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Boarding Pass: Greens to See

Feb 01, 2016 08:38AM ● By Dia
On one hand, hitting the links around town at your favorite club allows you to master a familiar 18-hole course, which is sure to impress the occasional golf buddy joining you. But as with any sport, it can become more about the challenge than the win. We’ve rounded up a list of four ultimate golf resorts known for their amazing course layouts, challenging water hazards and beautiful scenic backdrops. Each of the resorts has a wow factor—something unique to write home about that may or may not involve your scorecard. 

Mother Nature’s Course

With four 18-hole courses onsite, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort offers variable course layouts and a variety of scenic backdrops. However, while Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old MacDonald may be the main golfing attractions at the Bandon, Oregon, resort, owner Mike Keiser wants to do more than provide golfers with the ultimate experience; he wants to create a resort “where nature is embraced, not conquered.”

Focused on making sure the natural habitats of flora and fauna are not disturbed, Keiser had something unique in mind when he developed Bandon Preserve, a 13-hole, par-3 course. All net profits from the green fees for the preserve go directly to Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA). Keiser founded WRCA in 2010 to fund grants supporting conservation, community and economy on the southern Oregon coast. 


The Bandon Dunes course opened in 1999. Designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd, the course sits on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean. The course is completely natural, giving golfers a unique experience each time as they conquer the ever-changing layout of the dunes and surrounding vegetation. The other three courses, the preserve, the Punchbowl (a 100,000-square-foot putting course), and a 50-acre practice center round out the rest of what Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has to offer. 

Luxury Golf 

As an overnight guest of the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 

you’ll have full access to the Cape Cod National Golf Club, a championship, 6,954-yard, par-72 course. Lead architect Brian Silva of design firm Cornish, Silva and Mungeam, made sure to use the natural landscape of the Cape in course design. Each of the 18 golf holes has four sets of tees, allowing players of all levels to enjoy the gently rolling hills and bordering cranberry bogs.Come for the golf, and stay for the luxury. The Wequassett Resort features 120 guest rooms and suites. Take your pick from junior suites, waterside or water view rooms, or book the round cove suite—there’s only one on the entire property for a true one-of-a-kind stay. When you get hungry, there are four restaurants onsite, each with its own atmosphere and flavor. From four-star dining at Twenty-Eight Atlantic to casual cuisine at Outer Bar & Grille, the resort has your taste buds covered. 

Championship Courses

Mayakoba, a master-planned resort community located 40 miles south of Cancún near Playa del Carmen in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is home to El Camaleón, an 18-hole golf course designed by PGA icon Greg Norman. With mangrove-lined fairways, the course offers a unique scenic backdrop for the OHL Classic. In 2007, this contest became the first PGA TOUR event held outside of the United States and Canada, and still remains Mexico’s only PGA TOUR event.

The Fairmont Mayakoba resort is situated within the 240 acres of tropical forest that comprises the Mayakoba master-planned community that includes the course. The Fairmont resort offers 401 rooms and suites, with most of them having private entrances and spa- style bathrooms. The furnished balconies or terraces allow guests to take in the tropical forest sights and sounds. Fairmont Mayakoba has partnered with chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval to redesign the tastes and atmospheres of each of the four restaurants, Lobby Lounge, El Puerto, Brisas and La Laguna, located at the resort. 

Across the Atlantic

If you’re the type of golf enthusiast who travels the world in search of the perfect course, plan your next round at the K Club Golf Resort. The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club, located in Kildare, Ireland, is located on 550 acres of picturesque countryside. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the two courses—The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course—offer golfers 36 of the most exciting and dramatic holes. These courses were designed with top-level players in mind.

Located 30 minutes from Dublin, sitting along the banks of the River Liffey, the original French Château style house that was to become the K Club Hotel in 1991, dates back to 1832. The present- day hotel has retained many of the original antiques and artworks of the home, and has used these pieces to uniquely design each guest room, of which no two are alike.

A long day of golf may have you seeking a bit of relaxation. The K Spa offers a wide array of treatments for both men and women in a variety of settings: a secluded outdoor hot tub, aromatic herb garden, seven treatment rooms, two private suites, a Hamam, a hydrobath, a Vichey Shower and an exotic Rasul Chamber