75 Best Golf Resorts In North America
*2006 Rank| **Base Room Rate In High Season
1. PEBBLE BEACH RESORT/INN AT SPANISH BAY (3)*
Score: 89.17 Contact & Directions: pebblebeach.com, 800-654-9300 Room Rate:** $595 New & Notable: Site of the 2010 U.S. Open, Pebble has been strengthened and lengthened to more than 7,000 yards. At $495, the green fee is stratospheric -- but check its website for money-saving packages.
2. SEA ISLAND (GA.) RESORTS, THE CLOISTER & THE LODGE (1)
Score: 88.68 Contact & Directions: seaisland.com, 800-732-4752 Room Rate: $525 New & Notable: The rebuilt Cloister lodging continues to earn raves. The less-used Retreat Course is now mainly for members, but the Seaside (Tom Fazio) and the Plantation (Rees Jones) remain open to guests.
3. BANDON (ORE.) DUNES GOLF RESORT (2)
Score: 87.81 Contact & Directions: bandondunesgolf.com, 888-345-6008 Room Rate: $200 New & Notable: A 39-room inn overlooks No. 18 of the Bandon Dunes course. The latest dining addition is a grill overlooking Pacific Dunes. Next up: course No. 4, a Tom Doak/Jim Urbina design called Old Macdonald.
4. FOUR SEASONS RESORT HUALALAI (4)
The Big Island, Hawaii Score: 85.70 Contact & Directions: fourseasons.com, 800-819-5053 Room Rate:: $595 New & Notable: The resort just completed a $40 million "enhancement" project, adding 20 two-bedroom suites and more than doubling the size of its spa to 28,000 square feet. Part of the Nicklaus Course hugs the sea.
5. FAIRMONT BANFF (ALBERTA) SPRINGS (12)
Score: 85.00 Contact & Directions: fairmont.com, 800-257-7544 Room Rate: $459 New & Notable: A fifth-floor renovation has produced a "Fairmont Gold" area with 72 guest rooms, a lounge and a private concierge. Twenty-seven holes beckon, with stunning views of the Canadian Rockies.
6. THE AMERICAN CLUB (5)
Kohler, Wis. Score: 83.39 Contact & Directions: destinationkohler.com, 800-344-2838 Room Rate: $281 New & Notable: The PGA Championship returns to the Straits Course in 2010; the Blackwolf Run courses are prepping for the 2012 U.S. Women's Open with new sand and reseeded tees, fairways and putting surfaces.
7. KIAWAH ISLAND (S.C.) GOLF RESORT (14)
Score: 83.04 Contact & Directions: kiawahresort.com, 800-654-2924 Room Rate: $395 New & Notable: The resort has shaken up its restaurants, starting with the Sanctuary Hotel's Ocean Room, now a steakhouse. The Ocean Course, with its stunning $22 million club-house in the dunes, gets the 2012 PGA.
8. THE GREENBRIER (10)
White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Score: 82.39 Contact & Directions: greenbrier.com, 800-624-6070 Room Rate: $379 New & Notable: The storied retreat ran into financial problems and union strife that were nearly its undoing. The new owner, coal magnate Jim Justice, vows a turnaround. Among his plans: high-end gambling.
9. THE HOMESTEAD (18)
Hot Springs, Va. Score: 82.23 Contact & Directions: thehomestead.com, 800-838-1766 Room Rate: $175 New & Notable: The food and beverage operations have gotten much attention lately. The historic main dining room has been totally renovated, with updated menus as well. Take your pick from among three fine golf courses.
10. PINEHURST (N.C.) RESORT (8)
Score: 82.02 Contact & Directions: pinehurst.com, 800-487-4653 Room Rate: $340 New & Notable: All 260 rooms at the flagship Carolina Hotel got makeovers as part of a $15 million lodging upgrade. The No. 2 Course will be the site of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in consecutive weeks.
11. ONE & ONLY PALMILLA (NR)
Los Cabos, Mexico Score: 81.25 Contact & Directions: oneandonlyresorts.com, 866-829-2977 Room Rate: $675 New & Notable: The oceanside resort recently finished a $30 million renovation that includes a new restaurant -- Market by Jean-Georges -- and 16 casitas. The golf course was Jack Nicklaus' first in Latin America.
12. THE BROADMOOR (9)
Colorado Springs Score: 81.21 Contact & Directions: broadmoor.com, 800-634-7711 Room Rate: $325 New & Notable: Six deluxe cottages now line the 18th fairway of this resort's East Course. Their 44 new bedrooms offer great views of Cheyenne Mountain and, in 2011, the U.S. Women's Open.
T-13. FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI (HAWAII) AT MANELE BAY (6)
Score: 80.00 Contact & Directions: fourseasons.com, 800-321-4666 Room Rate: $445 New & Notable: Mid-decade, the resort spent $55 million upgrading rooms, restaurants, the pool and more. The Challenge, its lava-lined, Jack Nicklaus-designed 18, got new grass and bunkers.
T-13. THE RITZ-CARLTON LODGE, REYNOLDS PLANTATION (20)
Greensboro, Ga. Score: 80.00 Contact & Directions: ritzcarltonlodge.com, 800-241-3333 Room Rate: $279 New & Notable: The Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters is closed for renovation, but happily there are four other quality courses to play. A bonus: TaylorMade's The Kingdom is a clubfitting paradise.