Welcome to the first 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.
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 can learn how to make chocolate by a master.
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.
Food. High quality traditional French cuisine.
Chocolate. The Chateau’s artisan chocolatier Hervé Boudot will happily share some of his skills with you.
Rovos Rail – South Africa
Named after the visionary who founded it 30 years ago and who still greets passengers at its terminus in South Africa’s capital Pretoria, Rovos Rail is a cut above the rest. The company styles itself as the world’s most luxurious train and its Bentley-green carriages are emblazoned with the slogan, Pride of Africa.
Accommodation. Ranging from a standard Pullman suite up to the Royal Suites, all options are finished to a high standard and have én-suite bathrooms.
Golf.Two dedicated, nine-day golf rail journeys that also cater for non-players.
Food. Meals are announced by a gong and diners get to sample traditional South African dishes.
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.
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.
Food. With two restaurant offering traditional dining, or a brasserie, there is something here for everyone.
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. Manicured gardens dotted with ancient olive trees and, of course, a superb golf course, make this an excellent romantic location.
Accommodation. Whether you chose a Junior Suite, a Presidential Suite, or a Villa, everything is of the highest standard.
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.
Food. 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.
Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa – Fiji
The multi award winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, located on Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, sits majestically on a white sandy beach between the South Pacific Ocean and the rolling hills of Natadola Bay.
Accommodation. The Resort offers 216 elegantly appointed rooms and 50 luxurious suites, each featuring generous outdoor living.
Golf. The par 72 Natadola Bay championship golf course boasts up to 5 tee positions on each hole, providing an enjoyable challenge to players of all skills.
Spa. Here they combine Asian, Eastern and Western treatment methods to bring balance to mind, body and soul, as well as offering a traditional Fijian massage.
Food. There’s a choice of seven restaurants, serving anything from traditional Fijian cuisine, to Fine Dining.
Anassa – South Cyprus
Located where the Troodos Mountains reach the sea and close to the town of Polis, the Anassa is the perfect romantic hideaway. This beautiful hotel, which is surrounded by nature, is a world away from the bustle of Paphos.
Accommodation. With a combination of rooms, suites and Villas, there is something for everyone and all have views either out to the Mediterranean, or to the countryside.
Golf. The stunning Minthis Hills Golf Course, set in the Troodos Mountains, is about 20 minutes away, while the remaining 3 course are located around Paphos.
Spa. Thalassotherapy draws on the restorative benefits of the maritime climate, seawater, and marine derivatives.
Food. There’s a choice of four restaurants, including the romantic candlelit cavern, Basiliko, which serves gourmet Asian cuisine with a hint of Mediterranean flavours.
Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa – Gran Canaria
Positioned in the hills, with views out to sea, this modern hotel simply seems to grow out of the rock. Here visitors can look forward to a totally relaxing experience in an environment of elegance and luxury.
Accommodation. All rooms are of a high standard, ranging from Deluxe all the way up to the Presidential Suite, which features a private roof top terrace.
Golf. With two fantastic courses within the development and a further five only a short drive away, this is a perfect location for golf enthusiasts.
Spa. The Aloe Wellness spa offers a variety of facial and body therapies rounding off with a Wellness Circuit.
Food. With a choice of six restaurants, there are a wealth of options available. Bar Sunset, which is located on the 11th floor, is the perfect place to watch the sun go down while enjoying a cocktail.
Monnaber Nou Hotel – Mallorca
If you are looking for a rural idyll in the sun, then Monnaber Nou Eco Boutique Hotel in Mallorca, is perfect. A restored manor house, set in over 370 acres of unspoilt countryside and with several golf courses within easy reach, this is a must for a romantic golf escape.
Accommodation. From a standard room to a suite apartment, all rooms have an authentic Mallorca feel to them with views out over the rolling countryside.
Golf. With 24 courses to hand, Mallorca has every right to call itself the “Golf Island” and just a short drive north of the hotel, lies Alcanada a stunning course that shouldn’t be missed.
Spa. Monnaber Nou’s Health and Fitness Spa contains and indoor and outdoor spa, baths, steam room, two saunas, a swimming pool and fitness room.
Food. The hotel’s restaurant, offers guests panoramic views from its terraces. The best of Majorcan and Mediterranean cuisine is prepared from fresh local produce and complemented by fine wine.
Other Activities. Along with horse-riding, Windsurfing and Diving, guests can make use of the hotels bike station, whether you brought your own, or want to rent one.
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge – South Tyrol
San Lorenzo, with its panoramic views over the Pusteria Valley, is a sixteenth century, hunting lodge, which the owners, Stefano and Giorgia, have painstakingly restored. Giorgia, who is an accomplished and passionate chef, not only prepares all the food, but also offers visitors the opportunity to learn some of her wonderful recipes.
Accommodation. The lodge has four romantic bedrooms, each unique and designed with attention to every detail. Some have valley views, while others face the woods.
Golf. The lodge has its very own unique golf course, endorsed by Jack Nicklaus, consisting of one green and six tees, each with three positions. You can also play at Pustertal Golf Club and Golf Club St Vigil Seis down in the valley.
Spa. The lodge has an outdoor whirlpool where you can relax with a glass of champagne. There is also a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath, with massages also being available.
Food. At San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, guests have the option of enjoying Giorgia’s delicious local specialities or being served by a prestigious chef.
Other Activities. Apart from the obvious Alpine and cross country skiing option, there is paragliding, mountain biking and rafting to name just a few.
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 the perfect romantic retreat.
Accommodation. Guests can choose between the luxurious Ocean Wing and the elegant Garden Wing.
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.
Food. Rasa Ria Resort, with a choice of nines restaurants, offers popular western cuisines, as well as exceptional choices of Malaysian and Asian dishes.
Other Activities. Countless activities are on offer including water sports and even a Blowpipe Competition.
Ballyfin – Ireland
Staying at the 5 star Ballyfin is like staying in a private home. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of an Irish period house with all the facilities of a five star resort. And with a stunning collection of period costumes on hand, you can be the star in your very own version of Pride and Prejudice.
Accommodation. The 1820s Georgian Manor House, which has been painstakingly restored with no expense spared, contains 20 luxurious rooms and suites.
Golf. The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in Killenard is a 25 minute drive from Ballyfin. The stunning course, designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes, takes advantage of the gorgeous Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop.
Spa. The spa treatment rooms provide an ideal place to unwind, restore and invigorate the body and mind.
Food. There is an excellent restaurant serving the best of Irish ingredients.
Activities - There is a fully equipped gym, a heated indoor pool, as well as riding, fishing, archery and falconry.
Villa Manzu - Costa Rica
Within the lush grounds of the Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, Villa Manzu is a completely private sanctuary. This eight-suite estate, sits on five acres and offers plenty of room to spread out. The grounds are dotted with hammocks, chairs and restful areas, perfect for taking in the 180-degree sea views.
Accommodation. All suites offer oversized televisions, a minibar with morning coffee service, walk-in closets and full bathroom suites.
Golf. At the nearby Four Seasons Resort, you’ll find the area’s top course designed by Arnold Palmer. And Reserva Conchal, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr and Hacienda Pinilla, designed by Mike Young, is just a short drive away.
Facilities & Spa. Designed to provide guests with everything they want, there is a spa, two bars, a heated swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a home theatre with a movie library and a gym.
Food. The executive chef will hand craft every meal and is happy to create menus that will be unique and distinctive each night, specializing in organic, local gourmet cuisine.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo - Lake Como
With over 100 years of history, the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo is located in the heart of Lake Como, with unparalleled views of Bellagio and the stunning Grigne Mountains. This unique landmark, which sits adjacent to Villa Carlotta’s famed gardens, is an authentic Art Nouveau palace that offers all the delights of a true 5-star vacation.
Accommodation. Each of the 80 rooms, four historical suites, and eight hyper-luxury rooftop suites, offers spectacular views.
Golf. Seven of Italy's top 18-hole courses are close by. Just 5 km from the hotel is the Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club, one of the oldest and best regarded clubs in Europe.
Spa. The spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers treatments from one of the worlds most exclusive and distinguished beauty providers, ESPA.
Food. There are five restaurants and bars to choose between, but the most romantic setting you’ll find at La Terrazza Restaurant. Here the biggest name in modern Italian cuisine, together with the hotels expert chef, seduce you with their virtuoso menus.
Masseria Cimino – Puglia, Italy
If you are looking for a romantic setting, then The Masseria Cimino, an 18th century building now consigned to San Domenico Golf as its guest house, has all the rustic charm you could wish for. And with the golf course right on your doorstep, it is the perfect golf getaway.
Accommodation. The Masseria has 15 rooms, some are located in the ancient tower and others in the old farmhouse. The rooms have been furnished in a fresh Mediterranean style, overlooking the golf course and the Adriatic Sea.
Golf. San Domenico is a classic links course, with the sea visible from all angles and the wind adding more challenges to your game.
Facilities. The restaurant serves regional dishes in an intimate romantic setting. There is also a bar and lounge, a swimming pool, as well as the possibility for boat and bicycle hire.
Hotel Eden Roc – Switzerland
Located on the shore of Lake Maggiore, just a short walk from Ascona’s Piazza, this highly-celebrated five-star establishment, situated between the fragrant Garden of Eden and the gentle beating of the waves on Lake Maggiore, it is the perfect place for romance.
Accommodation. The hotel offers 3 grand suites, 34 suites and 42 deluxe double rooms, all with stunning views. While Eden Roc Marina is home to 16 elegant guestrooms and the modern Marina Restaurant.
Golf. Choose from no fewer than 18 scenic courses, all within easy reach of the hotel.
Spa. The 2’000 m² Eden Roc Spa offers a combined in- and outdoor swimming pool, hydro-massage showers, saunas, a fitness centre and seven treatments rooms.
Food. There are four fantastic restaurants to choose between, as well as the Eden Bar.
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort – Mauritius
The Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, is a luxury 5-star hotel located on the Domaine de Bel Ombre on the island’s south coast .This exclusive resort offers the ultimate in refinement and boasts elegant colonial architecture, lush tropical gardens and direct beach access.
Accommodation. The luxury rooms and suites are set in two-storey villas overlooking the lagoon or river and offers 24-hour butler service.
Golf. Attached to the Heritage Le Telfair Spa & Golf Resort is the picturesque 18-hole Heritage Golf Club. The golf course covers 100 hectares and is the masterpiece of architect Peter Matkovich.
Activities & Spa. The resort is a natural playground for sports enthusiasts. Here you can enjoy everything from tennis and croquet to kitesurfing and water-skiing, or simply pamper yourself in the luxurious spa.
Food. The main restaurant is Annabella’s, serving an innovative brasserie menu, at Le Palmier you can enjoy lunch in relaxed surroundings, while Gin'ja, specialises in Asian cuisine.
Reynolds Plantation – Georgia, USA
Just 75 miles from Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee, is one of the most stunning lake resorts in Georgia. Here you can play golf, spend a relaxing day fishing, boating, or getting pampered at the spa and finish off with a romantic dinner by the lake as stars fill the sky.
Accommodation. There are 251 well-appointed guest rooms and hotel suites, with views of the resort and Lake Oconee, or you can choose to stay in one the charming Lakeside Cottages.
Golf. There are five golf courses on the resort, designed by the game’s best known architects, Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp.
Spa. The luxurious, award-winning Spa is a haven of tranquillity and serenity featuring many southern inspired treatments.
Food. Choose between the classic Linger Longer Steakhouse, the casual fare at Gaby’s by the Lake, or the perfect blend of contemporary cuisine at Georgia’s Bistro.
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 the hotel’s main building overlooking the beaches of Anse Kerlan, it couldn’t be more romantic.
Accommodation. The 105 Suites and Villas are spread over several levels with space, luxury and elegance.
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.
Food. The hotel has three restaurants and four bars, so there are plenty of choices.
Activities - As well as golf there are tennis courts, plenty of water sports, Mountain bikes hire, as well as an adventure Kids Club.
Gleneagles - Scotland
If you are looking for a romantic weekend away, then The Gleneagles Hotel is a perfect choice. Established in 1924, Gleneagles is one of the world’s grand resorts and is set amid gently rolling hills in the heart of Scotland.
Accommodation. There are 232 rooms in the hotel, including 26 sumptuous luxury suites and each room is individual in design and layout.
Golf & Activities. Gleneagles has three championship golf courses, which are among the best in the world, but they also offer shooting, fishing, falconry, off-road driving and horse riding, as well as swimming in The Club's two indoor pools.
Spa. For those who prefer to be pampered, The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, is a sparkling experience of treatments and healing waters.
Food. The bars and restaurants at Gleneagles are of the highest culinary standard, with Andrew Fairlie, having Scotland's only two Michelin stars.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn – California, USA
Blessed by thermal mineral springs in Sonoma Valley, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is the ultimate Wine Country destination. An elegant oasis, where you can unwind in the luxurious 40,000 sq. ft. spa, sample world famous wines and play golf under the Californian sun.
Accommodation. There are 226 rooms, ranging from the Fairmont Heritage rooms to the signature suites.
Golf. The 18-hole championship golf course is set on 177 acres of rolling terrain, with sweeping vistas of the Mayacamas Mountains and neighbouring vineyards.
Spa. With its ancient thermal mineral spring, revered by Native Americans for its healing power, the spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate.
Food. There are several restaurants to choose from, with Santé being the Inn's premier dining room, having earned a national reputation for its outstanding food.