Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Resorts in the World – 100-76


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But for now, let’s begin our countdown of the world’s best golf resorts.

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Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Resorts in the World – 100-76

Penha Longa is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

100. Penha Longa

Lisbon, Portugal

Courses 28 Accommodation 18 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 75

The Kyle Phillips course travels over adventurous terrain with lots of elevation change. It is a continental Top 100 fixture. There is a second nine too, but arguably the biggest allure is a wonderful hotel. That this is at 100 shows this list’s quality.

Druids Glen is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

99. Druids Glen

Newtown Mount Kennedy, Ireland

Courses 28 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 75

Two courses, the premier Druids Glen and its No.2, Druids Heath, that are always in the middle of our Irish Top 100 and are two of the country’s finest inland courses. The hotel does not let the side down; a terrific all-rounder, 40km south of Dublin.

Villa Padierna is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

98. Villa Padierna

Malaga, Spain

Courses 25 Accommodation 19 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 75

Three courses to enjoy – Flamingos, Alferini and the short and fun Tramores – amid a palazzo-style resort plotted amid Tuscan-style gardens. The Anantara hotel is just exquisite, with lots of luxury leisure and wellness facilities on hand.

Le Golf National is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

97. Golf National

Paris, France

Courses 30 Accommodation 16 Amenities 14 Setting 15 Total 75

The main course needs little introduction, being the host of the 2018 Ryder Cup and many Tour events. The Albatros is a thrill-a-minute, water-based parkland and is backed up by the Aigle. The Novotel hotel on site overlooks the golf.

Taghazout Bay is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

96. Taghazout Bay

Agadir, Morocco

Course 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 75

Situated on the outskirts of Agadir on bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel has 152 stylish rooms and there is a spa, pools and fitness centre. But the main lure is a Kyle Phillips clifftop course that is aesthetically pleasing and fun.

Trump International Golf Links Scotland is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

95. Trump Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland

Course 33 Accommodation 19  Amenities 5 Setting 18 Total 75

Limited in quantity, endless in quality. Just one course, but it is a breathtaking high-dune links of GB&I top-10 level. Only a handful of rooms in MacLeod House, but the luxury is epic. Only dining as amenities, but this is bucket-list stuff and a good base from which to play many of Scotland’s other Top 100 stars.

Katameya Heights is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

94. Katameya Heights

Cairo, Egypt

Courses 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 75

A 27-hole course designed by Sir Nick Faldo and Brian Curley that’s in terrific condition is the centrepiece for this upscale Cairo resort. The hotel is equally impressive, with delightful modern rooms and a 9,000sq ft spa heading the facilities.

Gullane is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

93. Archerfield

Gullane, Scotland

Courses 31 Accommodation 18  Amenities 11 Setting 15 Total 75

Falls close to the ‘courses with rooms’ category, to be honest, but the two courses are both fixtures in the middle of our Scottish Top 100 and the accommodation is absolutely out of this world. Limited facilities outside of the spa. But… wow.

Royal Palm Marrakesh is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

92. Royal Palm Marrakesh   

Marrakesh, Morocco

Course 25 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 75

A resort course of real character that was designed with skill and real effort by Cabell Robinson. It is complemented by a hotel whose rooms are laid out in a series of well-appointed low-lying apartments. Excellent spa, pools and restaurants.

Magdalena Grand is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

91. Magdalena Grand

Lowlands, Tobago

Course 23 Accommodation 19 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 76

Just one course here but a rather nice one, which winds between typical Caribbean vegetation before getting some wonderful beachside and infinity green views. The hotel is a delight, exuding colonial elegance and charm.

Oitavos Dunes is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

90. Oitavos Dunes

Lisbon, Portugal

Course 28 Accommodation 17 Amenities 13 Setting 18 Total 76

The golf and hotel both benefit from an invigorating Atlantic Ocean setting. The course, by Arthur Hills, is a continental Top 100 fixture and has several memorable moments. The hotel is uber-chic and minimalist.

Big Cedar Lodge is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

89. Big Cedar Lodge

Missouri, USA

Courses 30 Accommodation 15 Amenities 13 Setting 18 Total 76

There are 302 rooms, five courses (three 18-holers, one 13-holer and a nine-holer) designed by Woods, Nicklaus, Palmer, Watson, Player, Fazio, Coore-Crenshaw, plus 12 restaurants, a pool, spa, fishing and shooting. All in the gorgeous Ozarks.

Banyan Tree Lang Co is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

88. Banyan Tree Lang Co

Da Nang City, Vietnam

Course 26 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 76

Luxurious all-pool villas between the azure waters of Vietnam’s East Sea and the Truong Son mountains. All very chic. The course at Laguna Lang Co is a Sir Nick Faldo design with stunning views. A gym and yoga head the amenities.

Banyan Tree Lang Co is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

87. El Saler

Valencia, Spain

Course 31 Accommodation 15 Amenities 13 Setting 17 Total 76

Arguaby the best-designed course in Spain and one of the best on the whole continent. The Javier Arana masterpiece has an exhilarating seaside setting and
is backed up by a pleasant hotel with views of the course and Mediterranean.

Boyne Highlands is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

86. Boyne Highlands

Harbor Springs, Usa

Courses 30 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 15 Total 76

Boyne has three resorts close to each other, but too far apart for us to deem it one entry. Mountain and Inn Harbour are terrific but Highlands is the No.1, with four 18-holers and lots of accommodation intended to feel like an English country estate.

Montgomerie Maxx is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

85. Montgomerie Maxx

Belek, Turkey

Course 25 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 15 Total 76

When we say the hotel is probably the most glitzy and opulent in Belek, you know it’s pretty flashy – it rivals the UAE for sparkle! Lots of amenities (standard Belek) and a course that has been in our continental Europe Top 100.

Dove Mountain is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

84. Dove Mountain

Tucson, USA

Courses 28 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 76

Surrounded by the canyons of the Tortolita Mountains, this Ritz-Carlton desert retreat has 253 rooms, five restaurants, high-class spa, tennis, pool and fitness. Two of the three Jack Nicklaus nines are the host of the WGC Match Play.

Le Touquet is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

83. Le Touquet

Le Touquet, France

Courses 31 Accommodation 16 Amenities 12 Setting 17 Total 76

A tale of refurbishment on and off the course. La Mer has been renovated by Frank Pont and is just brilliant. There are two more courses, too. The hotel, which used to feel a little tired, is now fresh, characterful and an ideal base for a break.

Troia is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

82. Troia

Lisbon, Portugal

Course 29 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 17 Total 77

A course by Robert Trent Jones Snr that has an enviable seaside location just south of Portugal’s capital, plus a few hotel options to choose from that offer non-golf entertainment too. The course is continental top-10 standard.

La Manga Club is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

81. La Manga Club

Murcia, Spain

Courses 29 Accommodation 14 Amenities 19 Setting 15 Total 77

Don’t dismiss La Manga Club. It has echoes of tabloid tales of football teams in the ’90s, but the courses are all good – the West the pick – and the facilities are so comprehensive. The hotel lets it down a little, but the townhouses are excellent.

The Machrie is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

80. The Machrie

Islay, Scotland

Course 31 Accommodation 16 Amenities 13 Setting 17 Total 77

Probably the oldest resort in the ranking, but it’s had the most wonderful and comprehensive makeover in every sense. DJ Russell has made the links playable yet still super fun and the hotel is high end. For the links lover, absolute perfection.

Address Montgomerie is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

79. Address Montgomerie

Dubai, UAE

Course 25 Accommodation 19 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 77

Sits very close to the centre of Dubai’s buzz, yet in its own little tranquil, green setting. The course is very playable and has the famous skyline to line up against. Limited rooms but they are wonderful. Pool and gym head the facilities.

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The Old Course Hotel is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

78. Old Course Hotel

St Andrews, Scotland

Course 25 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 77

A five-star hotel with opulent rooms and a wealth of facilities that has a mystical setting, given it overlooks 17 and 18 of the Old Course. The golf is the heathland Duke’s, however, a short drive away (which loses it a point). Otherwise majestic.

Four Seasons Troon North is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

77. Four Seasons Troon North

Scottsdale, USA

Courses 29 Accommodation 15 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 77

This Scottsdale resort has more than 200 rooms, four restaurants, a spa, tennis, hiking and biking, all in an exhilarating desert setting. The golf is a short transfer away at the celebrated Pinnacle and Monument courses, the latter by Weiskopf and Morrish.

The Grove is one of the best golf resorts in the world.

76. The Grove

Watford, England

Course 27 Accommodation 17 Amenities 18 Setting 16 Total 78

A country estate on the outskirts of London, The Grove is a true all-rounder. The Kyle Phillips course has been a GB&I Top 100 entry and is in sensational nick all year round. The hotel hosts the England football team, as an indication of its quality. Loads of amenities for all the family.

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Chris Bertram, Golf World Top 100 Editor

Chris Bertram is the Golf World Top 100 Editor.

He was born and brought up in Dumfriesshire and has been a sports journalist since 1996, initially as a junior writer with National Club Golfer magazine.

Chris then spent four years writing about football and rugby union for the Press Association but returned to be Editor and then Publisher of NCG before joining Golf World and Today’s Golfer as Senior Production Editor.

He has been freelance since 2010 and when he is not playing and writing about the world’s finest golf courses, he works for BBC Sport.

A keen all-round sportsman, Chris plays off 11 – which could be a little better if it wasn’t for hilariously poor lag putting which has to be seen to be believed.

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