Best winter golf destinations

As winter approaches and the days get shorter, it is time to get away to play some golf in the sunshine. With multiple destinations to choose from both in the US and Caribbean, a winter golf trip is easy to book.

Ryan Del Vecchio
Ryan Del Vecchio
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While the winter weather brings about snowy, dreary days for the northern US, it is still warm and sunny in some spots across the country. Enjoy desert golf under the warm sunshine or kick back and relax by the pool or ocean in the Caribbean. With so many options to choose from, we highlight the best winter golf destinations to help inspire your next trip!

Florida

From the East Coast to the West Coast of the state, Florida is the perfect destination to escape the cold winter weather. The options are endless when you travel to Florida with stay & play resorts, PGA TOUR courses, and great value all available. Enjoy extensive choice of accommodations and golf in Jacksonville, Palm Beach, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa while basking in the warm weather.

For PGA TOUR courses in Florida, you can play TPC Sawgrass, Bay Hill, PGA National, and Copperhead Course at Innisbrook. Make the most of your trip with a stay and play in Miami at the fantastic Trump National Doral or JW Marriott Turnberry resorts which both offer luxury accommodations and multiple courses onsite.

PGA National Resort

For those looking for value, Orlando is the place to be. Aside from all the off-course activities in the area, Orlando has a high concentration of golf courses and resorts including the Reunion Resort, Omni Orlando Championsgate, and Orange County National. You can also customize your trip to stay closer to the Orlando nightlife and play some customer favorite golf courses like Celebration, Shingle Creek, or Waldorf Astoria.

California

From the beaches of San Diego to the mountains of Palm Springs, golfing in California during the wintertime is sure to help brighten your spirits. The weather in California is perfect for a vacation away from the cold weather in the north.

Palm Springs offers desert golf with scenic views and fantastic course conditions for the perfect winter vacation. Stay and play at the fantastic five-star La Quinta Resort and play at PGA West, which has five courses including the Stadium Course, home of the American Express on the PGA TOUR. Another great stay and play resort in the area is the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells with quality accommodation options and two superb golf courses on-site.

La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West

If you are looking for some beach action and fantastic year-round weather, then a golf trip to San Diego is the perfect destination, no matter the season. Stay and play at the popular Torrey Pines Lodge and Golf Resort to follow in the footsteps of the pros by playing the South Course, which hosted the ‘08 & ‘21 US Open and the annual Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA TOUR. A little way up the coast in Carlsbad is another fantastic resort called Omni La Costa with luxurious amenities and two courses on-site with some other amazing courses in the area.

Scottsdale

Whether you are looking to experience the downtown nightlife in Old Town or book a stay & play package in the desert, Scottsdale has so many different options for golfers to choose from. With year-round warm weather and popular golf courses, including a PGA TOUR course, it is no wonder why Scottsdale is the perfect spot to book your winter golf trip.

Scottsdale has a variety of options for those looking for choice including golf resorts, golf courses with 36+ holes, and classic desert layouts to immerse yourself in the surroundings. For golf resorts, Northern Scottsdale is home to the Boulders Resort, a five-star property set on over 1,300 acres of land and two superb golf courses right on-site. A little closer to the city is the Westin Kierland Resort, a gorgeous four-star resort with over 700 rooms and 27 holes of golf on-site.

TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course

Out in the Fountain Hills area of Scottsdale stands the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort surrounded by nothing but the Arizona desert landscape. On-site, you will find two fantastic golf courses, a spa, a casino, multiple pools, and delicious bars and restaurants.

For those looking for something near Old Town Scottsdale, enjoy a comfortable stay at the Hyatt House in Old Town which offers a number of one & two bed suites that can accommodate one to four people. The hotel is located in the middle of all the action within walking distance of the bars, restaurants, museums, and other attractions that Scottsdale has to offer.

While in Scottsdale you can play some fantastic independent golf courses including TPC Scottsdale which has two courses: The Champions and The Stadium, home of the WM Phoenix Open. Other courses in the area to play are Ocotillo (located south of Scottsdale), Grayhawk Golf Club (two courses on-site and host of many prestigious tournaments), and Troon North (36 holes of fantastic desert golf).

Hyatt House, Scottsdale

Dominican Republic

If you’re looking for something maybe a little more tropical for your next vacation, then the Dominican Republic has got your name written all over it. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican offers golfers two fantastic areas of spectacular golf, resort accommodations, and weather that will melt away the winter blues.

On the southeast coast of the country in the city of La Romana is the fantastic five-star all-inclusive resort called Casa de Campo. Located just outside of La Romana on its own piece of ocean-front property, Casa de Campo is one of the world’s leading golf resorts offering golfers three amazing golf courses which have all been designed by Pete Dye.

One of those three courses is the world-famous Teeth of the Dog course which has been ranked as the Number 1 Golf Course in the Caribbean and has consistently been ranked in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World by Golf Magazine. Aside from the golf, Casa de Campo has over 200 rooms and villas, a plethora of bars/restaurants, an indoor/outdoor spa, a private marina, and so much more.

Casa de Campo, Teeth of The Dog Course

Also located in the Dominican on the far east coast is the very popular vacation destination, Punta Cana. In this region, there are over a dozen different resorts, golf courses, and miles of beaches to choose from, all of which offer a warm, relaxing atmosphere. With all-inclusive golf resorts like Westin Punta Cana and Barcelo Bavaro, you will enjoy comfortable accommodations, world-class cuisine, oceanfront amenities, and spectacular golf.

The region of Punta Cana has plenty of golf to offer for golfers of all abilities. It is home to some of the top courses including Punta Espada, La Cana Golf Club, and more. If you are feeling up to it, bring you’re A-game and play at Corales Golf Club, home to the annual Corales Punta Cana Championship on the PGA TOUR.

La Cana Golf Club

Mexico

When looking to escape the cold winter weather, there is no better destination to travel to than our neighbors south of the border. Mexico has always been a popular vacation destination with thousands of miles of beaches, fantastic resorts, incredible golf, and year-round weather. This winter, make your friends and family jealous by making Mexico your great escape from the cold.

There are two locations in Mexico that boast incredible golf resorts and courses: Cabo and Cancun/Playa del Carmen. In the eastern part of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, the popular destination of Cancun and Playa del Carmen are the perfect spots to escape the winter time. While Cancun is a popular spot for Spring Break, it also contains a myriad of resorts, hotels, and beaches to satisfy your vacation requirements.

Moon Palace Golf Club

Stay and play at a variety of all-inclusive resorts including Moon Palace and Playacar Palace while playing spectacular golf at Moon Palace Golf Club and Riviera Maya Golf Club. Outside of resort courses, there are other superb golf courses to be found, like Gran Coyote Golf Club and El Camaleon Mayakoba, the annual host of the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba on the PGA TOUR.

The other golf destination in Mexico is Cabo located at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula on the western part of the country. Cabo offers golfers superior resort options, breathtaking golf courses, and oceanfront experiences. Stay at one of the many Pueblo Bonito properties where you can experience luxurious accommodations, exquisite cuisine, and magnificent amenities with access to play one of the world’s most phenomenal golf courses, Quivira Golf Club. Further up the coast you can find some other amazing resorts and golf courses like Cabo del Sol Golf Club, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Palmilla Golf Club, Club Campestre, and more!

Quivira Golf Club

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