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The 50 best golf trip destinations for women

June 26, 2024
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As more women join the game — 800,000 from 2019 to 2023, according to the National Golf Foundation — more realize one of the greatest experiences for any golfer: Gathering your friends and taking your collective love of golf on the road. To help you and your friends plan your next great golf trip, we talked to women golfers and instructors across the country to curate this list of 50 destinations in the United States that would all make a great choice for a women’s golf trip.

We know that every group is looking for something different in a golf getaway, which is why this list is full of unique experiences. Do you and your friends want to travel and only play golf? You’ll find that here. Want to play golf and mix in some other activities? Or maybe easy access to a top-notch spa? We have you covered. Is fine wine and dining a necessity? We’ve found those trips, too.

Each resort featured here provides women-friendly environments, many with golf school options if you want to work on your game while you’re away. From the mountains of the Northeast to the beaches of Hawaii, here are the 50 best resorts for women’s golf trips.The only question now is, where will you go first?

WEST COAST/HAWAII

Aviara Golf Club
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Aviara Golf Club
Carlsbad, CA, United States
4
133 Panelists

Hugging the Pacific, this resort features a variety of wellness options. Plus, it’s within 30 minutes of museums, food and shopping.

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Bandon Dunes
Stephen Szurlej
Public
Bandon Dunes
Bandon, OR, United States

It lacks the luxurious appointments and nongolf diversions of some resorts but more than makes up for it with six world-class courses and an all-are-welcome vibe.

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The Boulders Club
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The Boulders Club
Carefree, AZ, United States
3.8
98 Panelists

Visually stunning desert resort offers a pair of 18s with multiple women’s tees and plentiful restrooms. Off-course activities include rock climbing lessons, horses, hot-air ballooning.

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The Broadmoor Golf Club
Dick Durrance II
Private
The Broadmoor Golf Club
Colorado Springs, CO, United States

Elegant hotel has two courses and a spa overlooking the Rockies. It’s also popular for women’s fly-fishing getaways.

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Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Brian Walker
Public
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Stateline, NV, United States

Dramatic finishing holes feature gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe with the Sierra Mountains as a backdrop.

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
San Diego, CA

There are tee options for every level of player at the Grand Del Mar, including forward tees at less than 5,000 yards. The women's lounge is undergoing a massive renovation, which will be completed in Summer 2024. New additions to the women's lounge will include an indoor/outdoor bar and infrared sauna.

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Private
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Kailua Kona, HI
3.9
80 Panelists

When you're not playing golf amongst stretches of black lava and along the ocean, you can snorkel in the resort's cement pond to see native fish up-close. Swim out to the beach and you'll find sea turtles.

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Half Moon Bay Golf Links
Smith Collection/Gado
Public
Half Moon Bay Golf Links
Half Moon Bay, CA

Just 30 miles from the San Francisco airport, two seaside courses are framed by cliffs and wildflowers. Admire all from the five-star hotel’s Adirondack chairs and fire pits.

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Kapalua Golf
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Kapalua Golf
Lahaina, HI

There are two incredibly scenic courses with a history of women’s golf and all the activities that make Maui great, from beaches and hiking to shopping and fine dining.

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La Quinta Resort and Club
Orlando Ramirez
Private
La Quinta Resort and Club
La Quinta, CA

If you need a break from the five golf courses, your group can switch things up and hit the tennis courts or one of the 41 pools on the resort, or take a trip to the spa or salon. The La Quinta has a wide range of experiences that will meet any itinerary.

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Ojai Valley Inn
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Ojai Valley Inn
Ojai, CA

Its secluded course has tested pros and celebrities—but it’s the spa, artist cottage and apothecary that make this destination stand out.

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Paiute
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Paiute
Las Vegas, NV
3.7
47 Panelists

If you want the Las Vegas experience with golf, Paiute is about half an hour from the Las Vegas Strip with three stellar courses that all made our recent ranking of the Best Courses You Can Play in Las Vegas. Lessons on site with head teaching professional Kristen Allard range from a 15-minute tune-up to a nine-hole playing lesson.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links
Sherman Chu
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Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, CA, United States

This legendary resort has a history of women’s golf, starting with the 1940 Women’s U.S. Amateur. It also just had the ’23 U.S. Women’s Open.

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The Resort at Pelican Hill
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The Resort at Pelican Hill
Newport Coast, CA, United States
4.4
144 Panelists

Magnificent views abound at this coastal resort with two 18s, luxurious locker rooms and a five-star spa.

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Juniper Preserve
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Juniper Preserve
Bend, OR, United States

From spa to upscale dining, every detail is designed to enhance the high-desert landscape. Home to two beautiful courses, one by Jack Nicklaus, the other by Tom Fazio.

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Silverado Resort
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Private
Silverado Resort
Napa, CA, United States
3.3
74 Panelists

Located in Napa Valley, the great wine tasting experiences is a no-brainer, but the golf experience, with two courses, is worth the visit. One of the two teaching pros on staff, Kayla Walter, regularly hosts women-only clinics if you're looking to work on your game while on your trip.

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Sunriver Resort
Martin Miller
Public
Sunriver Resort
Sunriver, OR

Set among lush woodlands, meadows and wetlands, four courses change with the seasons, just like the innovative menus at the on-site restaurants.

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Terranea
Ben Horton
Public
Terranea
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Many of the rooms and casitas have ocean views—as does the golf course. Enjoy walking paths and the views from the spa's outdoor pool when you're not on the course. The dining options are extensive and excellent.

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Troon North Golf Club
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Troon North Golf Club
Scottsdale, AZ, United States
4.2
120 Panelists

Navigate elevation changes, tricky bunkers and challenging greens on your own or with help from a caddie/forecaddie. You won’t find many better golf shops for women’s merchandise.

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Wailea Golf Club
Matthew Thayer
Public
Wailea Golf Club
Kihei, HI, United States
4.1
111 Panelists

Enjoy breathtaking ocean views on almost every hole of the resort’s three courses and unwind at gorgeous, gold-sand beaches, the luxurious spa and dozens of restaurants and lounges.

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Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach
Leon Bennett
Public
Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach
Dana Point, CA, United States

On the course, you'll experience links-style golf with ocean views. At the resort, many of the rooms have ocean views as well. It's a five-star resort, and the accommodations reflect that. After your round, get a massage at the newly-renovated spa and then enjoy dinner around a firepit at the beach club.

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MIDWEST

Big Cedar Lodge
Evan Schiller
Public
Big Cedar Lodge
Hollister, MO, United States

This resort is located in the Ozark Mountains, overlooking Big Rock Lake. You have access to the lake and water sports for when you're not playing on one of the five golf courses.

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Boyne Resorts
Evan Schiller
Public
Boyne Resorts
Harbor Springs, MI
4
47 Panelists

With extra daylight on the edge of EST, visitors can pack days with 10 courses, lakeside bike rides and carriage rides on old-timey Mackinac Island.

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Crystal Mountain Resort
Bill Hornstein/Crystal Mountain
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Crystal Mountain Resort
Thompsonville, MI

The Mountain Ridge course offers panoramic views and high elevations; Betsie Valley presents narrow fairways and protected greens. Forward tees take out any forced carries.

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Forest Dunes
Evan Schiller
Public
Forest Dunes
Roscommon, MI, United States
4.4
155 Panelists

This woodsy getaway has two top courses, one of them the “reversible” Loop, and a welcoming attitude. Women get discounted green fees midweek.

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French Lick (Ind.) Resort
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French Lick (Ind.) Resort
French Lick, IN, United States

Midwestern gem has LPGA ties dating to the 1960s. There are weekly women’s clinics, a Legends Tour Hall of Fame, two undulating courses and a nonsmoking casino.

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Grand Traverse Resort
Brian Walters Photography
Public
Grand Traverse Resort
Williamsburg, MI, United States
3.6
58 Panelists

The Bear is demanding, with 11 forced carries, but two other 18s ensure variety. Afterward, try the spa, axe-throwing, casino, Wine Coast or Traverse City lights.

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Inn at Bay Harbor
Evan Schiller Photography
Public
Inn at Bay Harbor
Bay Harbor, MI, United States
3.8
97 Panelists

There are 45 holes on-site, but if that's not enough for your group, you also have access to the Inn at Bay Harbor's sister resorts. In total, you can play at 10 different golf courses. The resort is set on Little Traverse Bay, giving you beach access and the option to paddle board, fish or take a private boat ride.

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Island Resort
Brian Walters Photography
Public
Island Resort
Harris, MI, United States
4.1
18 Panelists

The resort has hosted an Epson Tour event for the last two decades, so they do a phenomenal job catering to women. Here you'll find good food and good golf, all at an affordable pricepoint.

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Sand Valley Golf Resort
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Sand Valley Golf Resort
Nekoosa, WI, United States

Unpretentious lodging and food combine with two courses on our Second 100 Greatest (Sand Valley and Mammoth Dunes) and one of the best par-3 courses in the country. On the two 18-holers, five of the six tees are rated for women.

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Shanty Creek Resort
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Shanty Creek Resort
Bellaire, MI
4
24 Panelists

Northern Michigan aesthetic is unmatched with five distinct courses, a small-yet-cosmopolitan village and upscale dining—all at a nice price.

 

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Whistling Straits/Blackwolf Run
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Whistling Straits/Blackwolf Run
Sheboygan, WI, United States

These are tough courses—forced carries abound, even from forward tees. World-renowned spa, luxurious rooms and excellent dining offer a soothing antidote.

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SOUTH

The Breakers
Jeff Greenberg
Private
The Breakers
Palm Beach, FL

This upscale spot appeals to group trips and family getaways with golf academies, indoor-outdoor spa, kids-activity center and dining options for any palette.

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Cabot Citrus Farms
Jeff Marsh
Public
Cabot Citrus Farms
Brooksville, FL, United States

Though the resort is still in the beginning stages, with its second course opening in September, women golfers we trust who have played it rave about the experience. And knowing Cabot's other locations outside of the U.S. (Cape Breton and St. Lucia), not including Cabot's first U.S. property felt like a miss. The property has two 18-hole courses, a 10-hole course and an 11-hole, lighted par-3 course. Trips to Cabot locations are golf-centric: Play epic courses, eat well, and stay in luxury accomodations.

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Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa
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Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa
Point Clear, AL

The resort is set on the Gulf Coast, so there are great pool and beach options here. Onsite there are two courses, and if you want to venture away from the resort, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is nearby. If you want to partake in other activities, there are bikes for rent so you can cruise around bike paths, and country club sport options: pickleball, tennis and croquet.

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The Greenbrier
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The Greenbrier
White Sulphur Springs, WV

Come for the iconic Dorothy Draper decor, expansive locker room and spa; stay for three scenic, playable courses and more than 55 indoor/outdoor activities.

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Horseshoe Bay Resort
Private
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay, TX

The golf school offers half and full-day instruction options, which will be bolstered by the completion of its new golf academy building. The 3,000-square-foot academy will feature indoor and outdoor hitting bays and will be completed at the end of 2024. Located on a lake, this resort offers boat rentals for a fun post-golf activity.

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Kiawah Island (S.C.) G. Resort
Carlos Amoedo
Public
Kiawah Island (S.C.) G. Resort
Kiawah Island, SC, United States

The Ocean Course is famously difficult, but there are four other fine 18s, and the Sanctuary hotel lives up to its name. Proximity to lively Charleston is another plus.

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Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort
Stephen Szurlej
Public
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort
Pinehurst, NC, United States

Multiple female PGA pros help set the women-friendly tone at sprawling resort. Bonus: Rolling sandhills courses don’t demand many forced carries.

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Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Dom Furore
Public
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Southern Pines, NC, United States

Perfect your game and enjoy complimentary cocktails as part of the women’s “Golfari”—all on the course that was home to the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open.

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Reynolds Lake Oconee
Private
Reynolds Lake Oconee
Greensboro, GA, United States
4.3
73 Panelists

There are five courses, with multiple sets of tees, and an equally wide variety of lodging choices—from cottages to condos to hotel suites.

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Ritz Carlton Naples (Fla.)
Dave Sansom
Public
Ritz Carlton Naples (Fla.)
Naples, FL
4.3
61 Panelists

Year-round destination is home to three tour events, but don’t let that intimidate you. The Black course has tees less than 4,000 yards—great for beginners.

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Ross Bridge, RTJ G. Trail
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Ross Bridge, RTJ G. Trail
Birmingham, AL, United States
4.1
40 Panelists

It’s among the world’s longest courses, at 8,191 yards. Ignore that and pick shorter tees that let you focus on the lakes, waterfall and stunning par 3s.

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Sea Island
Stephen Szurlej
Private
Sea Island
Saint Simons Island, GA, United States

Sea Island features two five-star resorts and three golf courses, each unique to challenege different parts of your game and ensure everyone in your group is happy no matter what style of golf they prefer. Sea Island hosts women's tournaments and women's golf schools, creating a welcoming environment catered to women.

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The Sea Pines Resort
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The Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, SC
4
96 Panelists

Perfect for groups looking to relax with daily bike rides around the idyllic Lowcountry. This resort offers weekly women’s clinics and a two-day school.

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Streamsong Resort: Black
LC Lambrecht
Public
Streamsong Resort: Black
Bowling Green, FL, United States

This resort has three acclaimed 18s, a two-acre putting course and a seven-hole short course to accommodate most skill levels and trip lengths.

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NORTH EAST

Equinox Resort
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Equinox Resort
Manchester Village, VT, United States
3.4
23 Panelists

The course at this historic resort was built in 1927 because women weren't originally allowed on the golf course nearby. Keeping to that history, the long-time head professional Joan McDonald has curated an inclusive environment at Equinox. The course has recently undergone renovations to bunkers and green complexes. Go in early October to enjoy the foliage in the mountains that surround the resort.

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Nemacolin
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Nemacolin
Farmington, PA, United States

A mainstay on our ranking of the Best Resorts in the Northeast, Nemacolin offers five different, high-end lodging options. The two courses, the Mystic Rock and Sheperd's Rock, are both ranked among the Best Courses in Pennsylvania. And for any other non-golfer or to vary the itinerary, other outdoor activies including horseback riding tours. Your group can also experience wine tastings and cooking classes.

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort
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Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Bedford, PA, United States
4.1
43 Panelists

This is a historic hotel, with a golf course dating back to the 1800's. There are trails around the resort for hiking, and a firepit to make s'mores while you recount the day's action on the course.

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Primland Resort
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Public
Primland Resort
Meadows of Dan, VA, United States

Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the expansive property, which incldues the Highlands course, ranked in the top 25 public courses in the country, offers unparalleled views. The lodging options are all high-end, and you can even go for the unique experience of staying in one of the property's treehouses. The resort is known for its extensive wine cellar. Tennis, mountain biking and horseback riding can fill your non-golfing hours.

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