Luxury Aircraft: As any seasoned golf player could tell you, the only way to test your true ability as a golfer is to constantly challenge yourself. And what better way to test your strengthens and weaknesses on the green than by traveling to some of the finest and most challenging golf courses in the country? Luxury golf resort getaways are the best way to challenge your skills on award-winning golf courses while simultaneously enjoying the best that four-star hotels and spas have to offer.
During your next search for your perfect golf vacation destination, keep in mind that not every luxury golf resort is the same. Some golf resorts offer challenging wind-swept courses while others feature elevated greens surrounded by mountainous terrain. Also keep in mind that no matter which luxury golf resort you choose, the safest and most convenient way to travel to your destination is by private jet charter.
1. The American Club; Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Really, is there any other course in America that can really truly rival the American Club's spectacular wild beauty and signature links-style courses? Our clients' answer? No. It doesn't come as a surprise to us that the host of this year's PGA Championship, The American Club in Sheboygan Wisconsin, is also a clients' favorite golf resort destination. It's really more of a surprise that the resort doesn't have its own jetport. Set against the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan, this world-famous resort is home to four Pete Dye-designed courses — two each at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run — and an award-winning Kohler Waters luxury spa and resort. All of the walking-only courses at the American Club were designed to mimic the ancient seaside links of the United Kingdom and Ireland to provide a truly natural and unique golf experience that will never be forgotten.
Private jet rentals to Whistling Straits are accessible through the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (KSBM)
Recommended Private Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12
2. The Greenbier; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
If your idea of the perfect golf resort destination involves rolling terrain, well-bunkered greens and panoramic views of the Allegheny Mountains, then look no further than The Greenbrier resort. This luxury resort, nestled in the quiet countryside of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is home to three award-winning, 18-hole golf courses — The Meadows, The Old White and The Greenbrier — and is Stratos Jets clients — second favorite luxury golf destination. While the Greenbrier resort is well-known for its expertly-defined golf courses and magnificent scenery, the main attraction lies in the resort's unique history. Built in 1858, The Greenbrier plays an important role in both golf and American history, having hosted the likes of Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nick Faldo and Tom Watson. In addition, the resort was home to a secret underground bunker during the Cold War era that was designed to protect the nation's Congress in the event of a crisis. The bunker, hotel and White Sulphur Springs (located inside the hotel) are open to visitors year-round.
One-way and round-trip air charter flights to The Greenbrier are served by Greenbrier Valley Airport (KLWB)
Recommended Private Aircraft: Phenom 100
3. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort; Bandon, Oregon
Breathtaking views, wind-swept terrain, four challenging courses — it's no wonder Bandon Dunes is third place on the company's clients' list when it comes to luxury golf resort destinations. Perched on top of a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Bandon Dunes combines spectacular views of the rugged Oregon coastline with all natural links-style courses for a truly natural golf experience. The four walking-only courses — Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and the new Old McDonald — are all susceptible to wind changes, offering a unique and challenging experience every time the course is played. As for accommodations, the Bandon Dunes resort offers simple and comfortable lodging, from single rooms in The Lodge and Inn to large four-bedroom Grove Cottages.
Charter flights to the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort are serviced by the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (KOTH)
Recommended Private Aircraft: Challenger 604
4. Pinehurst Resort; Pinehurst, North Carolina
When it comes to combining prestige and luxury with some of the finest golf courses in America, no golf resort does it better than the Pinehurst Resort. Located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the Pinehurst Resort was built in 1895 by soda fountain tycoon, James Tufts, and is now a historical landmark as well as a luxury golf resort. Not only does this charming southern resort offer eight world-renowned golf courses, including the famous Championship Pinehurst No. 2, it also features three luxury hotels, a spa and an impressive array of sports and leisure facilities. After a long day on the green, golfers can sip a cold class of iced-tea (called sweet tea in the South) at the 107-year-old Carolina Hotel or they can treat themselves to a relaxing "golfer's massage" at the spa which specifically targets all the muscles used during golf.
Air charter flights to the Pinehurst Resort are served by the Moore County Airport Information (KSOP)
Recommended Private Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
5. The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa; Carefree, Arizona
Situated in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, amongst various cacti and stunning rock formations, lies The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa. Figuring out what makes this luxury golf resort such a favorite amongst clients was not much of a challenge, although the same can't be said about their golf courses. The Boulders Resort, located in the small town of Carefree, Arizona, offers seasoned and professional golf players a thrilling and challenging game with spectacular views in a warm, desert climate almost every day of the year. But it's not just the pleasant weather or two award-winning golf courses that make this resort so popular — it's also the spa. The Golden Door Spa, a 33,000-square-foot facility, offers a number of massages, therapeutic baths, and refreshing treatments, all with a unique desert flair.
Jet Charter Flights to The Boulders Resort are accessible through the Phoenix Deer Valley airport (KDVT) and Scottsdale Airport (KSDL)
Recommended Private Aircraft: King Air 350