Best Golf Courses for a Winter Escape

1 of 9 No. 6 at La Quinta Resort (Moutain) / Rob Perry

La Quinta Resort (Mountain), La Quinta, California

94. La Quinta Resort (Mountain) La Quinta, Calif.; Pete Dye (1980) -- $89-$269, laquintaresort.com
2 of 9 Courtesy of Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog), La Romana, Dominican Republic

3 of 9 Larry Lambrecht

Cabo del Sol (Ocean), Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 of 9 Joann Dost

Royal Isabela, Isabela, Puerto Rico

Royal Isabela, Isabela, Puerto RicoCharlie Pasarell used to be known primarily for dueling Pancho Gonzales in the longest match in Wimbledon history, but Pasarell's new course in his native Puerto Rico might soon eclipse any of his tennis achievements. Together with brother Stanley and designer David Pfaff, Charlie has smacked a service ace when it comes to Royal Isabela. Strung on rugged cliffs in northwest Puerto Rico, 75 miles west of San Juan, this ferocious 7,538-yard, par-72 tropical test winds through junglelike flora on the hilly front nine, but it's the linksyback nine that will linger in memory, thanks to the cliff-top double green shared by the 12th and 14th holes as well as the 200-yard, par-3 17th, an all-or-nothing thriller perched high above the Atlantic. Up to this point, Puerto Rico has trotted out a series of amiable resort courses meant for holiday fun. Royal Isabela raises the bar considerably.
5 of 9 No. 5 at We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) / Lonna Tucker

We-Ko-Pa (Cholla), Fort McDowell, Arizona

6 of 9 Courtesy of Trump National Doral

Trump National Doral (Blue Monster), Miami, Florida

7 of 9 Aidan Bradley

Kapalua (Plantation), Maui, Hawaii

46. Kapalua Resort (Plantation), Maui, Hawaii, No. 18, par-5: If you’ve ever wanted to reach a 663-yard par-5 in two, here’s your chance, thanks to this downhill-plunging Coore-Crenshaw creation that features a broad fairways slope and a speed slot into the green. Pacific panoramas add more icing to this distinctive cake, where it will take clever ground game prowess -- and avoiding the jungle that frames the fairway -- to post a red number.
8 of 9 Courtesy of Pelican Hill

Pelican Hill, Newport Coast, California

The 17th hole at Pelican Hill's Tom Fazio-designed Ocean North course runs right along the Pacific Coast.
9 of 9 Courtesy

PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

PGA National.