10/09/2014 01:25 EDT | Updated 12/09/2014 05:59 EST

7 Golf Hotels to Swing Away the Winter Blues


©Sheraton Algarve

With the end of golf season fast approaching, why not take a vacation and lower your handicap on a sunnier green? Hotel comparison site researched the world's greatest courses to find the best golf hotels that are sure to be a hole in one all year-round.

Whether you're travelling with your buddies, your sweetheart, or with the whole family in tow, there's no reason to stop golfing just because it's the "off-season."

Old Course Golf Resort and Spa (St. Andrews, Scotland)


©Old Course Golf Resort and Spa

The Scottish weather may leave you a little colder than the rest of the golf hotels on our list, but no golfer should fail to experience the game in its historic home. With the only heath course in St. Andrews, the award-winning five star Old Course Golf Resort and Spa is the obvious choice, and their championship course 'The Duke's' draws some of the best golfers from around the world all year-round.

Paradise Golf & Lake Resort (Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil)


©Paradise Golf & Lake Resort

Drive just an hour from Brazil's bustling Sao Paulo metropolis and you get to paradise -- or rather the perfectly named Paradise Golf and Lake Resort. Take advantage of the sun and play a round at the hotel's 18-hole golf course set against the stunning backdrop of the Modi das Cruzes lakes. While you're golfing, your family can play soccer on the Belgian team's 2014 World Cup training field, relax by one of the hotel's three pools, slide in the waterpark, or get colorful with a round of paintball.

Castle Otočec (Otočec, Slovenia)


©Castle Otočec

Nestled on an island in the heart of the Krka River, Slovenia's Otočec Castle combines old-world charm with modern luxury. Boasting Slovenia's longest 18-hole golf course, this medieval water castle also offers unlimited recreational activities and a romantic backdrop to your golf vacation. A member of the Relais & Châteaux, an exclusive collection of the world's finest hotels and restaurants, this stunning castle is committed to giving you the royal treatment.

Sheraton Algarve (Albufeira, Portugal)


©Sheraton Algarve

The Sheraton Algarve, built on a cliff top overlooking Portugal's breathtaking Algarve coast, is also home to the spectacular Pine Cliffs Golf Course. It offers the perfect family getaway with access to a private beach, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a children's area with two life-sized pirate ships. While your family relaxes, head to the green and challenge the 'Devil's Parlor,' a notoriously difficult championship tee built over a gorge that gives even the most experienced tournament players the willies.

Kultaranta Resort (Naantali, Finland)


©Kultaranta Resort

Commune with the serenity of the Turku archipelago at the Kultaranta Resort in Naantali, Finland. Promising rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit, the resort offers access to a spa, physiotherapists, personal trainers, outdoor adventure, and of course, golf. Kultaranta actually has an 18-hole main course, 7-hole par 3, and a 9-hole par 2 -- plenty of options for every skill level.

Meliá La Quinta Golf & Spa Resort (Marbella, Spain)


©Meliá La Quinta Golf & Spa Resort

Enjoy a round of golf in guaranteed sunshine at the Meliá La Quinta Golf & Spa Resort, located on Spain's Costa del Sol. The five-star resort offers a fantastic 27-hole course designed by pro golfer Manuel Pinero, a favorite for both amateur and professional players. Take the opportunity to explore beautiful Marbella and play at one of over 25 golf courses near the resort, or stay close and unwind at the spectacular Yhi Spa.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Kiawah Island, United States)


©Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Our final hotel is located a little closer to home, on a barrier island just off the coast of South Carolina, and is the embodiment of Southern charm and hospitality. The sprawling Kiawah Island Golf Resort is perfect for an active vacation, with 6 pools, a world-class tennis program, and 5 championship golf courses. The real draw is the infamous 'Ocean Course,' perhaps the most diabolical (or Dye-abolical) course ever designed by Pete Dye, and the site of 1991 'War of the Shore' Ryder Cup. Test your mettle against one the toughest courses in America, and end the evening at the Ryder Cup Bar with a stiff Dark & Stormy surrounded by the crashing waves of the Atlantic.

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