75 Best Golf Resorts In North America
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45. THE EQUINOX (59)
Manchester Village, Vt. Score: 71.71 Contact & Directions: equinoxresort.com, 800-362-4747 Room Rate: $559 New & Notable: The resort got a $20 million makeover last year. Earlier, its 1927 golf course was redesigned by Rees Jones. A worthy side trip: Robert Todd Lincoln's home, Hildene, and the neighboring cemetery.
46. GIANTS RIDGE (NR)
Biwabik, Minn. Score: 71.39 Contact & Directions: giantsridge.com, 800-688-7669 Room Rate: $179 New & Notable: The Quarry and Legend designs are the highlights at this northern resort: Both appear on Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Public Courses list. The Lodge, one of two room choices, is newly renovated.
47. FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE (49)
Score: 71.25 Contact & Directions: fairmont.com, 800-344-4758 Room Rate: $299 New & Notable: The new Champions Course opened two years ago, joining the Stadium Course, which hosts a PGA Tour event. A $45 million renovation of the resort remade rooms and added a Bourbon Steak restaurant and lounge.
48. GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT & SPA (NR)
Acme, Mich. Score: 71.14 Contact & Directions: grandtraverseresort.com, 800-236-1577 Room Rate: $279 New & Notable: Three courses require a lot of upkeep, which isn't always good for the environment (or the budget). So new "no-mow" spots, where grasses are allowed to grow, are in out-of-play areas.
49. BARTON CREEK (47)
Austin Score: 70.91 Contact & Directions: bartoncreek.com, 800-336-6158 Room Rate: $210 New & Notable: Fazio Canyons, one of two Tom Fazio courses at the resort, was the site of U.S. Open local qualifying. Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore designed the other two courses.
50. MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL (29)
The Big Island, Hawaii Score: 70.50 Contact & Directions: maunalani.com, 800-367-2323 Room Rate: $455 New & Notable: The resort's 343 rooms are spread over 30 acres, leaving lots of room for natural space. Two extra holes allow for updates to the main 36 at the North and South courses.
51. PGA VILLAGE (57)
Port St. Lucie, Fla. Score: 70.25 Contact & Directions: pgavillage.com, 800-800-4653 Room Rate: $139 New & Notable: The Dye Course was upgraded in October 2007. Changes include 450 new trees and Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda greens. Two Tom Fazio courses got their makeovers the year before.
52. GRAND VIEW LODGE (NR)
Nisswa, Minn. Score: 70.00 Contact & Directions: grandviewlodge.com, 800-432-3788 Room Rate: $225 New & Notable: Two of its courses and a third course combining two nines carry 4½-star ratings from Golf Digest readers. Updates at the 27-hole Pines Course include widened fairways and more than 100 large pine trees.
53. PINE NEEDLES AND MID PINES (30)
Southern Pines, N.C. Score: 69.94 Contact & Directions: pineneedles-midpines.com, 800-747-7272 Room Rate: $195 New & Notable: Two Donald Ross courses are a primo draw. Pine Needles, site of the U.S. Women's Open in 1996, 2001 and 2007, now has permanent tees for junior golfers.
54. GRANDE LAKES ORLANDO (NR)
Orlando Score: 69.73 Contact & Directions: grandelakes.com, 800-682-6647 Room Rate: $359 New & Notable: Guests can stay at the Ritz-Carlton or the J.W. Marriott. Reciprocal privileges allow use of the Greg Norman-designed course and a 40,000-square-foot spa.
55. SEMIAHMOO RESORT (NR)
Blaine, Wash. Score: 69.71 Contact & Directions: semiahmoo.com, 800-770-7992 Room Rate: $149 New & Notable: Loomis Trail was the site of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship in May, and tee boxes on Arnold Palmer's Semiahmoo course have been reconstructed and enlarged.
56. LA QUINTA (CALIF.) RESORT& CLUB/PGA WEST (42)
Score: 69.69 Contact & Directions: laquintaresort.com, 760-564-4111 Room Rate: $199 New & Notable: Three courses (out of five) have been updated: new GPS systems, bunkers and tee boxes at the Stadium and Nicklaus courses and a few new greens on the Mountain.
57. KINGSMILL RESORT & SPA (54)
Williamsburg, Va. Score: 69.50 Contact & Directions: kingsmill.com, 800-832-5665 Room Rate: $208 New & Notable: The state's largest golf resort has 425 rooms. The River, site of an LPGA event, is one of three 18s. It's an easy shuttle over to Busch Gardens or Colonial Williamsburg.
58. TURTLE BAY RESORT (64) Oahu, Hawaii Score: 69.29 Contact & Directions: turtlebayresort.com, 808-293-6000 Room Rate: $371 New & Notable: The practice area at the George Fazio Course has more than doubled to 16,000 square feet to accommodate more golfers. The Palmer Course's range is even bigger.