From the links to the slots – five of the best casino golf courses in the world
Golf and gambling – what two pastimes could better exemplify the idea of sophisticated adult leisure? Either represents a great opportunity to wind down, relax and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, but for double the enjoyment, why not visit a resort in one of the most spectacular locations on the globe and combine the two?
Golf and gambling might make you think of locations such as Vegas, but the secret is slowly coming out that South Africa is one of the best locations in the world for the two activities. Sun City is already recognized as one of the top resorts in the world and takes advantage of the nation’s wonderful climate and proximity to the Pilanesberg National Park. When you add two top quality championship golf courses and some of the world’s best casinos to the mix, you can see why it is becoming such a popular choice.
However, these are by no means the only places in the world where a day on the golf course can be followed by an evening at the blackjack table or the roulette wheel. Here, we have selected five of the very best that should be on every keen golfer’s bucket list.
1) The Cascata, Las Vegas, USA
Our journey begins at the most famous venue in the most famous city. Caesar’s Palace needs no introduction, being one of the most iconic casinos in the world. An average four out of five stars from 30,500 reviews on TripAdvisor tells you everything you need to know. It has a reputation for being geared towards the high rollers, but the immensity of this casino means there is something for every golfer, regardless of casino experience or bankroll.
Less than 30 minutes up the road is The Cascata golf course. This par-72 course is unlike any other, with some of the most challenging but spectacular holes you will ever have experienced. The waterfall that provides a centerpiece also presents several water hazards that can even catch the pros off guard. The Cascata follows the usual Vegas ethos – everything you see screams opulence, luxury and excess.
2) The Lost City, Sun City, South Africa
Over recent years, Sun City has become almost as popular for its golf as for its casinos. Golfing legend Gary Player helped design both of its courses, the Gary Player Golf Course and the Lost City Golf Course. Located just to the north of the city of Rustenburg, both courses are of world-class quality and attract players from across the globe, while being approachable for those of any handicap. You won’t regret a day spent on either, but for those who want to combine golfing and gambling, the Lost City golf course is the place to choose.
Located just beyond The Palace of the Lost City, the course covers an area of more than 100 hectares. As you make your way from one hole to the next, you will encounter a variety of themes that range from desert to mountains and parkland. An abundance of water features await the unwary, the most famous of which is at the 13th hole. Here, the phrase “water hazard” is taken to new extremes, being populated by Nile crocodiles. As you move onto the 19th hole, you’ll find a welcoming clubhouse with bar, restaurant and pro shop.
After a long day on the links, the Palace of the Lost City Hotel has every amenity you could ask for, including one of Sun City’s top casinos. Of course, if you would prefer to stay in your room, you can still try your luck at one of South Africa’s popular online casinos. Providing all the entertainment you need, from the comfort of your hotel suite.
3) Country Club, Tasmania
Want to visit a golf club and casino that is sure to impress your friends? How about taking a flight to Tasmania? The championship golf course at the Country Club, just outside Launceston is the work of globally renowned course designers Mike Wolveridge and Peter Thomson. It forms the backdrop to a small but luxurious entertainment and hotel complex.
This includes a two-floor casino that is small enough to retain that feeling of exclusivity while being large enough to contain all the facilities and choice of games that you could wish for including poker, blackjack, slots, roulette and more.
4) Genting Country Resort, Malaysia
The Genting name is one of the most famous in casinos the world over, and the Highland Resort, just outside Kuala Lumpur, is where it all began. The resort sits on a mountain top more than 3,000 feet above sea level and is like a fairytale oasis. But golfers will be most interested in the 18-hole Ronald-Fream designed course that was added in the 1980s and significantly modified and improved over the past few years.
The background surrounding the resort’s history and one man’s determination to overcome remarkable adversity to build his dream resort is a story in itself. But for now, suffice it to say that this is one of the most iconic and important casino resorts on the planet – and with its own championship golf course, is a surefire inclusion in our top five.
5) La Turibe, Monte Carlo
We began in Vegas, and it is only right that we should conclude in Monte. The Monte Carlo Casino is the stuff of legends, having played host to the rich and famous for more than 150 years.
Just up the road is the equally historic golf course at La Turibe. Designed by Willie Park Jr way back in 1911, the course is nestled between the sea and the mountains. The rolling terrain makes for a challenging round of golf, but survive the 18 holes and you can reward yourself with a civilized drink in one of the most elegant yet welcoming clubhouses on the planet. It is the perfect accompaniment to a weekend at Monte – style, sophistication and games for grown ups just don’t get better than this.
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