A List Of Luxury Golf Resorts For The Most Demanding Travelers
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Luxury golf resorts have evolved over the years from a place to play a few rounds of golf to today being self enclosed communities. Many of them have so many amenities that the residents hardly need to leave. For example gyms, shops, housing, tennis courts, health spas, gardens, etc.
Here are three luxury golf resorts (one in the USA, one in the UK and one in Europe) that will satisfy even the most demanding golf traveller.
Champions Gate, David Leadbetter Golf Academy
Just outside Orlando, Florida and down the road from Disney World you will find the land of golf make believe.
Being home of the Leadbetter academy, practice facilities are the most important thing in this golf resort: Four acre practice area, two putting greens, two chipping greens, a pitching area surrounded by bunkers - and that's just outside. Indoors you have an indoor driving range, a putting area, video swing analysis rooms and much more.
Celtic Manor golf resort
Set in South Wales and host to the 2014 Ryder Cup matches, Celtic Manor was voted Europe's best golf resort in 2011.
The resort has three courses to choose from: The 2010, The Roman Road, The Montgomerie course.
All players can improve their game here in the National Center of Golfing Excellence for Wales, or at the golf academy with a floodlit range.
The only downside is that the weather in the UK can be unpredictable so you will want to go between May and September.
Quinta Do Lago, Portugal
West of Faro Airport and sitting in the Ria Formosa nature park, you'll find the Quinta Do Lago resort. With three courses to choose from (Laranjal, North and South) you won't be lacking for golfing options. The South is the toughest and hosts the Portuguese Open on a regular basis while the Laranjal is easier and is more suited for beginner players.
Those who prefer to practice rather than play can get lessons at the Paul Mcginley golf academy or get their clubs tweaked at the club fitting center.
While Florida can get too hot and Wales can be wet and windy, you know you will get great year round weather in this part of the Algarve. Many professional and amateur teams choose to have winter training here because of the climate and the practice facilities.