Oyster’s team of undercover reviewers slept in the beds, ate in the restaurants, and tested the service at hundreds of hotels, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Check out our favorite hotel golf courses in the continental U.S.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Great Lakes is a beautiful Greg Norman Signature Golf Course surrounded by the woods, lakes, and wildlife of the Grande Lakes property.
- 18-hole; 7,122 yards; par 72
- Kids play free with each paying adult
- Kids' golf etiquette class for ages five to 12
- Driving range
- Practice putting green, full-size bunker, and short-game area
- Calloway- and Taylor-made clubs, and FootJoy shoes available for rent
- $145 green fee for hotel guests, (includes golf cart and driving range)
- Twilight rate of $95 after 2 p.m.
Some of the best golf in Orlando, featuring 54 holes designed by pros even non-golfers would recognize.
- Designed by Arnold Palmer, the 6,916-yard Legacy Course has more than 50 feet of elevation change, a rarity in Florida.
- The 7,244-yard Tradition Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is notable for its 18 flat, parkland-style holes.
- The Independence Course, at 7,154 yards, has garnered a number of accolades from the golf press.
- Green fees are $180, which includes the cost of a cart.
- On-site ANNIKA Academy has golf lessons and training, including sessions with Annika Sorenstam herself -- for those that can afford her time.
- Callaway rental equipment is $50 per 18 holes.
- A clubhouse with a restaurant, bar, assorted golf gear, and locker rooms is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Wynn Golf Club was designed by legendary course designer Tom Fazio. It is also the only 18-hole golf course on the Strip.
- It can cost $375 to play the 7,042-yard, par-70 course, but it comes with a landscape dominated by waterfalls, streams, and a forest of trees.
- Extremely well maintained
- Golf carts come stocked with beverages and there are food and beverages available on holes nine and 13. Callaway loaner clubs are available, as are caddies.
- One of the top courses in the greater Las Vegas area
Five championship courses, including the famed Blue Monster, which is used in the PGA Tour's WGC-CA Championship.
- Winner of numerous honors, including being named one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest, the Doral features five world-class courses, including the Blue Monster (named for the oversize lake in the middle of it), Greg Norman's Great White, and Raymond Floyd's gold course.
- The Doral also plays host to a Jim McLean golf school. Expect to pay a pretty penny for private lessons, but free lessons are run for one hour Wednesday through Sunday afternoons.
- Upwards of $175 per round in high season.
Set among 300 tropical acres, this Raymond Floyd design features two recently revamped 18-hole courses.
- Two courses, the Soffer and Miller courses
- Recently hosted the NBC/ADT Golf Skills Challenge and The Stanford International Pro Am (LPGA)
- Green Fees complimentary for guests during the summer season (June 1-September 30)
- Recently added a 64-foot waterfall (the largest in the state) to the Soffer Course 18th hole island green