Top Winter Golf Courses
With the temperatures starting to cool off, it is time to start thinking about some winter golfing getaways. When the cold winds are howling in the depths of winter, there is nothing finer than heading down south to enjoy some of the best golfing in the world. Here is a look at some of the best winter golfing destinations available to fight off the winter blues.
The Ritz-Carlton on Maui
When you are in the midst of a brutal northern winter, there is no place on Earth that sounds dreamier than Hawaii. The golf resort at the Ritz-Carlton is considered to be one of the best in the world. Set amidst a stunningly beautiful seaside location, the resort offers two courses that will test the skills of the most talented golfers.
The Plantation Course is the regular setting for the opening event of the PGA Tour season, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The Bay Course is famous in its own right, featuring some of the most beautiful seaside holes on the planet.
As well as the two fabulous courses, the hotel itself is phenomenal. The rooms are lavish and the staff really pampers guests. The food, spa, pools and other amenities are all top-notch. This is a golfing getaway that allows golfers to bring their families with them. The Ritz-Carlton in Maui has something to offer everyone.
Apes Hill Club in Barbados
The Caribbean is home to many beautiful golf courses, but none are any better than Apes Hill Club. The grounds are impeccably maintained. The grass is always lush and green, and the architects made a wise decision to place coral reef formations throughout the course.
The jungle that surrounds the course provides an interesting soundtrack that is full of the calls of the cheeky green monkeys that live in it. This is a private club, but anyone who books a villa gets the privilege of playing this outstanding course. Don’t forget to bring your camera when you play here as the stunning ocean views will demand you snap a few pictures.
Estancia Club in Phoenix
Located in the golf mecca of Phoenix, the Estancia Club is considered by many to be the best course in the state. The course was expertly designed to perfectly blend into its surroundings. It offers golfers stunning mountain and desert views that will blow them away. The course has beautiful bent grass that is lush all year.
When heading for a golf trip to the Estancia Club, make sure to get a rental car to get around to the many other championship-caliber courses that are in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. There are literally dozens of courses in this region that are among the best in the country.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives
Sometimes making a winter golfing getaway requires you to make a long journey. When you do so, it better be worth the effort. That will certainly be the case for golfers who are fortunate enough to make a trip to this stunning golf resort.
The course itself is not a PGA Championship course like many of the other most popular winter golfing getaways, but it is still very beautiful. The ocean and jungle setting make it a lush paradise that is a delight to play. There are only nine holes on the course, but every one of those holes offers golfers a walk through paradise.
The resort consists of 132 luxurious villas and one of the best spas in the world. This is the golfing getaway for those who need to be pampered. Heading to the aptly named Shangri-La is the perfect thing to melt away the stress of the world.
These are some of the best winter golfing destinations. When you want to make a golfing trip, start planning early. The popular courses like those on this list get booked well in advance. You need to plan ahead to make sure that you can book the golfing trip of a lifetime.
Brandon’s a travel writer working with Advantage