Editors' ChoiceApril 19, 2016

Best Grand Golf Hotels

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You know a Grand Hotel when you see it. Long driveways, stately columns, massive common rooms, and usually exceptional breakfast buffets for the grab-and-go golfer. The Breakers in Palm Beach is a classic example. A Grand Golf hotel might not be a full-service resort or boast a 100 Greatest course, but it's where well-heeled golfers love to stay when playing in the area. Boutique Hotels (fewer than 50 rooms) have the same feel on a cozier scale. Inspiration: Greywalls in Scotland.

Where do Jack and Arnie stay when they're in town? Lodging for golfers comes in many flavors, from a humble B&B beside a remote, windswept Irish links to a giant, new all-inclusive Asian golf Xanadu with fabulous golf courses as far as the eye can see. We've carved up this huge spectrum of properties in the way golfers look at them, which is overlapping. (Alert readers might notice some appearing as a Best Resort and as a Grand Hotel when warranted.)

Our editors are world travelers, but for this particularly global category we also surveyed our 900-strong army of golf-course panelists and sought nominations and opinions across the international network of foreign editions of Golf Digest as well as other partners, professionals and seasoned golf travelers of our acquaintance.

The Grand Golf Hotels are the world's iconic palaces of luxury, the kinds of places where heads of state convene to discuss important matters of the day, such as how they birdied the 17th hole. In 1944 at the majestic Mount Washington, for instance, John Maynard Keynes attended the conference where the International Monetary Fund and a plan for postwar reconstruction were born.


GRAND GOLF HOTELS

ADARE MANOR (IRELAND)
Closed for 2016 while undergoing Tom Fazio renovations
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ANANTI PENTHOUSE SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA)
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ASHFORD CASTLE (IRELAND)
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THE BREAKERS
Palm Beach
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THE BROADMOOR
Colorado Springs
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THE CLOISTER
Sea Island, Ga.
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FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS FAIRMONT (CANADA)
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FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE (CANADA)
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GLENEAGLES (SCOTLAND)
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GRAND HOTEL
Mackinac Island, Mich.
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GRAND XIV NASU SHIRAKAWA THE LODGE (JAPAN)
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THE GREENBRIER
White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
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OMNI HOMESTEAD RESORT
Hot Springs, Va. More Information


OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT
Bretton Woods, N.H
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THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY HOTEL (SOUTH AFRICA)
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PGA CATALUNYA (SPAIN)
Reopens in late May after being refurbished
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THE SANCTUARY AT KIAWAH ISLAND (S.C.) GOLF RESORT
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SLIEVE DONARD HOTEL (NORTHERN IRELAND)
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TRUMP TURNBERRY (SCOTLAND)
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WEST BADEN SPRINGS (IND.) HOTEL
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