Destination Golf: Exploring the Best Golf Resorts and Getaways 

One of the best things about golf is that you can find a tranquil, beautiful space to rest your mind on any golf course, even if you live in a big, bustling city. But all serious golfers have a secret list of destination golf courses that they want to experience before they die! 

Of course, legends like Pebble Beach, Tobacco Road, Banff, and the like will be on everyone’s list. But if you travel often, add these to your list—they’re some of the best golf resorts and getaways to enjoy if you find yourself in one of these spots! 

Streamsong Golf Resort, Florida, USA 

The name “Streamsong” doesn’t have quite the same clout as some of the top bucket list names, but you’ll kick yourself if you’re in Florida and you miss the chance to play here! It’s regularly named one of the best public golf clubs in the country, so take a few hours to experience it if you’re nearby. 

Built into the natural surroundings, you can see for miles around. You’ll have three spectacular courses to choose from: Black, Blue, and Red. Each one offers something unique and has an interesting layout, and all 3 have been named the best public golf course in the USA by a golfing authority at some point. 

They’ve also recently opened the Chain, a golfing “experience” rather than a typical course! Then there’s the Roundabout short course and the Gauntlet putting course, so there’s something for every golfer and for every time frame, too. 

As for the resort, it holds 228 spacious, modern rooms, most with a lovely view over the stream. If you stick around for a few days, you can also enjoy guided bass fishing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, a spa treatment or two, relax by the pool, take advantage of the fitness center, and revel in world-class cuisine. 

Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, UAE 

This 27-hole golf club hosted the HSBC Golf Championship for a decade, so you know it’s well worth a play. And if you’re looking for somewhere with a bit of luxury you can enjoy when you step off the course, the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa is an excellent choice. Plus, it’s just 10 minutes from the airport! 

Check into the hotel, and you’ll immediately sense the sophistication. Every one of the 172 rooms features a golf course view, and you’ll have full use of the amenities during your stay, including 6 gourmet restaurants, two pools to beat the heat, and the Heavenly Spa where you can treat yourself to some pampering after your exercise. 

You can’t miss the one-of-a-kind clubhouse, designed to resemble a falcon with outstretched wings. The course itself is flat, but don’t assume it’s easy! Water hazards and sizable bunkers keep you on your toes, so don’t lose your focus. 

If you prefer to escape the desert heat, you can book a Trackman Range package, which allows you an uninterrupted 2 hours per day to enjoy the Trackman at your leisure. 

Banyan Golf Club, Thailand 

Love the sultry climate and beautiful beaches of Thailand? If you’re planning a trip, take some time out to enjoy a round at Banyan Golf Club, a World Luxury Golf Awards winner. It’s not your average idea of “luxury”; instead, this is a private, rent-or-buy resort, so you’ll need to rent a villa if you want to enjoy a stay here. Perfect for groups! 

They offer stay-and-play packages to streamline your experience, so we recommend opting for one of those. The good news—it’s priced in Thai Baht, which works out to be super affordable for visitors from most other countries. 

The course itself is beautiful, typical of Thailand’s surroundings. But don’t get distracted—the golf isn’t easy! Undulating fairways and closely-protected greens mean you need to have your wits about you. 

Those who have a soft spot for the par-3s will love this course. The 4th hole is a monster, stretching to over 250 yards from the back tees! Make the 150-yard water carry, and you’ll be home free. The 15th (signature hole) is short but fun and worth a photo. 

Gloria Golf Resort in Belek, Turkey 

The Gloria Golf Resort is a spectacular beachfront resort in the heart of Belek, an up-and-coming golfing destination. If you’re going to be in Turkey, take the chance to play here—with three courses to choose from and a Trackman facility, you’ll enjoy every moment of your stay. 

Both the Old Course and the New Course are located on the hotel grounds, so you don’t have to go far. If you’re not keen on being out in the sun for too long, play a quick round on the Verde Course, a 9-holer that’s perfect to loosen your muscles and get the blood flowing. 

Even off the golf courses, there’s plenty to enjoy here. You’ll have direct access to Belek Beach, where you can partake in water sports or simply relax and enjoy the sun. Lounge by one of the many pools, play tennis, football, or volleyball, or enjoy something a little more relaxed like darts or ping pong. 

Hotel Guadalmina in Marbella, Spain 

If you’re a golf and beach lover, Hotel Guadalmina is the prime spot for you. On the famed Costa del Sol, this hotel is in a 5-star location right on the Guadalmina Baja, looking right onto the beach. 

Two of the best golf courses in the area are located right next door—Guadalmina North and Guadalmina South. The South course is known to be one of the toughest in the region, so bring your best clubs, your launch monitor, and a good dose of determination! 

The North course is a little easier but gets the full force of the ocean winds, which can wreak havoc on even experienced golfers’ games. You’ll enjoy spectacular sea views and can walk right off the course and relax on a sunbed on the private beach after your round. 

Most of the 178 rooms have sea views, with some overlooking the greens as well. Take advantage of the Pool Bar when you’re not swinging your clubs, and savor Andalusian cuisine in the hotel restaurants. 


Golf is golf, but there’s something wonderful about playing on a new course, in a different country, knowing that once your round is over you can head back to a gourmet meal and luxury accommodation. 

Whether you’re an adventurous golfer who travels a lot or you’re looking for the perfect gift for a golfer you love, consider a stay at one of these destination golf favorites. Trust us, by the time your stay is over, you’ll be planning your next visit! 

About the AuthorJordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring young golfers, he writes in-depth articles for his website, Golf Influence.