2020 Golf + Travel | 3 min read
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you may be on the hunt for the best golf vacations for couples. After all, what’s better than a great game of 18 holes to resolve any outstanding disputes or rekindle that spark? We’ve put together a list of six romantic golf getaways that offer the perfect opportunity for couples to reconnect. Whether you’re both avid players or only one of you enjoys the game, you’ll find something to suit every relationship in our list below.
1. Enjoy a Romantic Golf Weekend in Palm Coast, FL
Heat things up with a warm-weather retreat at Hammock Beach Resort in beautiful Palm Coast, Florida. This seaside resort features two courses and was voted the “2018 Best Golf Resort in Florida” by Golf Digest. The award-winning Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, features six holes that overlook the Atlantic Ocean, while the Conservatory Course – designed by Tom Watson – is lined with streams, waterfalls, and stonework.
Hammock Beach Resort offers several golf packages, including a 2020 February Romance Getaway that provides couples with luxury accommodations, champagne, a spa gift basket, and $100 spa credit. You and your better half can enjoy a romantic golf weekend complete with opulent views, challenging golf games, couples massages, and plenty of opportunities to create lasting memories.
Image courtesy of: The Club At Hammock Beach
2. Plan a Weeklong Retreat in Maui, HI
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii, offers top-tier golf as well as an array of other activities, which makes this one of the best golf vacations for couples, even if one of you doesn’t play. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at this magnificent Hawaiian paradise from beachfront horseback riding, to helicopter rides. Book a golf package and enjoy early access to preferred tee times, or select a honeymoon package and spend a day relaxing in a VIP luxury poolside cabana.
Put your golf skills to the test on the newly refined Plantation Course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions each January. This course was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Core, and features the second-longest hole on the PGA Tour. The Bay Course – designed by Arnold Palmer and Frances Duane – features a hole that plays over the ocean. Interested in honing your skills on your luxury retreat? Maui is home to the Kapalua Golf Academy, which is equipped with 23 acres of practice area and is rated one of the “Top 25 Golf Schools” by GOLF Magazine.
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3. Treat Yourself to Legendary Luxury in Phoenix, AZ
The iconic Arizona Biltmore, which is now a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has welcomed guests since 1929 and is home to one of the best golf vacations for couples in the United States. This historic hotel boasts luxury accommodations and access to two PGA golf courses. The Adobe Golf Course features sprawling greens and beautiful mountain views, and these grand old fairways are the perfect place for couples to bring their cart bags, ride the course, and take in the majesty of the landscape. The nearby Links Golf Course features well-bunkered greens for couples that want to put their skills to the test. With unlimited same-day replay available to resort guests, you can truly play to your heart’s content.
After an exhilarating day on the links, you and your sweetie can partake in unique events such as cigar rolling or happy hour with a historian who will share fascinating stories about the Biltmore and surrounding landmarks. You can pamper yourselves with a couples massage and then indulge in an expertly prepared dinner with wine pairing at Wright’s Restaurant. With so many attractions and great golf at your fingertips, it’s no wonder that many guests choose to take advantage of the Arizona Biltmore’s extended stay package. You can even bring your favorite four-legged friend along for the adventure, because the Arizona Biltmore is proudly pet-friendly.
4. Bask in the Sunshine in Palm Desert, CA
Palm Desert has long been a vacation destination for people looking to escape the winter chill, and Desert Willow Golf Resort delivers classic Southern California weather and two spectacular golf courses with cascading mountain views. You can break out your favorite warm-weather golfing accessories and set your own pace while you take in the desert air, or get personalized PGA-certified instruction at the top-tier Palm Desert Golf Academy.
Palm Desert hosts the best golf trips for couples any time of year, so if you can’t get away on Valentine’s Day, you can schedule a trip when you have the time. You can tee off for a friendly competition one day and explore nearby Joshua Tree National Forest the next. For couples planning to tie the knot, Desert Willow even offers an array of elegant wedding venues to choose from.
5. Jet set With Your Special Someone to Matauri Bay, NZ
If you’re looking to take your vacation international, Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand offers one of the best golf trips for couples. Whether you want to sweep your love away for Valentine’s Day, surprise them for their birthday, or simply rest and reset away from the stresses of everyday life, this destination should definitely be on your bucket list. In addition to world-class golf, guests can enjoy sea kayaking, land-based fishing, horseback riding, helicopter tours, and much more.
When it comes to the game, Kauri Cliffs boasts an iconic golf course designed by David Harman that currently ranks 37th on Golf Digest’s list of Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World. This oceanside course was recently renovated by the acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones and features breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Pro Tip: Golfers are welcome to bring their own golfing gear, but you’ll need to make sure your shoes and clubs are squeaky clean (free of any grass or dirt) upon entering the country. New Zealand biosecurity officials inspect all golf bags and equipment of international visitors in an effort to maintain the overall health of their rural-based economy.
6. Customize Your Romantic Golf Weekend in Hilton Head, SC
The Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina, offers seemingly endless booking options, including three world-class golf courses to tee off on – Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. You can plan a long weekend and play all three courses, which feature picturesque waterfront play and harbor views that are sure to make you pause the game for a romantic selfie.
Romantic golf getaways at Sea Pines Resort can be tailored to your desired level of play and pampering. Choose from three different styles of luxury accommodations, spa packages designed specifically for sports enthusiasts with sore muscles, and an array of restaurants. Plus, you’ll have plenty of nearby trails to explore by bicycle, foot, or horseback!
Whatever style of play you choose, we hope this list of romantic golf getaways give you some ideas for planning the perfect retreat for you and your love. If you’re looking to add on a personalized gift, we offer customizable golf bags that can be embroidered with initials, crafted with your choice of colors, and more. Tuck your plane tickets into the front pocket of a brand-new golf bag and surprise your MVP with a gift they’ll never forget.