These eight golf resorts have teed up expanded amenities or renovated courses in an effort to attract more tournaments and industry events. Here is a look at some of the facilities that remain at the forefront of the sport.
Pebble Beach Resorts Pebble Beach, Calif.
Renowned major championship site Pebble Beach, California, continues to step up its game in advance of its 100th anniversary in 2019. Named for its location near the first tee, Fairway One became the fifth major meeting facility at Pebble Beach Resorts in August with a 2,500-sq.-ft. reception space suitable for up to 225 guests. The resort hosts the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Naples, Fla.
Several South Florida golf resorts have upgraded their facilities in the past year. Leading the way is The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, which completed a $9 million redesign of its course, led by the sport’s living legend, Jack Nicklaus. The resort has 34,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, plus multiple beachfront lawns and terraces.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Farmington, Penn.
Golf experts often consider Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort among the country’s best public courses. In July, the Pittsburgh-area resort opened a second course, Shepherd’s Rock, designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Pete Dye. Groups visiting Nemacolin can take advantage of the on-site conference center’s 30 total meeting rooms, ballrooms and boardrooms.Prince Waikiki and Golf Club Honolulu
Palm trees, lakes and white-sand bunkers highlight the Arnold Palmer- and Ed Seay-designed 27-hole course at Hawaii Prince Golf Club. In addition to renovating the 7,000-sq.-ft. Pi’inaio Ballroom, the resort added three group function rooms, named for each of the historic streams that once flowed into the area.
Mountain Shadows Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Tournament planners looking for nice weather and killer views should consider Mountain Shadows, a new Arizona resort opened in February 2017. The ballrooms, meeting rooms and outdoor space encompass more than 37,000 square feet and can accommodate groups of up to 500 people. The Short Course, an upscale par-3 course with challenging water and sand hazards, makes for a good tournament course for varying skill levels.
Innsbrook Resort Innsbrook, Mo.
Renovations at Innsbrook Resort near St. Louis include updates to its ballrooms and boardrooms inside Aspen Center, the resort’s lakeside lounge. Innsbrook has eight major meeting spaces, with capacities ranging from 12 to 200 people. The highly rated 18-hole course takes advantage of the rolling landscape with forested hills surrounding generous fairways.
Streamsong Resort Streamsong, Fla.
This Tampa-area resort debuted Streamsong Black, its third championship golf course, in fall 2017. Designed by famous architect Gil Hanse—who designed the 2016 Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro—the new par-73 course caters to walking golfers. The 228-room resort has more than 24,000 square feet of events space and 40,000 square feet of flexible outdoor space.PGA Golf Club Port St. Lucie, Fla. The acclaimed Ryder Course re-opened to the public in December 2017, culminating a $10 million upgrade to the whole facility. Upgrades included a new drainage system and installation of Celebration Bermuda, a popular hybrid grass strain, on all fairways. The 20,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse was also modernized as part of the project.