Written by Puff Staff

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

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We’re delighted to begin posting a series of regular features on travel. Of course, the resorts, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and more, that we profile will be cigar friendly. We’ll also provide a brief overview of the sophisticated and upscale attractions, including architectural, historical, cultural, culinary and sporting sights and events, that will give you a sense of the overall experience you can expect from each destination. For our first travel piece, we’re presenting a few of the top cigar-friendly and luxury golf resorts in the Continental United States. It’s no secret that Hawaii boasts some of the worlds most popular and prestigious golf resorts such as Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay with its famous course, “Challenge at Manele Bay” on Lana’i. 

We’ve selected three resorts that meet two important criteria. First, each property offers more than one world-class golf experience in a distinctive and beautiful setting. Secondly, the resort provides upscale venues where guests may enjoy stunning scenery while smoking their favorite cigars that can be purchased on-property. The places we chose also offer a sophisticated variety in accommodations and dining. Ultimately, we’ve provided a selection of golf-and-cigar vacation options that we believe will create memorable experiences that last a lifetime.

Pebble Beach Resort, Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach Resort offers a variety of world-class golf courses—The Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the Links at Spanish Bay, the Del Monte Golf Course and the Peter Hay Golf Course.

Probably one of the most popular and world-renowned courses is Pebble Beach, a five-time host of the US Open, (1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010) and selected to host the championship again in 2019. This course is often referred to as the greatest public golf course in the United States. Golfers of all ages, and from all over the world, flock to this stunning course situated as if hugging California’s rugged, majestic northern coastline. During play, golfers are treated to a variety of beautiful ocean vistas, cliff-side fairways and sloping greens. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the Pebble Beach Golf Links has been open since 1919 and lays claim to hosting most of the world’s greatest golf legends.

Golfers might also want to experience The Links at Spanish Bay, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum. Their vision was to create a course that captured the essence of the original Scottish concept of “links,” the original term referring to “a sandy wasteland located near the sea.” They achieved their goal as this course offers a firm turf and a constant flow of ocean breezes (sometimes windy) from its idyllic setting alongside the beautiful Monterey coastline. Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the most challenging at Pebble Beach, offers two different kinds of terrain—the first five holes are set in sandy seaside dunes and the remaining 13 holes feature elevated greens, bunkers and lakes. The Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi—it first opened in 1897. This challenging course rolls through fairways lined with oak, pine and cypress tress. The Peter Hay Golf Course, built in 1957, is a nine-hole course designed for players of all skill levels.

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