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16 Hole-in-One Wine Restaurants

Tee up a top dining experience at these golf destinations
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Enjoy fairway views and an extensive wine program at Stillwater Bar & Grill.

Posted: May 11, 2017

As summer approaches, recreational golf season is in full swing. The perfect excuse to take a vacation or just unwind on the weekend, a day spent on the course is tough to improve—except with the promise of great food and wine afterward. These 16 restaurants are in close proximity to world-class golfing, and their first-rate menus and award-winning wine programs will ensure you finish the day a winner. To check out more wine and food destinations, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,500 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 87 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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Addison

Fairmont at the Grand Del Mar, 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, Calif.
Telephone (858) 314-1900
Website www.addisondelmar.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday
Grand Award

At the Grand Del Mar resort in Southern California, Rafael Sanchez oversees Addison's list of 3,200 selections.

In San Diego, the Fairmont at the Grand Del Mar's restaurant Addison provides prime dining for golf and wine lovers. Work up an appetite at the resort’s own 18-hole Grand Golf Club (which the dining room overlooks), or opt for one of the many first-rate courses nearby. Chef William Bradley’s menu changes with the seasons, emphasizing local ingredients, with French flair, while wine director Rafael Sanchez’ Grand Award–winning, 3,200-selection list goes big with Burgundy, California, Italy, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Spain, Germany and Champagne.


Bern’s Steak House

1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, Fla.
Telephone (813) 251-2421
Website www.bernssteakhouse.com
Open Dinner, daily
Grand Award

Amy Pezzicara
A peek into Bern's Steak House's cellar reveals a sliver of its 500,000-bottle inventory.

Now open for more than 60 years, Bern’s Steak House is a Tampa institution in close proximity to a wealth of golf courses. The restaurant is renowned not only for its dry-aged steaks and fresh produce grown on the Bern’s farm, but also for its colossal wine list. Bern’s has been a recipient of the Grand Award since 1981; today its list has 6,800 selections, including more than 200 wines available by the glass. For those with any room left after steaks, one of the restaurant’s unique features is the Harry Waugh Dessert Room, where guests can enjoy nearly 50 desserts, along with Ports, Sherries and Madeiras.


HMF at the Breakers

The Breakers, 1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, Fla.
Telephone (561) 659-8480
Website www.thebreakers.com
Open Dinner, daily
Grand Award

The Breakers Palm Beach
At the Breakers Palm Beach, the flagship restaurant, now known as HMF, has earned a Grand Award since 1981.

A stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, the restaurant now called HMF at the Breakers has earned a Grand Award at the resort since 1981, and today serves creative small plates under its vaulted ceilings and chandeliers that evoke old-school Palm Beach. The glamor is enhanced by HMF’s massive and meticulously organized 2,000-selection wine list, overseen by wine director and Master Sommelier Virginia Philip, with strengths in Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, Italy, the Rhône, Spain and Champagne. The Breakers boasts two high-caliber golf courses: the historic Ocean Course, created in 1896, and the Rees Jones Course, a more modern counterpart 10 miles from the resort grounds.


Restaurant Latour

Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hardyston, N.J.
Telephone (844) 414-9893
Website www.crystalgolfresort.com
Open Dinner, Thursday to Sunday
Grand Award

Crystal Springs Resort
Robby Younes oversees Restaurant Latour's renowned, 7,200-selection list..

For an East Coast golf retreat that aces wine and dining, head to Crystal Springs Resort in northwestern New Jersey. The resort is home to six golf courses for all skill levels, as well as a Grand Award–winning wine cellar at its Restaurant Latour. Chef Anthony Becco’s contemporary American fare can be enjoyed in the form of the five-course “Anthology” menu, where guests choose dishes from five different categories, or the seven-course chef’s tasting menu. The 7,200-selection wine list has earned a Grand Award since 2006; highlighting bottles from Bordeaux, California, Burgundy, Italy, the Rhône, Champagne and Oregon, the program is managed by wine director Robby Younes.


Baleen

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, 9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, Fla.
Telephone (239) 598-5707
Website www.laplayaresort.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily [Closed for maintenance June 5–12, 2017 and August 14–21, 2017]
Best of Award of Excellence

Baleen
Captivating views and an award–winning wine list are the highlight at Baleen.

Naples, Fla., is a popular travel destination for golfers, and LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is among its draws. The resort’s Baleen restaurant overlooks the waves, with a few tables on the beach itself. Chef John Sexton’s menu enhances the seaside atmosphere with a focus on seafood, offering dishes like bayou mussels, blackened gulf grouper and seared sea scallops with coconut cauliflower puree. Wine director Martin Diehr’s 1,080-selection list has earned a Best of Award of Excellence since 2011 and homes in on wines from California, Burgundy, Italy, Bordeaux, Argentina and Washington. You can hit the links at the resort's own course or one of several nearby.


Charlie's L'Etoile Verte

8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Telephone (843) 785-9277
Website charliesgreenstar.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Some of the best golfing in the country can be found on Hilton Head Island, with its abundance of courses and pristine beaches. After a day in the South Carolina sun, cool down with a great meal and a glass of wine at Best of Award of Excellence winner Charlie's L'Etoile Verte. Having earned its first Restaurant Award in 1993, the restaurant has accumulated an impressive cellar. Today, wine director and owner Margaret Pearman’s list spans 625 selections, with a focus on California, the Rhône and Bordeaux. Chef Lloyd Alberson’s menu celebrates seafood with dishes like Parmesan-crusted tilapia, blackened redfish and locally caught mahi mahi with mango vinaigrette.


The Gallery Restaurant

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, 57744 Round Lake Road, Bandon, Ore.
Telephone (541) 347-5220
Website www.bandondunesgolf.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Surrounded by rugged natural beauty, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on southern Oregon’s Pacific coast boasts five distinct golf courses. Close out the day in style at its Best of Award of Excellence–winning Gallery Restaurant, and enjoy chef Don McCradic’s seasonal dishes like tempura Dungeness crab, lamb chops with new potatoes and pork cheeks with spinach-chorizo risotto. The 555-selection wine list pays tribute to local bounty with an abundance of bottles from Oregon, and also features favorites from California, Washington, France and Italy.


Georgian Room

Sea Island, 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, Ga.
Telephone (800) 732-4752
Website www.seaisland.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Sea Island
The private dining room at the Georgian Room is a stunning setting for memorable food and wine.

Sea Island, Ga., impresses with peaceful beaches, jaw-dropping views and plethora of golfing experiences. Sea Island alone offers three 18-hole courses, as well as classes and a professional golf center. At the end of the day, unwind at the resort’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning Georgian Room restaurant, where wine director Ryanne Carrier’s list showcases 1,600 selections, with a focus on Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Italy, Australia and Portugal. Chef Julian Scheibel’s menu is a perfect complement, with dishes like tagliatelle with uni and crème fraîche, butter-poached Maine lobster and wagyu beef Rossini with foie gras.


JJ’s Liberty Bistro

330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Telephone (904) 273-7980
Website www.jjbistro.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday; lunch, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Ponte Vedra Beach is one of the nation’s top golf destinations: The PGA Tour is headquartered there, and its home club, TPC Sawgrass, hosts the annual Players Championship, taking place this week. And the town is no slouch on the culinary front. At JJ’s Liberty Bistro, owner JJ Vigoureux oversees the Best of Award of Excellence–winning 625-selection wine program, which highlights California, Burgundy and Bordeaux. On the French-inspired menu, find baked brie en croute, lobster bisque, moules frites and grilled beef tenderloin with foie gras butter. After the meal, head next door to the restaurant’s chocolate shop for ice cream and other sweet treats.


The Main Dining Room

The Greenbrier, 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
Telephone (855) 729-3778
Website www.greenbrier.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

The Greenbrier
With a rich history and extensive wine list, the Greenbrier is a dining destination for guests from around the world.

Situated in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, the Greenbrier has been a travel destination since its founding in 1778; guests have long come to bathe in its restorative spring waters. Today, the resort’s five golf courses—some host to PGA Tour events—as well as picturesque grounds, casino, mineral spa and renowned dining attract patrons from around the globe. The wine list at the resort’s upscale Main Dining Room, overseen by Brian McClure, earned a Best of Award of Excellence in 2016 for its 1,165 selections, many from California, Burgundy, Italy, Bordeaux, Spain and Oregon.


Merriman’s Kapalua

1 Bay Club Place, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Telephone (808) 669-6400
Website www.merrimanshawaii.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Maui famously provides myriad golf options, and when it comes to wine and dining, the island delivers in spades as well. Best of Award of Excellence winner Merriman’s Kapalua is a particularly good choice. Sift through wine director Dave Horsman’s 690-selection list, featuring depth in Burgundy, California and Italy. Chef Peter Merriman’s menu captures the flavors of the island with eclectic dishes like Kalua pig and sweet onion quesadilla with kimchi, wok-charred ahi sashimi and pan-seared diver scallops with macadamia nut brown rice.


Norman’s

The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Fla.
Telephone (407) 393-4333
Website www. www.normans.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Central Florida's sunny weather and natural beauty make it a first-rate setting for numerous great golf courses, including the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes’ own 18-hole Golf Club Orlando. Don’t miss the resort’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurant, Norman’s, where James Beard Award winner Norman van Aken’s menu blends Latin, Caribbean, Asian and European influences to create dishes like Brazilian-style conch chowder, Serrano ham–crusted sea bass and a 22-ounce dry-aged, bone-in rib eye with Spanish potato torta. The wine list, engineered by wine director Yusuf Yildiz, offers 630 selections, with a focus on California, Bordeaux and Italy.


Ristorante Paoletti

440 Main St., Highlands, N.C.
Telephone (828) 526-4906
Website www.paolettis.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

In the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, the North Carolina town of Highlands is a great base camp for chasing waterfalls, hiking trails and golfing. Despite the bucolic setting, the dining is top-notch. After a day in the great outdoors, try Ristorante Paoletti, a Best of Award of Excellence winner since 2005, and select one of the 750 choices on wine director and owner Arthur Paoletti’s list, which showcases Tuscany, Piedmont, California, Bordeaux and Burgundy. The Italian menu is full of hearty classics like ricotta and basil gnocchi, eggplant lasagna and veal chop marsala, as well as lighter seafood options like grilled North Carolina rainbow trout.


Stillwater Bar & Grill

The Lodge At Pebble Beach, 1700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Telephone (831) 625-8524
Website www.pebblebeach.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

On California’s Monterey Peninsula, the Lodge at Pebble Beach boasts five picturesque golf courses. Overlooking Carmel Bay and the gorgeous 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Links is the resort’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning gem, Stillwater Bar & Grill. The restaurant’s wine program, overseen by Wendy Heilmann, offers plenty of pours for diners taking in the stunning views. With over 1,000 selections, the list concentrates on California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhône and Italy—a lovely match for chef Jeremy Tummel’s California-inspired seafood-focused cuisine.


Talavera

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Telephone (480) 513-5085
Website talaverarestaurant.com
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Barbara Kraft / Four Seasons
Pinnacle Peak provides a gorgeous backdrop for an evening at Talavera at the Four Seasons.

In the foothills of Pinnacle Peak at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Talavera is a wine-and-dining lover’s dream, with evocative desert views. The resort is home to two golf courses—the Pinnacle and the Monument—and also provides free shuttle service to the nearby Troon North Golf Club. Talavera wine director Shaun Adams’ program has earned Restaurant Awards since 2005 for its impressive cellar of bottles from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italy. Chef Chuck Kazmer’s farm-to-table cooking is steak-centric, but he also serves up eclectic dishes like foie gras bánh mì, bacon-wrapped buffalo tenderloin and Chilean sea bass with a pecan-herb crust.


Wright’s At The Biltmore

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, Ariz.
Telephone (602) 954-2507
Website www.arizonabiltmore.com
Open Dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Enjoy sun, golf and fine wine at Wright's At The Biltmore.

At the Arizona Biltmore, golf and dine to your heart’s content: The resort boasts two 18-hole courses, as well as a classic restaurant, Wright’s at the Biltmore. Chef Brian Peterson’s menu presents seared foie gras with huckleberry buckle and foie gras ice cream, beet-cured salmon with chicharrón and grapefruit, buffalo rib eye with buffalo chorizo and smoked veal T-bone with blue corn cakes. The 350-selection, moderately priced wine list, managed by wine director Dolan Olson, is especially strong in California and Bordeaux, and earned its first Award of Excellence in 2015.

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