From tropical beaches to desert oases and mountain retreats, some of the world’s best golf courses inspire some players to move next door and encourage novice neighbors to play for the first time. Our four favorite branded resort developments with excellent golf experiences include these top-notch courses and luxury residences in the Arizona desert, the Swiss Alps, an Arabian beach, and the Mexican coast.
At Four Seasons Private Villas Punta Mita near the Mexican resort of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast, villa owners receive membership to Club Punta Mita. The club features a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course with 18 holes along Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The course finishes with a spectacular par-3 hole known as “Tail of the Whale,” where golfers tee off for the largest natural island green in the world, 194 yards away. Having earned the #1 rating in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveller, the private villa residences are equally impressive, ranging in size from nearly 6500 to 8000 square feet (604 to 743 square meters) each.
For those wanting to be in a beach resort setting only 30 minutes from the center of the city, the United Arab Emirates’ Saadiyat Island development incorporates world-class golf, beautiful beaches, five star hotels and a “who’s who” list of global cultural institutions designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects. The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi occupy a unique setting along the new Gary Player-designed championship golf course. The course itself is spectacularly beautiful, ringing the white sands of Saadiyat Beach with views the Arabian Gulf’s crystalline waters. The course can accommodate global champions and beginners alike, with courses ranging from 5290 to 7806 yards (4837 to 7137 meters). The 32 residential villas and 259 apartments have open vistas out onto the golf course and many also feature sea views.
High in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, Arizona, the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain also enjoy spectacular golf amenities. The Golf Club at Dove Mountain is home of the PGA Tour’s World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, with 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf. Out of respect for its desert location, the course takes steps toward a sustainable operations, featuring reclaimed water for course irrigation and a design that respected the pre-existing wildlife habitats and natural washes. The spectacular 45,000-square foot golf clubhouse features truly luxurious facilities, including attended locker rooms, a premier fitness center, night-lit tennis courts, and members-only dining. For those who want to call the resort their home, a select number of land sites are available for sale, for which buyers can custom design their dream home.
For those that prefer cool Alpine air, the Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences in Switzerland offers owners a lifetime membership to the Lavaux Golf Club. Occupying a site with panoramic views of the Swiss Alps, the club is situated above the terraced vineyards which comprise a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 18-hole course stretches out over 52 hectares, and is 15 minutes from the Du Parc’s location on what is known as the “Swiss Riviera.” The luxurious remaining apartments are available for upwards of CHF6 million.
Whether a die-hard golfer or a weekend putter, these four resort developments will offer every level of golf enthusiast great enjoyment over the long and short term. Why not settle in to your luxurious hotel home and improve your handicap at the same time?