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Golf Resort Reviews - Overall Ranking

Winter 2016 – Reviews, ratings and rankings of the best golf resorts. Our editors visit and compare golf resorts to help you determine which one is best, with notes on service, golf integration, fitness centers, spas, and food.

Encore Resort at Wynn Las Vegas

Encore Resort at Wynn Las Vegas

The Encore is the sequel to Steve Wynn’s eponymous hotel in Las Vegas, and together the two resorts are home to the Wynn Golf Club, one of only two golf courses located on the Strip. If you want a Las Vegas experience and also enjoy golfing, the convenience of having a highly rated course right outside of a hotel located on the Strip, along with an out-of-this-world spa and a top-notch gym, make the Encore an extremely attractive option. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a zen-like golf experience that will help you find your inner Bobby Jones, this ain’t the place. Read our detailed Encore Resort review.
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Score

92

Grade

A-


Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain

Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain

Set in the high Sonoran desert against the Wild Burro Canyon, the Ritz-Carlton is comprised of a main hotel, spa, pools, and a group of more private villas set a short walk from the main buildings. With the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain you get an exceptionally attentive and obliging staff, with very good accommodations. Some may prefer a resort that is within striking distance of more activities and dining options, but for a long weekend focused on golf and spa treatments, the Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain could be all that you need. Check out our detailed Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain review.
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Score

92

Grade

A-


The Lodge at Torrey Pines

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Perched overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course with a view of the Pacific in the distance, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is located just 30 minutes north of San Diego. Doormen in traditional kilted Scottish attire welcome guests to the Craftsman-style lodge, which features two restaurants, a full-service spa, and 36 holes of golf right outside the door. While the architecture and design may not be for everyone, the service is strong, and as Lodge guests you can enjoy the benefit of a guaranteed tee time at the second municipal course to host the U.S. Open. Read on for our full Lodge at Torrey Pines review.
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Score

89

Grade

B+


The Inn at Spanish Bay

The Inn at Spanish Bay

The reasons to stay at the Inn at Spanish Bay are clear: exceptional views, a location on the gorgeous California coastline, and a golf course amidst dunes overlooking the Pacific. The Inn at Spanish Bay isn’t the brightest and shiniest resort, and may not have an elite level of service or accommodations, but the staff is extremely friendly, capable and attentive though not overbearing, and the environment is warm and welcoming with California informality. And every night, a bagpiper comes out to play as the course closes – not a bad a way to end a day indeed. Check out our detailed Inn at Spanish Bay review.
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Score

89

Grade

B+


Pronghorn Club & Resort

Pronghorn Club & Resort

Pronghorn Golf Resort blends top-notch golf with a family-friendly environment within the natural beauty of Central Oregon. The resort includes the public Nicklaus Course (one of the top public courses in the U.S.) and the private Fazio Course and has a lodge-like feel, with recurring notes of timber and stone, and numerous fireplaces and outdoor firepits. Pronghorn doesn’t provide the single minded dedication of the greatest golf resorts, but it is a fine establishment that would be a great place to bring an entire family to experience outdoor activities such as golf, swimming in the pool, tennis and fly fishing. Check out our detailed Pronghorg Resort & Club review.
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Score

88

Grade

B+


La Costa Resort & Spa

La Costa Resort & Spa

The recent $50 million facelift of La Costa Resort & Spa, including a full renovation of the Champions Course and four renovated holes on the South Course (host to the Kia Classic LPGA Tournament) was a strong draw, as was the spa (La Costa was the first U.S. resort to offer a full-service spa). But spotty service left us with a bad impression. It’s a nice enough place to stay and golf, but it’s tough for us to muster up much enthusiasm about making a special trip to get there unless they lift the level of their attention to detail. Read more at our detailed La Costa Resort & Spa review.

Score

86

Grade

B


The Lodge at Erin Hills

The Lodge at Erin Hills

With the U.S. Open slated for Erin Hills in 2017, how could we pass up the chance to take an up-close look? The course is an hour northwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the 11-room Lodge situated on the same 650 acre property, just steps away from the range and the first tee. Those traveling as a group and looking for more privacy may want to check out the villas, located next to the Lodge. Check out our detailed Erin Hills review!

Score

86

Grade

B


Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Bandon Dunes features five different courses (four of which are generally ranked in the Top 100, the fifth a 13-hole par-3) built on a stretch of sand dunes along the Oregon coast, a number of lodging options, and two restaurants and two bars at and around the main lodge. If you’re looking for a pool or tennis courts, forget it. What you get at Bandon Dunes is stunning links golf, and that’s all we need. Stay tuned for our detailed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort review, coming this fall.

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

If you’re looking for a hotel with golf course on the California coast, you would be hard-pressed to find something closer to the water than the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Located 25 miles southwest of the San Francisco International Airport, the Ritz offers a gorgeous setting with 36 holes of golf, spa, several dining options, and fire pits overlooking the Pacific. And if you would like to bring your pet, the guest houses available a short walk away from the main hotel, are pet friendly. Keep an eye out for our detailed Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay review, coming in 2014.