3 of The Best Golf Resorts and Clubhouses in the World
- Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States
Architect Donald Ross’s take on this golf course has consistently been praised by critics. In fact, consistently ranked among America’s best are Pinehurst No. 2, No. 8 and No. 4 while Nos. 1 and 3 are considered to be Ross’ most original work.
The three hotels which the resort hosts are the best providing superb breakfast buffet and first-class rooms. On top of that, eight different restaurants serve delectable and exquisite food for lunch or dinner. A variety of bars and cafés cater to quick snacks and drinks with a splendid spa and fitness centre, tennis courts, and almost every other sport you can think of.
However, Pinehurst Resort is mostly about golf, steeped in golf history, and showcasing photos of historical golf moments at Pinehurst, dating back to the early 1900s.
- The Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews, Scotland
Old Course Hotel is perfectly situated in the home of golf, right beside the 17th hole on the Old Course at St. Andrews, allowing entrance to all St. Andrew’s great courses.
The five-star hotel has luxurious guest rooms, wonderful restaurants’ and a relaxing Kohler Waters Spa. You can try more than 200 malt whiskeys in the Road Hole Bar while watching other golfers go through at this tricky hole.
- The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Arnold Palmer designed both courses, yet they’re very different. The Palmer Ryder Cup course is a beautiful parkland course with avenues of trees lining the fairways while the Smurfit course is an inland links with added water hazards and hardly a single tree in sight. Both are a delight to play.
The K Club is also a great base from which to play the other great courses in the area, notably Royal Dublin, Portmarnock, the Montgomerie and O’Meara courses at Carton House, and Pat Ruddy’s magnificent The European Golf Club at Brittas Bay.
Accommodations here include the luxurious K Club Hotel, originally built in 1832 in the style of a French chateau but now the height of modern stately elegance. A full Irish breakfast in the River Room restaurant is great preparation for your round, the Thai and Asian cuisine at Kwan Suk is the perfect ending to an eventful day. Pampering awaits in the K Spa and there’s falconry, clay pigeon shooting, horse back riding or fishing on the K Club estate if you still haven’t had your fill of the outdoors.