Great winter golf destinations must meet certain criteria, in order to make the Top Ten bucket of list winter golf destinations. They need to be tropical, must have golf courses worthy of being called destination golf courses and they need to have accommodations that allow you to relax and unwind in an atmosphere of luxury and comfort; affording you the opportunity to escape the winter weather and rejuvenate yourself both mentally and physically. That is why the following have been chosen to complete this Top Ten Winter Golf Destination Bucket List:
Maui, Hawaii, USA- Maui has long been the destination for professional golf tours, due to its climate, world class golf courses, warm trade winds and five star resorts. Whale watching during the winter months is one of the many unique things you will find on this Pacific Island jewel. Wailea Golf resort is a 54 hole golf club with a storied PGA past. The setting is amazing.
St. Thomas, US. Virgin Islands- Home to five star resorts such as The Ritz-Carlton Resort, Wyndham Resorts at Sugar Bay, Beach. Mahogany Run being the recommended golf course on this Caribbean Winter Golf Destination getaway.
Costa Rica- Located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica; Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is blended into the lush setting created by the rain forest and the ocean. Complete with an 18-hole championship golf course, casino, spa, tennis courts and a 250-slip marina. The combination of world class golf & deep sea fishing combined to create one of the most exotic winter golfing destinations you will ever find.
Cap Cana, Dominican Republic- Cap Cana is located along the east coast of the Dominican Republic, on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola; which rests between Cuba and Puerto Rico. Cap Cana’s tropical surroundings include beaches, crystal blue waters and lush green valleys. Possessing one of the Caribbean’s most advanced marinas and a Jack Nicklaus designed championship golf course, which hosted the Champions Tour, Cap Cana Championship, in April 2008. This was a no brainer for placement in the top ten of the bucket list.
Cabo San Lucas, Mex. – Once a sleepy little fishing village frequented by a list of who’s who in the world of the rich and famous, Cabo San Lucas has become a world class golf destination. Courses designed by Nicklaus, Norman, Trent Jones, Dye and Fazio. With the turquoise blue Sea of Cortez visible from almost anywhere you venture and the warm Baja sun greeting you each and every morning, it would be impossible to omit this from any winter golf destinations list, let alone a top ten list
Miami Beach, Florida, USA- The first location on the main land of the USA to make this list, Miami offers what few other locations on the mainland can; an international flavor. The Cuban influence in music, food and culture is as warm and inviting as the South Florida sun. From the experience of South beach to the Doral Resort & Spa, Miami offers everything required to be considered for placement on this list.
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA- Receiving another placement on the top ten winter golf destinations is once again Hawaii, specifically Honolulu; perhaps one of the most famous of all warm weather destinations. Honolulu means “sheltered bay” or “place of shelter”. The scenic beauty of Honolulu, with Diamond Head in the distance and the Pacific Ocean lapping at its shores, makes it one of the most sort after warm weather golfing destinations. A trip to the sacred ground of Pearl Harbor is a must, it is one of the more sobering sights you will ever see. Playing the Turtle Bay Palmer Golf Course would be the course of choice here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico- Located in the Northern portion of the Caribbean Sea, west of the US Virgin Islands and approximately a 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. Puerto Rico enjoys sunshine for the better part of the year. Daylight typically can be expected from 6:30 AM to 6 PM allowing for ample playing time, especially if you have 36 holes on your mind. With a host of golf courses to choose from, The Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa Wyndham Grand Resort is one of the recommended courses to play while visiting the San Juan area.
Palm Springs, California, USA- With a collage of color, fragrance and scenic beauty it is easy to understand what drew the likes of Sinatra, Hope and Crosby to the California desert all those years ago. Simply put, Palm Springs is one of the greatest winter golf destinations in the world. PGA West is located in La Quinta, a short distance from Palm Springs, if you love golf than you absolutely have to go here at least once in your lifetime. No top ten list is complete without this gem in the California desert.
Orlando, Florida, USA- Orlando guarantees you warm weather, easy flight connections and endless opportunities for golf. The other choices on this list may have more flavor and adventure to them, but Orlando guarantees you world class golf. Of the many choices to mention, The Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Club and Lodge is the one chosen to represent Orlando. The reason being, it is recognized as one of the most impressive layouts in the world. Much like its owner, Bay Hill is charming, inviting and about being the best of the best.