Thanks to Dave R., Eileen G., Matthew C., Marc K., Ken H., Marty B., Bob M., and everyone else who commented on last week's tip about America's best boutique golf resorts east of the Mississippi River.
Today you'll find out the best in the West.
Again, our definition is a property with only 12-100 rooms and usually one golf course…that you can often have all to yourself.
Black Jack’s Crossing/Lajitas Resort – Lajitas, Texas
Okay, Lajitas has 101 guest rooms, but I'm including it anyway. The resort sits on the banks of the Rio Grande southeast of El Paso by about five hours. Lanny Wadkins carved a fine course out of the inhospitable scrubby environs and the resort is an oasis of its own.
CordeValle – San Martin, California
Originally envisioned as a thoroughly private enclave for the titans of Silicon Valley, CordeValle has been converted into a ritzy, small resort whose Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course hosts the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open and will host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2016. Lodging comes in the form of Fairway Homes, Bungalows and Villa Suites.
Entrada at Snow Canyon – St. George, Utah
This Johnny Miller-designed course is a private club but is playable by guests of the Inn at Entrada, which is located by the ninth hole and has one-, two- and three-bedroom suites available for rental.
Rancho de los Caballeros – Wickenburg, Arizona
If you’ve wondered what the crossover between dude ranch and golf course might be like, here’s your chance. With thoroughly southwestern aesthetics in its 65 rooms and dozen suites and one of the highest-rated golf courses in Arizona, staying there is a unique, rustic yet comfortable experience.
Running Y Ranch – Klamath Falls, Oregon
Situated a little ways south of famous Crater Lake National Park, Running Y boasts Oregon’s only Arnold Palmer Signature course. And fresh off $3 million in renovations, the Lodge at Running Y Ranch is a comfortable complement, as is the on-site Ruddy Duck restaurant.
Tetherow – Bend, Oregon
Somewhat overshadowed by the likes of the coastal Bandon Dunes Resort, Tetherow is nonetheless a rugged, cozy place to hunker down for a few days of golf. Should you choose to get out and about in Bend, you will find a charming Western town. Back at Tetherow, you will enjoy the David McLay Kidd golf course. Your accommodations overlook the course and come in a variety that will suit most any group. And if you’re a skier, Mount Bachelor is only 18 miles away, should you want to hit the slopes after holing out the morning’s final putt.
Wilderness Club – Eureka, Montana
With a stunning golf course designed by Nick Faldo and a cadre of Golf Cottage Suites neighboring the clubhouse, the Wilderness Club brings just enough order to a wild, exciting landscape. A four-season destination, the warmer times of year provide hiking, fishing and equestrian opportunities in addition to golf.
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