3. Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, TX; 210-647-1234, hillcountry.hyatt.com
Sea World and Six Flags are powerful nearby enticements, but many savvy travelers prefer to park themselves at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and never leave until it's time to go home. The wonderful Wildflower, the Hill Country Spa and the welcoming Rowdy's Camp Hyatt for kids are among the attractions, but topping the list is the 27-hole, Arthur Hills-designed golf course that rolls through an oak-studded acreage crisscrossed by streams and lakes. Equal measures bite and forgiveness make for enjoyable play for both scratch swingers and once-a-month Joes alike, but the key for all is to keep it in play.