10 Luxury Golf Resorts with Designer Courses

From a golf course nestled inside the crater of an extinct volcano in Bali to a challenging lava course in Hawaii


Imagine luxurious accommodation complete with a magical view and a designer golf course a few steps away. Let that dream become a reality and read on to discover unique golfing experiences that will leave you with a severe case of wanderlust.

Join golfscape on a journey to discover luxury golf resorts around the world.

1. Handara Golf & Resort, Bali, Indonesia

Handara Golf & Resort Bali is a mountain golf resort located near Bedugul that brings world-class golf to the region of Bali. It was voted by Golf Magazine as ‘One of the 50 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.’ What makes Handara Golf so unique is its location in the central highlands, at an altitude of 1,142 meters above sea level, making it the coolest golf course in Bali with temperatures ranging from 14 to 24 degrees Celsius. Nestled inside the crater of an extinct volcano, the views offer lush green mountains, crater lakes, and equatorial rain forests.

2. Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Dublin, Ireland

Built upon the original family home of the iconic Jameson Dynasty, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is the perfect combination of Irish history and luxury. A classic Links course, the Portmarnock Links encompasses all the characteristics that a golfer seeks when playing Links golf; deep pot bunkers, challenging roughs, and unpredictable coastal wind. The round of golf, albeit potentially challenging, is made worthwhile by the stunning hotel amenities.

3. Fancourt, South Africa

Positioned on 613 hectares in the magnificent Garden Route, 7km from George, Fancourt embodies a flawless fusion of leisure and world-class golfing. With all three of its Gary Player designed golf courses ranked among Golf Digest’s top 20 courses in the country, it boasts a proud legacy of sporting excellence. The Links, a privately owned club, is currently No. 1 in South Africa (Golf Digest Rankings 2018) and was ranked 38th in the world in 2018 by Golf Digest USA. The Montagu and Outeniqua golf courses are both ranked in the Top 15 in South Africa.

4. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is an oasis of infinite luxuries. With amenities including classic and elegant accommodations, outdoor activities like Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment; a Greg Norman-designed golf course and a La Prairie Spa, it provides an unmatched collection of experiences. The resort offers a unique, Grand Cayman golf experience that embraces the island’s beautiful natural elements: water, mangroves, and refreshing albeit challenging trade winds. Designed by Greg Norman, the nine-hole course offers challenging play amid breathtaking natural beauty.

5. Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand

Sophisticated and elegant, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs glows in the morning light as the sun rises to reveal panoramic views across the Pacific. Named the number one resort in Australia and New Zealand by Travel + Leisure, Kauri Cliffs is a traveller’s dream. Activities abound with the David Harman-designed golf course, immersive local heritage tours, bountiful fishing, and spa sanctuary hidden within the native forest. The par 72 championship course offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level.

6. Trump Turnberry, Scotland

Home of four Open Championships, the legendary Ailsa course has hosted some of the most iconic names in golf. Reborn in June 2016 at the hands of the renowned architect, Martin Ebert, the transformation makes the Ailsa the number one ranked golf course in the UK & Ireland. Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, this par-71, 6,474-yard Championship course is one of golf’s storied places.

7. Toscana Resort, Castlefalfi, Italy

In the heart of Tuscany, the Castelfalfi Estate has always been a natural paradise, rich in tradition. Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is a medieval village – that has not forgotten its Etruscan origins – carefully restored to maintain its original character. Tuscany is a secret paradise for golfers. Many courses in the region were developed in the nineties, taking advantage of the natural landscape. The Golf Club Castelfalfi is nature, beauty, wellness, and sport all brought together in this more than 9,400 square meters of hillsides and meadow set amongst olive groves that characterize the 27 spectacular holes, which compose the 18-hole Mountain Course and the 9-hole Lake Course.

8. Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is the only golf resort in Sri Lanka. Spread across a vast coconut palm plantation, the par-70, 18 hole golf course offers spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, with distinctive challenges for both beginners and seasoned players. Designed by Rodney Wright, the globally celebrated designer, the course offers lush fairways and challenging bunkers, with the Dune Area featuring subtle elevation changes and the Sapphire Mine showcasing generous greens with an abundance of water features.

9. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

Hualalai’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course has a par-72 layout that weaves through the Big Island’s challenging lavascape, taking full advantage of spectacular ocean views and dramatic shoreline vistas. The Hualalai Golf Club has been host to the Mitsubishi Electric Championship since 1997. The nine-acre driving range includes a chipping and short game practice area, two sand bunkers, and a putting green. The 7th hole on the golf course you tee off from the highest point of the course and play down towards the ocean through a collapsed lava tube.

10. Adare Manor, Ireland

Masterfully designed, magnificently maintained, and perfectly set within the glorious estate of one of Europe’s most spectacular manor house hotels, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is among the best championship courses in the world. The recent reconstruction, designed by celebrated golf architect, Tom Fazio, has been created in harmony with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings: lush, softly rolling terrain, mature tree scaping, and the sweeping banks of the River Maigue.

Patrick A Fitzgerald

05 Oct 2018, 10:00 AM

A Native of Australia Patrick A Fitzgerald has been a stylist since the age of 19. This Fashion design graduate prides himself on keeping up to date with the latest trends and faux pas. This 29-year-old is currently based between Singapore and Melbourne where his splits his time equally between styling & writing.

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