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January 30, 2014

Design-Forward Golf Retreats

Thoughtful design goes beyond the greens at these eye-catching properties.

When it comes to golf, design has traditionally been focused on fairways and greens, not building architecture. But times have changed. Thoughtfully designed properties—whether full-blown resorts or clubs—are elevating the golf getaway, showcasing tastefully refurbished rooms, modern spas, Michelin-starred restaurants and other highlights that give golfers plenty to look forward to once a day on the links is complete.

In Asia, Nine Bridges on Jeju Island in South Korea is an examples of how golf-oriented architecture has developed a style all its own. Places worldwide have followed suit, with bold new aesthetics popping up from Costa Rica to Tuscany. Even Florida is in step; its Streamsong, which occupies a reclaimed phosphate mine on undulating dunes and indigenous scrub habitat, combines a modern look with the layout of the local landscape.

Our list covers these and more, proving there has never been a better time to tee off.