Golf courses

Instagram-worthy golf courses you can (and should) play

The sun is still high, but it won’t take long for the days to get shorter and the weather to cool. Golfers looking to squeeze in a few extra greens can seek inspiration here.

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  • The Lodge at Spruce Peak—Stowe, Vermont
  • Wild Dunes Resort—Isle of Palms, South Carolina
  • Grand Hyatt Baha Mar — Nassau, Bahamas
  • Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa — Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Suncadia Resort — Cle Elum, WA
  • Resort in Squaw Creek – Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Carmel Valley Ranch – Carmel, CA
  • Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa — Carlsbad, California
  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa — Koloa, Hawaii

Hyatt features a number of Instagram-worthy golf courses across the United States and beyond with dream courses you can tick off your bucket list through a variety of golf travel destinations. Here, you can find world-class, pro-inspired courses nestled beneath desert mountain ranges, sitting atop volcanic ocean cliffs and existing alongside local wildlife.

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The Lodge at Spruce Peak—Stowe, Vermont

Rated the number one course in Vermont by Golf Advisor in 2020, the rugged design of the mountain course at Spruce Peak (formerly Stowe Mountain) reaches an elevation of over 1,800 feet and features rocky outcrops, wildlife at every glance and breathtaking views of Spruce Peak and the Mount Mansfield.

The Lodge at Spruce Peak
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Autumn in the town of Stowe means a breathtaking expanse of changing leaves, an arboreal sea greeting the golfers below. The fairways can be technical and wide open and the greens tend to be challenging making the course accessible to pros and amateurs alike.

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Wild Dunes Resort—Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Going down the Atlantic coast, golf enthusiasts can check in at the wild Wild Dunes Resort. Mingle over 36 holes on the Wild Dunes Resort’s signature golf courses, then head to incredible dining and recreation.

Wild Dunes Resort
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Designed by renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio, The Links Course and Harbor Course are two of South Carolina’s finest golf courses, demanding the best from players of all skill levels. Faced with breakers and wild seagrass, it’s hard to get worked up when you find yourself in rough or soft sand. Travelers can take advantage of offers such as a Fazio golf package, a “Stay More & Play More” package, as well as tailor-made golf trips.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar — Nassau, Bahamas

If your clubs are looking for a Caribbean flavor, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is adjacent to the famous Royal Blue Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas.
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The links unfold over dramatic vistas of the turquoise sea in the front nine and wooded vistas and sandy moonscapes in the back. The best part? Any time of year is a good time of year to travel to Nassau. Hyatt offers a one- or two-person golf package for guests that includes unlimited golf and cart access, one guaranteed tee time per day, and round-trip transportation to the golf course.

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Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa — Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

East and north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and south of the southern end of the Rocky Mountains are the Sandia Mountains. So named because of its pink hue, “sandia” translates to watermelon in Spanish.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.
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Nestled at the northwest foot of the range and tucked between the Rio Grande to the west is Hyatt’s Tamaya Resort and Spa. Next door is the course, Twin Warriors Golf Club. The club offers championship golfers and resort style players a unique golfing experience in the high desert.

Designed and developed by Gary Panks with meticulous care and cultural sensitivity, the course features rolling hills and glistening grassy ridges dotted with juniper and piñon pines. Rough sand is a typical aspect of the landscape – dry washes known as arroyos and eroded land features.

Steeped in over a thousand years of rich history and culture, the course straddles the small Native American town of Santa Ana Pueblo. The sacred mound known as Tuyuna or “Snakehead” dominates a vast desert panorama framed by spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains.

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Suncadia Resort — Cle Elum, WA

From south to northwest, Hyatt’s Suncadia Resort offers 36 holes on its Prospector course, nestled in a secluded expanse of dense pine forest. The scenic Championship Links sit on a 6,400 acre property in Washington, beneath the towering granite peaks of the sunny eastern slopes of the Cascades.

Suncadia Resort in the Washington Cascades.
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The course designed by Arnold Palmer uses the surrounding trees to frame holes under the cliffs. There are several bunkers throughout, with a few water hazards thrown in for good measure. Rolling hills are everywhere and the course is dotted with dozens of descents and foot climbs.

From beginner to advanced and for day trips and extended vacations, the resort offers a mountain golf experience on two award-winning courses. Suncadia’s team of PGA golf professionals is also available for private lessons seven days a week during golf season.

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Resort in Squaw Creek – Lake Tahoe, CA

Surrounded by six majestic Sierra peaks, Links at Squaw Creek is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course in Lake Tahoe that rests serenely at the base of Palisades Tahoe.

Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course.
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This magnificent course is the culmination of ten years of careful planning and careful environmental management. Renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed Links at Squaw Creek to preserve the unique beauty, natural wetlands and wildlife habitat of the Olympic Valley. The spectacular result is a natural Lake Tahoe golf course that blends into its beautiful mountain surroundings.

With four sets of tees, plus family tees placed just 150 yards from the green, the Links at Squaw Creek offers an excellent golfing experience for players of all skill levels.

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Carmel Valley Ranch – Carmel, CA

Just down the coast we find Carmel Valley Ranch, the only Pete Dye-designed golf course in Northern California. Rated one of the nation’s best resort courses by Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” readers investigationthe par 70 spread offers something for all players – tactical shots, dramatic elevation changes and incredible scenery.

Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course.
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Challenging yet friendly, Northern California’s distinct flora is there to enjoy during those times when you find yourself off the fairway. For believers in the importance of the 19th hole, the refreshed Carmel Valley Ranch clubhouse features an expansive bar and patio with fire pits with sweeping views of the Pacific Coast.

Part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, the property is close to Pebble Beach and some of the world’s most desirable golf courses.

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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa — Carlsbad, California

If you need to stay on the mainland, but are looking west, Park Hyatt’s Aviara Resort offers an option directly on the Pacific.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa.
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Named by Conde Nast Traveler as a top Southern California course and by Golf Digest as one of the better America’s premier resort golf course, Aviara Golf Club sits on 200 acres in the quiet surf town of Carlsbad, north of San Diego. Overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa is a perennial favorite of well-heeled travelers, golf buffs, and San Diegan locals heading to the coast for a vacation.

California’s only coastal course designed by Arnold Palmer, Aviara Golf Club features more than 18 holes that span 7,000 yards carved with rolling hills and native wildflowers that lead to bunker and water challenges.

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa — Koloa, Hawaii

If the desert isn’t your thing, maybe beach sand and crashing waves are more your style. The iconic and secluded Koloa sits at the southern tip of Hawaii’s greenest island, Kauai.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.
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Sprawled between lush volcanic mountains and rugged ocean cliffs, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is home to the Po’ipu Bay Golf Course. 18 visually stunning and always challenging championship holes lead to beachfront paspalum greens. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Poipu Bay is one of the most acclaimed resort courses in the Pacific. From 1994 to 2006, the course hosted the annual PGA Grand Slam of Golf, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

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Whether in Hawaii or at your local course, be sure to get out there and hit some balls before the weather turns. Golf can be fleeting, and you don’t want to miss out in December…

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