The world’s most spectacular golf resorts
George, South Africa
Golf enthusiasts and those that have visited several golf resorts around the world likewise will not be disappointed by the trek to the tip of the African continent. The courses have been designed by Gary Player, the South African professional golfer regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Situated perfectly to take in the George breeze, this dramatic course with giant dunes blends seamlessly with its surroundings, the majestic Outeniqua mountains rising dramatically in the background.
The Links at Fancourt is a private club but a few tee times are available for guests staying at the Fancourt Hotel. The golf resort is in the heart of South Africa’s famed garden route, giving easy access to the stunning natural beauty of the countryside and the once-in-a- lifetime experience of seeing the best of South Africa’s wildlife.
Two-bedroom suites from $552; +27 44 804 0010
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Matauri Bay, New Zealand
Billionaire and former hedge fund manager Julian Robertson’s foray into the holiday business was not likely to be an ordinary affair. Kauri Cliffs, which sits on a 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a resort that boasts three private beaches, scuba diving and clay pigeon shooting amongst its activities. But it is the par-72 championship golf course that brings the likes of Bill Gates and Justin Timberlake to this exclusive resort.
The Tiger Tour consists of a two-island golf trip including all of Robertson’s New Zealand properties, helicopter trips, ocean sailing, horseback riding, art and winery tours and fine dining. At $26,180 per couple, excluding flights, it is perhaps the world’s most luxurious and expensive golf tour.
Suites from $695 per room per night; +64 9 407 0010
Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada
Links-style golf courses built on sandy soil near the sea are common in the British Isles but only four true courses exist in North America, of which the Cabot Links is one. Situated on Breton island, this microclimate and its accompanying winds make the game more challenging. The 12th and 16th holes are the best to enjoy this seaside location but the entire course is visually stunning. The cosy interiors of the lodge are made of cedar and heavy timber lending it an aesthetic appearance that seals its position as one of the world’s top golf resorts.
The Cabot bar overlooking the 18th hole is the perfect place to unwind with a drink after the game. For those less interested in golf, Inverness beach near this golf resort gives plenty of opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding and whale watching.
Deluxe kingsize suites from $335 per night; +1 902 258 4653
Verdura Golf and Spa Resort
Rocco Forte’s beachside outpost on a previously little-visited stretch of the southern Sicilian coast boasts three immaculate golf courses, including a nine-hole where juniors can sign up for two hours of daily lessons. The Kyle Phillips design features two championship 18-hole golf courses, perfect for any golf enthusiasts who wish to challenge themselves on the green.
The Palm Springs- style villas are earth-toned, minimal and serene. Non-golfers and other halves can indulge in the hotel’s amazing spa facilities. A specialist golf massage is also available to soothe your muscles after a day on the green. The resort is also ideally placed for visiting two of Sicily’s most impressive Greek temple complexes, Agrigento and Selinunte, both of which are within a 40km radius.
Suites from $600 per night; +39 0925 998001