10 destinations where you Can take all-inclusive golf vacations

Today I'd like to answer a reader's question that you might be interested in, too.

Mark A., from Pittsburg emailed me asking:

Most of the "all inclusive" resorts I've come across don't include golf -- are there any out there that do?

Yes, Mark, some all-inclusive resorts include golf, but as you've discovered, they're a bit harder to find.

And it can get quite confusing because some all-inclusive resorts offer special golf packages (sometimes with unlimited golf) but it's usually NOT part of their standard, all-inclusive offerings and rates.

So, here are some options that immediately come to mind, again, where golf is included in the standard, all-inclusive pricing:

United States
Travaasa Resort & Spa (Austin, Texas)
One of two "experiential" resorts by the boutique hotelier focused exposing guests to, "a destination's culture, its cuisine, its adventures, its sense of well-being." The included golf is played at the otherwise private Twin Creeks Country Club, a Fred Couples Signature design (travaasa.com/austin).

Fair Hills Resort (Detroit Lakes, Minn.)
Open from May to September, the Fair Hills Resort (in west-central Minnesota) is much more of a "family" resort than a "golf resort," but there are two courses on site: a nine-hole executive course and a standard, 18-hole course. Accommodations include cabins on Minnesota’s Pelican Lake and other activities include pony rides, fishing, kayaking, scavenger hunts, swimming, tennis, and sailing. The all-inclusive American Plan, which includes all meals and activities, starts at $106 per person per night. Children’s rates are heavily discounted or free for ages 5 and younger. (fairhillsresort.com)

Mohonk Mountain House Hotel (New Paltz, NY)
Continuously played for more than 115 years, the golf course at the all-inclusive Mohonk Mountain House is one of the oledst in the country. It's also player friendly (par-70, 115-slope) and greens fees are included on weekdays for overnight resort guests (on weekends and holidays, greens fees are $25 for 9 holes and $32.00 for 18 holes. (mohonk.com).

Aruba
Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Resort (Oranjestad, Aruba)
Aruba only has 36 holes of golf, but nine of them can be played for "free" by guests of this resort, which features rooms either on the ocean or very close to it ( diviaruba.com)

Jamaica
Half Moon Resort (Rose Hall, Jamaica)
Proceed with caution, here. The resort is an amazing place to stay with an equally impressive list of things to do, but on our last visit, the golf wasn't as good as its neighboring courses (halfmoon.rockresorts.com).

Beaches Ocho Rios (Ocho Rios, Jamaica)
Beaches has one resort in the Turks & Caicos and two in Jamaica, but only this one includes golf in its standard, all-inclusive pricing: greens fee and tranfers to Sandals Golf & Country Club, formerly Upton Golf Club. (beaches.com)

Sandals Resorts (multiple properties)
The guest fee for staying at any of Sandals' Jamaican resorts includes play on Sandals Golf & Country Club (formerly Upton Golf Club) located in Ocho Rios. Sandals' Jamaican properties are located in Montego Bay (Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Carlyle Inn); Negril (Sandals Negril); Ocho Rios (Sandals Grande Ocho Rios, Sandals Royal Plantation); and Whitehouse (Sandals Whitehouse). (sandals.com)

Spain
Fairplay Golf Hotel and Spa (Benalup-Casas Viejas, Spain)
While you might not like it as much as the courses on the nearby Costa del Sol, you'll certainly like the price: all-inclusive packages with unlimited golf start at E197 per person, per night. The golf is played on the Benalup Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole, par 73 layout (fairplaygolfhotel.com).

Multiple Destinations
Kalos Golf Cruises (based in Chapel Hill, NC)
This one obviously isn't a resort, but an option that offers all-inclusive golf vacations just the same. Kalos sails to a variety of golf-rich destinations (trips usually last one to two weeks) and just about everything is included in the price. Not sure if you saw it, but I recently told you about a Kalos trip to play seven of the world's best courses in just eight days.

Club Med (based in Paris, France)
Often considered the originator of the all-inclusive resort concept, Club Med has properties worldwide, many of which offer golf. In the Americas and the Caribbean alone, you have your choice of Sandpiper Bay in Florida, Cancun Yucatan and Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico, La Caravelle in Guadaloupe, Buccaneer's Creek in Martinique, Turkoise in the Turks and Caicos, and Trancoso in Brazil (clubmed.com).

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I'm actually curious to hear what you'd recommend to Mark.

Do you know of any all-inclusive resorts that include golf?

Please share your comments or read what others are saying below.

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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Linda G. Gallier

Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort is an all inclusive 2000+ acre full service beach resort located 10 minutes
from the Cancun, Mexico airport. Moon Palace is perfect for a range of travelers including families, couples and groups because of the amenities: endless entertainment and activity options, access to cultural excursions and shopping, 15 world class restaurants on site, pools, swim-up bars, night club, convention center, tennis, biking, snorkeling, etc. My membership includes UNLIMITED golf. This membership is transferrable and FOR SALE. The Moon Spa & Golf Club is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Palace Resorts also invites guests to participate in the Jack Nicklaus Academy of golf. Here, students can learn the techniques and playing philosophy of Jack Nicklaus under the guidance of certified instructors, and with integrated state-of-the-art technology.

Wendy

Some great tips here! Thanks all.

Seeing Celtic Manor reminded me of Druid's Glen Resort - an hour drive from Dublin airport. They have multiple golf-included offers and both Druids Glen and Druids Heath courses are superb. It is definitely on our RETURN HERE list.

I think that I only play golf because I love to travel and experience courses all over :)

Catherine Kulisek

Further to my comment re Melia Cozumel, I would encourage interested parties to contact Adela Saenz at "Res.-Gte Reservas(Adela)" to negotiate a rate that would include unlimited golf. You will find her to be very helpful and reasonable.

Jeremy Hall - Merit Golf Vacations

Craig .. the Melia Cozumel has a golf package add on that can be included with their all inclusive meals and drinks package which is only $160 for a weeks golf + the $35pp you pay to the golf course for the cart. I totally get what you mean when you say not all offers are what they appear to be ... fortunately thats why golf specialist travel agents should be an invaluable resource.

mike

Recently stayed at the Celtic Manor resort in Wales, site of last year's Ryder Cup, and they had B&B plus golf rates which were all-inclusive for all but dinner (and I think that option was available). Worth checking out-- by the way, the "other two" courses there are every bit as good as the 2010 course at a third of the price.

Bob

Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort (formerly Breezes until June 2012) Runaway Bay, Jamaica - decent golf - nice resort. A good track and reasonably well maintained but not a "premium" course but very playable. The two key pieces for me were no children (that will be changing under the new management) & golf is on premises so there's no bus or taxi to deal with - just a short golf cart ride under the highway to the club house which is also an easy walk if you prefer. My girlfriend doesn't play so the fact that I didn't have to spend time in transit or waiting for the next shuttle were key for me - I could have breakfast with her when the buffet opened, tee off around 8:00-8:15 and back on the beach in time for lunch. Par is 72 - 6,870 yards and is slope rated 124 from the Tips . Caddie is mandatory & is an additional fee ($16 for 18 Holes walking) Course is very walkable if you are in reasonably good shape - Cart is $25 but the caddie fee drops to $10. Going back in a week for the first time under the new management - hope it's as good or better.

Kuliman

I've played the Divi Links in Aruba (did not stay at the Divi Resort) and was pleasantly surprised with both the rates and conditions of the course. Paid twice as much at Tierra del Sol a couple days prior and had much more fun at Divi. The guest were sitting out on their patios/balconies on some holes cheering like a gallery! Definately will play again on my next visit.
Just an FYI about Costa Rica...if you can't play the Westin, a great alternative is the Hacienda Panilla in Santa Cruz. It's an Aududon Santuary and with the spectacular oceanside holes you get wildlife like monkeys, tropical birds and Iguanas the size of Beagles throughout the course.

Stephen

The Hilton Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica offers all-inclusive packages with golf at neighboring Cinnamon Hill Golf Course (ranked No. 3 in Jamaica by Golf Digest).

Jim Rydzel

Casa de Campo in DR has a number of tournaments that have all-inclusive pricing, inc. golf. Most but not all are in shoulder seasons. Overall package is quite attractive.

Craig Better

Thanks for weighing in, CK. As noted above, this is where things can get tricky. The Melia Cozumel (and other resorts mentioned below) may offer special (i.e. more expensive) PACKAGES that include golf, but golf is not included as part of their standard, "all inclusive" offerings and rates. (Melia Cozumel, for example, charges $100 for greens fee and cart). Your Playa Azul example is slightly different, but the upshot is the same: yes, golf is included, but not meals beyond breakfast. This is not truly "all inclusive.

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