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Long and straight hitters have the advantage on the golf course. The challenges: It is not the longest course, but narrow fairways put a premium on accuracy. On most parts of the front nine, keep to the left side of the fairway, and on the back nine avoid the stream that runs all along the back nine. Since the greens are really big in size, practice putting before starting to understand the pace of the green.

It plays yards meters from the back tees and some yards longer when the pin is at the back. There is trouble on the left side, and a deep pot-hole bunker guards the crest-shaped green on the right. The average score during professional tournaments was 3. Gokarna is a forest retreat with a mix of classic resort features, including a spa with a variety of massages the focus is on ancient holistic Ayurvedic treatments , a gym and health club with personal trainers, and a heated indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna.

The Malla- and Rana-period architecture suits the jungle-forest setting. Have a sun session on one of the courtyard chairs and soak in the mountain views. The morning yoga sounds like a smart way to limber up for golf, too. There is a free shuttle from the airport to get you here. Dine and wine: There are four different eateries. In the evening, sip on a glass of champagne at the Mt Bar, which also features live music.

Breakfast is included with the rooms. Nepali art adds to the exotic feel and there are views of the course and mountains. There are six different options, starting with the Cottage Room square meters, square feet , which comes with herbal bath amenities, two bottles of water always drink purified water in Nepal and morning yoga.

At the other end of the scale, the Gokarna Suite 93 square meters, square feet is a duplex with an open-planned bedroom and square bath tubs and one or two bedrooms. Other activities: What better way to explore Gokarna Protected Forest than on horseback? You can also hire a bicycle, take part in jungle paint ball, go bird watching or head out for a one-to-four-hour guided forest walk.

This is more of a stay, play and chill-out-by-the-beach sojourn with daquiri in hand than an adrenaline-filled getaway. Located on the golden coastline of mid-Vietnam, some 40 minutes by car from Phu Cat Airport, the resort is built around the beach and two golf courses as its central attractions. The back 9 is routed along the sea and takes on a more rugged and playful character with large sand dunes helping to frame golf holes. It offers more elevation changes and sits on higher ground above the resort with sweeping views of the sea on 16 of the 18 holes.

This course opened only at the beginning of and was yet to have a slope and rating at time of publishing. Holes 6, 12 and 13 are challenging due to their length and difficulty around the greens. Par or bogey is a great score if the wind picks up, especially on the par-4 Hole 13, which plays straight at the sea. When to play: You can play year-round, although it rains regularly in the monsoon season from September to January and the hottest month is June, with an average temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, according to Hikersbay. As well as the two golf courses, it features a five-star hotel, luxury villas, a convention center, pine forests and Hon Kho Island.

Watching the sun rise over the South China Sea to the east is recommended here. There are outdoor and indoor swimming pools to cool off in, or lounge next to under an umbrella — you get the picture. Dine and wine: There are three restaurants to choose from: Mistral Top View, which is built on a hilly cove overlooking the Links course and ocean; Salsa the Beach Club covers most palates with Asian, Mediterranean, Brazilian BBQ and more common Western dishes; and Cheers Fun Pub encourages you to dance and eat tapas but not at the same time.

Alternatively opt for your own private meal as a chef cooks up a storm in your room. The accommodation: There are rooms and suites in total. Each of the 90 villas offers a higher level of privacy than the hotel rooms — so might heighten the romance on this Vietnam getaway as you gaze out to the sea or take a dip in your swimming pool. Many villas have easy access to the beach, too. The villas feature modern interiors and range from two-bedroom suites with king and double beds with square meters square feet , to the four-bedroom Golf Villa two king and two twin beds with a luxurious square meters square feet.

Other activities: It would be hard to go past The Spa. For a start, you could opt for ancient Cham purification rituals, which sound quite liberating. For those more adventurous types, head out on a kayak safari, explore the area on mountain bike, or take a boat trip to Hon Seo Island and snorkel over the coral reef near Rang Beach. Description: It has a reputation as one of the leading golf resorts in Scotland, but Gleneagles offers a lot beyond the three championship courses on its property.

The nearby peaks of Ben Vorlich and Trossachs in the west, the rock-faced Grampian Mountains in the north and rolling hills in the south are a classic highland backdrop as you tee off, according to Canadian golf journalist Anita Draycott who has written highly about each layout.

Slick greens and many well-placed bunkers are going to test even the best here. When to play: The course is open all year subject to weather and maintenance, however, December through to February will have chilly conditions with average temperatures sitting between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius 43 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit. The yard meter par 4 challenges with fairway undulations and the Auld Nick fairway bunker on the left, all with the pretty Ochil Hills in the background. Land your approach past the pin for an uphill putt.

The green rises to a plateau before falling away at the back. It currently offers rooms, including 26 luxury suites. What is especially attractive about Gleneagles is that you have unlimited use of the Club for the price of your room. That includes a huge array of facilities including the Alpen Onsen hot pool and sauna complimentary activities including fitness classes such as yoga and Tai Chi, lawn croquet, pitch and putt, and tennis.

Try the degustation menu, a nine-course festival for the taste buds that starts with ballotine of foie gras, peach and almond milk and ends with coffee and chocolates. Fairlie uses herbs, vegetables, salads and fruit from their own walled Victorian garden. Fine wines are sourced from boutique vineyards as far as Tasmania and matched with each course. You might enjoy a tipple at one of three bars or cup of tea or coffee in two lounges. The accommodation: There is no cookie-cutter approach to the rooms here — each room has a unique layout.

Everything from an Estate Room with views of the Perthshire countryside through to family rooms that can accommodate up to two little people is available.

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There are two basic interior styles throughout to choose: modern or traditional. Other activities: As previously mentioned, there is an interesting array of aristocratic activities for lovers of the outdoors. A spa, ESPA well-being center, hair salon and nail bar round out the magnificent selection. It is a golf resort with an historic heritage. The estate goes back to the construction of Manor House by Henry Fancourt White, a surveyor who helped build the Montagu Pass over the nearby Outeniqua Mountains, in the late s.

Following that, German entrepreneur and keen golfer Dr Hasso Plattner and his wife Sabine bought and transformed the facilities in , investing millions of rands to turn the estate into the premiere golfing destination it is today. Golfers can choose from three championship courses here: The Links, Montagu and Outeniqua. The Links is the signature course and has been ranked No.

South African golfing great Gary Player and Phil Jacobs designed the layout and converted an airfield into a links-style challenge with undulating fairways and narrow greens. It tries to echo the challenges of great links courses of the United Kingdom, including revetted pot bunkers to protect greens.

Montagu, the original course that Gary Player also designed, is another brilliant challenge for guests staying at Fancourt Hotel or Manor House. Golf Digest SA has ranked it the sixth best course in the country in The challenges: Players on The Links — the top course here — should watch out for the lakes and wetland as well as strategically-placed pot bunkers that guard narrow, slick greens. Montagu and Outeniqua both challenge golfers with water hazards and trees to avoid, but the former is by far the hardest challenge.

When to play: Year-round, however, each of the three courses is closed for maintenance during the year for weeks at a time, so check the schedule before booking your trip. The green is flanked by two long bunkers. That will give them a chance to hit over the lake in front of the green to set up birdie. Classic risk-reward.

The Fancourt resort sits on hectares acres and aims to treat guests to a luxurious retreat in one of two hotel lodgings — the Fancourt Hotel or the historic Manor House.

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Fancourt Hotel and Manor both offer five-star services, with the latter providing butler-style attention for guests staying in its suites. Dine and wine: There are four restaurants to dine at. The accommodation: The Fancourt Hotel has luxurious rooms and suites, all of which have a balcony to take in the mountain or Montagu course views. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. The Manor House is a boutique lodging with 18 suites, each with butler-style service. Guests can enjoy the library, swimming pool, lounge for afternoon tea and bar.

Lodging starts with the Homewood Suite 60 square meters, square feet has its own dining area, king bed, and balcony or patio. Or you can opt for the Master Bedroom square meters, square feet , two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and lounge and dining areas. Other activities: Younger guests might be attracted to the Kidz Club for ages or Teen Lounge with pool table, foosball and table tennis.

Swim in the Indian Ocean at one of the local beaches or let Fancourt book you in for some horse riding, hiking and mountain biking. There a some highly-rated safari experiences nearby, too, such as the Gondwana Game Reserve, where lions, elephants, cheetahs and rhinos roam free. Wild times. Description: Sitting in a valley in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains in the small West Virginian city of White Sulphur Springs, The Greenbrier is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf resorts in the United States.

The first three are open to resort guests who get a discount over members of the public. He opened the doors of his resort to feed and house the displaced. This is one course to play and tick off the bucket list. The heavily-wooded course also hosted the Solheim Cup in the US won again. The Greenbrier is set to be renovated again under the guidance of Phil Mickelson in The Snead, a Tom Fazio course that opened in , is open only to members and there are limited tee times for non-members at Oakhurst Links, which is a more recent addition to the Greenbrier Resort.

Modern golf sticks are not allowed here — instead players hit gutta-percha balls with hickory shafted sticks. If a player can keep it in the fairway and avoid the green-side bunkers, it is a relatively short course and they can score well. The winter months of January and February are generally too chilly for golf. The Meadows — par The Greenbrier — temporarily unavailable. The Meadows approximately yards, or meters. It has been the site of high drama at the finish of The Greenbrier Classic with play at the final green regularly deciding the winner, often during playoffs.

The Meadows new hole 16 will likely be the signature hole, with a large drop in elevation and some lovely mountain views on the dogleg-left par 4. The Meadows will impress golfers as a dramatically improved version that utilizes some of our best creek-side land, mountain vistas, newly introduced riveted bunkers along with updated greens and grass across the property. However, the Greenbrier started welcoming guests in , well before the game we love flourished in North America. Instead, people were drawn to the natural mineral springs that were found at the 11,acre hectare property — the same sulphur spring water is used today in the Mineral Spa for hydrotherapy and bathing.

There is a great sense of tradition at this resort — the Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark. Pioneering interior designer Dorothy Draper directed the renovation of the luxury hotel after it was used as a hospital during World War II. There are 33 suites, rooms and 96 cottages and the interiors have a colorful and homey look to them.

The resort boasts that 26 of the 45 US Presidents have stayed at the Greenbrier. Dine and wine: The Greenbrier features 20 restaurants, cafes, and lounges so it will take a long stay to try each of them. A team of 12 chefs, along with three sommeliers to match fine wines, are behind these culinary experiences.

The Main Dining Room has been serving guests — not the same guests — since You can enjoy a buffet breakfast there or maybe have a coffee and pastry at The Greenbrier Gourmet. You can head to one of these restaurants during the golf season for lunch. I favor a medium-grilled steak at Prime 44 West instead. The accommodation: Signature Resort Rooms, Legacy Cottages two to four bedrooms , Greenbrier Estate Homes four to seven bedrooms and the Windsor Club one- to seven-bedroom suites are available.

Starting at a Gable Room square feet, 14 square meters with a double bed, flat-screen TV and Greenbrier Mineral Spa Toiletries, and going all the way through to the seven-bedroom Presidential Suite, there are plenty of choices here. We assume the presidents chose the latter option, which has a library, a living room with grand piano, dining room, and patio across two floors.

Other activities: Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Greenbrier is the number of activities available on the 11,acre property. The resort boasts over 55 of them, some being seasonal, such as shooting ringneck pheasants. My favorites are the canopy tour seven ziplines and five cable bridges plus rappelling , guided fly-fishing for trout in Second Creek all gear provided , swimming in the Olympic-size indoor pool or heated infinity outdoor pool, movies at the cinema, and the Adventure Zone for kids, which has everything from bowling to horse-riding.

This is a golf resort with a difference. This resort in the southwest Peloponnese — a peninsula in Southern Greece that stretches into the Mediterranean and Ionian Seas — has a moral story to it, according to European golf writer Jo Maes, who recommended this golfing destination. There are leisure and sporting activities aplenty here, but golfers will be drawn to two high-quality championship courses — the Dunes Course and the Bay Course.

The par course demands strategic play and accurate hitting as you move along the seashore. There are some tremendous views of the coastline with lush fairways set against the pale-blue Ionian Sea and rocky mountains in the backdrop. The links-style layout works its way next to the resort complex, moving past citrus and olive groves and a small meandering river towards the sea. The fairways are open, but watch out for the pot bunkers and undulating greens.

Again there are some special ocean views to enjoy, especially on the par-4 second hole. The Dunes was ranked the No. The challenges: Keep your ball on the fairway on both courses or risk a high score. The Dunes is the harder challenge here, however, with its deep pot-holed bunkers, undulating fairways and large, sloping greens.


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The wind can increase the difficulty on both links-style courses. When to play: Both courses close in November and open in February. Par: Dunes Course There are three fairway bunkers, two on the left and one on the right to contend with. On the Bay Course, hole 1 is a driveable par 4 at meters yards but you must carry a lake. Hole 4 meters, yards , is a stunner, too, with the town of Pylos in the backdrop. It has a good balance of tough and easier holes to keep you interested always and add balance to your round. The Bay Course stands as a unique course for its amazing views and the mix of sea and Olive Trees.

There are no other courses like The Bay Course. Even if you play badly you still walk off with a smile. Many of the ground-floor apartments feature infinity pools, a good spot to watch the sunset. The Westin is a golf hotel the whole family will enjoy. While adults might be drawn to the Anazoe Spa, which has treatments based on the teachings of legendary Greek physician Hippocrates, the factor that makes this resort standout are the activities for the kids.

Dine and wine: The Westin aims to delight your palate by using organic ingredients and local fare from the Messinia countryside. The variety of foods on offer is impressive — with a total of 12 restaurants and eateries. Mories has a Greek breakfast buffet; Flame has signature meat cuts served on wooden platters; Da Luigi is for lovers of Italian; Taverna has homemade-style Greek dishes; Barbouni will serve your afternoon meal by the beach; Inbi has fusion Japanese; Armyra serves fresh seafood and Nargile looks after Lebanese food.

The rooms feature Heavenly beds, comfortable pillow-top mattresses, and 42in flat-screen TVs. A Deluxe Rooms 39 meters squared, feet squared can sleep two adults and two children on a sofa bed and two singles, and comes with a private balcony or patio and separate shower and tub.

At the other end of the scale, a two-bedroom Premium Infinity Suite 70 meters squared, feet squared can sleep up to six guests. It has an infinity pool, enlarged terrace and outdoor dining area. But there are plenty of fun outings for the adults, too. The Westinworkout Gym has a meter pool, two steam rooms, two saunas, a whirlpool and relaxation room plus yoga, Pilates and aqua-gym sessions.

Navarino has professional guides for hiking to historical sites, climbing at Proti Island or mountain biking local trails. The racquet academy features nine sports, including tennis and squash. Speedsters can also get their thrills at the Navarino Speed Experience Park in cc racing karts. Water-skiing, yachting, kitesurfing, kayaking, yachting half-day to two-day cruises … the list keeps going. But just as the city has seen massive investment and development since , witnessed in buildings such as Etihad Towers, golf courses are being constructed like man-made oases.

Designed by veteran Swiss architect Peter Harradine, it is considered one of the top courses in the United Arab Emirates. The desert land offered little in the way of natural features and elevation changes to include in the layout, but now has 90 bunkers and seven lakes. It had to be manufactured. It was an unusual challenge for Harradine. The National is artificial. It was great because you could play god a bit. With a rating of Harradine was also instrumental in the design of the unusual-looking clubhouse, with a roof in the shape of a falcon that has its wings outstretched and a massive glass front that allows three levels to look out on the golf course.

With the luxurious Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa built next to the course and ready to book your tee times, this is one of the top golfing destinations in the Middle East. The challenges: From the back tees, this is a long course. The layout is generally flat but errant shots can easily find the lakes — water hazards are on 12 holes — or large bunkers.

When to play: Year-round, although July and August have average temperatures approaching degrees Fahrenheit or There are three fairway bunkers to avoid and another two flanking the front of the green. The large main building is a light tan brick construction with falcon-shaped roofs. The chic interior is a mix of textured white-brick columns, dark wood panels and marble flooring. There are six restaurants at the property as well as the Heavenly Spa situated in lush gardens.

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Here, staff offer beauty treatments, such as facials and full-body wraps, and massage therapy for men and women in six treatment rooms. I like that checkout is at 12pm. Kids can also get a pass for all-inclusive dining. The accommodation: There are rooms, including 19 suites with modern interiors and contemporary decor. Some rooms, such as this, come with breakfast included.

Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout. It features a square-meter square-foot outdoor pool that you can roll into off the cabanas that are right next to it. The nine-kilometer 5. You get a spectacular view of Abu Dhabi from meters feet. The Yas Waterworld has dozens of rides and slides, including a meter foot Tornado waterslide.

Then the Wadi Adventure park has a man-made surf pool, white-water rafting, and kayaking, too. The resort will also provide trail maps for local 3- and 5-mile 5- and 8-km routes.

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The island of Bermuda lies approximately kilometers miles off the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean. From some higher spots, you can see both ends of the island. Large elevation changes on the layout are the key feature of this course, which was redesigned by American Robert Rulewich in He took a layout that was originally designed by Charles H. Banks in and embraced the hilly terrain that overlooks Castle Harbor to the north, Harrington Sound to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The course boasts of beautiful coastal views. Elevated tees, undulating fairways, links-style holes and slick TifEagle greens make this a fun but not overbearing challenge.

His biggest challenge was laying a course over such hilly terrain. Elevation changes here can account for a three-club difference in some places. The challenges: Elevation changes and varying wind conditions off the Atlantic can make club selection difficult. The rough can get very thick and the ball will always sit down. Par: 70 Yardage: yards, meters Slope: Rating: The elevated tee box provides a stunning view of Castle Harbor. Match this with some of the strong ocean breezes that we get and you are in for an interesting game!

The resort has two swimming pools to bathe your blues away. The Castle Harbor Pool has a lap lane as well as private alcoves when you want a break. The chaise lounges and private cabanas are perfect for kicking back in. Snacks and drinks can be ordered alongside both pools. From massages to manicures, expect to be pampered at this Rosewood facility. The Sense of Bermuda Experience is a signature service — over 4.

Dine and wine: After golf, you have two sound options right in the club house. Back at the hotel, you can book a table for breakfast or dinner at The Point. This signature restaurant features foot-long meter-long murals that depict eight seaports on its walls. The menu highlights include grilled local swordfish with neck clams and Wadson Farm chicken breast stuffed with pine nuts and chanterelles.

Within the Point Restaurant, slip into the Wine Room, which features some bottles on display. You can choose a candlelit dinner here, too. The accommodation: Even the basic guest rooms have fine coastal views of Castle Harbor or Harrington Sound. The Manor House Superior Room square feet, 46 square meters features a balcony, walk-in showers, separate bathtub, and dual vanities.

Bathrobes and slippers are provided as well as plush Italian linens. At the other end of the scale, the Walsingham Suite square feet, square meters has a dining area with wet bar, living area with a fireplace and a half-bath for guests. Other activities: Before indulging at the Sense Spa, you may want to earn your treatment in the square-foot square-meter fitness center, which has a lawn for yoga and Tai Chi.

Deep-sea fishing expeditions, windsurfing, and Kruger and Laser sailing boats are also available. Importantly for golfers there are two top golf courses to choose from. The Gary Player Golf Course — the signature layout here — was rated by Golf Digest as the 99th best course in the world in They integrated huge bunkers and massive greens into the layout.

The walking-only course had a makeover in , removing some bunkers and giving the par-4 9th an island green, according to Golf Digest. The second golf course to play is the Lost City Golf Course, which was also designed by Player in and was ranked No. It offers an easier challenge with wider fairways but there are plenty of waste bunkers and water hazards, including one on the thirteenth hole that has dozens of Nile crocodiles living in it. Best to take a drop away from the edge. When to play: You can play year-round but it is best to tee off early in summer December — February as the temperature can reach 42 degrees Celsius.

Par: Gary Player Lost City Yardage: Gary Player yards, meters. Lost City yards, meters. Best hole: Gary Player Course — the ninth hole is a yard meter par five with an island green to hit onto on approach. Lost City Course — the yard meter , par-3 thirteenth is the signature hole.

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There are also six deep bunkers waiting for you around the green. The Palace, which stands out for its grand architecture, offers a luxurious getaway. Massage treatments can be booked for your room instead of the spa, if you are feeling lazy. The pick of them is Plume, a swanky, soulful-looking restaurant which puts African influences on French cuisine the champagne bar is handy for some bubbly, too.

However, there is one must-do adventure here — take a safari through the nearby Pilanesberg National Park where you can see the Big 5 lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros. You can even take a hot air balloon ride over the wild beasts. The Palmer course is regarded as the superior design.

The first nine holes offer a links-style layout with water hazards and fairways more exposed to the trade winds. The challenges: A healthy mix of bunkers, both on fairways and around the green, plus water hazards and strategically-placed trees to contend with. The prevailing easterly wind makes the first nine holes harder to contend with.

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The undulating greens must also be read well. A lake straddles the left side of the par 5, a huge sand bunker sits in the middle of the fairway for your approach shot, and a bay must be cleared on the left side as well. The resort experience: Turtle Bay is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or to take the family. The Aloha spirit is alive here. The accommodation: Luxury rooms and suites can be selected in the main resort building, or you can choose a smaller, more private villa.

Many rooms have a great view of the bay. Other activities: Sign up for a two-hour lesson at Hans Hedemann Surf School and get ready to paddle out on a long board to the point beside Turtle Bay resort. But before you try the port you must conquer the golf course, which has two distinct halves. Scottish architect Philip Mackenzie Ross designed the original par, nine-hole course on the extensive palace grounds in