Monday, March 26, 2012

Top Golf Resorts in the World: do you agree?

Conde Nast Traveler polled readers in the April edition for it's sixteenth annual list of top golf resorts in the world. Survey questions asked to over twenty-eight thousand participants related to golf course design, lodging, staff, food and service. "Great memories, if not a great score, are all but guaranteed."

The top-ranked Arizona golf resort on the list is Canyon Suites at the Phoenician in Scottsdale. Second on the same list is the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North. Since I have never stayed nor played golf in either resort, I cannot, with certainly, agree or disagree with the results.
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Canyon Suites at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona

In addition to the top ten golf resorts in Arizona, the reader poll also lists:

  • Top 15 California Golf Resorts

  • Top 20 Florida Golf Resorts

  • Top 15 Hawaii Golf Resorts

  • Top 25 Southern Golf Resorts (nothing in Myrtle Beach?)

  • Top 20 Foreign Golf Resorts, in South Africa, Mexico, Bermuda, Ireland and more.

  • I have similar concerns with the remaining lists from California to Hawaii: if I choose to vacation, I would have to research these resorts on other websites as well (such as through Travelocity) and on Google in order to read about personal travelers' experiences.

    I have always been interested in staying at Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, for example, because it has been the season-opener for the LPGA and Champions Tour but, according to this list, Turtle Bay is ranked in fifteenth position, making me skeptical of its vacation value. Furthermore, Conde Nast placed no link within its site to the vacation destination which means the publication never reviewed it.

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    Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu

    Subjectivity is the key word here, folks. Don't go to the top golf resort simply because of the findings of this poll and don't neglect the travel destination in fifteenth position either. Although the Conde Nast reader survey is a good starting point, do your research before you decide to travel and you will probably find hidden gems located within the same area as these top 121 golf resorts throughout the world.

    By the way, do you agree with the results?

    Voice your opinion on Twitter @Golf4Beginners and on Facebook.

    Photo Credits: Examiner.com, Agoda.net

    5 comments:

    Golf Stinks said...

    Good point. It's kind of tough to determine which is #1 without playing them all. In that case, it looks like I'm going to have to quit my job and go play all these resorts...

    A man can dream, can't he?

    Gerry Wendel said...

    "Luck of the draw"...in other words who actually sees the poll in regards to how it's distributed, will affect results. It may be biased towards subscribers of the magazine, dependent on how how effective other outlets were for them (IF they promoted it via social media, for example).

    At any rate, your photo of Turtle Bay Resort looks mighty fine!

    Stacy Solomon said...

    Hey Golf Stinks, I'm with you on that! Getting to all of these great colf course resorts takes time but, if we clear our schedule (and hit the lottery) we can do it!

    Gerry, one day I WILL play Turtle Bay! Also, our friend @GolfGoddess noticed that there are NO Canadian golf course resorts listed...hmmm...oversight?

    jack smith said...

    Excellent point. It's form of challenging to ascertain which is #1 with out enjoying them. If so, that seems like I'll have to quit my work in addition to get participate in every one of these areas.
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