Best Golf Destinations

Best Golf Destinations

Golf 2021 | 7 min read

Tampa Bay, Florida, United States
Image Courtesy of: Salamander Hotel and Resorts
Florida, USA is a well-known hub for golf fanatics and professional tour players, alike. For a five-star experience, check out Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort. This beautiful, luxury resort is  nestled on 900 acres of rolling hills and lakes on the west coast of Central Florida. It’s only 20 miles from the Tampa International Airport and within minutes of the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Innisbrook showcases 4 championship golf courses, including the famous Copperhead Course, which is home to the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship every March. Golfers can enjoy practicing their swing on their 10-acre practice course or book expert tuition with a Class-A teaching professional. If you’re traveling with family or friends, the Innisbrook is very family friendly and offers newly-renovated facilities including: six pools, eleven clay tennis courts, a large fitness center, and relaxing spa.

Palm Coast, Florida, United States 
Image Courtesy of: The Club At Hammock Beach
Soak up some sun with a warm-weather retreat at Hammock Beach Resort in beautiful Palm Coast, Florida. This seaside resort features two courses and was voted the “2018 Best Golf Resort in Florida” by Golf Digest. The award-winning Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, features six holes that overlook the Atlantic Ocean, while the Conservatory Course – designed by Tom Watson – is lined with streams, waterfalls, and stonework.
For couples, Hammock Beach Resort offers several golf packages that provide luxury accommodations, champagne, a spa gift basket, and $100 spa credit. You and your better half can enjoy a romantic golf weekend complete with opulent views, challenging golf games, couples massages, and plenty of opportunities to create lasting memories. 
For family trips, the kids can enjoy the resort waterpark, surfing lessons, bike riding, or unique seasonal activities like S'mores and Stargazing. Other amenities include: a state-of-the-art fitness center, eight floodlit tennis courts, a spa center, fine dining, and poolside bars.

Kissimmee/Orlando, Florida, United States 
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For a golfing experience like no other, stay at the Reunion Resort & Golf Club. This AAA Four Diamond Resort is the only place in the world with three golf courses designed by three legends-- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson. When you’re not teeing off at one of these award-winning courses, you elevate your game at the Reunion Golf Academy. Or, book a room that has a private pool and putting green! But great golf is only one of the many activities at Reunion Resort. Guests can enjoy tennis courts, an on-site water park, ten different pools, and boutique spa. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Orlando without stopping by one of the many theme parks. This  2,300 acre resort is located in the theme park capital of the world so guests can take a quick shuttle to Walt Disney World and other attractions.

Harwich, Massachusetts, United States 
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Escape to a coastal retreat at Cape Cod’s Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Composed of 22 historic buildings on the shore of Harwich, MA, this premium resort offers everything you need. From world-class dining and lavish suites to breathtaking ocean views and a taste of seaside living, the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is the ideal getaway. Golfers can tee off at the nearby 72-par Cape Cod National Golf Course and take in the exceptional views. Voted one of the “Top Best Golf Courses” by Golf Digest, this championship course is challenging for both casual and competitive golfers. For time not spent on the course, guests can set sail aboard a luxury daysailer, ride bikes along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, or chill out by a bonfire.

International Destinations 
St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom 
Image Courtesy of: Old Course Hotel
St. Andrews, Scotland is widely regarded as one of the top golf destinations in the world and considered to be “The Home of Golf”. No matter who you’re traveling with, this is sure to be an unforgettable adventure. In addition to sweeping greens that hug the rugged Scottish coastline, you’ll have plenty of historic architecture to explore once you’ve finished your game. While you certainly don’t need a special occasion to visit the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, you may want an excuse to extend your stay. This classy, grandeur stay has 144 guestrooms and seven courses to play. Golfers can tee off at the Old Course and experience the mesmerizing 17th hole that overlooks the sandy shores of Fife. Then afterward, recharge at the spa that features a refreshing ice fountain, hydrotherapy pool, steam room, and swimming pool. For non-golf activities, guests can indulge in afternoon high tea with pastries and champagne, unwind in the rooftop hot tub, or taste test whiskies at the terrace bar.

Cabo San Lucas, México 
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From golden sands to crystal clear waters, explore the beautiful Grand Fiesta Americana Resort in Baja California. This exclusive beachfront resort overlooks the Sea of Cortez for an unparalleled view. Each of the rooms has a private balcony so guests can enjoy the sun and sea from the comfort of their suite.
Golfers can warm up their swing out on the Ocean Course designed by Jack Nicklaus. With the resort’s excellent customer service, players can easily book tee times and shop for golf gear necessities. When it’s time to cool off, dip into one of the resort’s infinity pools that overlooks the ocean or snorkel through the nearby coves. For a moment of pure relaxation, guests can experience wine therapy at the SOMMA Wine Spa. Because the Baja California Peninsula is known for their nutrient-rich grapes, these nourishing fruits are used to heal and repair the skin for a rejuvenated feeling.

Casares, Spain
Image Courtesy of: Finca Cortesin Hotel 
The Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa is known for its aesthetic environment, villa-style architecture, and prestigious championship golf course. You may know the course from watching previous Volvo World Match Play Championships or Solheim Cup. Located in Casares, Spain, this hotel and spa provides excellent golf conditions all year round. 
Upon arrival, it is apparent that the friendly staff provides impeccable attention to detail and exceptional service. This is also true for their golf course! Before teeing off, players can warm up at practice facilities, utilize complimentary practice balls, and enjoy fresh fruit before teeing off. Golfers will appreciate the well-manicured, environmentally-friendly Bermuda grass course and lavish flora. This unforgettable golf experience should definitely be on your golf trip bucket list.

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As an Elite Member, you can enjoy a number of travel benefits. These include: a unique welcome amenity, enhanced internet service, early check-in and late check-out, complimentary room upgrades, and more. Not only will you have all the benefits available to Insider and Explorer members, you’ll receive exclusive deals with partner brands like VESSEL Bags. Plus, Elite members earn 50% more account points to use towards free night stays. 
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The benefits don’t stop there-- iPrefer Members will receive 15% off all VESSEL merchandise.* 
Use this exclusive discount to prepare for your next trip. Shop VESSEL’s collection of lightweight golf bags, rolling luggages, laptop backpacks, and other essential travel accessories
*This discount is applicable to stock items only. Not applicable to full-custom items.

 Continue reading to find the Best Travel Bags for Your Next Golf Trip

1. Signature 2.0 Plus Backpack with Antimicrobial Liner
Golfers that often play on the road know how important it is to have hands-free storage and mobility. From checking in a golf bag to holding your carry-on luggage, it can feel like you need an extra set of hands just to travel with your golf gear. To help, try the Signature 2.0 Plus with Antimicrobial Liner. This minimalist design is one of the best travel backpacks for men and women. With a faux leather outer and YKK zippers, this luxe laptop backpack provides a durable, water-resistant, and easy-to-clean finish to protect your valuables no matter the weather.
[Signature 2.0 Plus with Antimicrobial Liner in Track Black]
The Signature 2.0 Plus with Antimicrobial Liner is highly recommended for golfers and travelers that need to maximize their carry-on bag. It has enough space for a laptop, daily essentials, and of course, travel gear. In the main compartment, you can store: toiletries, a change of clothes, camera gear, notebooks, and more. With two, mesh interior pockets, you can snugly pack water bottles, slim containers, or umbrellas in a secured, upright position. There are also two expandable, air-mesh pockets and two velour-lined pockets that are ideal for keeping your wallet, sunglasses, and other small valuables, safe and scratch-free. 
This laptop backpack showcases a convenient, 180-degree opening that reveals: 1 padded laptop sleeve, 1 padded compartment for an Ipad or power bank, and 2 slip pockets for small gadgets. With this convenient, 180-degree opening, you can easily pack, unpack, and scan the backpack through airport x-rays. Exterior storage like a zippered front pocket and bottom shoe compartment provides easy access to important items on-the-go.
Of course, comfort is key when it comes to the best laptop travel backpacks, which is why the Signature 2.0 Plus with Antimicrobial Liner is designed with padded shoulder straps and a breathable, mesh back panel. These crucial features promote airflow and offer ample back support. This laptop backpack is truly a great multipurpose style that is ideal for work, business travel, and more. 
Water-bottle holders: Yes - internal
Maximum laptop size: 16-inch Macbook Pro
Shop Different Colors: Pebbled Grey, Track Black | See more details here

2. Player III Golf Stand Bag
Traveling with your tour staff bag might not be necessary for family vacay. Plus, some airlines charge extra if check-in bags exceed the weight limit. Avoid this headache by traveling with a lightweight golf bag like the Player III Stand.
The Player III barely tips the scale at 6 pounds yet provides ample storage for a full set of golf clubs and all gear essentials. This golf stand bag is equipped with 10 easy-access pockets that include: a large apparel pocket, small side pocket, magnetic rangefinder pocket, front ball pocket, and more. With plenty of storage options, you can dedicate pockets to: golf balls, tees, gloves, water bottles, extra apparel, small accessories, and more. It’s a full-featured stand bag that doesn’t weigh you down. 
Of course, when you’re on the go, it’s important to have a durable golf bag you can trust. The Player III is crafted with high-quality synthetic leather and waterproof zippers for a sleek,  water-resistant, and easy-to-clean finish. Whether you’re golfing in the desert, by the beach, or caught in the rain, the Player III is equipped for whatever your round brings. Plus, these low-maintenance materials allow for a quick and effortless clean-up after each use. Learn more about the best-selling Player III Stand bag. 
Shop Player III Stand Bag color options |  Compare Stand Bags

3. The Ultra-lightweight VLX Stand Bag
If you’re looking for one of the lightest golf stand bags on the market, the VLX Stand is your go-to. You (or your caddie) will be happy to hear that the VLX weighs only 4.65 pounds. This compact style is  meticulously-crafted with luxe vegan leather, waterproof zippers, a genuine leather top handle, and minimal exposed seams for a sleek aesthetic.

It offers a 4-way top with 4 full-length, fully-enclosed, mesh club dividers to easily organize a complete set of clubs. Like the Player III, the VLX stand bag is designed with a slightly-angled top to account for driver and putter hang. The dividers are lined with premium mesh to provide the padding needed for expensive clubs and grips.
Storage includes: dual saddlebag-style apparel packers, magnetic water bottle cooler pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket, and a magnetic rangefinder pocket. With the VLX stand bag, you can still carry everything you need without being bogged down by extra weight. 
The VLX comes with key elements that include: an ergonomic Equilibrium 2.0 Double Strap (dual strap), matching rain hood, dual-purpose bottle opener/towel, and hook-and-loop umbrella holder. These small, functional features truly make a difference in a comfortable and relaxing round. Despite this stand bag’s trim frame, the VLX checks off every walking golfer’s checklist-- making it the ultimate lightweight golf bag

Shop VLX Stand Bag color options | Compare Stand Bags

4. Signature 2.0 Garment Duffel | Popular Color for Summer & Fall: Pebbled Grey
For anyone that often travels with suits, dresses, coats, or expensive clothing, a garment duffle bag is the best travel bag. This style is highly recommended for those that travel for work or want to keep their golf attire neatly pressed throughout their travels. When unzipped, it lays flat like a traditional garment bag--when fully zipped, a duffel bag is created!
[Featured Color: Grey Pebbled]
It’s tough to beat the premium feel of the Signature 2.0 Garment Duffel from VESSEL. It’s crafted with durable vegan leather that comes in 5 unique colorway and texture combinations. The interior is lined with a silky, branded nylon to add a touch of luxury that also protects valuable items. This premium garment bag provides a wrinkle-free solution that comfortably fits up to three items in the garment compartment and features a hanger hook that secures clothing in place. Other interior organization includes: three multiple zipper pockets for small items and two elastic pockets that are ideal for shoe storage. When the duffel is formed, you can stack even more apparel, shoes, and toiletry bags.
The Signature 2.0 Garment Duffel features a trolley sleeve and removable shoulder strap, so you switch up your carry depending on what is most comfortable. Carry this 2-in-1 bag by hand, shoulder, or wheel it around on your favorite rolling luggage
Water-bottle holders: No
Maximum laptop size: All laptops
Shop Different Colors: Navy/Black, Black Pebbled, Grey Pebbled | Or find on Amazon

5. Signature 2.0 Luggage
The Signature 2.0 Luggage is perfect for golfers that need a convenient and efficient way to transport their items. This carry-on luggage is compact enough to comfortably fit into overhead bins on planes and trains, but spacious enough to fit 1-2 weeks worth of clothing. 
For travelers that need to give their back and shoulders a break, the Signature 2.0 Luggage makes it easy to transport luggage without exerting much effort. To optimize portability, this luggage is equipped with 360-degree wheels to ensure efficient mobility through airports, train stations, and public spaces. The Signature 2.0 has a front zip pocket that reveals a padded laptop compartment to safely store tech. With quick-access to laptops, tablets, and other electronics, travelers can easily work on-the-go. There are additional front slip pockets for chargers, power banks, and other small items. A well-loved feature is the velour-lined pocket that is excellent for protecting sunglasses, jewelry, watches, and other valuables. The main compartment is spacious enough to fit 1-2 weeks worth of clothing, a toiletry bag, and a shoe bag. Travelers can maximize their packing space with packing cubes  to keep items sorted.
Top Pick: The Signature 2.0 Luggage pick is the Neomint colorway. This pop of color is a fresh option for summer. Travelers can easily spot their spinner luggage on baggage claim--minimizing the chances of grabbing the wrong luggage. Purchasing a light-colored luggage might seem intimidating, but this men’s and women’s luggage is crafted with a specially-treated vegan leather known as microsuede synthetic leather. This material is very low-maintenance, easy-to-clean, durable, and weather-resistant. Any dirt or debris can be quickly wiped away with a damp cloth.

6. Skyline Lux Tote Bag | Popular Color for Summer & Fall: Natural
A travel bag that will always be on trend, is the classic women’s tote bag. A luggage tote bag like the Skyline Lux Tote bag in Natural offers versatile style that effortlessly transitions from day to night. With a luxurious crosshatch texture and rich, cream colorway, this travel tote bag offers a refreshing look for summer.

One of the most notable features of the Skyline Lux Tote bag is its carrying capacity. Stash your favorite toiletries, in-flight entertainment, an extra layer, and still have room for snacks! This travel tote features an interior zip pocket for small essentials and a microfiber-lined valuables pocket for sunglasses, readers, or jewelry. This carry-on bag is perfect for a day trip and everyday use. 
Water-bottle holders: Yes - internal 
Maximum laptop size: 15-inch Macbook Pro
Shop Different Colors: Natural, Maroon, Black

7. Skyline Sling | Popular Colors for Summer & Fall: Black and Grey
When you’re venturing around a new city, you’ll want to keep your hands free to snap loads of scenic photos or enjoy a local treat. A crossbody bag is the perfect solution! This style of travel bag allows you to store daily essentials close to your person, in a convenient, hands-free way. 
The Skyline Sling is a lightweight, weather-resistant crossbody backpack that is crafted with durable, weather-resistant VSL Nylon. This crossbody bag features a main compartment, front zippered pocket, and hidden side pocket to ensure that all necessities are available for your adventure. 
Important items like a wallet, cell phone, and keys can be securely stored in the main compartment. All items that need to be quickly-accessed can find a home in the front pocket. For anything else that needs to stay close to your person, it can be safely tucked away in the hidden side pocket.
Water-bottle holders: No
Maximum laptop size: -- 
Shop Different Colors: Black, Navy, Grey

8. Golf Travel Case
A reliable golf club travel case is a must-have for your upcoming golf trip. Whether you use a cart bag, stand bag, or staff bag, this soft-sided golf travel cover from VESSEL can easily store all of your golf gear. It’s crafted with heavy-duty, tear-resistant, 1680D Ballistic Nylon and weather-resistant materials to offer the durability and extra protection needed for air travel. With features like: integrated line skate wheels, compression straps, and multiple leather grab handles, this golf travel cover makes transporting and handling your gear effortless. This deluxe carry bag is lightweight yet durable enough to ensure your lucky putter, favorite golf shoes, and other golf equipment remain unscathed throughout your travels.

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