GOLF Magazine Releases Inaugural Top 100 Resorts in North America Rankings

NEW YORK — GOLF Magazine and are pleased to announce the launch of their inaugural list of the Top 100 Resorts in North America.

The Top 100 Resorts in North America issue is one of GOLF’s largest editorial projects, examining more than 240 resorts across the continent while generating extensive reviews of the Top 100.

Although the quality of individual golf courses is integral to the ranking, GOLF’s new compilation considers the complete stay-and-play experience in its evaluation of the resorts that were considered. This comprehensive list took form through input from GOLF’s in-house team of travel and editorial experts, resort industry veterans as well as thousands of golfers via an online poll.

“Our goal for creating this list was to inspire everyone who loves golf to explore more of the amazing golf destinations that exist in North America,” said David DeNunzio, Editor-In-Chief of GOLF. “Your best golf adventures, the ones that you’ll always remember, usually come through experiencing all that great resorts like these have to offer.”

Recognizing readers’ differences in needs and preferred accommodations, GOLF has separated the list into four distinctive categories: Luxury, BuddiesGeneral Excellence and Family. 

The Luxury section features resorts that not only have breathtaking and memory-making golf courses, but also world-class service, cuisine, aesthetics and off-course experiences.

The Buddies section focuses on resorts that have endless and exclusive golf-related opportunities for friends. This list is for die-hard groups who value playing multiple courses until daylight is gone, then a delicious meal, adult beverages and a refreshing night’s sleep (to be prepared to do it all again the next day!). 

General Excellence is just that — top performance all around. The best amenities, the best golf, outstanding service and stellar off-course options are what make these resorts accommodating to both golfers and non-golfers alike. 

Finally, the Family section reviews resorts for time-strapped parents looking for something the whole family will enjoy, while also providing the opportunity to play spectacular golf. A relaxed and unstuffy atmosphere is the key here, along with access to pools, beaches and attractions. 

In an effort to provide the most comprehensive and fair assessments possible, GOLF did not rely on their writers alone, but rather took into consideration many leading resort industry veterans who were also consulted in the guidance of the project and ranking system. Most important was the feedback of over 3,700 golf reviewers, who were asked in an online poll to judge the resorts based on five key aspects: golf experience, accommodations, service, food and ambience. 

This process of combining the expertise of industry leaders, GOLF travel writers, and the experiences of GOLF readership resulted in an exhaustive, impartial ranking system that readers can enjoy and trust. The top-5-ranked resorts in each section appear on a feature-style spread of multiple pages followed by the rest listed alphabetically. 

GOLF’s complete ranking of the Top 100 Resorts in North America can be found online at:

The expanded listings on the website include enhanced content, hundreds of additional photographs, and an innovative “Book Now” feature that allows readers to book their next resort vacation directly from the website.

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