There’s still plenty of time remaining in August’s National Golf Month (and beyond) to take in some of the world’s more desired golf destinations.
Here’s a look a few of my favorites, and what they have to offer:
Sand Valley Resort
Sand Valley is sprawling resort destination with farm-to-table culinary experiences, year-round outdoor adventures, and one of the top golf experiences in the Midwest. It is now open year-round for visitors to stay at the Lodge at Sand Valley, as well as its collection of freestanding cottages.
The golf experience features three distinct designs: Sand Valley, an 18-hole design by Coore & Crenshaw; Mammoth Dunes, an 18-hole design by David McLay Kidd; and The Sandbox, a 17-hole, par-3 course by Coore & Crenshaw.
Outdoor activities include tennis, hiking, fat-tire biking, bird watching, fishing, yoga and star-gazing.
Once the weather allows, additional thrills such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating and sledding are offered as well.
Where: Rome, Wisconsin
Cabot Cape Breton
Cabot Cape Breton has garnered international acclaim as one of the premier resort destinations in the world thanks to its dramatic setting on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and dynamic golf courses that consistently rank among the world’s best.
The resort includes a 72-room lodge with ocean views from every room, three restaurants, and endless opportunities for adventure, including heli-fly fishing and hiking the world-renowned Cabot Trail.
Golfers travel from around the world to play the bucket list courses of Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, each with postcard worthy panoramas of the Cape Breton coastline.
The popularity of short courses has exploded recently, and Cabot opened The Nest this season, a par-3, 10-hole short course that now offers night golf, as well.
Where: Inverness, Nova Scotia
Danzante Bay at the Islands of Loreto is Baja’s rising destination for relaxation, culture and eco-tourism. This largely undiscovered, peaceful retreat is located on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and is best known for its secluded, unspoiled setting on the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, A UNESCO World Heritage.
The resort is home to the award-winning Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto; four restaurants; five pools; 39,000 square foot Sabila Spa; and the exceptional TPC Danzante Bay, a Rees Jones design that has some of the more striking holes in Mexico, including the par-3, 17th that plays onto a peninsula overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
Guests also have access to cultural city tours, hiking Tabor Canyon, whale watching, kayaking, ATV desert tours, LED stand up paddle boarding at night, sport fishing excursions and surfing at Scorpion Bay.
Book the Unlimited Golf or Spa package for the chance to experience the par-72 course that showcases the natural beauty of the surrounding Sierra de la Giganta mountains and Sea of Cortez.
Where: Loreto, Mexico
Rancho San Lucas
Rancho San Lucas, one of the newer resort communities in Cabo, is set in rolling desert foothills that slope to pristine beachfront on the Pacific Ocean, and includes the new Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas hotel.
Amenities include four pools, a mini waterpark, a saltwater lagoon that winds throughout the property, multiple restaurants, Seaside Spa, 15 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, and a new Greg Norman Signature golf course.
Other activities include cooking classes, movies under the stars and tequila tasting. Known for employing a ‘least-disturbance’ approach in his design projects, the newly opened course is a multi-themed layout with five holes on the beach and a signature island green.
Book the Golf Getaway package for an unforgettable trip.
Where: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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