Golf is an amazing sport, it manages to be both competitive yet relaxing at the same time! Personally golf for me is an amazing stress reliever, besides vacations and speaking of which doesn’t a golf getaway with the girls sound like the perfect vacation? Unfortunately, search the web for “girls golf vacations” and you’ll mostly find special … “caddying” services for the guys. So here we’ve compiled some of the best destinations for ladies who love the links, as well as shopping, dining, spas and wine tastings. I mean just picture yourself on the perfect golf course: a weekend getaway comprised of master shots that land your ball on the fairway set in a beautiful location.
So leave the hubby (and the stroller) at home and have some girls-only time on the greens, followed by a hot-stone massage and a hot night on the town at one of these amazing locations!
1. Tampa: Babes in Golfland
Innisbrook Golf Resort’s renowned Copperhead and Island courses are as challenging as they are lovely, lush with cypresses, small lakes and native birds. Enjoy them with the “Innisbrook Your Way Golf & Spa Package,” including a luxury room, massage and pro-shop gift certificate. Or hone your swing at Saddlebrook Resort’s Arnold Palmer Golf Academy or the Women’s Executive Golf School’s classes at Emerald Greens.
2. Sea Island, Georgia
Not only does Sea Island have three of the nation’s top golf courses, Whichever course at Sea Island players choose to spend the day on, Peterson makes perfecting the game fun and engaging and says, “Similar to wine tastings, Sea Island gives you golf tastings — there’s something here for everyone.”
Off the green, Sea Island Resort offers high-end golf equipment, so players don’t have to bring their own; luxury accommodations; and the Cloister Spa and Fitness Center, with 65,000 square feet of pure luxury. Don’t miss the popular post-golf spot, the Oak Room, for happy hour or the Georgian Room for fine dining. Or sit seaside overlooking the dunes at the Atlantic.
3. Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii
The location that kicks off the PGA TOUR each year with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is Kapalua Golf in Maui, Hawaii. The Bay Course sends golfers through towering palms and flowering hibiscus along Maui’s picturesque coast and has spectacular views of Oneloa Bay, especially at the fourth and fifth tees. (Warning: The fifth hole carry can be tricky.) The par-72 Bay Course is a standard regulation course, with the front nine featuring the Bay Express, a 1,400-yard layout perfect for beginners.
More experienced ladies can tee off at the challenging Plantation Course. A par-75 for ladies, this course up in the mountains, complete with panoramic views at every hole, highlights neighboring Hawaiian isles. An added plus to Plantation: There’s not one water hazard on the entire course, and there’s plenty of room to play the ball on the ground. No forced carry here!
Head over to Merriman’s Restaurant at the Kapalua Resort, a great space with a fire pit for wine and appetizers while overlooking the sea and picture-perfect sunsets. The Pineapple Grill, which is actually in the clubhouse at the Bay Course, is a more casual option and always offers award-winning food.
4. Carefree, Arizona
The Boulders Resort features the Golden Door Spa near Phoenix, Arizona, and has two 18-hole championship golf courses considered to be among the most challenging in the Southwest. Sitting adjacent to ancient boulders in the Painted Desert, the par-72 North Courseand the par-71 South Course are known for their rugged beauty and breathtaking desert panoramas. Designed by Jay Morrish, they boast a few of the industry’s highest accolades, including Golf Magazine’s Platinum Medal award, Golf Digest’s Top 25 U.S. Resorts, and Links’ Top Five Best of the West.
LPGA member Jean Ashley Crawford hosts the “Fore Ladies” golf program, designed just for women, which kicks off with margaritas and chips before moving players onto the course. The course’s signature hole the No. 5 hole on the South Course is carved from the desert and flanked by a dramatic rock outcropping that shelters the green. The par-5 hole is challenging, as the fairway narrows towards the green. There is no margin for error — any slice, hook, or overshot will land in the desert rough.
Stop at Bogeys, both sports bar and restaurant, for casual fare for breakfast and lunch on site. Just a few miles away, hit the Zagat-ratedCafe Bink for their famed pulled-to-order mozzarella appetizer. Or have a girls’ afternoon tea at the English Rose Tea Room.
5. Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Customized women’s golf programs can be found at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The popular Golf Women’s Weekend in March includes instruction and wine tasting, with the whole weekend revolving around women and golf. Golfing Girls Boot Camp gives three hours in the morning of instruction. For ladies who want to spa one day, golf one day, kayak one day, etc., the Take It to the Course option offers 45 minutes on the driving range for improved technique, then 45 minutes on the course to hone what’s been learned.
The par-72 Osprey Point Course was rated by Golf Digest as one of their Top 50 Courses for Women. Fairways are wide open. There are a couple of challenges to keep things interesting, such as the No. 11 hole’s driving challenge, which means players have to hit balls over the water 80 yards. The No. 12 hole is a par-5 — chances are that a good drive will give players a chance at making a birdie. Lakes, trees, and wildlife abound at the scenic 18th hole, the signature hole.
Head to the Ocean Course and the Rider Cup Bar for fresh-squeezed juices while overlooking the ocean just 20 yards away. Take endless beach walks, hit the Sanctuary Spa for a post-golf treatment, and rent a bike for sunset rides around the island.
6. Courses in California
Just 40 minutes from San Francisco, along stunning Pacific cliffs, are the Half Moon Bay Golf Links and adjacent Ritz-Carlton. The Ocean Course’s famous par-4 18th hole offers end-to-end sea views. In between, catch up on gossip with Bay City landmarks, beach horseback riding, whale watching, and fennel-crusted sole at the Ritz’s oceanfront eatery Navio, followed by drinks under the stars at the patio fire pits.
In nearby Napa, the Bird Golf School offers ladies-only lessons at Hiddenbrooke Golf Clubfrom instructors like 1963 U.S. Open champion Mary Mills. Students enjoy Meritage Resort’s vineyards and Spa Terra, set in an underground cave.
In Southern California, find Bird Golf Schools for Women in Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Palm Springs — home also to La Quinta Resort’s Pete Dye-designed courses, nestled along the Santa Rosa Mountains. The compact Mountain Course challenges but gratifies female players. Try a “Hydrafacial” at Spa La Quinta and sample Mexican fare at Adobe. Pets are welcome, and teachers in your group save with “Relax and Recess” rates.
Ojai Resort, 90 minutes from Los Angeles shopping options features idyllic golf, Spanish Colonial design and Spa Ojai, 30,000 square feet of treatments from mediation to mud cleansing. Blend your own herbal creams at Artist’s Cottage & Apothecary, and pair brick-oven pizza with California wines at Jimmy’s Pub.