America's Best Golf Resort Restaurants Slideshow
April 12, 2013
1) Bellatrix at the Classic Club - Palm Desert, CA
Executive chef Gerard Brunett at Bellatrix uses Mediterranean influences coupled with an extensive wine list to offer a unique menu that features "excellent yet simplistic food," including dishes like Kurobota pork loin with spinach and sweet corn, and sesame-glazed salmon. A covered terrace offers fantastic views of the Arnold Palmer-designed course, which held the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic for three consecutive years from 2006 to 2008.
2) The Café Pacific at Trump National Golf Club - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
It cost more than $250 million to design this palatial course, but that should come as no surprise due to its association with the Trump brand. Also not surprising is that Trump hired such a high-caliber chef to head the course's restaurant. After spending years working in respected restaurants in France, Spain, Morocco, and Italy, executive chef Jean-Pierre Vincent brought his talent to the West Coast, where he developed his Mediterranean-inspired menu around the freshest imported ingredients. Dinner guests at The Café Pacific can indulge in such specialties as a seafood tagine or homemade eggplant Parmesan.
3) Pèppoli at Pebble Beach Resorts - Pebble Beach, Calif.
The Pappa al Pomodoro, a classic Tuscan tomato-bread soup, and pappardelle Bolognese, wild boar ragù over pasta, are the shining stars in executive chef Angela Tamura’s kitchen at Pèppoli. With an array of accolades under her belt, including Chef of the Year at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Tamura’s dishes offer vast competition to the breathtaking ocean and golf course views from the restaurant.
4) The Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - Maui, HI
The plantation-inspired design only highlights the exotic location, with its slow-moving fans and wood screens. But it’s not all relaxation for executive chef John Zaner at The Terrace, who has headed the restaurant since 2003. Zaner oversees a staff of 100 in the seven kitchens at the 548-room resort. Start your day with a breakfast of fresh fruit and Hawaiian specialties before heading out to the Plantation Course for a day on the links.
5) Whistling Straits Restaurant at Whistling Straits - Kohler, WI
In 2012, Whistling Straights restaurant earned the Three Diamond Award from AAA and the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The cuisine, which boasts a British Isles flair, features favorites like the pork belly sliders served with savoy cabbage and sweet potato fries, and sautéed escargot with applewood-smoked bacon, mushrooms, and wine sauce. All dishes are of course paired with a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan.
6) The Gallery at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort - Bandon, OR
Executive chef Don McCradic and his culinary team try to keep all aspects local at The Gallery Restaurant. McCradic developed his menu to blend the best of the Northwest with Oregon wines, Pacific Northwest seafood, and prime aged beef. Favorite dishes include the grilled scallops and shrimp with rice noodles and mushrooms, and the pork shoulder with white beans, kale, and onion jam.
7) The Ocean Room at Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Kiawah Island, SC
Under the direction of executive chef Brendon Bashford, The Ocean Room has racked up an impressive collection of awards, including four stars from Forbes, four diamonds from AAA, and an award of excellence in 2010 and 2011 from Wine Spectator. Not only does the restaurant offer some astounding dishes, like pork belly confit and 130-degree filet mignon, but their certified sommelier Garth Herr will help any diner choose the perfect wine from their selection of more than 1,000 bottles.
8) The 1895 Grille at Pinehurst Resort - Pinehurst, NC
If 2013 isn’t your year to try The 1895 Grille, then it’s next year for sure. Pinehurst will host the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships in 2014. And with the only four diamond AAA rating in the area, you know you’re in for a treat. For ultimate decadence, try the triple chocolate soufflé or opt for one of the nightly specials for a truly unique experience.
9) The Restaurant at Meadowood Napa Valley - Napa Valley, CA
Having earned three Michelin stars for the restaurant, it seems as though chef Christopher Kostow at Meadowood Napa Valley knows exactly how to wield a butcher knife. Kostow developed the American-inspired 10-course menu to reflect the flavors of Napa Valley. And what better way to do that with more than 1,200 different wines to choose from…