Don’t Forget Your 9-iron! Hotels for the Golf Enthusiast

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Whether you use it as an “outdoor conference room” or your own little escape from reality, a golf course has its own unique way of bringing together business professionals and vacationers alike. Regardless of your reason to visit any of these luxury hotels, you will have the opportunity to “hit the links” and get in a “quick 18” before returning to wherever it is you hang your [Titleist] hat.

The Fairmont – San Francisco Whatever the reason, be it the culture, the history, or the fine dining, thousands of people flock to the Bay Area every year. Luckily, golf enthusiasts are presented with yet another—perfectly viable—excuse to lace up their golf spikes. Centrally located in a city well known for its stunning coastal landscapes and fine wine, the hotel frequented by presidents, monarchs, and celebrities is just a short trolley car ride from a choice of more than half a dozen public courses. With breathtaking views of the bay and historic Golden Gate Bridge, these are 18 holes that you wouldn’t mind “bogey-ing”.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino Nestled within the Sierra Mountain Range, the stunning backdrop of this newly renovated AAA Four Diamond Lake Tahoe hotel is located less then five minutes from two championship courses that will be sure to challenge and delight professional and amateur golfers alike. If the elevation of 6,500 feet above sea level doesn’t take your breath away, the incredible mountain setting of these Tahoe golf courses will. If these courses don’t fit your needs, be sure to visit to any of the 12+ other clubs just a short drive from the hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Now is your chance to experience the sport of kings from one of the world’s most prestigious luxury resorts. Nestled atop a 150-foot bluff, this peaceful sanctuary complements its refined elegance and graceful atmosphere with impeccable service. A truly exceptional Southern California destination, the resort offers the convenience of choosing from half a dozen courses in the area that offer magnificent ocean views and course designs from renowned golfer Jack Nicklaus. The mix of unexpected luxuries and timeless elegance of the sea has surely raised the standard of hotel service to an entirely new level.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis Want to improve your golf skills (or lack thereof)? This resort, at on one of the best Caribbean vacation destinations, presents you with the opportunity to bring the lady along and perfect your game (and relationship) in the choicest of settings with hour long lessons for two, complimentary club rentals and a round of 18 holes to end the day: the Four Seasons version of [Fred] Couple’s therapy.

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort For those looking to experience the seclusion of a remote island without leaving the mainland, The Alisal offers guests the opportunity to escape the stresses of everyday life with an invitation to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of California’s scenic canyons and shaded meadows. One of two onsite courses is reserved for club members and hotel guests ensuring the exclusivity that resort patrons have come to expect.

Hotel 1000 Unfortunately, Seattle is not exactly known for its picturesque weather conditions. For this reason, it can be rather difficult to get in a quality round of golf when your schedule permits. This resort takes Mother Nature’s shortcomings and ignores them like you would advice from your in-laws. At Hotel 1000′s Golf Club—a virtual golf setting comprised of an infrared tracking system—guests have a choice to play one of the 50 best courses around the world without ever having to leave the luxuriousness of the hotel. With technology that can calculate the velocity, spin and trajectory of the ball, players can work on their game despite an uncooperative forecast. The best part: you don’t have to wait for that pesky adolescent-driven snack cart—snacks and beverages are available at any time during your round.

Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa Although it may prove to be bit further from home, Phuket boasts a status as the perfect holiday destination and continues to draw crowds to Thailand’s pristine sandy beaches and high quality golf facilities. Courses surrounded by stunning views of untouched nature and designs by golf great, Jack Nicklaus, are well worth the extra time and money required to visit this luxurious corner of the world.

Aqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is yet another perfect opportunity for leisurely competition with friends, this time in Miami. Five world-class and champion-level golf courses rest within 15 miles of the resort, so take a day trip with your pals and try your hand at the game via The Diplomat Country Club, The Club at Emerald Hills, Turnberry Isle Golf, Miami Beach Golf Club and Hillcrest Golf Club

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