Canada’s golf season is already short, and spring delays or early winter weather can really put a dampener on getting the most out of your membership. Fortunately, you can warm up your swing year-round south of the border. Here are our top picks for Best Warm Weather Golf Destinations for Canadians looking to escape the wicked weather.
La Jolla, San Diego:
La Jolla has 266 sunny days a year, making this seaside village the perfect destination for golfers in need of a little vitamin D. Situated north of San Diego, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines overlooks the 18th hole of the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, home of the 2021 US Open. Set on a spectacular piece of coastline, golfers will be able to take in the Pacific Ocean as they play one of the atwo championship courses. And no worries about getting a tee time; guests of the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines receive exclusive access throughout the day.
Orlando is an easy getaway to take, with dozens of direct flights from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax each day. And it is a quick trip; you’ll be able to make an afternoon tee time if you leave in the morning. Golf is a prime reason to visit this part of Florida, and it shows at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. Attached to the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Orlando and its sister property the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, this course was named “Top Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine. The meticulously maintained fairways are surrounded by the Bonnet Creek nature preserve, with cypress trees hugging the natural contours of the Par 72 course.
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
It’s no surprise that Hawaii is on every golfer’s bucket list. Temperate weather, stunning scenery, and some of the most magnificent courses designed by the biggest names, make the Island a paradise for both fair weather and seasoned golfers alike. In the windswept west lies the Waikoloa Beach Resort courses, attached to the 62-acre oceanfront Hilton Waikoloa Village resort. The famous 7th hole of the Beach Course is listed by Hawaii Magazine as one of the “most spectacular oceanfront par-fives in Hawaii”, with challenging winds to distract from the island sunset and dramatic coastline.
When you are on vacation, getting in a full 18 might be too aggressive when there is so much to see and do. At the Grand Naniloa Resort, A Doubletree by Hilton in Hilo, their 9 hole Banyans Golf Course is a quick play at Par 35. Better yet, every guest of the resort receives 9 holes of golf a day, complimentary.
The dramatic setting on the Island of Hawaii is just as impressive on Maui, the home of one of the world’s very best golf destinations; Wailea. The sparkling sea serves as a backdrop to three championship courses; the Gold, Emerald, and Blue courses of the Wailea Golf Club, where you can easily spot humpback whales (during winter months) from the tee box. Located just two minutes away is the Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, that will provide the luxurious respite and spirit of Aloha that characterizes a stay on the Island. After a round, take in a decadent Honey Macadamia Nut Indulgence spa treatment in their Spa Grande or reserve Table 70 at the famous Humuhumu restaurant to receive Chef Alvin Savella’s undivided attention.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
On the tip of the Baja Peninsula sit some of the most breathtaking courses available, including the Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf designed Cabo Del Sol, the “Grand Dame of Los Cabos golf” Palmilla Golf Club, the picturesque Cabo Real, and Puerto Los Cabos, a Nicklaus Signature course. If you tire of the arroyos, washes, and sand traps, retire to the beach where sweeping views of the Sea of Cortes can be enjoyed with a prosecco in hand from one of the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort cabanas.
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Known as Puerto Rico’s “Jewel of the South”, Ponce is both a historic gem and a quiet destination for those who wish to avoid the crowds. Not far from the cultural town center sits the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, set on the calm south coast surrounded by lush greenery and animal life, including the birds and coqui frogs that share the fairway. The Costa Caribe Golf Course not only offers abundant wildlife, but also a 27-hole championship course that will test your skills among the 16 manmade lakes. Outside of the course, you can visit Caja De Muertos (Coffin Island), a picturesque and unspoiled nature preserve accessible by private boat.
Arizona is a mecca for Canadian golfers thanks to the dry heat and reliable, rain-free weather. With an abundance of choice for golfers of all skill levels, where to play first becomes a personal preference; enchanting desert landscape or undulating mountains? Spacious, lush simplicity or frequent elevation changes? Fortunately, golfers will be able to return time and time again to test their mettle with frequent flights to Phoenix from all major Canadian cities. At Boulders Resort and Spa, a Curio Collection Hotel, dramatic rock formations line the award winning Boulders Club course, turning surreal reds and oranges in the sunset. Boulders Resort was named Best Golf Resort in the Southwest by Golf Digest, citing its new renovation and the Jay Morrish-designed courses.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort takes a more lush approach, set against the backdrop of the North Mountains. This all-suites resort allows you to unwind in spacious accommodations before heading back to the Lookout Mountain Golf Club, a Troon Golf Facility.
Every element of the landmark Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, has been designed for the discerning guest, from the unparalleled service to the architectural brilliance of this 90 year old grand dame. Both the stately Adobe golf course and the precocious Links golf course offer unrivaled play, literally. Resort guests receive unlimited same-day replay.
And finally, the Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale offers spacious all-suites accommodation for larger parties looking to add golf to a group weekend away. With cooked-to-order breakfast and evening drinks and hors d’oeuvres included, your group will be fueled and rested to play the Stonecreek Golf Club. This picturesque Par 71 also offers golf instruction from PGA professionals Jack Carter and Paul Purtzer. Not that you need it, of course.
It can be challenging to squeeze in a golf trip if the family has been longing to get away from the cold too. Don’t compromise, do both at the all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This exclusive resort offers activities for the whole family, including a water park, tennis courts, spa, and nightly entertainment. And of course, resort guests receive exclusive access to the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, the finest championship course in the Caribbean. And because it is all-inclusive, everyone will find something delicious to fuel their adventures at the twelve restaurants and bars on resort.
Conjuring up visions of colourful beauty and old world splendor, Cartagena enjoys sizzling temperatures, clear winter skies, and breezy winds, perfect for golf. The Conrad Cartagena, arguably the most beautiful luxury resort in South America, takes its inspiration from modern design and the UNESCO Heritage site of Old Town south of the resort, and features easy access to the Tournament Players Club Cartagena at Karibana, the only TPC golf course in South America. With a front nine loaded with lush greens and tropical forest, and a back nine showcasing the Caribbean sea views, you will find the best of both worlds at this upscale getaway.