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Golf tourism is experiencing unprecedented growth these days as more people are heading to golf resorts for a few days of rest and relaxation. According to recent data, the golf tourism market is currently worth $19.5 billion and it’s projected to reach a value of around $33.6 billion by 2032. Factors such as the global popularity of the sport, the rise of leisure golfers, and the emergence of premium golf resorts are said to have contributed to the growth of this sector. 

As golf holidays become a popular travel trend, it’s likely that golf resorts will keep evolving to give clients a unique and enjoyable experience. Some of the best golf resorts are in the US, and not only do they offer professionally-designed courses where you can stay active and improve your swing, but they also have luxurious amenities that will make you want to stay a little longer. If you’re in need of a fun yet relaxing holiday, check out these luxury golf resorts for your next trip.

The Resort at Pelican Hill- Newport Coast, CA

For the ultimate luxury golf resort experience, consider staying at The Resort at Pelican Hill. This California golfing destination is just a 45-minute drive away from the Los Angeles International Airport, and it has a 36-hole golf course with breathtaking views of the ocean. If you’re a beginner, you’ll be happy to know that this destination has a golf academy so you can improve your game by taking private classes led by PGA professionals. They also provide a selection of golf carts so you can easily navigate the course or just go on a relaxing sunset drive within the area. 

Body of Water Surrounded by Grass Near Buildings
Photo by Samuel Osho

If you’re planning to stay for a few days, Pelican Hill has different types of accommodations to choose from. They offer villas and bungalow suites with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, but if you’re just staying for a few hours, consider renting a cabana so you can relax by the pool and enjoy personalized food and beverage service. Later, treat yourself to a soothing massage or a seasonal treatment like a Citrus Drench Scrub at their spa, then end the day with a sumptuous meal at the Pelican Grill and Restaurant. 

The Lodge at Sea Island- St. Simons Island, Georgia

Love the idea of staying in a luxurious country estate? Consider booking a stay at The Lodge at Sea Island. This 5-star golf resort has three championship golf courses, professional instructors, and a golf performance center where you can practice to improve your game. Rent a private cottage for your stay, or book an elegant room at The Cloister so you can wake up and see amazing coastal views right outside your window. If you want to take a short break from golf, sign up for any of their special activities such as horseback riding, falconry, or go on a private fishing expedition. Meanwhile, for those who are on holiday with picky eaters, you’ll be glad to know that the Lodge has several restaurants within the area so you can take your pick from hearty Italian fare to fresh seafood. 

Pinehurst Resort- North Carolina

The Pinehurst Resort is one of the oldest golf destinations in the US as it has been around for more than 125 years. It has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments, including the US Open Championship and the PGA Championship. One glimpse of this resort is enough for you to know that they cater to dedicated golfers as they have ten 18-hole courses where you can play alone or with an instructor. You also have the option to stay in the manor, the condominium, or in their villas, making it the perfect place for solo travelers, couples, or families. When you’re not practicing your golf swing, you can enjoy a game of tennis or pickleball, or go for a dip in the pool to refresh yourself. Don’t forget to have a massage at the spa, then have dinner at any of the 12 restaurants in the resort.

Staying at a golf resort for your vacation can be a fun yet relaxing experience. Book a stay at any of these luxurious golf destinations, and have the time of your life on the golf course. 

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