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The Greenbrier and The Homestead

The Greenbrier and The Homestead 2The Greenbrier and The Homestead, two his­toric Southern resorts with top-notch golf, are looking younger than hotels half their age. West Virginia’s elegant Greenbrier became a destina­tion in 1858, when a hotel was built at the site of a therapeutic sulphur spring. Famous for its spa and exuber­ant 1940s Dorothy Draper interiors, as well as being the site of a Cold War bunker built for members of Congress, The The Greenbrier and The HomesteadGreenbrier has had a $50 million face-lift overseen by Draper protégé interior designer Carleton Vamey. All 721 rooms have new decor, bathrooms, linens and flat­-screen TVs. A new restaurant, Hemisphere, and bar boast bold Draperesque colors and patterns.

The Greenbrier and The Homestead 3In Hot Springs,Va., The Homestead first welcomed guests in 1766. J.P. Morgan bought the place in 1888, adding the main building, the famed spa with its gorgeous indoor pool and a Donald Ross golf course, the first of three 18-hole layouts. New owner KSL Resorts has updated the bathrooms in all 486 rooms, put in a new driving range at The Cascades Course and restored  the Old Course bunkers to Ross’ original 1913 design. Darling, you look marvelous.

Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort

Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort 2Playing golf is always fun but sometimes it’s even more fun when you can test your skills in a tournament with a good friend. That will be the game plan this October (17-20) at the Waikoloa Women’s Golf Challenge to be held at the spectacular Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort, one of the most lauded resorts our 50th state has to offer. The two-person best-ball handicapped event will include two rounds, with the champs determined by the lowes-net best ball over the 36 holes. Participants will be treated to special events each night as well as a luxurious Kohala Sports Club & Spa treatment on the free day between rounds.

The tournament will be contested on Waikoloa’s legendary Kings’ Course, a Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort 1collaboration of Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, which contains design elements reminiscent of a Scottish links course while simultaneously offering amazing views of Big Island volcanoes, wildflowers and towering palm trees. Golfers always enjoy the Scottish-style double green shared by the third and sixth holes. On the free day, competitors can also tee it up on the sister Beach Course, which hugs the water and was literally carved from the lava flow along the picturesque Wailulua Bay. Its signature is the par-5 12th, bordering the ocean from tee to green. Perhaps the biggest challenge is not being distracted by the frolicking humpback whales.

Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort 4As diverse as its courses are the Waikoloa lodging options—which include the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and the Hilton Waikoloa Village, as well as no less than a half dozen luxurious condominium properties—all with wonderful views and comfortable furnishings. More than a few golfers have paid a first-time visit, fell in love with every aspect of this gorgeous 1,350-acre master-planned residential resort community and ended up buying a vacation home before they left.