|Ten Elegant Golf Resorts
by Taylor Crews
Winston Churchill could often be found with his port and cigar in the gardens, and George Bernard Shaw used to tango on the lawns. Reid's ambience of civilized charm still attracts a sophisticated international clientele to its magnificent grounds and opulent rooms overlooking Funchal Bay.
The K Club County
Home to the ancestors of Richard the Lionhearted, the Irish country estate retains the aura of its aristocratic past. The rooms are furnished with antiques and oil paintings, and its 555 acres of parkland feature two championship courses—which will play host to the 2006 Ryder Cup.
The Roxburghe Hotel
Owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, the manor hotel is set on private woodlands that run along the River Teviot. Many of the 22 guest rooms have been decorated by the Dutchess herself, and feature family heirlooms, fireplaces and four poster beds. The award winning cuisine features local fish and game, complemented by a selection of fine wines from the Duke's own cellar. Part of a working country estate, it also offers a championship golf course, fishing and hunting.
Built in 1568 as a princely residence, Villa d'Este is set on 25 acres of gardens and parks overlooking Lake Como. It surrounds guests with period antiques, trompe l'oeil frescos and sumptuous silks. Fine dining and attentive service are complemented by 18 holes of challenging golf.
Oberoi Mena House
Steeped in history, Mena House has played host to monarchs and celebrities since it opened in 1869. A favorite haunt of Agatha Christie, it still exudes an aura of exotic splendor that conjures up a bygone era of raffish elegance. And the experience of playing golf in the shadows of the Pyramids is unforgettable.
White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia
With its stately architecture and storied history, The Greenbrier is one of the grand dames of American resorts and has played host to politicians and celebrities over the years. Elegant service, superb cuisine and a celebrated wine cellar are complemented by a wealth of sporting opportunities, including three championship golf courses.
Built in the 1930s as a retreat for European royalty, the Palacio Estoril wears its aura of Old World elegance with effortless charm, welcoming guests with period architecture, landscaped gardens and classically styled interiors. Located 20 minutes from Lisbon in the chic seaside enclave of Estoril, it offers superb golf on a private course designed by Mackenzie Ross, fine dining and a casino just steps from its doors.
Palm Beach, Florida
A paradise of pampering and indulgence, The Breakers combines Gilded Age swankiness with a host of modern amenities. Guests may play on two 18-hole courses, as well as luxuriate at the award-winning spa and enjoy the fine dining and luxury shopping opportunities available in Palm Beach.
The Biltmore Hotel
Coral Gables, Florida
Built in 1926, The Biltmore Hotel is a national historic landmark property offering luxury accommodations as well as a championship 18-hole golf course, tennis facilities, spa, fitness center, a wine club and the largest hotel swimming pool in the continental United States.
Sea Island Resort
Sea Island, Georgia
The resort is an oasis of serenity, elegance and time-honored tradition. Its gracious Southern hospitality is complemented by a host of modern amenities, including 24-hour butler service, three championship courses, a world class learning center and a luxurious spa.