What beats staying at one of the best properties in golf? Booking the best room there. In our weekly "Suite of the Week" series, GOLD spotlights luxury suites that take any golf trip from excellent to epic. For your convenience, we've compiled them all here in one handy reference guide. Consider these swank suites the best that golf has to offer.
Suite of the Week: Fairway Villa Suite at Quail Lodge & Golf Club
Where: Carmel, Calif.
What it costs: $1,100-$1,600 per night
What’s inside: These two recently renovated suites along the 14th fairway offer up to 1,400 square feet of living space, when you combine either a king guestroom or double queen guestroom with a 700 square-foot parlor that features sofas, dining table, living room and attached powder room. Each two-bedroom suite provides 2.5 bathrooms, three fireplaces and four patios. The handsome parlor fireplace is composed of stone creek stacked stone and its counterpart in the bedroom is sandstone. High vaulted beam ceilings add spaciousness and help flood the room with natural light. The traditional California Ranch décor includes native artwork and furnishings. His and hers sinks in each bathroom are set into granite countertops. For morning coffee or cocktail hour, French doors lead to spacious, secluded patios which offer chaise lounges, teak tables and Adirondack chairs.
What else you get: Among the attractions are a swimming pool, three tennis courts, three poolside fitness cabanas, a family-friendly nine-hole putting course, a sand bocce ball court and a Land Rover Driving School. The chief on-property amenity, however, is the bucolic 51-year-old golf course that was renovated in 2015 by Todd Eckenrode, with all-new bunkering and a deep grass swale that bisects several holes among the highlights. Nearby attractions include Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pebble Beach, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Laguna Seca Raceway.
For other budgets: Guest rooms start at $355 per night in summer’s high season. In shoulder season of November-December, rates begin at $185 per night.
Book it: 831-624-2888, quaillodge.com
Suite of the Week: Captain Collins Cottage 24 at Harbor View Hotel
Where: Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard), Mass.
What it costs: $2,195 per night
What’s inside: Checking in at a spacious 1,473 square feet, the premier Cottage Suite at Martha’s Vineyard’s classic Harbor View Hotel has two roomy bedrooms, two bathrooms, a private en suite elevator, kitchenette, multiple verandas, propane gas fireplace and a custom window archway. Handsome appointments include traditional coastal, New England-style furnishings, iron chandeliers, V-grooved paneling in seaside white, crown molding, black walnut flooring, bamboo-drawn shades, Plantation shutters, marble and granite countertops, glass-walled showers and a Bosch Washer and Dryer. You'll also find flat-screen TVs, iPod stations, and a Keurig coffee maker. Want to own this pad? It’s yours for $2,495,000.
What else you get: Nantucket Sound beckons right outside your door, complete with lighthouse, beaches, a sailboat-filled harbor and walking trails. A five-minute stroll to town yields an array of quaint shops and excellent restaurants. The Harbor View Hotel offers three outstanding dining experiences, Henry’s, the Lighthouse Grill and the North 41 Pool Bar. Our advice: The lobster tacos appetizer is not to be missed. A fitness center, yoga and pilates classes and an outdoor saline pool are among the hotel’s other attractions, though best of all is plunking down in a comfy rocker on the wraparound porch at sunset, cocktail in hand. That’s living. The concierge can assist with nearby golf, including President Obama’s favorite August hang, Farm Neck Golf Club, located less than three miles away in Oak Bluff. Purists should check out the rustic, charming, nine-hole Royal and Ancient Chappaquiddick Links. The Chappy ferry is a five-minute walk from the hotel and the ferry ride takes just two minutes.
For other budgets: Guest rooms in the main hotel start at $109/night in the shoulder season; $429/night in the high season of July and August.
Book it: 508-627-7000, harbor-view.com
Suite of the Week: Four-Bedroom Villa at The Resort at Pelican Hill
Where: Newport Coast, Calif.
What it costs: $1,200-$5,000 per night
What's inside: Each of the 128 multi-bedroom villas feature expansive ocean-view terraces, gourmet kitchens, private two-car garages, limestone fireplaces and deep soaking tubs. The roomiest of these villas is the four-bedroom edition, measuring 3,581 square feet. Plush feather-top bedding, marble bathrooms, dining tables and chairs, large sectional sofas and a personal butler to help you pack and unpack are among the luxe offerings. Perhaps most impressive are the sliding glass walls that open to yield a seamless transition from indoors to your outdoor patio where chaise lounges and ocean panoramas await.
What else you get: Situated just south of Newport Beach, Pelican Hill delivers some of the most reliably superb weather in the U.S. Villa guests are afforded their own clubhouse, complete with a pool, fitness center, and restaurant. Two Tom Fazio designs are at the forefront of the golf offerings, and both sport Fazio’s artful bunkering and shaping, lush vegetation, coastal trees and staggering Pacific Ocean views. Also leave time for the golf academy, five-star spa and an astounding Roman coliseum-style pool complete with spacious cabanas. Come hungry, because the resort boasts three full-service restaurants, including fine Italian dining at Andrea and delectable dishes at the Pelican Grill, which also houses one of golf’s greatest 19th holes. Off-campus options include Crystal Cove Beach and shopping at nearby Fashion Island.
For other budgets: 850-square-foot bungalows start at $495 per night; 1,640-square-foot bungalow suites start at $695 per night
Book it: 855-467-6800, pelicanhill.com
Suite of the Week: The Flume Cottage at the Samoset Resort
Where: Rockport, Maine
What it costs: $929-$1,859 per night
What’s inside: This secluded retreat sits next to Samoset’s 15th fairway and hangs directly over the Atlantic. Measuring a roomy 1,500 square feet, this bright, airy cottage features a master bedroom and second bedroom, both with king-sized beds. Hardwood floors, a full kitchen complete with cherrywood cabinets and a spacious dining room make this an ideal spot for entertaining. You'll also love the luxurious down bedding, 32-inch LCD flat screen high-definition TVs and a gas fireplace. A private outdoor deck with hot tub, dining set and glass railings brings you that much closer to the brilliant blue waters of Penobscot Bay.
What else you get: Use of a four-passenger golf cart makes the rest of Samoset’s resort amenities easily accessible, beginning with one of the most scenic courses on the East Coast. Your first meeting with Penobscot Bay is at the 227-yard, par-3 3rd. You then curve around the Atlantic on the par-5 4th, where the Rockland Breakwater (and its historic lighthouse) juts out nearly a mile into the bay. More seaside fun awaits on the back nine. Apres golf, feast in the clubhouse on a Lob Shot Roll, the resort’s signature Rockport lobster roll, or choose fine Italian dining at La Bella Vita. An on-site spa, swimming, a kids club and nearby sailing round out the offerings at this Yankee classic.
For other budgets: Guest rooms start at $179/night in shoulder season and from $279/night in summer’s high season.
Book it: 800-341-1650, samosetresort.com
Suite of the Week: The Pete Dye Mansion at French Lick Resort
Where: French Lick, Indiana
What it costs: $10,000 per night
What’s inside: Built as a private home in 1929 by Thomas Taggart, former mayor of Indianapolis, who purchased the French Lick Springs Hotel in 1901, the recently renovated dwelling features four king guestrooms, with separate living and dining rooms. Multiple fireplaces dot the guest quarters, with neoclassical mantels and brass tenders and andirons. Elegant crown molding and arched doorways add a layer of luxury, as do the wing chairs and Chippendale-style sofa. The traditional décor is enhanced by Toile fabric bedspreads and pillowcases and a well-appointed writing desk. More modern flair is supplied via the high-definition flat-screen TVs. Guests have access to chef service for eight people, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many of the doors and windows lead to stone terraced porches. Beyond are glorious, pastoral vistas of the Hoosier National Forest.
What else you get: Next door are two handsomely restored hotels, the French Lick Springs and the West Baden Springs. Casino gaming, spas, shopping, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor tennis and bowling are among the attractions. Golf, however, is the most prominent attraction. The six-year-old Pete Dye course is a rugged 8,100-yard test where Colin Montgomerie captured the 2015 Senior PGA Championship. Its companion is a 98-year-old Donald Ross design that played host to the 1924 PGA Championship, won by Walter Hagen. The ancient Valley Links and nearby Sultan’s Run complete the golf offerings.
For other budgets: Guest room rates start at $199 per night.
Book it: 888-936-9360, frenchlick.com
Suite of the Week: The Presidential Suite at St. Regis Monarch Beach
Suite of the Week: The Presidential Suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach
Where: Dana Point, Calif.
What it costs: $3,645 per night (winter) to $8,295 per night (summer)
What’s inside: The 3,100-square-feet spread features a massive living room that houses a fireplace, grand piano, entertainment center and study corner. An adjoining dining room sports a table with seating for 10 -- perfect for conferences, a family meal or a competitive Scrabble game. In the master bedroom: a sitting area with a fireplace, walk-in closet and flat screen TV that rises from the foot of the bed. An all-marble master bath soothes with a separate steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. A full-size bar and pantry help make entertaining a breeze. The suite boasts multiple balconies, including one large terrace with a fireplace, and incomparable panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. Toss in St. Regis’ legendary Butler Service, a company-wide tradition for more than 100 years, and you’ve got the ultimate pampered experience.
What else you get: For starters, an enviable SoCal coastal location just south of Newport Beach that yields some of the nation’s best weather. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. course isn't long from the tips, but it plays every bit of its 6,600 yards thanks to bold bunkering, a wide variety of hazard-laced holes and one true stunner, the par-4 3rd, which features a full frontal of the Pacific Ocean. Top dining options include Stonehill Tavern, which rolls out inspired cuisine and a wine list to match, and the private Monarch Bay Club, for beachside dining with flair. The award-winning Spa Gaucin has a lengthy menu of rejuvenating treatments, a fitness center, an outdoor lap pool and a movement studio. The resort’s main pool offers ocean views and luxe cabanas; if you’re itching to feel the sand between your toes, a Surf Butler can assist—in or out of the water.
For other budgets: Guest rooms start at $392 per night in summer’s high season. In shoulder season of November-December, rates start at $195 per night.
Book it: 800-722-1543, stregismb.com
Suite of the Week: Eau de Vie Suite at The American Club
Where: Kohler, Wisc.
What it costs: $1,545-$1,870 per night
What’s inside: The French name for “Water of Life” is an apt moniker for Kohler’s best suite. Its 787 square feet houses an unforgettable bathroom that incorporates the latest bath and shower products from Kohler Co. The high-tech shower features a digital thermostatic valve and chromatherapy, a lighting system which the resort says "uses the soothing qualities of color to let your mind and body drift and dream as you relax into a warm bath." The suite is rose-themed, in honor of the courtship of Herbert V. Kohler’s parents, where Herbert’s father sent a dozen red roses to Ruth DeYoung for three consecutive months before his proposal. Other distinctive offerings include elegant Beau Monde custom mosaic tiling by Ann Sacks, delicate rose etchings, a handsome four-paneled glass fireplace adjacent to the bath, a private elevator, wet bar, and a spacious bedroom with king bed and two powder rooms.
What else you get: Resort guests can choose from four Pete Dye-designed championship courses, including Blackwolf Run, site of two U.S. Women’s Opens, and Whistling Straits, whose Straits course hosts its third PGA Championship in 2015. As you might expect from America’s water, faucet and plumbing experts, the Kohler Waters Spa is one of the nation’s finest. Gourmet dining is on offer at the Immigrant Room and, this being Wisconsin, the cheese selection is world class. Don’t miss more casual fare and tap beers at the Horse & Plow -- and splurge for the Beer-battered Gibbsville Cheese Curds, accompanied by country buttermilk ranch dressing. You can burn off the calories at the spa’s fitness center, by power shopping at the Shops at Woodlake, kayaking down the Sheboygan River at River Wildlife or hoofing it around the Straits.
For other budgets: Prairie Double rooms at the Inn at Woodlake start at $192/night. American Club and Carriage House rates start at $481/night in late summer and $396/night in early fall.
Book it: 800-344-2838, americanclubresort.com
Suite of the Week: Royal Suite at the Fairmont Banff Springs
Suite of the Week: Royal Suite at the Fairmont Banff Springs
Where: Banff, Alberta, Canada
What it costs: $3,500 CAD ($2,675 US)/night
What’s inside: Guests that have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood and Russell Crowe have enjoyed comforts such as a reception foyer, spacious living room, grand piano, powder room and an upper perimeter library that’s reachable via a spiral staircase. The attached master bedroom is private and features a showpiece chandelier, window seat and additional bathroom. Measuring a roomy 1,500 square feet (139 square meters), the Royal Suite is located in the pinnacle of a castle peak on the 9th (top) floor of the main building of the hotel and is accessed by its own private elevator. The suite and master bedroom sport large picture windows, which offer magnificent panoramic 360-degree views of the Bow River and of the mountains beyond.
What else you get: Situated in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in western Canada, the Fairmont Banff Springs offers dozens of amenities and restaurants, overpowering mountain scenery and frequent encounters with bears, elk and wolves. Banff also boasts 27 holes, the nine-hole Tunnel Mountain and the classic Stanley Thompson-designed Championship 18, chock full of some of earth’s greatest mountain golf holes. Unforgettable is the pond-guarded, drop-shot par-3 4th, called “Devil’s Cauldron,” and the elevated tee of the 475-yard, par-4 15th. Families can partake in Gondola and Horse Trail rides, a dedicated Kids Club and entertainment center and junior programs at the resort’s golf academy. Mountain biking, river rafting on the Bow River and treatments at the award-winning Willow Stream Spa are among the other attractions.
For other budgets: Guest rooms in the main hotel start at $479 CAD ($366 US) per night in summer and early fall.
Book it: 866-540-4406, Fairmont.com/banffsprings
Inside the E.W. Grove Penthouse Suite at the Omni Grove Park Inn
Where: Asheville, North Carolina
What it costs: $1,626-$1,913/night
What’s inside: This 2,400-square-foot, apartment-style suite is the largest, most luxurious accommodation at this 103-year-old hotel. Located on the exclusive, adults-only Club Floor overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, the two-bedroom suite features a spacious living room, fireplace, study, dining room, full kitchen and two bathrooms. Italian bed linens from Rivolta Carmignani and an effervescent bathtub are among the sumptuous appointments.
What else you get: Ten U.S. Presidents have rested their heads overnight at this legendary property. Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus are among those who have sampled the hilly Donald Ross-designed golf course, which vexes with a variety of lies and stances and entrances with forest-framed beauty, especially in autumn. Others take their shots at cocktail hour in the Great Hall Bar, cocooned by high ceilings, stone walls and twin 36-foot-wide fireplaces. The distinctive 43,000-square-foot spa boasts a subterranean setting defined by cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels. Therapeutic waterfall pools, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and a lap pool highlighted by underwater music and 6,500 fiber optic stars are among the offerings. Suite guests enjoy personal concierge service as well as complimentary breakfast, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Club Floor Lounge.
For other budgets: Classic Rooms at the Inn start at $179 per night in shoulder season, $325 per night in high season.
Book it: 800-438-5800, omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park
Suite of the Week: The Lodge Suite at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Where: Bandon, Ore.
What it costs: $1,100-$1,900/night
What’s inside: Of the three four-bedroom suites located in the Lodge, the Lodge Suite is top dog. Its second-floor location, roomy sitting area, wet bar and balcony complement killer views of the Pacific Ocean and Bandon Dunes, the original course at the resort. Each bedroom features a queen-size bed, private bathroom, a desk and a large, wall-mounted flat-screen TV, while the living room sports an overstuffed leather sofa and matching chairs. The appointments fall just short of those in the Grove cottages, but the location in the heart of the hotel is a luxury.
What else you get: Clinging to the clifftops on the Oregon coast, Bandon oozes golf from every pore. Start with Pacific Dunes, ranked as America’s top public course and add in three other championship layouts, Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old Macdonald, all ranked among our Top 100 U.S. Courses You Can Play. Recent buddy-friendly golf additions include Bandon Preserve, a 13-hole par-3 track and the Punchbowl, a sprawling green that spawns spirited 18-hole putting contests. Drinkholders placed at every tee make it convenient to keep refreshed. Lively McKee’s Pub is the most atmospheric dining and drinking option and the other choices are reliably solid, from the upscale Gallery to the pleasing-to-all Tufted Puffin. Many conclude a day’s festivities with cigars, poker and a game of pool at the Bunker Bar, or around the outdoor firepit at McKee’s.
Book it: 888-345-6008, bandondunesgolf.com
Suite of the Week: The Royal & Ancient at the Old Course Hotel
Where: St. Andrews, Scotland
What it costs: $1,900 per night
What’s inside: The Royal & Ancient suite enjoys an exceptional location above golf's most famous par 4 -- the Road Hole -- on golf's most famous course, the Old Course. The 1,257-square-foot space pairs a fabulous bedroom with a spacious Kohler bathroom with twin sinks, a separate bath and shower room, as well as a guest WC. Tactile fabrics and eye-catching detail are everywhere, and natural light floods the suite through floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto your own private balconies in both the lounge and bedroom. For golfers, the views are unrivaled. The stunning beauty of the natural links leading to the West Sands beach and the distant towers of St Andrews is unforgettable.
What else you get: Those staying in the Royal & Ancient have use of its parlour room, a small kitchen area with a dining table for up to six guests. Room service is available 24/7 and the resort’s team of expert chefs is always on hand to ensure all guest requirements are met. There's also a pretty decent golf course on your doorstep.
For other budgets: Eden Suites -- which don’t overlook the Old Course -- start at about $400 per night.
Book it: 44(0) 1334 468001; oldcoursehotel.co.uk/old-course-hotel/rooms-suites/royal-ancient-suite
Suite of the Week: The Presidential House at Reynolds Plantation's Ritz-Carlton Lodge
Where: Greensboro, Georgia
What it costs: $5,500-$7,500 per night
What’s inside: A roomy 5,400 square feet, this three-story, lakeside dwelling has four master-bedroom suites, each with full marble bathroom appointed with luxury Asprey bath and body amenities. King and double beds feature Pillow Top featherbed mattresses, duvet and Frette linens. (Which is a fancy way of saying, you'll sleep well.) A first-floor Great Room complete with game tables, wet bar and large flat-screen TV opens to a screened-in back porch and heated outdoor pool that peer out at Lake Oconee. A sprawling living room with wood-burning fireplace is the perfect spot to reflect on your round, while a chef’s kitchen that comes with work island and stocked pantry leads to a formal dining area that comfortably seats three foursomes.
What else you get: Rustic elegance best defines the Ritz-Carlton Lodge and its Presidential House. But you’ll be drawn to the outdoors, so compelling are the property’s amenities. Five resort-access championship courses are the top draw, spearheaded by Jack Nicklaus’ Great Waters and Rees Jones’ Oconee, both fixtures in GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. Each offers back-nine holes that play over and around the lake. Also carve out some time for on-the-lake activities, including fishing and boating, or recapture your youth with s’mores by a lakeside campfire. For more formal food fare, feast on the regional specialties at Georgia’s Bistro and celebrate that closing birdie at the Linger Longer Steakhouse. A recently renovated spa and fitness center is another can’t-miss attraction.
For other budgets: Guest rooms in the main hotel start at $299 per night in summer and early fall. Fairways and Greens Golf Package rates begin at $499 per room, per night.
Book it: 706-467-0600, ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ReynoldsPlantation
Suite of the Week: The Forte at The Oitavos Hotel
What beats staying at one of the best properties in golf? Booking the best room there. In this installment, we spotlight the Forte at the Oitavos Hotel, in Portugal. Check back here weekly for another swank suite.
Where: Cascais, Portugal
What it costs: $1,600-$2,700/night
What’s inside: The 1,300-square-foot private villa is separated from the main resort and isolated on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the 10th and 11th holes of the Oitavos Dunes Golf Course (an Arthur Hills design ranked 65th on GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World). The suite features a king-sized bedroom suite with whirlpool bath, living room, a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor heated swimming pool and a spectacular wraparound sun deck. You’ll sleep soundly on the cozy down comforters, goose feather pillows and 100 percent satin cotton linens. The bathroom has a rainforest shower system, separate whirlpool bathtub and two sinks. If you tire of gazing at the ocean, turn your attention to one of two 46-inch flat screen HDTVs.
What else you get: The stunning 360-degree views include the Atlantic Ocean; Cabo do Roca, the rocky spit of land that serves as the westernmost point of Continental Europe; and the hills of Sintra, with its storybook village populated by several castles. Seafood-lovers can feast on a variety of caught-that-day offerings in one of the resort’s restaurants (meal credit of up to 70 Euros [$76] included in your room rate). Also popular is the on-site, state-of-the-art spa. Or you may merely want to soak up rays at The Oitavos’ infinity-edge pool, where backdrops include coastal dunes, forests of umbrella pines and, of course, the soothing waves of the Atlantic. The surrounding development of Quinta da Marinha and the charming nearby seacoast village of Cascais provide additional shopping, dining, golf and water-based activities.
For other budgets: Rooms in the main hotel start at $196-$305 per night in the high season of late spring/early summer and from $169 in the shoulder season of November. Golf Package rates begin at $322 per night.
Book it: 011-351-21-486-0020, theoitavos.com
Suite of the Week: Windsor Club Presidential Suite at The Greenbrier
What beats staying at one of the best properties in golf? Booking the best room there. In this installment, we spotlight the Windsor Club Presidential Suite at The Greenbrier, in West Virginia. Check back here weekly for another swank suite.
Where: White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
What it costs: $25,000/night
What’s inside: Occupying two floors, the roomiest and most posh of the Greenbrier suites wows with seven bedrooms (each with king bed), a library, reception foyer, den with half-bath and a massive living room with grand piano. Guests enter via a private foyer and utilize a grand, sweeping staircase between floors. A formal dining room has entertained the likes of President Eisenhower, who held the North American Summit Conference here in 1956. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco are among the royalty and high-society denizens who have partaken of this special dwelling within The Greenbrier.
What else you get: Equal parts of historic West Virginia and rural mountain charm seamlessly blended with the service and amenities of the world’s finest hotels. Renowned for its spa services, which technically date to 1778, when its healing sulphur springs were first discovered, the hotel has since refined things a bit, but you can still immerse yourself in the same soak. The Greenbrier itself is an enormous Georgian structure with tall white columns, yet it fits comfortably into a landscape of trees, flowers and gentle mountain slopes. A dizzying array of activities awaits, including such unusual fare as sporting clays, casino gaming, falconry, bowling and first-run movies, but with three championship resort courses, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Greenbrier (a past Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup venue) and C.B. Macdonald’s Old White (now a TPC course and host to the PGA Tour), golf is king.
For other budgets: Guest rooms in the main hotel start at $198 per night in the high season of summer and early fall and from $188 in the shoulder season of November. Unlimited Golf Package rates begin at $125 per person, per night, with a two-night minimum.
Book it: 855-453-4858, greenbrier.com
Suite of the Week: The Pinnacles Suite at The Lodge at Primland
What beats staying at one of the best properties in golf? Booking the best room there. In this installment, we spotlight the Pinnacles Suite at The Lodge at Primland. Check back here weekly for another swank suite.
Where: Meadows of Dan, Va. (four hours west of Richmond)
What it costs: $1,000-$1,200/night
What’s inside: The two-level, 1,800-square-foot setup is situated in the Observatory Tower, directly below the resort’s observatory. It sports a pair of sofas downstairs, one facing a large HD flatscreen, the other looking out at the 10th fairway and the densely treed mountains beyond. A custom-designed spiral staircase leads up to an en suite bedroom featuring a king-sized bed with 400-thread count Frette sheets and a plush down duvet. The silo-shaped shower has a stone floor, mosaic tile walls and three different kinds of showerheads. Remote-controlled, motorized shades control the 270-degree viewing prospects from 11 windows, both upstairs and down.
What else you get: Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, English architect Donald Steel draped the Highland course across peaks and into valleys that edge a River Dan gorge. Steep-lipped bunkers and closely mown green surrounds place an emphasis on precise approaches. At 3,000 feet elevation, the fall color palette is rich. Don’t miss gourmet dining at Elements, a state-of-the-art spa and outdoorsy fun such as clay shooting, horseback riding and ATV romps. The showstopper is the 4th-floor telescope room, where the roof opens to the sky and a resident astronomer will explain what you’re looking at.
For other budgets: Mountain Rooms at the Lodge start at $315 per night in shoulder season, $370 per night from June through October. Tee It Up packages in summer start at $481 per room per night.
Book it: 866-960-7746, primland.com
Suite of the Week: The Ritz-Carlton Suite at Dove Mountain
What beats staying at one of the best properties in golf? Booking the best room there. In this installment, we spotlight the Ritz-Carlton Suite at Dove Mountain. Check back here weekly for another swank suite.
Where: Marana, Ariz.
Nightly rate: $999-$2,499
What’s inside: The 2,072-square-foot spread houses a double-sided fireplace that divides the living room from the dining room, a butler kitchen with separate service entrance, a dining room table that seats six, and three balconies that peer out at the imposing Tortolita Mountains and at some of the most awe-inspiring cactus-studded canyons in the Tucson area. Classic Ritz-Carlton service touches predominate. When we asked for some bedding for the pullout sofa, housekeeping inquired, “Do you prefer feather or foam?”
What else you get: During the six editions of the WGC-Accenture Match Play at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain (2009-14), two things never changed: the pros griping about the greens … and gloating about the accommodations next door. The Ritz boasts a state-of-the-art spa that melds seamlessly with its eco-holistic therapies. Don’t miss the Core Kitchen and Wine Bar, a sleek, glass-infused wonder, with innovative cuisine that matches the décor.
And, yes, there’s golf too: 27 holes of a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that until 2013 was known as the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. Big Jack softened the greens after the 2009 event, though they remain vexing today. The Saguaro/Tortolita nines formed the tournament combo, each rolling out ample landing areas, deep bunkers and stunning mountain and desert scenery. Nicklaus’ favorite nine is Wild Burro, which sat on the sideline during the Match Play only for logistical reasons.
For smaller budgets: “Unlimited Golf for Two” packages start at $659 per room, per night, whether single or double occupancy, good through Aug. 15, 2015.
Book it: 520-572-3000, ritzcarlton.com