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There’s no time like the present to gather a group of friends and plan the ultimate golf vacation! Golfing outside of your home green can be a challenging adventure that makes the perfect activity for a weekend away with friends. If you’re looking for a green escape, you have to check out these top golf destinations.

1. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego (all year round)

Access: Private
Site: fairmont.com/san-diego
Green fee: Low season Monday – Thursday ($310), Weekends ($330). High season Monday – Thursday ($325), Weekends ($360).
Stay and Play Package: Available

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with your friends. You’ll be floored by their pristine green with a world-class view of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon, which is unparalleled. They have stay-and-play packages or a regular green fee to customize your weekend, but the stay-and-play package is where it’s at. Enjoy a suite, room upgrade, and access to the resort features like spa, pool, and fitness facilities.

Tee off on their 18-hole course and soak in the Pacific breeze and Southern California sun. This tranquil 350-acre course and picturesque resort is precisely where you want to be with your friends on the weekend!

2. Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, Hawaii (all year round)

Access: Private 
Site: fourseasons.com/lanai
Green fee: $513
Stay and Play Package: Available

Make your dreams come true on one of Hawaii’s most exclusive islands with a relaxing golf getaway. Whether it’s a bachelor trip or just a quick vacation, this luxury resort has everything you need. The green sits high up on the cliffs surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and is designed to be fun and challenging.

A stay-and-play is the best way to go, although they do offer a day fee. Staying at the resort allows you to fully relax in luxury and enjoy the amenities. The Four Seasons Resort in Lana’i is the golf vacation of your dreams!

3. The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, California (all year round)

Access: Private
Site: ritzcarlton.com
Green fee: High season $250, low season $150
Stay and Play Package: Available

Part of planning a successful golf trip is choosing the right location for the trip, and the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay is the ideal spot! This sprawling resort has two stunning courses designed by Arthur Hills and Arnold Palmer to have firm playing conditions with ocean views from every hole. 

Road trip down the famed Highway 1 after landing and head straight to the green for a day of play. Complete the weekend with a stay at the 5-star resort, including dining and spa experiences. 

4. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii (all year round)

Access: Private
Site: fourseasons.com/maui
Green fee: $210 – $245
Stay and Play Package: Not available

White Lotus fans are in for a treat at this world-class Maui golf course! Not only is it one of the filming locations for the show, but it also makes the most memorable trip with friends. You can stay at the resort or just tee off in the morning and enjoy their three 18-hole courses, varying in difficulty to customize the challenge.

Relax with the surrounding waves and ocean breeze as you play. After the game, you can enjoy the warm and friendly Hawaiian hospitality on or off the resort. If you choose to stay at the resort or just visit for the day, you’re in for a tropical paradise vacation!

5. The Resort at Pelican Hill, California (all year round)

Access: Public
Site: pelicanhill.com
Green fee: $255 for guests and $340 for the public
Stay and Play Package: Available

Relax and play in a modern Mediterranean-style resort and course. Two green were designed by Tom Fazio to be invigorated and challenging, perfect for a little friendly rivalry. Weave along the edge of the cliff to sink the perfect shot! 

The bungalows and villas that are part of the stay-and-play package are perfect for larger groups that want to continue the fun into the night without disturbing the neighbors. So pack your golf bags, this dreamy coastal resort will make a relaxing golf vacation!

6. Omni PGA Frisco Resort, Texas (all year round)

Access: Private 
Site: omnihotels.com
Green fee: $252 for guests and $277 for walk-ins
Stay and Play Package: available for larger groups

This sprawling 500-room resort has ammonite galore. After a day of golf on their two 18-hole courses, you can relax by the infinity pool, dine at over 13 restaurants, or continue practicing your game.

If you didn’t get enough of their challenging greens during the day, you can continue the competition into the night. Once the sun goes down, the action continues at this resort. With their lighted 10-hole courses, you can really perfect your swing.

7. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Texas (all year round)

Access: Private
Site: omnihotels.com
Green fee: $129 weekdays & $285 weekends
Stay and Play Package: Available

These four Tom Fazio-designed courses have been named one of the 2023 Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World. Grab some friends and tee off on these world-class 18-hole courses. The beautiful lush green landscape and attractive courses will make a relaxing golf weekend.

Choosing the stay-and-play option is the ultimate way to relax and enjoy the game with your friends, from the pool to the spa services and more. You and your friends will be delighted with your stay at the Omni Barton Creek Resort.

8. Pebble Beach Resorts, California (all year round)

Access: Public
Site: pebblebeach.com
Green fee: $625
Stay and Play Package: Available

Enjoy nature’s beauty at this incredible five-course golf green. Play on the world-famous courses that hosted the US Open Championship 6 times! These invigorating courses are best seen up close and personal, on the green. 

Bring your own clubs and golf bag or rent from the resort, along with caddy services for an effortless game. Complete your stay with a few nights at the inn, the lodge, or Casa Palermo to feel the luxury experience. In addition to golf, there are also spa, fitness, and pool facilities to fully enjoy your vacation. 

9. Cabot Citrus Farms (World Woods Golf Club: Pine Barrens), Florida (all year round)

Access: Private 
Site: cabotcitrusfarms.com
Green fee: $35 – $170 depending on the course
Stay and Play Package: Not available

A 2024 renovation to the World Woods Pine Barrens golf clubs brings an exciting change to the previous 18-hole course. In 1999, Pine Barrens ranked as one of the leading Florida golf courses, and since the new owners have taken over, this magnificent course got a massive makeover.

The facility now includes two brand new 18-hole golf courses, one 10-hole course, an 11-hole course, and a modern practice facility. Soon, they will offer luxury accommodations and restaurants. For now, bring the party to the nearby Tampa after a fun round of golf with your friends! 

FAQ

Where is the best place to golf in the winter?

In the USA, the warm southern sunny states are the best for golfing in the winter. Look at courses in Orlando, Scottsdale, or Palm Springs. For detailed recommendations, check out our list of best winter golf destinations.

More about golfing weather in the US here: the Best Time of the Year to Go on A Golf Trip

Where is the cheapest place to retire and play golf?

The cheapest places to retire and play golf in the USA would be Indianapolis (Indiana), Riverside (California), or Myrtle Beach (South Carolina).

Where is the most expensive golf course to play?

The most expensive golf course is the Shadow Creek golf course in Las Vegas.

Spring is commonly the best time for golfing pretty much everywhere. Consider this time for nice weather and many options for your party. Here’s our spring golf destinations. Check it out.

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