The United States has a plethora of great golf resorts with the greenest fairways and the smoothest putting greens known to man. If you've never experienced a world-class golf resort, it's time you did; and it should be one of these ten. From PGA Tour courses to by golf's greats, these courses will make you feel like you died and went to golf heaven.
La Quinta Resort
La Quinta Resort used to be the place Hollywood's elite would escape to when life go too difficult. The Palm Springs' resort has five amazing golf courses on its grounds, but golfers will find a number of other great activities at the resort. By the way, two of the championship golf courses were created by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. How cool is that?
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
The five-star hotel The Lodge at Torrey Pines is the perfect base for your golf excursion. The course looks out over the Pacific Ocean with dramatic style. There are two golf courses located at the resort, one of which hosts the Farm Insurance Open. Pairing a golf vacation during the time of the open is a great idea for any golf fanatic.
PGA National Resort and Spa
Named after the top level of golf, the PGA Tour, the National Resort and Spa hosts the Honda Classic each February. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, you can play the iconic and fear-provoking Bear Trap. Despite having a crazy golf name, the Bear Trap is far cooler than any windmill you must putt through.
Located in the upper midwest, Whistling Straits is in the untypical golf destination of Wisconsin. The resort offers two beautifully lush courses that differ in look and play. Whistling Straits was home to the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championship events, and a trip to the resort gives you the chance to play the same greens as golf legends.
Georgia's Sea Island is a resort containing gorgeous whitewashed buildings with burnt orange Spanish tiled roofs. The resort boasts three championship courses to learn, develop and improve your game upon. The resort has everything you could need in a golf holiday: great instructors, an awesome Golf Performance Center, and great restaurants and room.
Located in Oregon, the Bandon Dunes is a golf course that resembles those the sport was created on in Scotland: rugged, peaceful and set in a lush green golf wonderland. You can play five separate courses at Bandon Dunes, each offering something completely different. You'll play courses that overlook the Pacific Ocean and wake up in a resort in the northwest's peaceful natural landscape.
The Links at Spanish Bay
The Links at Spanish Bay is situated at Pebble Beach. The course is challenging and will try your patience at every hole, but it is definitely worth playing. This 18-hole, 72 par course offers Scottish-style features for players that want to experience the greatness of Pebble Beach.
Talk about your ostentatious golf courses, The Greenbrier in West Virginia is dressed to impress. Featuring five great golf courses and a new course being developed currently, The Greenbrier has so much to offer golf tourists on the east coast. The resort's Old White TPC course will host July's Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour stop.
Colorado Springs' The Broadmoor golf resort sits in the Cheyenne Mountains, providing amazing scenic views. The course has hosted tournaments from both the PGA and LPGA; and has been a destination since the resort was built. The resorts' three courses are challenging, but perfect for golfers no matter their skill level.
When you aren't playing the links at Pinehurst, you can enjoy sitting in a rocking chair sipping mojitos or sweet ice tea. But when you get to the first hole, you will be playing on one of the greatest golf courses on God's green earth. Known as the Cradle of America, the resort is a beautiful, laidback golf holiday destination for anyone that loves the game. Pinehurst has an incredible nine courses to play, so you better come ready for a week or weekend of golf. Pinehurst is full of history and you will be able to feel it each time you step up to a tee box. Pinehurst isn't just great golf courses, but pure golf art.