorter white tee boxes, this is a fun and forgiving course for players who just want to enjoy the game. It has no parallel fairways, making the golfers feel like they are the only players on the course. With a course rating of 70.1 and a slope rating of 116, the players will really enjoy their golf experience here.
Since its debut in 1991, Eastlake Country Club has been the favorite golf vacation destination of local and visiting golfers because of its ‘user-friendly’ layout and electronic yardage system on each cart. What makes it more favorable especially to novices are the practice areas that include natural grass tees, various distance markers, a practice sand trap, two chipping greens, two putting greens, and a PGA instructor. Playing this course will give a relaxed and fun round of golf to every player – beginning and expert alike.
A California golf vacation wouldn’t be complete without visiting Pacific Grove Golf Links. The course is very player-friendly – it’s not too long, no tough doglegs, blind shots, few waters, and wide fairways that parallel each other. The greens are well-maintained and the bunkers are manicured. It has a lot more surprises, like the stunning ocean views, that one can tell it’s a must visit golf destination.
Pacific Grove Golf Links is a public 18-hole course that was originally designed by Chandler Egan in 1932. Playing on the first nine will take the golfers through the forest of Pacific Grove, reflecting the charm of an English rural course made in old style. The back nine that is designed by Jack Neville is bordered by sand dunes and ice plants. The remarkable coastline features the views of Lover’s Point, Crespi Pond, Point Pinos, and the dunesland at Asilomar. A scenic tour to this golf vacation destination will enchant the guests with the abundance of its natural wonders like the seals, sea lions, Blacktail Deer, sea otters, gulls, and pelicans.
Pacific Grove Golf Links is the perfect place to end the golf vacation because of its great features, not to mention its newly built, award-winning Golf Shop and club house. Zagat Survey ranked this golf links as one of America’s Best Golf Courses. In addition to that, it was also recognized as One of the Nation’s Top 50 Golf Courses Under $50 by Golf Magazine. With these features, amenities, and awards, at a very affordable price, this golf destination will complete the golf adventure of every guest.
Featuring two well-acclaimed golf courses is the The Gallery Golf Course at Tucson, Arizona. Providing a challenging layout on a picturesque sweeping view of the Sonoran desert landscape is the North Golf Course. On the other side, the South Golf Course offers gentle elevation changes on a view of thousands of giant saguaros coming from different directions. Both golf vacation destinations are set on an exuberant and natural desert surrounding that gives an exceptionally gratifying golf experience for golfers coming from various skill levels.
North Course of the The Gallery Golf Course, which was designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman (British Open Champion and 2006 Ryder Cup Captain), is ranked #1 in Southwest Arizona by Golf Digest and is acknowledged as one of Golfweek’s Top 100 Modern Courses. In this golf vacation spot, the nines meander through rugged canyons while the Sonoran views do more than amaze, it’s the tool to distract golfers and add to the demands, all together. Frankly, touring professionals would find the 18 holes tough, so it would seem more suitable for the higher handicap players.
Revealing into a more playable environment means going to the South Course of The Gallery Golf Course. Here, private clubs provide guests a place to sit back and relax with only the view to find hyperactive. The links style here is reminiscent of Donald Ross Pinehursts and its architectural scheme is more pleasing to the players who prefer a more classical atmosphere. This golf trip course, designed by John Fought, was nominated one of Golf Digest’s 100 Best. As a whole, the Gallery Golf Course received various awards and it became the highly celebrated host of the 2007 and 2008 World Golf Championships-Accenture.
Three unique courses lay on one Capitol Hill that is located about 13 miles from north of Alabama’s state capital. The destinations are interestingly named with “legal terminologies” which are Capitol Hill – The Judge , Capitol Hill – The Legislator and Capitol Hill – The Senator. All three golf vacation courses have 18-holes with about 1,500 acres. One of them, The Legislator, was designed by the renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA/Roger G. Rulewich, ASGCA, opened in 1999. The management is lead by SunBelt Golf Corporation.
The 18-hole Capitol Hill – The Legislator located in Prattville, Alabama, showcases a 7,323 yards golf vacation destination that has the longest tees playing for par 72. With a course rating of 74.1, the place also has a slope rating of 126 on the Bermuda grass. Among the course choices in Capitol Hill, the Legislator is considered most popular on the Trail. Both golfers and golf course layout critics have positive comments on this place. The reason for that may be the traditional landscape that no one seems to complain about. On it are towering pine trees installed on the picturesque bluff and elevation changes that ranges for more than 200 feet.
Anyone would be amazed at the ‘Sky Bridge’ in Capitol Hill – The Legislator . Yes, there is a bridge winding on the sky via a cart path that transports players from one hole to another on the 6 holes laid out in a native cypress swamp. Because of the impressive golf trip display, this course received recognition as it was rated one of the ‘Top 25 New Courses’ by Golf Digest in 1999 and ‘#9 Best New Course’ by Golf Magazine.
Lying 40 miles from Montgomery, Cambrian Ridge Golf Club is known by enthusiastic golfers to have the most demanding and challenging stops on the Trail. If guests are looking for a jaw-dropping adventure, this golf vacation stop is the place to be, with 36 holes to outwit, outsmart and overcome. Despite the wonderful features offered, this course was immortalised not by the evident impression it gives, but by a prestigious tournament named Microsoft golf game in 2003. Extensive advertisements and promotional techniques instituted drove more guest into this course at Greenville.
The golf trip layout, which are Loblolly nine, Canyon nine and Sherling nine, became the center of attraction to golfers and guests alike. Having gentle fairways , towering pines and water-fronted green, the Loblolly expresses a cathedral-like aura that is comparable to the world famous course, the Augusta National. The Canyon nine, on the other hand, presents a more frugal attitude on the Cambrian Ridge Golf Club, being carved from a former hunting ground. The developers maintained the deer blinds nailed to the hardwood on this 501 yard playing for par 4, first hole, that drops for 200 feet from tee to fairway.
Moving forward, players can find what is known to be the best golf vacation destination trail for the entire Cambrian Ridge Golf Club, which is the Sherling nine. Dramatic orientation exhibits in this area as its ninth hole marches uphill passing through abyssal ravine strewn. Chromatic boulders lead to a dangling tongue of double greens that contribute a portion to the ninth of the Canyon. This Sherling and Canyon combination is actually well-acclaimed. In 1994, Golf Digest declared it as best new public course and 13th of America’s Top 50 Affordable Courses. Golf Digests also named it as Places to Play and one of the nation’s 40 Super Value Courses.