Golfer's Paradise: 10 Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, & Hawaii

Posted by Fodor's Editors on January 20, 2010 at 9:40:26 AM EST | Post a Comment

Tired of being cooped up inside? Escape winter and head where the grass really is greener. Here are just a few of our favorite places to exercise our clubs in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Florida.

Keep in mind that most golf resorts, including all of those listed here, offer golf packages that might save you money. Some green fees listed may fall under these resort's low seasons—generally May-November. Always call ahead to inquire about reserving tee times and price changes.

Amelia Island Plantation

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Florida
Fodor's review: The first-rate golf, tennis, and spa facilities are big draws at this sprawling, family-oriented resort where accommodations include full-service hotel rooms as well as 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas. All hotel rooms are oceanfront with private balconies or patios, though 1st-floor rooms have a better view of the marsh or golf course than the Atlantic. (full review)

Golfing essentials: 4 courses. Designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed, Tom Fazio, and Tom Jackson. Green fees start at $150. Course details.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

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Hawaii
Fodor's review: Beautiful views everywhere, polished wood floors, brand-new furnishings and linens in warm earth and cool white tones, and Hawaiian artwork make Hualalai a peaceful retreat. Ground-level rooms have outdoor garden showers. Bungalows are large and cozy, with down comforters and spacious slate-floor bathrooms. One of the five pools, called King's Pond, is a brackish pond with loads of fish and two manta rays that guests have the opportunity to feed daily. (full review)

Golfing essentials: 1 course. Designed by Jack Nicklaus. Daily unlimited pass: $250. Course details.

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

Aruba
Fodor's review: The newest of the midsize Divi resorts focuses on golf, and although it's just across the road from its sister properties, the atmosphere at this all-suites version is much quieter and more refined. Another difference is the pricing structure; base rates are not all-inclusive, though AI plans that allow you to dine at the Divi Aruba and Tamarijn are available for an additional cost. Happily, the hotel grounds are as lush and well maintained as the 9-hole golf course, and regardless of the meal plan, you get to use the facilities of all Divi resorts on Aruba. (view our full review)

Golfing essentials: 1 course of 9 holes. Designed by Litten/Viola J.V. Green fee starts at $75. Course details.

El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort

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Mexico
Fodor's review: More than 2,000 acres of ecological reserve and jungle surround this magical resort along 16 km (10 mi) of private coast. The architecture utilizes simple design elements (with a Mediterranean flavor) and local building materials; world-renowned Ricardo Legorreta was one of the architects. Many villas have outdoor living rooms. All have dark-wood floors, king-size beds, wet bars, ample bathrooms, and patios with plunge pools, hammocks, and chaise longues...... (full review)

Golfing essentials: 1 course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones and David Fleming. Green fees start at $165. Course details.

Sandy Lane Hotel & Golf Club

Barbados
Fodor's review: Few places on Earth can compare to Sandy Lane's luxurious facilities and ultrapampering service—or to its astronomical prices. But for the few who can afford to stay here it's an unparalleled experience. The main building of this exquisite resort is a coral-stone, Palladian-style mansion facing a sweeping stretch of beach shaded by mature trees... (full review)

Golfing essentials: 3 courses. Designed by Tom Fazio. Green fees start at $100 for 9 holes. Course details.

Cap Cana Golf & Spa

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Dominican Republic
Fodor's review: With its awe-inspiring, palatial main lobby, this is the area's first hotel south of Punta Cana. Its gorgeous stone facade is reminiscent of the 16th-century Alcázar de Colón in Santo Domingo. The interior, influenced by Dominican colonial-style mansions, has enormous stone columns stretching up to the second floor, which is bedecked with intricate iron balconies and keystone arches. (full review)

Golfing essentials: 1 course. Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Green fees start at $200. Course details.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Florida
Fodor's review: It's almost a city in itself and certainly its own little world with shopping, charter fishing, spas, salons, tennis, water sports, golf, and special events. Newlyweds, conventioneers, and families all find their fit in this 2,400-acre resort with accommodations spread across five areas: beachfront, beachside, village, bayside, and dockside. (full review)

Golfing essentials: 4 courses. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Rees Jones, and Tom Jackson. Green fees start at $24.50. Course details.

The Fairmont Mayakoba

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Mexico
Fodor's review: The 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba, which opened in 2006, is big. But just because it's large doesn't mean it's not eco-conscious. Situated around mangroves and forest canopies, the resort encourages one to commune with nature while unwinding in the lap of luxury.(view our full review)

Golfing essentials: 1 course. Designed by Greg Norman. Green fees start at $102. Course details.

Casa de Campo

Dominican Republic
Fodor's review: At the country's most illustrious resort, golfers vie for tee times at the three famed Pete Dye-designed courses. Family reunions in luxury villas are perennially popular. Regular rooms are called casitas and are in two-story, nondescript blocks (ask for one of the six newest), but inside they are soundproof and commodious, with down pillows, walk-in closets, and balconies overlooking the gardens.(full review)

Golfing essentials: 3 courses. Designed by Pete Dye. Green fees start at $85. Course details.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay

Hawaii
Fodor's review: This ornate resort overlooking Hulopoe Bay combines Mediterranean and Asian architectural elements: elaborate life-size paintings of Chinese court officials, gold brocade warrior robes, and artifacts decorate the open-air lobbies. Courtyard gardens separate two-story guest-room buildings. Ground-floor rooms are best—many open right up onto a lawn overlooking Hulopoe Beach. (full review)

Golfing essentials: 2 courses. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Green fees start at $175. Course details.

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  • Juliet_Jenkins on Feb 23, 11 at 04:52 PM

    Hualalai is great - but good ole Mauna Kea golf still is the best! See our bigislandhawaiiestate views from the 5th hole!

  • coqui_07 on Jan 29, 10 at 10:57 AM

    Can't believe you left out Puerto Rico. We have several world class courses around the island including the Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico where for the 3rd year the Puerto Rico PGA Open will be held

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