After a round of 18 holes, golfers have worked up an appetite and, at many courses, they can tuck into a great meal afterward. But diners don’t have to be golfers to partake of another perk that comes with patronizing golf course restaurants — stunning landscape views include endless ribbons of greenways flanked by woodlands, ocean waters, and mountainous terrain. Whether you’re feting the father in your life on June 16th or you want a taste of the country club life, here are 11 top golf course restaurants where the vistas and the vittles are equally stunning. Not near one of these spots? Find a restaurant near you on OpenTable.
Woodlands Restaurant at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Galena, Illinois
Move over year-round sunny climates. Golfers love the championship golf courses at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, where the four golf courses at this Northern Illinois gem are known for challenging players and rewarding them with outstanding dining. The golf course, known as “The General”, designed by Roger Packard and two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North is the top choice of play for most visitors. The menu is an homage to local Midwest ingredients and producers, brimming with steaks and even vegan dishes as well as seafood offerings. Golfers with a Sunday tee time shouldn’t miss the brunch experience. Other selections include seared fresh diver scallops that get a spike in flavor from vodka-tomato sauce, luxe salads with filet mignon, chamomile-seared salmon, roasted rack of lamb Provençal with fennel stew, and veal pot roast. Make a reservation at Woodlands Restaurant.
Seven Canyons Club Restaurant & Bar at Seven Canyons, Sedona, Arizona
Time spent at Seven Canyons is akin to a golfer’s dream state. Dripping in color and good vibes of the ancient red rocks that evoke images of Sedona, the experts at Golfweek Magazine called this the ‘IMAX’ of golf” and it is repeatedly named among golf courses with epic views. And epic they are as golfers tee off against the backdrop of elevation that shoots straight up in dramatic fashion. The dining is equally breathtaking. The menu at the restaurant features touches of Arizona in many dishes, like the shrimp verde flatbread with cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno spread, and pico de gallo and the smoked corn dip off the cob with cheddar and crispy pork belly plus fresh potato chips for dipping. The shrimp and grits receive a Southwest treatment as well with chipotle chorizo cream, while the signature salad is prepared with local Arizona lettuces, English cucumber, cherry tomato, shaved onion, and sunflower seeds. Make a reservation at Seven Canyons Restaurant and Bar.
BLT Prime in the Trump National Doral, Miami, Florida
It’s hard for golfers to resist courses where the pros play and Trump National Doral’s “Blue Monster” has well earned a feared and alluring reputation. Its 7,608 yards of fairways with deep bunkers, Bermuda rough, and water hazards received a redesign at the masterful hands of architect Gil Hanse. Slaying the Blue Monster may tempt golfers to eat dessert first at BLT Prime – especially when the restaurant is known for its peanut butter chocolate mousse and carrot cake. But the world’s pickiest golfers flock to play here knowing it’s almost a sin to dine at BLT Prime without a juicy steak. A few notable items include the 28-day dry-aged New York strip and Kansas City bone-in strip as well as the twosome- friendly Porterhouse. On the lighter side, BLT Prime favorites include tuna tartare, Dover sole and lobster cobb salad. The location of the restaurant and lounge — within the resort clubhouse lobby — is a recipe for seeing and being seen beyond the course. Make a reservation at BLT Prime in the Doral Miami.
Calcutta Grill at the Golf Club at Newcastle, Newcastle, Washington
To describe Newcastle as the golf heaven of the west coast isn’t a stretch. Golfers can appreciate views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, Olympic, and Cascade mountains, and the city of Seattle as far as the eye can see. The club has two championship 18-hole courses designed by golf course architect Robert E. Cupp in consultation with Masters champion Fred Couples. Facilities include an all-weather driving range with heated stalls and 18-hole bent-grass putting course, plus a private grass practice tee including three holes for pitching, putting and chipping. The live bagpiper during sunset from May until September is plenty reason enough to pay a visit. Calcutta Grill is known for healthful offerings like Columbia River steelhead trout atop the grilled Romaine or fennel arugula salads, plus an array of vegan and gluten-free items. There’s also plenty here for carnivores, too! Don’t forget to order a couple of post-game cocktails like the Hot Donkey prepared with spicy pepper-infused vodka, blood orange, lime, and ginger beer. Make a reservation at Calcutta Grill.
CORSAIR Kitchen + Bar at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, Aventura, Florida
The outdoor patio is the place to be for south Florida’s golf-meets-tropical-oasis experience. Golfers at the two 18-hole championship courses at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa play with the Miami skyline in the distance and nosh afterward at CORSAIR Kitchen + Bar on comfort food with a light touch. The open kitchen presents all-day dining-friendly dishes like fritto misto with calamari, rock shrimp, pepperoncini, artichoke, and cherry-pepper aioli, and 96-hour ribs with honey citrus barbecue sauce and jicama pineapple slaw. The farro risotto is prepared with wild mushrooms, roasted squash, charred vegetable pine nut, and red wine gastrique, while the pork tenderloin arrives at the table with aged cheddar polenta, apple chutney, root vegetables, and a 63-degree egg. Make a reservation at Corsair Kitchen + Bar.
Heartwood at Longleaf, Southern Pines, North Carolina
The legendary Sandhills is a golf destination that most players have at the top of their bucket lists, home to dozens of golf courses among the towns of Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Whispering Pines, Seven Lakes, and surrounding regions. Heartwood at Longleaf is an ideal gathering place to indulge in a bite before or after 18 holes. Be sure to arrive early to luxuriate on the patio with an apéritif by the fire pit. And bring a putter to practice on Longleaf’s lighted 10,000-square-foot putting green. On Thursdays, golfers indulge in the “9 After 5” special, which includes nine holes of golf, local beer, and burgers. Heartwood signature dishes like southern fried chicken, homemade meatloaf, battered fish with chips, and steak entrees satisfy hearty appetites. Diners have three dining rooms to choose from and the Carolina hospitality is just what you’d hope to find in a southern golf course restaurant. Make a reservation at Heartwood at Longleaf.
Verandah at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida
In one of the best places for shrimp lovers to indulge in a round of golf, Omni Amelia Island Plantation is located in Northeast Florida in the town that was once the shrimping capital of the world. Locals still celebrate the scrumptious history of the tiny crustacean with the annual ‘Shrimp Days of Summer’ including special lodging and dining packages, like Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s “fresh catch getaway.” And the golf is spectacular – in fact, Omni Amelia Island Plantation is home to the Golf Channel’s “Big Break: Florida”. Known for fresh seafood and upscale southern fare, memorable dishes include southern tuna tartare with Beaufort tuna, Georgia olive oil, and Walker’s Landing sea asparagus, along with Mayport shrimp with collard green kimchi. Golfers traveling in pairs should not miss the chance to order the Verandah sampler with a crab cake, barbecue shrimp and fried green tomatoes. Make a reservation at Verandah at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
Links at Harbour Town Clubhouse, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head is South Carolina’s crown jewel of golf destinations, and Links is the first thing on golfers’ minds as the 18th hole fades from view. This clubhouse is home to classic American cuisine within Harbour Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort. Love is in the details at this Pete Dye-designed course with the hand of design consultant Jack Nicklaus visible in the shadow of every backswing. It’s more about perfecting skill and craftsmanship here, the intelligent golfer’s mirror to a true PGA pro experience. At the Links, start off with sharable orders of stout beer-battered onion rings, beef tartare on truffle toast with shallots and shaved fresh horseradish, and house-cured bacon with tomato confit and watercress. Irresistible entrees include Duroc tomahawk pork chop, beef short rib with Sherry gastrique, broiled quail with apple-cider glaze and chorizo cornbread stuffing. Links also features an award-winning wine list, craft beer, and cocktails. Make a reservation at Links.
SottoTerra at Streamsong Resort, Bowling Green, Florida
Known as an oasis in the middle of nowhere between Orlando and Tampa, Streamsong proudly claims its distance from civilization. Otherworldly is the only appropriate description of this ultra-contemporary luxury resort and spa, but it’s the environmental component and secluded nature that lures sports celebs and corporate glitterati. This Florida hideaway features haute cuisine and a stunner of a wine collection to marry with the Italian cuisine at SottoTerra. Sumptuous dishes include fresh catch roasted whole in a stone oven, Osso Bucco, linguine with Genoa basil pesto and scallops, and squid ink spaghettini with seafood. Make a reservation at SottoTerra.
Restaurant Fifty-Nine at Streamsong Resort, Bowling Green, Florida
The almost alien beauty of Streamsong continues in the clubhouse restaurant makes it worthy of an additional mention. Restaurant Fifty-Nine gets it moniker from the famed golf score players dream to attain. Four renowned golf course architects — Gil Hanse, Tom Doak, Bill Coore, and Ben Crenshaw — created the three Scottish links-style courses that encompass the Streamsong Blue, Streamsong Red, and Streamsong Black courses. The clubhouse menu at Fifty-Nine includes an impressive charcuterie board, regional oysters, roasted bone marrow, and blue crab Louie salad. Don’t miss the 28-day dry aged prime ribeye and New York strip along with wet aged filet mignon and chimichurri skirt steak. Make a reservation at Restaurant Fifty-Nine.
Mezzo in The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida
Mediterranean flavors abound at Mezzo, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. This Naples oasis competes with literally dozens of golf resorts in Southwest Florida, but nothing quite holds a candle to this tucked- away golf gathering spot. Globetrotting oenophiles have jetted across continents to attend the Naples Winter Wine Festival here. Locals flock to it for weekly golf fixes and to break bread among French barrel heads, pitchers of signature sangria at the ready. From warm octopus with purple potato and green olive-salsa to eggplant carpaccio and chickpea fritters, this is post-golf sharing food if ever there were. Seafood cioppino brims with mussels, prawns and local fish in a fennel-tomato broth with grilled focaccia for dipping. For heartier fare, opt for some of the pastas like handmade pasta garganelli with lamb ragout and toasted hazelnuts, ravioli or tagliatelle. Make a reservation at Mezzo.
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Photo credits: Alyssa Dragun (BLT Prime); Will Watt (Streamsong).