Here is the third instalment of our Great Golf Top 20 Categories. In each edition of the Magazine we will introduce a list of 20 Golf Resorts that are considered candidates for that particular field. As the year progresses we will be asking our readers to vote for the winner of each category as well as an overall winner. The sixth and final edition of 2016 is the “100 Greatest Golf Resorts” in which the winners of each category and also an overall winner will be announced.
You can vote for each category as they are listed, or save all voting until the end of the year. Individuals who have voted in all 5 categories and also for an overall winner will be added to the “Win a Golfing Holiday” competition with the winner being announced in the 100 Greatest Golf Resorts edition in December.
Westin Resort Costa Navarino – Greece
The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese, which enjoys an excellent year-round climate. Nominated as one of the best family destinations in Europe, it is set on a verdant hillside, offering a mix of golf, sea and pool views.
ACCOMODATION. The family-friendly accommodation features spacious terraces or balconies with sea views, while most ground-floor units have private infinity pools.
GOLF. The Dunes Course incorporates some links-style features, while the Bay Course meanders through contrasting natural landscapes.
DINING. There are several restaurants serving ethnic, international and local dishes.
SPA. The 4,000m² Anazoe Spa offers a full range of specialty treatments based on health and beauty practices of ancient Greece.
CHILDREN. There’s a huge variety of supervised fun activities for the kids, as well as a crèche.
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort – Morocco
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort is a 5 star hotel located in El Jadida, on Morocco's Atlantic coast, covering 250 hectares alongside a superb beach and enjoying a wonderful year-round climate. With lots of activities to keep everyone happy, it is a perfect place for a family holiday.
ACCOMODATION. With panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean, the resort features 490 elegantly-designed rooms and suites.
DINING. There are eight restaurants offering the best in international dining and Moroccan gastronomy.
GOLF. Mazagan is home to the longest golf course in Morocco – a par 72, 18-hole links course, designed by Gary Player.
SPA. The Mazagan Spa offers a wide range of body and facial treatments, as well as a hammam and fitness centre.
CHILDREN. A dedicated team caters to children of all ages, from three months to 17-year-olds, with plenty of fun activities.
Pine Cliffs Resort – Algarve, Portugal
Pine Cliffs Resort, with its prime seafront location on the amazing coastline of the Algarve, in Southern Portugal, is an award-winning luxury and family resort. The hotels architecture pays homage to the country’s Moorish heritage and offers breath-taking views of the Atlantic.
ACCOMODATION. All rooms and suites are spacious with large balconies, enjoying gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, lush gardens or the Monchique Mountains.
DINING. There is a good selection of restaurants and bars located on site.
GOLF. The Pine Cliffs Golf Course lies perched 200 feet above the golden beaches, offering breath-taking views along the coastline.
SPA. The wellness centre makes use of local resources, such as, seaweeds and orange blossom.
KIDS. The hotel offers an array of unmatched family leisure activities and facilities including the 7000sqm kids club, Porto Pirata Children’s Village.
Aphrodite Hills – Cyprus
The luxurious, five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel is located on a plateau overlooking the glittering blue Mediterranean Sea, the hotel fabulously combines the classic with the contemporary and is ideal for both couples and families alike.
ACCOMMODATION. The rooms and suites are spacious and luxuriously furnished, with balconies or a terrace, from which to enjoy the views.
DINING. There are a selection of restaurants and bars on the resort, anything from A la Carte Fine dining, to International buffet.
GOLF. Aphrodite Hills has an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course, a Golf Academy and a magnificent Clubhouse, designed for golfers of all standards and ages.
SPA. The award winning Retreat Spa, offer state-of-the-art facilities and an expert team ready to pamper your mind, body and soul.
KIDS. There are plenty of activities for the children, with a kids club, as well as a football academy for boys and girls of all ages and abilities.
Chateau d’ Augerville – France
Located in Augerville-la-Riviére, about an hours’ drive south of Paris, Chateau d’Augerville offers peace and tranquillity, fine dining, luxury accommodation and an 18 hole parkland golf course. It also has its very own artisan chocolate factory and patisserie, where you and the kids can learn how to make chocolate by a master.
DINING. The restaurant offers high quality traditional French cuisine.
ACCOMMODATION. Traditional Chateau style rooms, all finished to a high standard and ranging from a singe up to the Grand Suite.
GOLF. 18 holes over a rolling landscape, framed by woodland. The Chateau makes the perfect backdrop when playing the 9th and the 18th hole.
SPA. Complete Spa and Wellness area over two floors.
KIDS. The Chateau’s artisan chocolatier will happily share some of his skills with you and the kids, or head to nearby Base de Loisirs de Buthiers, were there are plenty of activities for children of all ages.
La Manga – Spain
This award winning resort offers a combination of the finest holiday accommodation with superb leisure and sports facilities. Located on the Costa Calida, it is a perfect location for families looking for an activity filled holiday and sunshine.
ACCOMMODATION. La Manga is a huge resort with over 20 villa and apartment communities, as well as over 120 villas with private swimming pools.
DINING. There is more than 25 restaurants and bars in the resort, offering anything from Mediterranean, to Indian and American cuisine.
GOLF. There are three 18-hole championship courses at La Manga, offering tranquil surroundings, stunning views and plenty of challenges.
SPA. A total of 13 treatment rooms offer a vast array of pampering, soothing, rejuvenating and relaxing treatments.
KIDS. There are lots of sports activities for you and the kids to enjoy, as well as a supervised children’s club.
Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort – Mauritius
This luxury all-inclusive 5-star beach resort, located in the wild southern part of Mauritius, offers guests an inviting ethnic atmosphere and world class services and amenities. And with a huge choice of sports and leisure activities, there is plenty to keep the whole family happy.
ACCOMMODATION. The rooms, suites and villas offers a chic ethnic look, featuring solid wood furniture and warm colours.
DINING. There is a choice of places to eat or enjoy a cocktail, whether you fancy traditional Mauritian cuisine, or eating around a campfire under the stars.
GOLF. The award-winning Heritage Golf Club offers a stunning championship golf course, flanked by rolling mountains on one side, and the blue waters of the lagoon on the other.
SPA. The award-winning Seven Colours Spa is the perfect place to be pampered, or you can enjoy Tai Chi and yoga on the beach.
KIDS. There is a kids club, a teen’s club and even a baby club, so young and old should be entertained and happy.
Turnberry – Scotland
On the rugged Ayrshire coast, in the west of Scotland, lies one of the world’s fines resorts, Trump Turnberry. With over 100 years of history and heritage, the opulent hotel offers far reaching views and three stunning golf courses. It is also a perfect place to enjoy a family holiday.
ACCOMMODATION. After a multi-million refurbishment, the hotel offers lavish bedroom accommodation, or you might choose to stay in one of the self-catering villas, or apartments.
DINING. Enjoy afternoon tea in The Grand Tea Lounge & Bar, lobster in The Duel in the Sun, or Italian food in the Turnberry’s signature restaurant, Il Tramonto at 1906.
GOLF. The resorts golf courses are part of golf legacy, and here you get a chance to enjoy a round on the iconic Ailsa, The Kintyre or The Arran. Definitely an experience not to be forgotten.
SPA. Recognised as one of Europe's finest spas, it’s perfect for enjoying treatments that soothe and refresh both body and mind.
KIDS. There are plenty of fun outdoor activities for the wee ones, as well the pool and an indoor play room.
Bovey Castle – England
Deep in the hills of Dartmoor National Park lies Bovey Castle, a remarkable hotel where you are treated like royalty in a most welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Here you can put your feet up and let the kids run wild, or test your metal on the superb golf course.
ACCOMMODATION. Whether you want a single room, a Grand State Apartment, or a self-catering lodge, everything has been tastefully furnished to compliment the castle and its surroundings.
DINING. With two restaurant offering traditional dining, or a brasserie, there is something here for everyone.
GOLF. This course has been described as a golf experience never to be forgotten, offering plenty of challenges to professionals and amateurs alike.
SPA. The Elan Spa offers bespoke spa experiences using ESPA products that have been created to relax, revive and restore the body and spirit.
KIDS. There are plenty of fun activities for the kids, including archery and owl encounters, as well as a supervised playroom and babysitting services.
Beachcomber Royal Palm Marrakech – Morocco
Royal Palm Marrakech features 134 exquisite suites and villas at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, only a few kilometres from the Red City. With plenty of fun activities for the kids and, of course, a superb golf course, this an excellent place for the whole family.
ACCOMMODATION. Whether you chose a junior suite, a Presidential Suite, or a Villa, everything is of the highest standard.
DINING. The resort has three restaurants, The Al Ain, which serves authentic Moroccan cuisine, Le Caravane, which is open for breakfast & dinner, and L’Olivier, which is open for lunch.
GOLF. One of the most spectacular golf courses in Marrakech, Royal Palm Golf Club offers a unique combination of luxury and sustainable development.
SPA. Royal Palm Spa, designed to resemble a Moroccan palace, uses Clarins as a partner.
KIDS. The resort has its own private kids club for ages 3 to 12, where your little ones will be kept entertained and happy. There is also a babysitting service.
Reunion Resort – Florida
Located just ten minutes from Disney Land, and with Universal and Sea World within easy reach, this is a perfect family resort. Here you can indulge your passion for golf on one of the resorts three courses, as well as fulfilling your children’s dreams of seeing Killer whales and Micky Mouse.
ACCOMMODATION. Multi bedroom villas and homes allow you to experience resort living, while still enjoying the comforts of home. Choose from Deluxe, Superior and Estate.
DINING. There is a selection of dining options, from Italian to sushi, or if you feel exceptionally lazy, just order room-service.
GOLF. There are three Signature Golf Courses, designed by legends Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer, which combine the beauty of their natural landscaping, with unique and challenging layouts.
SPA. You can enjoy a bit of pampering in one of the treatment rooms, outdoors on the spa’s second story veranda or in the privacy of your own suite.
KIDS. Kids Crew is a special club for children aged between 4-10 years. From scavenger hunts to fun in the pool, kids love spending the day on their own terms.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – Hawaii
Nestled along the Kona-Kohala Coast, the beachfront luxury resort of Four Seasons Hualalai, captures the essence of Hawaii with design that sympathetically reflect the Islands rich culture and tradition. With plenty of activities for young and old alike, it is perfect for families with children.
ACCOMMODATION. Rooms at the hotel feature slate floors and natural hardwood, with walls adorned in beautiful local artworks.
DINING. There are three restaurants and two ocean-side lounges, offering seasonable menus, with seafront barbeques, Tuscan and Asian-Pacific cuisine.
GOLF. Enjoy a game on Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, with fairways contoured against black lava and bordering the ocean, providing dramatic views along the whole 18 holes.
SPA. Specialising in traditional Hawaiian healing treatments and massage, the therapists use scented oils, black lava salt, hibiscus and crushed macadamia nuts.
KIDS. There is a myriad of activities for families with children to enjoy together, as well as supervised clubs.
Fairmont Orchid – Hawaii
The luxurious resort of Fairmont Orchid is located on the beautiful Kohala Coast of Hawaii and offers a stunning white sandy lagoon, aquamarine waters, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family.
ACCOMMODATION. The 540 guest rooms and suites echo the warmth and serenity of Hawaii and offers a private lanai with beautiful views.
DINING. There is a choice of several restaurants, from fine dining Hawaiian style, to sushi and pizza, as well as places to enjoy a cocktail and some live music.
GOLF. Close by you’ll find the award-winning Francis H. I'i Brown Course, which was designed to have two distinct 18-hole complexes, each capturing unique characteristics of the Hawaiian landscape.
SPA. Enjoy Hawaiian inspired treatments and massages in an oceanfront hale (hut), or near a cascading waterfall.
KIDS. There are plenty of fun activities for the kids, anything from arts and crafts, to cave exploration. Childminding is also available.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa – Arizona
Tucked into the Sonoran Desert setting of Scottsdale, Arizona, the luxury Westin Kierland Resort & Spa enjoys a temperate year-round climate, amidst stunning natural beauty. Inspired by the state’s colourful history, this is a place where families with young children feel more than welcome.
ACCOMMODATION. The rooms and suites are light, spacious and comfortable, decorated in warm, earthy tones, with a private balcony or terrace.
DINING. There is a choice of eight restaurants and lounges, serving anything from Latin American, to burgers and dishes with a Mediterranean twist.
GOLF. Choose your perfect 18-holes at Kierland Golf Club, which offers three 9-hole courses, designed by a former senior designer for Jack Nicklaus.
SPA. The area’s native agave plant, which has moisture-rich qualities, is used in many of the spa’s treatments, as well as essences of the Far East.
KIDS. The Kids Club has lots of fun activities, anything from movies, arts and crafts, to scavenger hunts and field trips.
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – Florida
Since its opening in 1928, the AAA Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club brings to mind images of quiet opulence and grace. Located on a sprawling beachfront site in northeast Florida, it offers luxury accommodations, a wide array of leisure pursuits and plenty of children’s activities.
ACCOMMODATION. The rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly decorated with ocean views.
DINING. The resort offers a remarkable variety of settings and culinary themes, with nearly a dozen fine dining establishments, casual restaurants, lounges and bars.
GOLF. The Ocean Course and Lagoon Course, located on-site, each feature a distinct seaside links flavour, with meandering lagoons, undulating fairways and elevated Bermuda greens.
SPA. As the region's largest spa, this facility has been meticulously designed to blend opulence and grandeur, with the latest in technologies and therapies.
KIDS. There are numerous children's activities at the resort, such as movies, arts and crafts, as well as organized games and pizza parties.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama – Tenerife, Spain
Set in an idyllic natural environment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean's brilliant blue waters, lies the Ritz-Carlton Abama. Located, on the Guia de Isora coast of Tenerife, the island enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other part of Spain and is a great place to unwind and spend some family time.
ACCOMMODATION. Choose from spacious rooms, suites and villas, with thoughtful design and décor and terraces or balconies to take in the view.
DINING. There are 13 restaurants and bars at the resort, two of them with Micheline stars, serving anything from tapas, to steak and Japanese cuisine.
GOLF. The Abama golf course offers stunning Atlantic Ocean views from nearly all of its 18 holes and features some of the finest play available in Spain.
SPA. The award-winning Spa offer a range of water facilities, an outside garden cabana, treatment rooms and a Spa Lounge.
KIDS. There is a diverse collection of holiday activities for the kids, everything from learning about coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and food.
Viva Zafiro Alcudia & SPA – Mallorca
Located in one of the oldest towns in Majorca, a short distance from the crystal-clear waters of Alcudia Bay, you find Viva Zafiro Alcudia. This luxurious resort is a perfect place for you and your family to enjoy Mallorca’s marvellous climate.
ACCOMMODATION. There is a choice of suites, whether you want a Family Penthouse Suite with a Jacuzzi, or a Family Swim Up Suite with direct access to the pool.
DINING. There is a good choice of restaurants and bars and if you’re not sure what you fancy, there is a buffet with something for everyone.
GOLF. Mallorca’s top golf course, Alcanada, is just a few minutes’ drive away and special green fees are available to guests of the resort.
SPA. There is a Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath, as well as treatment rooms in which you can have massages and beauty treatments using 100% natural products.
KIDS. There are play areas for children of different ages, a club for kids up to 12 and another for teenagers.
Constance Lémuria - Seychelles
Constance Lémuria of Praslin, on the northwest coast of the island, is situated in an idyllic location, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation and washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. And with lots of activities for young and old, this is a tropical paradise that the whole family can enjoy.
ACCOMMODATION. The 105 Suites and Villas are spread over several levels with space, luxury and elegance.
DINING. The hotel has three restaurants and four bars, so there are plenty of choices.
GOLF. The 18 hole championship golf course, the only one in the Seychelles, makes full use of the dramatic scenery.
SPA. The spa, set among swaying palm trees, is a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and detox.
KIDS. The Kids Club will provide your little ones with hours of fun, playing, learning and exploring. The hotel also provides a child-minding service.
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu - Malaysia
The Rasa Ria Resort is located on Pantai Dalit Beach and perched on a verdant hill, surrounded by 400 acres of tropical forest. With spectacular views to what our journalist described as miles of untouched sand, it is a superb tropical family retreat.
ACCOMMODATION. Guests can choose between the luxurious Ocean Wing and the elegant Garden Wing.
DINING. Rasa Ria Resort, with a choice of nines restaurants, offers popular western cuisines, as well as Malaysian and Asian dishes.
GOLF. The resort is home to the eco-friendly championship course, Dalit Bay, which follows the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers. Golfers tee-off with the stunning backdrop of Mount Kinabalu.
SPA. The Spa features a selection of treatments that showcase the diverse Sabah Culture and use natural botanical and herbal products.
KIDS. The supervised Kids Club offers children from 5 to 11 years old countless fun activities, including pony rides and traditional dancing.
Jamaica – Half Moon Resort
Half Moon, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has undoubtedly earned its reputation as one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. This Caribbean island, with its warm hospitality, unspoilt beaches and sapphire waters, is a wonderful place to bring the whole family.
ACCOMMODATION. Ranging in scale from intimate to grand, the beautifully appointed rooms, suites, cottages and villas each come with true Caribbean personality.
DINING. With 10 restaurants and bars to choose from, combining the flavours of Jamaica with an international repertoire, there is something here for everyone.
GOLF. Half Moon Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., was named Jamaica's Best Golf Resort 2014 and just four minutes away you’ll find the White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses.
SPA. The Fern Tree Spa takes its inspiration from the lush landscape of Jamaica and uses centuries-old healing techniques.
KIDS. There is a supervised kids club with lots of fun activities, as well plenty of play areas. There is also a nanny service.