Halifax Plantation Golf Club

There is quality about old trees that seem to lock a place in time. These old trees magically transform the landscape surrounding it – transferring a lot of its old world charm into the rest of its surroundings. This is exactly the case of the Halifax Plantation Golf Club in Daytona, Florida. The golf vacation destination transports its guests into an entirely different world even when the major thoroughfares are but minutes away.

The Halifax Plantation Golf Club is a Bill Amick creation, measuring more than 7,100 yards from the longest tees, par 72. The old oaks and towering pines surround the property, dotting the layout here and there. It is as if they stand sentinel, guarding the guests and their games from anything bad that could ruin the good life here. And good life it is. The other neighboring courses could boast of highfalutin difficulties, but this golf course just will not. Reason why this is a favorite for golf vacations is because they get every inch of a vacation they want. No qualms. No worries. No pretenses. The place is too relaxing, charming, and undoubtedly beautiful that difficulties would seem awkward.

And since every inch of the Halifax Plantation Golf Club is all about giving the best golf trips, the goodness of this course does not stop with the layout alone. The whole golf club boasts of world-class amenities to complete the package for an unforgettable golf escapade hereabouts – from the chipping greens to the clubhouse to the Pro-shop. In its entirety, the whole course has the ability to lock anyone in a time and space where nothing else matters but good golfing.


Escena Golf Club

People always say that the next generation is always a better and improved version of its predecessor. But what if something born of this new era is a wonderful fusion of the past, present and the future? Remarkable, yes. Impossible, almost. Almost, because this is a concept that is the theme of the newest fab golf vacation destination in the Palm Springs golf scene: the Escena Golf Club.

The original layout of what was once known as the Palm Springs Classic Golf Club was scrapped to give way to this unique course by the Nicklaus Design Group. The classic resort layout was blended with some tough hazards meant for championship play. The surrounding desert mountains add more flare and flavor to the elements. The fairways are wide, the sand hazards are plenty, and the water features are as stunning to the aesthetics as to playability. There is a touch of sophistication, a hint of wild and a tinge of risky in every aspect of it. Golf vacations at the Escena Golf Club will be eternally remembered as dynamic and nothing like anywhere else.

And since it has taken on the role of an exemplary golf trip location, the merits of the Escena Golf Club did not stop with the layout. The clubhouse and the pro-shop were built to match the demands for an outstanding vacation, suited to fit the taste of every guest. There is no doubt as to why the club has been named among the Top Ten Public Courses in California by PGATour.com and the 2010 Best Public Golf Course in the Palm Springs Life “Best of the Best” Reader’s Choice. That is one feat that obviously would be the pride of its generation and the envy of the ones to come.

The Westin Mission Hills Resort – Player Course

Only a true Player will know what amazes another player on the greens. This statement is made true and proven by Gary Player. Both great as a golf pro and as a golf course architect, he knows too well from both perspectives what makes a golf course an excellent one. And this is evident in his creations. One of them happens to be a signature golf trip favorite in golf nation Palm Springs California – The Player Course of the Westin Mission Hills Resort.

The Player Course is deemed the more player-friendly course on the facility, the other one in comparison being the Pete Dye signature in the resort. Gary Player’s signature is an 18-hole spectacle that stretches to over 7,000 yards from the longest tees that plays for a par of 72. This is Player’s first and only desert course creation. It is anything but ordinary. Player played well with the natural terrain and mixed it with some man-made features to make for an exciting layout. Golf vacations here are made of treading along ten water holes, palm trees and other native vegetation, and basking in the beauty of the golden desert surrounding.

But as it is, the Player Course is never just about the looks. It has enough grit for a kick in the gut, especially that the nines are both closed by water holes that require forced carries. But of course, Gary Player knew what he wanted to achieve in that, every round here will be just as satisfying for everyone – good game or bad. That’s the difference a true Player makes on a golf vacation destination.

The Golf Club at La Quinta

Sometimes the good things are just fixed on a bad time. And all it takes to correct it is a second chance timing. This has been the case of The Golf Club at La Quinta. It has been there for some time, then known as the Trilogy, but it was not until 2003 a year after it opened, that golf addicts really paid close attention to it. And soon thereafter, noticed what they have been missing all along: an unforgettable golf vacation destination.

The Golf Club at La Quinta gained momentum in the fame game when it hosted the LG Skins Game for the first time in 2003. This brought the biggest names in the game including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Annika Sorenstam. Although its stint at the LG Skins ended in 2006, the golf course was never the same again. It gained a large following of fans, taking their golf outings and golf vacations here more. The fans have finally seen the good features of the course that have been there all along. This is all 18-holes on more than 7,200 yards of goodness winding through and around some of the most picturesque water hazards in the area. The sand bunkers are as dramatic, and they make the perfect intro and contrast to the fairways and the rolling greens.

And the most obvious feature? The series of par-3s that only a Gary Panks could create. They make for the perfect tournament type feel even more so when played from the Skins tee. But should that be too daunting, there are several other tees to share the fun with more people. Now, how about the perfect timing for golf trips for everyone? At The Golf Club at La Quinta, anytime is a perfect time!

Indian Canyons Golf Resort – North Course

One of the biggest questions golfers face when planning golf trips to Palm Springs is where in that golfer’s paradise to play in. Unless they have an entire month to play one Palm Springs course a day, coming up with a decision is rather difficult. These golf getaways are too precious to waste on a course that they would rather have spent time elsewhere playing. In these scenarios, no one goes wrong with a trip to the Indian Canyons Golf Resort. A game at its North Course will make one see what Palm Springs golfing is all about: only the best.

The North Course makes up half of the 36-hole facility that is the Indian Canyons. It sits in the beautiful canyons part of the foot of the stunning Mount Jacinto. The 6,943-yard, par-72 golf course is a creation of the renowned golf course architect William P. Bell. On this beautiful piece of earth, Bell utilized a classic design, with water hazards totaling to 6, and some of the best combinations of natural and man-made features. The course is made even more beautiful by the accents of olives, palms, and other native trees. But what this golf vacation destination is most proud of, apart from the excellent golf challenge it offers, is right smack at the heart of it.

The Walt Disney fountain is located right where everyone can see it, and where the scenery is always at best. It can shoot up to 100 feet of water – an extremely refreshing view in the part mountain-part desert haven. Taking golf vacations at the North Course of the Indian Canyons erases all doubt and question. Nothing goes wrong here.

The Mountain View Course at the Desert Willow

When a golf getaway was intended for real vacations – no tournament type, pure fun, really easy rounds, one golf course in Palm Desert, California fits the part perfectly. The Mountain View Course at the Desert Willow Resort seems to have been made especially for that purpose. Despite the golf course being seated next to a known difficult sibling course, the Firecliff, this will assure its guests of the vacation part in golf vacations.

The Mountain View Course at the Desert Willow is a par-72 course measuring just a little under 7,000 yards from the back tees. Like its sibling course, it was made by the duo of Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Frye with the help of PGA veteran John Cook – the same team that made the toe-curling Firecliff. How they made the Mountain View to be as relaxing and as fun as it is, that remains quite a mystery. Here, there are no forced carries, not as many bunkers with just 93, and water on seven holes – and though it is practically surrounded by desert, the desert part is restrained to give way to wider fairways to make for easier shots. Golf trips here are made for everyone – that despite its being rather easy, the extremists of achievers in golf will find reasons to relax and enjoy this spectacle as much.

Anything this enjoyable cannot be unattractive. Of course this golf vacation destination has perfected the combination of fun and beauty – it cannot NOT be beautiful. The Mountain View Course at the Desert Willow is blessed with the most stunning desert mountain scenery with lots of native vegetation paired with an even better landscaping and conditioning. If that does not make for a relaxing golf experience, nothing else will.

The Firecliff Course at the Desert Willow

This is one course that will surely ignite a fire in every game. And it certainly is not because of the desert heat. The Firecliff Course at the Desert Willow Resort in Palm Desert, California, is one course that makes games so intense the desert heat will be a comforting warmth in comparison. Makes for unforgettable golf vacations eh?

The Firecliff Course at the Desert Willow was created by the renowned golf course design duo of Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Frye along with PGA Veteran John Cook. This 18-hole, par 72 spectacle measures a little over 7,000 yards from the longest tees and has more than enough variety in texture. What this course actually requires from its guests is not mere shot precision but high quality technique, natural skills, and enough guts to overcome the obstacles well-laid out before each hole. In truth, this course is not too difficult – there is forced carry on every tee, white sand bunkers totaling to more than a hundred are scattered all over, greens are rather small, an array of trees, bushes, desert willows, and desert grass make an appearance in various sites throughout the course, and there is an occasional spotting of natural wildlife. No, that is not difficult; that is extra challenging. And an attempt to finish with an impressive scorecard here will require golfers to set their hearts on fire. Now how is that for a fierce golf trip?

Nevertheless, the natural desert scenery will be a most perfect consolation. Good game or not, the natural beauty surrounding the Firecliff Course at the Desert Willow will always be awe-inspiring. This is that golf vacation destination that is so fierce no golfer can ever resist falling deeply and passionately in love with it and the sport itself.

Miami Beach Golf Club

Miami holds a reputation for being one of the most favored vacation destinations in America. Why, the weather is almost always perfect, and the city always has something wonderful to offer its guests. From the beaches to the party sites to just about anywhere, everything under the Miami sun and sky are wonderful for vacations. Yes, that includes golf vacations. One look at the course that bears the name of the city, the Miami Beach Golf Club, is enough a peek to what the city holds for golfers.

The Miami Beach Golf Club holds a long history that dates back to the early 1920s. It has gone from being part of a massive golf vacation destination project to a military training ground to what it is today: a well-loved golf course holding outings and tournaments and daily rounds. Golfers local and visiting alike enjoy the lush 128 acres of golfing goodness. The original 1920s layout has long since been renovated by the Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and associates design group. The result is an elegant golf course backdropped by the awe-inspiring white sand Miami beach. There is a lot water and wind on the course, with fast greens and a few undulated greens.

Apart from making it more beautiful and fun to play, the Miami Beach Golf Club was also made more environmentally friendly on its renovation. The greens and irrigation/drainage system was changed to put the natural aspects of the course at the best position. This golf trip favorite measures 6,800 yards from the longest tees, par 72. But the kind of happiness it offers is immeasurable. golf trip

The Biltmore Golf Course

The Biltmore Golf Course is a true classic. It is a very fine Miami wine, a golf vacation destination that has aged gracefully and has not grown outdated. Generations after generations and champions after champions and never once falling short of amazing even in the face of new golf courses.

Sitting on the wide acreage surrounding the legendary Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel, the Biltmore Golf Course has been in the Miami golfing scene since the mid-1920’s. It was an original Donald Ross creation that has seen the best and worst of times. Over time, it has been fully restored to its classic perfection. As with most every Florida course, there is a lot of water on this layout, with significant but not overwhelming mounding to give just the right amount of challenge and grit. The result is and has always been a very entertaining and highly pleasurable course, perfect for golf vacations of stellar proportions.

And stellar they are. The Biltmore Golf Course has long since been the host of many of the biggest celebrities from different fields. From movie stars to dignitaries to athletes of different sports, this golf course has been able to attract them all with its undeniable charm and even more obvious excellence. The entertainment quality never gets old that golf trips hereabouts never stop with the first. Just as this course grows better and more beautiful overtime, so does every game here. It always grows better and better and better. Thankfully, the hotel and the rest of the course offer the best accommodations and even incomparably great services.

Turnberry Isle Miami – Soffer Course

Longer. Tougher. Better. Prettier. Soffer. Thankfully, the Soffer Course is not as it sounds – golfers do not suffer on their golf vacations here. Not at all. On the contrary. One of the two Turnberry Isle Resort courses in Miami was making waves when it first opened more than thirty years ago; even more so now with its now face, new everything.

The Soffer Course was, like its sibling course the Miller, an original Robert Trent Jones Sr creation and went through an extensive overhaul in 2007 under the genius of renowned contemporary designer Raymond Floyd. What was once a typical Florida course of flat, watery layout was transformed into one of very impressive and exciting movements on the elevation. The water remains a traditional Florida layout – plenty, but now with more work done on the landscaping to make it even more beautiful that it already is. The best thing about this golf vacation destination is the part where it paris its remarkable beauty with astonishing play quality.

And astonishing as it is, golf trippers are not the only ones who fancy this course. Several tournament organizers have developed a liking to the Soffer Course that they make it the host of their competitions. In this course’s resume are several LPGA Tournaments and the ADT Golf Skills Challenge. There is no suffering here, only happiness. Golf trips here are simply, and without a doubt, better and merrier. The course measures 7,047 yards from the longest tees and plays for a par of 71.