Golf

Makena Beach and Golf Resort -- Maui, HI

Golf Course at Makena Beach and Golf Resort -- Maui

A round of golf can always do a body good. Sure, golf can be one of the most frustrating sports on the planet, [Ed. note: We've seen a few snapped clubs in our day.] but there’s nothing like the feeling when you sink that putt for eagle. (Not that we can speak from personal experience, per se, but we’ve heard stories.) So what could possibly make hitting the links even better? Gorgeous ocean views, duh. For all you golfers out there – Hi, Dad! — we found twelve beautiful hotel golf courses around the globe that have killer vistas to boot. Pack your clubs and get ready to work on your swing–these spots will be sure to inspire you to play your very best.

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In the shadow of four volcanoes, La Reunion Golf Resort is a scenic hideaway for guests seeking a luxurious and remote vacation. Rooms have their own patios and infinity-edge swimming pools overlooking the Pete Dye designed golf course. Bathrooms are especially fantastic, with soaking tubs and private outdoor showers. And from almost every nook and cranny of the resort – but particularly from the infinity pool — there are amazing views of the volcanoes. And so, as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak in the goodness that is La Reunion Golf Resort.

Volcanic vistas: View from the infinity pool at La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences -- Guatemala

Volcanic vistas: View from the infinity pool at La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences -- Guatemala

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Foto Friday: Heart of Palm

by Zach on January 6, 2012

It used to be that pioneers and settlers avoided deserts, given their barren lifelessness and lack of resources. It’s nothing short of ironic, then, that the calm, desolate ambiance that deserts provide is a serious draw for vacationers today. One of our newest Oyster destinations, Palm Springs, is undergoing a renaissance, and is transforming from a sleepy retirement community to a trendy, young weekend retreat spot (Coachella Festival, anyone?) just two hours away from the smog of Los Angeles. It’s amazing what a weekend of spa treatments, golf and panoramic moonscape-esque views can do for weary travelers.

Pool and golf course at the Doral Desert Princess Resort

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Hearing “Silicon Valley” usually makes people think of microchips and insanely rich geeks. What people may not realize is that the area has plenty of things to do for the casual traveler, including golf, winery tours and spa weekends. Whether or not your start-up just had a successful IPO, views like this make it a spot worth checking out.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

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Though we’ll miss Tiger in the U.S. Open this year, the golf craze carries on. These hotel golf courses will impress any golfer, from pros to amateurs. Play your best game seaside, waterfall-side or mountain-side.

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Kauai, Hawaii

Next to two golf courses, including the Prince, Golf Digest’s No. 1 Hawaii course, Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is the place to stay for golf lovers. Two well-regarded courses are adjacent to the Westin Princeville. One, the Prince, has breathtaking views along Princeville’s cliffs. The second, Makai, a 27-hole monster, was renovated in 2009. The Prince Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. 18 holes, 7,309 yards, par 72, on 390 acres. The golf carts equipped with GPS systems.

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Hawaii

 

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Hawaii

 

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Wondering where to go for the best pool? What about the best luau? Or the best cocktail? Oyster to the rescue (as usual).

Best Pool
Delano Hotel, Miami

The huge infinity pool — also known as its “water salon” — at the Delano is a South Beach attraction unto itself. Live DJs, tasty food and drink, posh cabanas, and bungalows make for a sceney but still relaxing retreat — at least during the day, before the hordes of nonguests come to party. Music plays underwater, and an ornate silver table and chairs sit right in the pool. In front of the Philippe Starck-designed pool is a beautiful orchard of crisply manicured trees. A giant chessboard and huge mirror within the orchard, like the giant chair in the lobby, helps to create a surreal, Alice in Wonderland atmosphere.

The Delano, Miami

 

The Delano, Miami

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At Top Golf DC, each ball has a unique microchip that calculates the accuracy and distance of your shot

At Top Golf DC, each ball has a unique microchip that calculates the accuracy and distance of your shot

Days off school mean no homework. No bus pickups. No lunches to pack. In our household we bask in the glow of school holidays. We eat, play, shoot baskets, watch movies, and hang out. What’s not to love about this type of day? But five people in one house all vying for control of the remote or the game controller or a laptop makes for a crazy, noisy day. As a work-at-home-mom, my work day can become challenging with the kids and husband home from school. While it is tempting for us to stay home, every so often planning a trip on a day off school is a must. Some months ago we ventured out to a new type of high-tech driving range just outside Washington, D.C. While the kids finished up any lingering homework or played games with dad, I did my daily work tasks. Once I logged off, we set off for Top Golf.

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