Mexico's Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
provides access to the Marina Vallarta Golf Club and the Vista Vallarta Golf Club, both 18-hole championship courses. But it is also located in a region of Mexico known for its good weather, making it ideal for sun-worshippers. In addition to the property's two courses, golfers can choose among six others within a 30-minute drive. Those back on-site can take advantage of a tiered infinity pool, as well as private plunge pools. It's also an ideal destination for families, as kids are entertained with myriad activities, including treasure hunts and piñata-making workshops.
With seven holes along the Sea of Cortez, the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, has been called the finest golf course in Latin America. And the resort certainly competes for the raves: it boasts an impressive collection of Latin American art, gorgeous beaches and two acclaimed restaurants where fresh seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine are served up. There's no better place for recapping the days' best birdies.
, in the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana, celebrates nature and style. Set on five miles of private beaches and within a 1,500-acre ecological reserve, the resort counts among its fans such style makers Oscar de la Renta. Golfers, too, are in heaven here. The property features three golf courses amongst rock cliffs and the Caribbean Sea and the award-winning Pete Dye-designed course, La Cana has even been compared to Pebble Beach.
Casa de Campo
, on the Southern side of the island, is home to yet another outstanding Caribbean course. But with 7,000 acres making up the resort, golf is merely one of the dozens of available activities. With four supervised kids programs, a teen club and 24-hour nanny services, Casa de Campo also makes a great family vacation destination.
Another renowned golfer's option in the Caribbean is Sandy Lane
on Barbados, the ideal point from which to explore the island that has been called "Little England." The stately hotel offers suites and rooms with views of the perfectly manicured gardens or the turquoise water of the Caribbean. After a day in the sun, whether on one of the resort's three courses or on the white-sand beaches, guests can savor an evening of wining and dining under the stars in one of the island's award-winning restaurants. (Barbados is the only island in the Caribbean that has its own Zagat guide).