By LL Editorial Staff
The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Played on famed Augusta National, a course that has hosted every major golfer in history, pros from all over the world descend on its fairways. Just south of this Georgian landmark is the genteel town of Savannah where the restored 1888 Mansion on Forsyth Park is located in all its 19th century glory. Within its confines are a collection of lovely rooms, 400 original pieces of art, and opulent public rooms for taking tea.
The Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, is the backdrop for the AT&T National and is one of the most breathtaking courses in the state. Less than 30 minutes away is the District of Columbia and its wonderful monuments, museums and urban retreats. Among the crème de la crème of hotels are The Fairmont Washington DC in the fashionable West End adjacent to historic Georgetown, and The DuPont Hotel located at the tip-top of tony DuPont Circle. Both offer stylish accommodations and a wealth of amenities, not to mention the best addresses in town, plus spa retreats and fine dining options.
The Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riveria-Maya Cancun,/b> is one of Mexico’s premier golf gatherings and the country’s only PGA Tour stop. Located in the plush and pleasurable Playa del Carmen in Quintano Roo, golfers compete on the course at El Camaleon Golf Club by day and retreat to the five-star Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort at night. This brand new, heavenly hideaway is the area’s first all-pool villa sanctuary and the epitome of posh living with Asian influences and accommodations that boast private outdoor bathtubs and personal plunge pools.
While it is not technically North America, we have included The Puerto Rican Open since it is a territory of the United States. This popular tournament is played at the Trump International, a 1,200-acre waterfront paradise boasting dramatic backdrops and a most challenging course. But once the last hole has been played it’s time to sequester yourself on the grounds of the nearby Gran Melia Puerto Rico along Coco Beach. This all-suite resort sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and features an anthology of two-story bungalows replete with private terraces and fabulous views with access to a pair of 18-hole courses.
Golf, as the PGA pros will tell you, is one of those games that require stamina, skill and some strategic thinking on the part of the player. And, while the game is addicting so is the revelry that comes with having played a good game. Combining your love of the sport with your penchant for travel also takes some thoughtful planning, but when all pieces come together it’s as if you’ve hit a hole in one.