With guest rooms and dining facilities that overlook the Road Hole at St. Andrews’ Old Course, this is an otherworldly experience for golf fanatics. Since the Kohler folks assumed control of the hotel in 2005, they have poured more than $10 million into upgrades, including posher guest rooms and the Kohler Waters Spa, the perfect spot to unwind and re-energize after a wind-whipped day. Dining and drinking are five-star as well, highlighted by the third-floor, Road Hole Bar. More than 250 whiskies are on offer and the view of the Road Hole, the R&A Clubhouse and the town are beyond compare. Don’t miss a pint or a whisky — and the sticky toffee pudding — at the cozy Jigger Inn.
Inside the top 5: Another Scottish resort, Trump Turnberry, snuck into the top 5, but you can bet its new owner won’t be content until it’s No. 1. When he bought the Turnberry Hotel in 2014, Donald Trump said in his typical understated way, “We’re going to bring a new level of luxury to the hotel. Our aim is to make it the finest golf hotel in the world.” Trump Turnberry’s virtues start with the Ailsa course, site of Tom Watson’s greatest British Open triumph and most gut-wrenching loss. Already a stellar property, time will tell where the Trumpster will take it.