The game of golf is well-associated with luxury and relaxation. Over hundreds of years, people around the world have turned to golf courses in search of peace, tranquility and a touch of grandeur.
While golf itself has developed significantly in areas such as technology and equipment, these same fundamental ideas around leisure still exist today. In fact, according to the latest statistics from the Australian Golf Industry Council, the number of rounds played across the nation grew by 1.9 per cent over the last 12 months – highlighting our growing love for sprawling greens and white gloves.
However, have you thought about taking your skills internationally? While Australia is home to a wide selection of beautiful golf courses, there are countless stunning locations around the globe to jump in a cart and enjoy one of the world's oldest pastimes. Here are three to add to your bucket list.
1. Desert Highlands, Arizona (USA)
The golf course is surrounded by cactus, rocks and acres of spectacular desert.
Located less than an hour from Phoenix, Desert Highland Golf Club is certainly a sight to behold. Set in the outskirts of Tonto National Forest, the golf course is surrounded by cactus, rocks and acres of spectacular desert.
The Desert Highland golf course was designed by legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus , who won 18 major championships over his 44-year playing career. As such, this course offers something for all levels – in a setting straight out of the Wild West.
One major feature of Desert Highlands is the introduction of artificial turf. This creates a lush carpet-like playing course, a remarkable contrast to the desert location around the area.
After a day on the course, the Desert Highlands Golf Club provides excellent hospitality with dinner options available both poolside and inside the restaurant. Be sure to catch the sunset across the arid environment reflecting off the rocky landscape.
2. Kauai Lagoons, Hawaii (USA)
Any trip to the tropical state of Hawaii is a symphony of white-sand beaches, palm trees, red-hot volcanoes and sunshine – and this is without considering the expansive golf course at Kauai Lagoons. Situated on the southeastern coast of Kauai, this golf course has the longest stretch of continuous oceanfront holes across the entire state of Hawaii.
Again, designed by Jack Nicklaus and recently updated in 2015, the Kauai Lagoons golf course leads players through every Hawaiian landscape ever pictured on souvenir postcards. From deep jungles featuring tropical mango and guava trees to holes with views of the Pacific Ocean, there is a photograph opportunity at each of the 18 holes.
The Kauai Lagoons golf course shows off Hawaii at its finest with vast seaside views and splendid scenery.
3. Anahita Golf Club, Mauritius
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, close to the African island of Madagascar, Mauritius is beyond question a tropical paradise. In fact, one just has to look at the Anahita Golf Club to capture a glimpse of what this island has to offer.
Designed by champion golfers Ernie Els and Bernhard Langer, there are two high-quality courses for avid golfers to enjoy – Anahita & Ile aux Cerfs. While each have their own nuances, both are set in the backdrop of the magnificent Indian Ocean with tepid sea breezes providing a cool change.
Take the Anahita course, for example. The first ever course built to the standards of the United States Golf Association, there are no less than six oceanfront holes to distract you along the way. Both Anahita Golf Club courses are interwoven into this utopic sanctuary with clear lagoons and mountains dotting the scenic landscape.
Part of the Anahita Resort, you can step from the golf course into a luxury suite or villa and enjoy the culinary delights that Mauritius has to offer.
For a personalised travel itinerary, or bespoke advice on your next luxury travel adventure, speak to the experienced team at FBI Travel today.