The 75 Best Golf Resorts
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48. ST. REGIS MONARCH BEACH GOLF LINKS (NR) Dana Point, Calif.
Score: 77.33 | Contact: monarchbeachgolf.com, 949-234-3200 | Room rate: $625
New + Notable: Last year the course replaced 180,000 square feet of turf with Bermuda grass. Make sure your approach into the severely undulated No. 3 green is close to the hole: Four-putting is not uncommon.
49. THE PHOENICIAN (T-38) Scottsdale
Score: 77.25 | Contact: thephoenician.com, 800-888-8234 Room rate: $680
New + Notable: The 27 holes of golf have a new closing hole on the Oasis nine, thanks to construction of a new ballroom: Arizona's only sand-island green, a 320-yard par 4 with bunkers surrounding it.
50. FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS (47)
Score: 77.14 | Contact: fairmont.com/scottsdale, 866-540-4495 | Room rate: $229
New + Notable: Tom Lehman and Natalie Gulbis have given clinics in the past year, so check in advance. Off course: Cactus-gardening or tequila-tasting classes are among many activity choices.
51. NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT (37) Farmington, Pa.
Score: 77.09 | Contact: nemacolin.com, 800-422-2736 | Room rate: $329
New + Notable: Five lodging options offer visitors multiple choices for golfers playing The Links Course or the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock Course.
52. FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER (B.C.) (23)
Score: 77.05 | Contact: fairmont.com/whistler, 800-606-8244 | Room rate: $239
New + Notable: The 550-room resort houses five restaurants and the Vida Spa with 17 treatment rooms. Its Robert Trent Jones Jr. course sits at the foot of the snowcapped Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
53. LOEWS VENTANA CANYON RESORT (34) Tucson
Score: 76.89 | Contact: loewshotels.com, 800-235-6397 | Room rate: $259 New + Notable: Celebrated for its "green" efforts, the resort created a half-mile trail so guests can get a close look at the Sonoran Desert along its two Tom Fazio courses.
54. THE ESEEOLA LODGE AT LINVILLE G.C. (N.C.) (NR)
Score: 76.77 | Contact: eseeola.com, 800-742-6717 | Room rate: $299
New + Notable: Views of Grandfather Mountain create picturesque golf holes on this Donald Ross design. Bring some bread or fish food to feed the trout at the turn, or when fishing your ball out of the water.
55. THE INN AT BAY HARBOR (MICH.) (41)
Score: 76.76 | Contact: innatbayharbor.com, 800-462-6963 | Room rate: $250
New + Notable: Bay Harbor's bunker renovations included adding tour-quality sand throughout the 27-hole property, which lies on the edge of Lake Michigan.
56. RENAISSANCE BIRMINGHAM ROSS BRIDGE GOLF RESORT & SPA (NR) Hoover, Ala.
Score: 76.74 | Contact: rossbridgeresort.com, 888-236-2427 | Room rate: $189
New + Notable: Bunkers were removed on four holes over the last two years to make the course more playable for the average golfer. From the tips, it plays to 8,192 yards. It claims to be the world's second-longest par 72.
57. JW MARRIOTT IHILANI RESORT & SPA AT KO OLINA (NR) Oahu
Score: 76.67 | Contact: ihilani.com, 808-679-0079 | Room rate: $545
New + Notable: En route to the 12th hole, golfers enter a tunnel under a waterfall, with Hawaiian floral decorations lining the unique entrance. The course is known for its black swans, too.
58. FOUR SEASONS RESORT JACKSON HOLE (WYO.) (NR)
Score: 76.50 | Contact: fourseasons.com/jacksonhole, 307-732-5000 | Room rate: $625 New + Notable: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club is among the top five in Golf Digest's Best in State ranking. Off-course, consider a wildlife tour, limited to just five people, through scenic routes in the Tetons.
59. TRUE NORTH GOLF CLUB (NR) Harbor Springs, Mich.
Score: 76.47 | Contact: truenorthgolf.com, 231-526-3300 | Room rate: $840 (for an eight-person cottage)
New + Notable: Plans to add two more cottages will double the rooms on property because of high demand at True North, ranked No. 33 among America's 100 Greatest Public Courses.
60. FRENCH LICK (IND.) RESORT (29)
Score: 76.19 | Contact: frenchlick.com, 888-936-9360 | Room rate: $229
New + Notable: Pete Dye's hilly 18-hole test includes must-see volcano bunkers. The resort, also home to a Donald Ross course, will host the 2012 Big Ten Championships.
61. OJAI (CALIF.) VALLEY INN & SPA (NR)
Score: 76.14 | Contact: ojairesort.com, 800-422-6524 | Room rate: $450
New + Notable: This Southern California resort's nearly 90-year-old course is not long, at just more than 6,200 yards and a par of 70. But it's no pushover. From the back tees, its Slope Rating is 132.
62. THE COEUR D'ALENE (IDAHO) RESORT (24)
Score: 75.98 | Contact: cdaresort.com, 800-688-5253 | Room rate: $263
New + Notable: The course is most famous for its floating island green on the 14th hole, but there's a lot more to like, including first-rate conditioning and an excellent caddie program.
63. RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL (NR) Dana Point, Calif.
Score: 75.91 | Contact: ritzcarlton.com, 949-240-2000 | Room rate: $495
New + Notable: This year a $60 million project was completed that transformed bedrooms, meeting space and restaurants at the resort. The goal: to better reflect its Pacific Coast surroundings.