FOUR SEASONS BOASTS MULTIPLE COURSES BY JACK NICKLAUS, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman. Jack’s Challenge at Manele on Lanai has stunning ocean views and three of the world’s most dramatic clifftop holes. Shrouded in the clouds at the top of the island, Norman’s Experience at Koele is one of his best, taking great advantage of an alpine forest and major elevation changes that will test every aspect of your game.
Four Seasons also scores for its Nicklaus designs at Hualalai on the Big Island and at Punta Mita, Mexico, where Jack’s design includes one of golf’s greatest gimmick holes, an alternate par 3 with a 200-yard carry to a natural island green in the Pacific.
Ritz-Carlton’s golf offering is not as heavily tilted toward tropical destinations, although Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s epic Plantation course at Maui’s Kapalua may be the best layout from either chain.
If strong golf is your major consideration in choosing a resort, Ritz-Carlton provides a number of layouts in a variety of settings, from California’s Half Moon Bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean to desert golf at Tucson’s Dove Mountain, to Reynolds Plantation on Georgia’s Lake Oconee, to a number of Florida gems, in Amelia Island, Naples and Orlando.
Each course tests your game in different ways, giving Ritz the nod when it comes to the overall quality of golf.
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