Professional golfer Harry Vardon once said, “For this game you need, above all things, to be in a tranquil frame of mind.” Many of the world’s finest golf courses are paired with the most luxurious spas—not just for tranquility of the mind, but for overall wellness of the body.
Whether it’s a hydrotherapy treatment prior to teeing off to loosen up muscles and help prevent injury, or a deep massage after the 18th hole to rejuvenate tissues and restore flexibility, a spa visit is a welcome accompaniment to a day on the course. Consider this hand-picked selection of favorite golf and spa resorts, at home and abroad.
Black Mountain, Thailand: An Asian-Pacific Escape | http://www.blackmountainhuahin.com/
Black Mountain Golf Club is an award-winning resort located just outside the charming seaside city of Hua Hin. Named one of Golf Digest’s Best 100 Courses Outside the United States, it’s a three-time Best Golf Course in Asia Pacific winner and a seven-time Best Golf Course in Thailand winner.
Black Mountain is home to three sweeping courses with majestic mountain views and a spa and waterpark for post-golf relaxation and enjoyment. The spa offers Thai massage—an ancient healing method involving acupressure, assisted yoga postures and Ayurvedic philosophies—along with oil massages, herbal steam treatments and hot stone therapy.
Kohler, Wisconsin: A Fixture in the Midwest | https://www.americanclubresort.com/
When you think of Kohler, your mind may wander to renovating your kitchen or bathroom—but that same name behind luxury household fixtures is the founder of Destination Kohler. Located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, the resort features four championship golf courses at Whistling Straits® and Blackwolf Run®—both on Golf Digest’s 2017/2018 list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
The American Club® is a five-star, five-diamond hotel located a short distance from the courses. Adjacent to it is Kohler Waters Spa, among the 56 five-star spas worldwide. In addition to traditional massage, the spa offers hydrotherapy treatments, mineral-rich seawater bathing therapies, and a host of other options for mind and body rejuvenation.
Lough Erne, Ireland: Lush Greens on the Emerald Isle | https://www.lougherneresort.com
Situated on a private, 600-acre peninsula in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland is Lough Erne Resort. Among Ireland’s top golf resorts, it features two courses—most notably the Faldo Championship Course designed by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo.
The five-star resort overlooking Castle Hume Lake is characterized by natural slate towers styled in the image of the area’s historic monastic architecture. Lough Erne Spa provides a Thai-inspired journey into tranquility and renewal. Try a toxin fighter body wrap, a poultice-powered muscle release massage or the targeted “Golfer’s Tonic” treatment.
Pinehurst, North Carolina: America’s Golf Resort | https://www.pinehurst.com/
A three-time host of the U.S. Open, Pinehurst also won Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine’s Best Golf Resort in America award—you guessed it—three times. It boasts nine distinct courses, including the world-famous No. 2, designed by Donald Ross and a favorite of Jack Nicklaus.
The resort features three hotels on site, as well as multiple dining options and a full-service spa and fitness center. The Spa at Pinehurst offers a variety of services, including a sports massage specifically developed for athletes, a recovery soak and cryotherapy: a cooling, stimulating treatment providing a wealth of health benefits.
Turtle Bay, Hawaii: An Island Getaway | http://www.turtlebayresort.com/
Turtle Bay is renowned for its two championship courses designed by and named after golf legends George Fazio and Arnold Palmer. The Palmer Course has received many accolades, including Golf Digest’s 2015/2016 Top 100 Golf Courses in the US, and is set amid tropical ironwoods, pristine wetlands and breathtaking ocean views. The Fazio Course is exceptional as well, albeit purposefully more forgiving and relaxing than the Palmer.
The property’s Nalu Kinetic Spa invites you to say, “Aloha to health and renewed vitality.” Its vast menu offers services infused with “Aloha ‘Aina,” or love of the land, and incorporates sustainable, natural ingredients. From deep tissue and jet-lag-relieving massages to aromatherapy treatments to full body seaweed wraps, there is truly a revitalizing option for everyone.
Sound like the perfect blend of activity, leisure and pleasure? As a professional travel agent, you have unique insight into what makes a memorable, deeply satisfying experience. Impress your clients by preparing a golf and spa package that thoroughly wows them—and has them returning to you year after year!
Written by Allison Kay Bannister. Photo courtesy of Black Mountain Golf Club.