6 Great Places to Sleep on the Golf Course

It’s like waking up, walking to your kitchen, and finding breakfast on the table waiting for you.

The opportunity to walk down a flight of stairs and find oneself on the first tee of a nice golf course is a rare treat.

See, most resorts have their accommodations near the course. But there’s just something a little bit sweeter about the opportunity to stay "on" the course. Here are six places where you can do just that:

Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia, Michigan

Overlooking Lake Michigan, the clubhouse at Arcadia Bluffs, designed in a Nantucket style, has 15 guestrooms—all with singular King-sized bed—for visitors looking to stay and play on property. Lake-facing rooms range from $180 to $300 per night while “Standard” or sunrise-facing rooms go for $150 to $270 per night, depending on the time of year (June through September being the high season). The spectacular links-style course also offers broad and commanding views of the lake. www.ArcadiaBluffs.com.

Dancing Rabbit Golf Club – Philadelphia, Mississippi

Most visitors to the Tom Fazio-designed Dancing Rabbit Golf Club end up staying in one of a few nearby hotels, but visitors do have the option of staying in one of eight guest rooms on the second floor of the clubhouse, each with a King bed and whirlpool bath, on a space-available basis. Staying at Dancing Rabbit gives guests the use of their own lighted golf cart as well. www.DancingRabbitGolf.com.

Mid Pines Resort – Southern Pines, North Carolina

Mid Pines is a classic, down to its recently restored Donald Ross golf course that is known for its charm and loveliness. The Mid Pines Inn, upstairs from the pro shop, stands watch over the first tee and putting green, providing visitors near-instantaneous access to the golf facilities. www.PineNeedles-MidPines.com.

Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links – Berlin, Maryland 

Pete and son P.B. Dye teamed up to craft Rum Pointe, which enjoys a windswept setting. A number of holes overlook the bay separating the course from Ocean City. It is essentially a public course, with one exception: the Apartment, which houses a King bed, five Double beds and two Twin beds in total. A week’s rental runs $1,425;  it is ideal for a smaller group of players or families and adds an interesting touch to the amenities at Rum Pointe. www.RumPointe.com.

Streamsong Resort – Bowling Green, Florida

The most popular new player in American golf resorts, Streamsong blends two rugged, classic-looking golf courses, designed by Tom Doak and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, respectively, with a very contemporary look to the buildings. The 216-room Main Lodge is now open, but there are still 12 guestrooms in the clubhouse for golfers who prefer that option. www.StreamsongResort.com.

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club – Durham, North Carolina

Even reluctant University of North Carolina fans would concede that the hotel presiding over their rival school’s golf course and above the pro shop is excellent. With 271 rooms of ranging sizes and levels of luxury, the Inn reflects the pride and distinction of the university. The golf course, a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design later renovated by son Rees, is known as one of the best university courses in the country. www.WashingtonDukeInn.com.

Have you ever stayed "on" the golf course at any of the above or other places? Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for Golf Advisor and the Managing Editor of the Golf Vacation Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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Brad K

The Lodge at Ventana Canyon in Tucson. 50 Suites tied into the clubhouse. Golf cart drop off in the basement with stairs up the 19th hole and your suite. Hard to beat.

Andrew Dean

Great tips. Thanks. As far as I can see, no one has mentioned the Old Course Hotel at St Andrews which looks right over the famous 17th Road Hole with the bonus of the incredible view of the 1st and 18th holes, the Royal and Ancient clubhouse and the sea. One of those iconic hard-to-beat locations. Amazing golf yesterday at Gleneagles, by both US and European players.

SJ Khalsa

I second the comments about both Cabot Links and Torrey Pines. I used to say that Cabot Links in Nova Scotia was in the middle of nowhere, but that's not true, it's at the far end of nowhere. But once you get there every room in the hotel has a view overlooking the golf course and the ocean. The golf course is fantastic and next year Cabot Cliffs will open and they will have 36 holes of fantastic golf.

Torrey Pines cannot be beat for someplace a lot closer and more accessible. Staying at the Lodge at Torrey Pines or the Hilton at Torrey Pines you can walk to the golf course. You want to make sure you get a room overlooking the golf course and the ocean. There is nothing like watching the sunset from a balcony overlooking this incredible golf course.

Richard Jacobson

If you know a member to book it, the rooms at Congressional are around $175 a night. And few clubhouses have the history, ambiance and memorabilia to match "Congo".

Matin Gorman

One of my favourite sleeps on the course is the Lodge at Hammock Beach and the Nicklaus Ocean Course. You sleep on the 3rd floor, eat on the 2nd floor and the pro shop is on the 1st floor. All rooms have ocean and golf course views. We can't wait to go back. Would 2nd the motion for Fox Harbour in Wallace Nova Scotia mentioned above.
Food, accomodation and golf at its best ! Wish I had my own jet because they also have their own airfield.

Mark

You should have included Kiawah Island, SC. We've rented houses there for the past 10+ years, on the 18th fairway of Turtle Point golf course and a short (50 yds) walk to the clubhouse, practice facility, and a damn good restaurant and pub.

Mark Jensen

Kingsley Club.

2 Irish Cottages. Each has 4 br's, each br has 2 queens, flat screen and private bath.

Living area with flat screen, fireplace, kitchen and dinning area Screened in porch for cigars and cards!

They stock up for you as well as come in and prepare dinners.

Jim LeMaster

I have been to several on your list, but The Golf Club of Tennessee is about as good as it gets! Great course and wonderful accommodations in a cabin which sleeps 8 and 5 more double rooms above the Clubhouse.

Dan

How about Firestone CC? I had the opportunity to stay in the rooms above the clubhouse there and it made for a very memorable trip.

JB

Lakewood Shores Resort, Oscoda Michigan. The Gailes course is one of the best links style courses on this side of the pond.

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