Life and living: Putt away your worries on these great golf vacations

Are you an avid golfer who plans your social life around tee times? Or do you just enjoy an occasional game? Either way, it may be time to take a break, tee up some time off and enjoy a game or two at some of the best courses in the United States.

Because there are so many to choose from, finding the best courses may seem a little overwhelming. Would you like to bring the whole family to a place where there’s something for everyone? Do you want to hike, swim or find other outdoor activities besides golf? Or do you want to play at the same courses as the pros? Check out these five resorts across the country to start planning your golfing getaway!

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

This five-star Hawaiian resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is home to a championship course with black lava features and oceanfront final holes. You’ll also find a state-of-the-art simulator practice area and golf pros on site for analysis and lessons. Besides golf, this resort includes pools, a beach, beautiful dining areas, a spa and the Kuma Kai Marine Center at King’s Pond, where a team of marine biologists offer programs.

The Greenbrier

Play on a course that’s over 100 years old! The Exclusive Windsor Club in West Virginia offers four top golf courses, with The Greenbrier and the Ashford Short Course the two most popular. Check out the different accommodations from suites to cottages and estate homes. When you’re not golfing, you’ll find more than 20 restaurants, bars and lounges where you can relax and enjoy a meal, as well as a spa, casino, retail shops and other outdoor activities. There’s something for all ages.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort

Every accommodation at this resort comes with beautiful views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the marina or the mountains. There are six restaurants, a spa, water sports and lake cruises to enjoy before or after your round of golf. And the grand finale will be your round—or several rounds—of golf at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Course, which is known for its beautiful scenery and the 14th hole on a floating green.

Big Cedar Lodge

This wilderness resort high in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri offers something for everyone. Stay in a large lodge room, log cabin, cottage or even a beautiful “glamping” tent. The resort features five courses designed by a number of top players (including Arnold Palmer). While playing, you won’t be at a loss for beautiful views. Look to one end of the course and you’ll see mountains; look to the other end and you’ll see streams and waterfalls. For your friends and family who don’t golf, the resort offers boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and children’s activities.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

This lakeside resort is just an hour from Atlanta, Georgia, and boasts accommodations from suites, guest rooms and cottages, all the way to a beautiful four-bedroom lake house, which includes access to a private pool and patio. There are five different golf courses, as well as the Kingdom at Lake Oconee, which features private instruction, custom club fitting, and the latest practice and swing analysis technology.

Now that you have a list of potential grand golf getaways, it’s time to get ready to enjoy one or two. Make a reservation to put your plans into full swing! 

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