The perfect lodging for golfers offers the best views, proximity to the course and amenities that are first-rate but not over-the-top. What are the rooms that add the ultimate touch for a golf getaway? With input from Golf Digest editors and our 1,300 course-ranking panellists, a well-travelled bunch, we created this list of 18 greats. Like Pebble Beach’s Fairway One villas [above], which practically put you on the first fairway, these rooms offer an experience so fine you might never want to leave.
The American Club, Wisconsin
Eau de Vie suite
This five-star hotel is named to Condé Nast Traveller’s Best Resorts ranking each year and features amenities like an overflowing bath.
Arcadia Bluffs, Michigan
Four or eight-person cottages include a bedroom and bathroom for each with views of the course along Lake Michigan.
Augusta National GC, Georgia
There’s no better nostalgia than staying in Ike’s bedroom.
Ballyneal Golf Club, Colorado
Adjacent to the range, this villa fits eight and is located a short distance from the first tee and Tom Doak’s new 12-hole par-3 course.
Barnbougle Dunes, Tasmania
Wallabies might hop by as you sit on your porch overlooking Bass Strait and the Dunes, one of the two
Cabot Links, Nova Scotia
New two and four-bedroom suites are spacious and offer great views of Cabot’s first course along the coast of Cape Breton.
Cal Club of San Francisco, South San Francisco
Bedrooms above the clubhouse
The bar in the men’s locker room is a popular hangout for members and guests.
Cypress Point Club, California
Rooms above the clubhouse
With a clear view of the 18th green, you’re less than a minute from Sam’s Special libation.
Erin Hills Golf CSE, Wisconsin
It’s just a short walk from the 18th green to these rustic, newly opened cottages that fit up to eight people.
Kiawah Island GR, South Carolina
The Sanctuary’s Presidential Suite
Though the famous Ocean course is a short drive away, it feels like you can touch the Atlantic off the patio at this hotel.
Medallist Golf Club, Florida
The two-storey cottage backs up to the range, so you can be hitting balls within five minutes of rolling out of bed.
National Golf Links of America, New York
Any room facing the 18th fairway
Special views of the course and the bay.
The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews, Scotland
Watch golfers play the Road Hole from your balcony.
Pebble Beach Resorts, California
Fairway One villas, Eastwood and Palmer four-person cottages
As good as the Inn at Spanish Bay or the Sloat Suite are, these villas put guests right on Pebble’s first hole.
Pine Valley Golf Club, New Jersey
The Lodge offers a look at the iconic fifth hole, but if you want Old World, go for the Dorms and a shower down the hall.
Royal Dornoch, Scotland
The Links House
Behind the first tee, this five-star hotel has 14 rooms.
Secession GC, Beaufort, South Carolina
Rooms above the clubhouse
A wraparound porch on the second floor overlooking the course is the perfect golf hang.
Trump Turnberry, Scotland
Lighthouse suite off the ninth, 10th holes
A new suite in the lighthouse puts guests next to the Ailsa course’s best holes (eight through 11).