Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses

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November 1, 2013 | 10:55 a.m.

Golfweek's Best: Resort Courses, 2014

No. 1 at Bandon Trails
No. 1 at Bandon Trails


1. (1) Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 2001

Tom Doak

Avg. rating: 8.95


2. (2) Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1919

Douglas Grant, Jack Neville

Avg. rating: 8.95


3. (3) Pinehurst (No. 2)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1903-1946

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 8.68


4. (5) Whistling Straits (Straits)

Kohler, Wis., 1997

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 8.54


5. (4) Old Macdonald

Bandon, Ore., 2010

Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

Avg. rating: 8.43


6. (6) Bandon Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 1999

David McLay Kidd

Avg. rating: 8.28


7. (7) Shadow Creek

North Las Vegas, Nev., 1990

Tom Fazio ...

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October 31, 2012 | 2:51 p.m.

Golfweek's Best Resort Courses 2013

Golfweek Staff
Pine Needles Golf Course in Southern Pines, N.C.
Pine Needles Golf Course in Southern Pines, N.C.


1. Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 2001

Tom Doak

Avg. rating: 9.10


2. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1999

D. Grant, Jack Neville

Avg. rating: 8.89


3. Pinehurst (No. 2)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1903-1946

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 8.70


4. Old Macdonald

Bandon, Ore., 2010

Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

Avg. rating: 8.67


5. Whistling Straits (Straits)

Kohler, Wis., 1997

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 8.58


6. Bandon Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 1999

David McLay Kidd

Avg. rating: 8.30


7. Shadow Creek

North Las Vegas, Nev., 1990

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 8.12


8. Spyglass Hill ...

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November 2, 2011 | 1:16 a.m.

Resort's finest

Golfweek Staff
No. 18th hole at Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South) in Newport Coast, Calif.
No. 18th hole at Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South) in Newport Coast, Calif.

1. Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 2001

Tom Doak

Avg. rating: 9.21


2. Old Macdonald

Bandon, Ore., 2010

Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

Avg. rating: 8.83


3. Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1999

D. Grant, Jack Neville

Avg. rating: 8.83


4. Whistling Straits (Straits)

Kohler, Wis., 1997

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 8.64


5. Pinehurst (No. 2)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1903-1946

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 8.44


6. Bandon Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 1999

David McLay Kidd

Avg. rating: 8.30


7. Shadow Creek

North Las Vegas, Nev., 1990

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 8.06


8. Spyglass Hill

Pebble Beach ...

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November 2, 2010 | 2 p.m.

2011 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses

2011 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses


1. Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Ore.

Tom Doak

2001


2. Old Macdonald

Bandon, Ore.

Tom Doak & Jim Urbina

2010*


3. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif.

Douglas Grant & Jack Neville

1919


4. Whistling Straits (Straits)

Kohler, Wis.

Pete Dye

1997


5. Pinehurst (No. 2)

Pinehurst, N.C.

Donald Ross

1903-1946


6. Bandon Dunes

Bandon, Ore.

David McLay Kidd

1999


7. Shadow Creek Golf Club

North Las Vegas, Nev.

Tom Fazio

1990


8. Spyglass Hill Golf Club

Pebble Beach, Calif.

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

1966


9. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Pete ...

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November 9, 2009 | 11:36 a.m.

2010 Golfweek's Best New U.S. courses

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July 7, 2009 | 11:31 a.m.

2009 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses

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July 7, 2008 | 11:32 a.m.

2008 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses

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July 7, 2007 | 11:34 a.m.

2007 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses

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September 7, 2006 | 11:37 a.m.

2006: Treetops merits return to ‘mecca’

Golfweek Staff

Gaylord, Mich.

Gaylord (population 3,730) bills itself as a “Golf Mecca,” a reference to the 24 courses within a 45-minute drive.

The centerpiece of this mecca is the Treetops Resort, owned by managing partner Rick Smith, swing guru to Phil Mickelson. Treetops has 81 holes; four championship courses plus the par-3 Threetops; along with two lodges, several chalets, meeting rooms and spa.

The resort is made up of two distinct properties, with one golf course, Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s Masterpiece, located near the property’s lodging, restaurants and spa that sit on top of a ski hill that ...

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September 7, 2006 | 11:06 a.m.

2006: What’s Old is new as Kohler ...

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St. Andrews, Scotland

Herb Kohler is not afraid to act quickly in business, and the moves he has made in the so-called Home of Golf are no exception.

It took just 40 days from the time he heard the Old Course Hotel and its Duke’s Course were for sale to close a $40 million deal for the properties in 2004.

Kohler, best known in golf circles for Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run resorts in Wisconsin, renovated the 144-room hotel, which sits on the 17th hole of the Old Course here, and the Duke’s, a five-minute drive from the ...

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July 25, 2006 | 5:19 p.m.

2006: Emirates best of eclectic layouts

Alistair Tait

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai certainly has come a long way since the Emirates Golf Club opened in 1988. There are six 18-hole courses in Dubai, with various projects under way to take that figure into the teens in the near future.

But Emirates remains the best of the bunch. In fact, this layout is one of the best PGA European Tour pros play each year. The conditioning is fantastic, and the layout is straightforward but challenging.

There isn’t really a bad hole. The only criticism that could be leveled is that the 18th is a bit too quirky ...

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July 25, 2006 | 5:16 p.m.

2006: Dubai - Boom town

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Every time I return to Dubai I’m reminded of that great song by The Eagles, “The Last Resort.” • “You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye,” crooned Don Henley. • I’ve been traveling to Dubai for the Desert Classic nearly every year since 1990. In those days the city limits were clearly defined. The city stopped and the desert took over.

I remember taking a bus out to the newly built Emirates Golf Club, crossing miles and miles of sand, when all of a sudden we came upon this oasis of fairways and greens, the miracle ...

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September 6, 2005 | 7:51 p.m.

2005: Island of Enchantment

Beth Ann Nichols

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Island golf doesn’t have to be a world away. • New Englanders, or others seeking escape from the bitter bleak of winter, can grab a quick bite at home in the morning and be on the first tee in a tropical paradise by 1 o’clock. • No customs. No currency exchange. No worries.

Welcome to Puerto Rico, where strip malls and ancient Spanish relics coexist in a climate of near perfection. • In this post-9/11 era, mainlanders appreciate the comforts of an American flag, especially one that’s draped over a Caribbean culture that warms the ...

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August 16, 2005 | 6 p.m.

2005: Saddling up to top-notch golf

James Achenbach

Copperopolis, Calif.

The next time you think bungalow getaway, think Saddle Creek. Located about two hours east of San Francisco in the middle of what seems to be nowhere, Saddle Creek is a golf gem now being discovered much as gold was discovered in these hills some 150 years ago.

The bungalow getaway enjoys a long history among serious golfers. Usually lasting for two or three days, such a getaway is designed for total immersion in golf yet also is a form of therapy in its escape from the responsibilities and rigors of everyday life.

Required ingredients for such a ...

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September 28, 2004 | 2:49 p.m.

2004: Daunting Nakoma offers just rewards

Golfweek Staff

By Joel Zuckerman

Graeagle, Calif.

Any Tahoe-bound traveler should sidetrack to the amazing Nakoma Resort and Spa, located about an hour north of the lake in a tiny wooded town. This high-end hideaway has some remarkable assets, not the least of which is an unforgettable clubhouse that’s an honest-to-goodness Frank Lloyd Wright original. This ultra-imaginative building features five teepee-like roof structures made of red cedar wood and decorative copper banding. Its 23,000 square feet of low slung passages lead to soaring, cathedral-like spaces, massively elaborate wooden sculptures and a four-sided, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. It’s a clubhouse that ...

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