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The Ryder Cup: 9 Homes for Golfers

Ahead of the 43rd Ryder Cup, teeing off on Sept. 24 at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin, Luxury Defined tours a collection of luxurious homes on the fairways

The 43rd Ryder Cup returns to the United States on Sept. 24 for the first time since 2016, at the Straits course at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin. The competition was last won by Team Europe with a 17½–10½ victory over Team USA in 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris. In honor of the tournament, Luxury Defined presents nine homes on or just a soft 7-iron off some of the world’s finest courses, including Bermuda’s Mid Ocean Club (a favorite of Winston Churchill); Spain’s Las Brisas Royal Golf Club, a former host of the World Cup golf championships and the Spanish Open; and the Abaco Club—home to the PGA Tour’s Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. Discerning golfers can choose from private estates with their own putting greens and leisure amenities or resort villas in gated communities, offering a bespoke lifestyle with access to courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and other legends of the game.

Roughill in Tucker’s Town, Bermuda

This colonial-style estate sits above the 14th hole of the famed Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda. Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower, and the Duke of Windsor have played the course, designed in 1921 by Charles Blair Macdonald.

Roughill commands 2.5 acres above the 14th hole of the legendary Mid Ocean Club in Tucker’s Town, with views of Bermuda’s south shore. This magnificent estate offers approximately 15,000 square feet of living space between the main house, pool cottages, and staff quarters. At the entrance of the grand colonial-style main residence is a two-story hall with a skylight and Australian cypress staircase. Under its tray ceiling, the formal living room features a fireplace, bay window, and French doors accessing a verandah. Further elegant appointments include the cherrywood kitchen, designed by Wilkinson of London, a wine cellar, and game room and pub inspired by the bar at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The recreational options include a swimming pool and spa, exercise room, outdoor pavilion, and a putting green.

Contemporary Retreat at Chapelco Golf & Resort in San Martín de los Andes, Argentina

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This Patagonian retreat has views over five of the fairways of Chapelco, the first golf course created by Jack Nicklaus in Latin America.

In the heart of Northern Patagonia, this striking contemporary home has a breathtaking location on Chapelco, the first course in Latin America designed by six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus. Built from local stone and beechwood, the multi-level house is at one with its surroundings. The main living room is a stunning central gathering place with a cathedral ceiling, large fireplace, and bar. Adjacent is the formal dining room, with its own fireplace. The guest wing comprises two comfortable bedrooms and a full bathroom. The owner’s suite has a luxurious bathroom and study/library. Below is a playroom and two additional guest bedrooms. Residents have access to Chapelco’s challenging par-72 course, and such recreation as tennis, fly-fishing, horse riding, and mountain biking.

Aurora at The Abaco Club, Great Abaco, Bahamas

This luxurious colonial-inspired villa has an enviable setting in the Abaco Club at Winding Bay—the no. 1 golf course in the Bahamas and home to the PGA Tour’s Great Abaco Classic.

Aurora is a fitting name for this airy, light-filled home at the Abaco Club, home to the Bahamas’ top-ranked golf course. The centerpiece is a swimming pool and Jacuzzi embraced by the impressive main house and two elegant guest cottages. The ground floor of the main residence has a library, office, and dining room served by a bright, modern kitchen. The great room has open fireplaces, high ceilings, and French doors opening to a covered veranda and pool deck. The five bedrooms on the upper floor share a veranda facing the pool and guest cottages. Two principal suites each have a private, covered veranda with a front-row view of the Abaco golf course and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Flanking the house are two turrets with viewing towers with vistas of the ocean, golf course, and Winding Bay. The lower level has a fully equipped bar, pool room and entertainment area, as well as various utility rooms, laundry, storage closets, and a garage that can accommodate three golf carts. The home is engineered to withstand the highest hurricane force winds, with hurricane-strength windows throughout. Smart-home automation controls all systems in the home at the touch of a button. Should the power fail, there’s also an automatic 100kw generator.

Residence at Camelot Country Club in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

This stylish, custom-designed home fronts the first fairway of Ottawa’s Camelot Country Club, a “Top 100” golf course designed by Canadian golf course architect Thomas McBroom.

This spectacular 8,800-square-foot custom bungalow overlooks the first hole of the golf course at Ottawa’s Camelot Country Club through vast windows and walls of glass. The reception areas include a sunken great room with a wood-burning fireplace and 20-foot ceilings. Farther along is a formal dining room, with 16-foot-high ceilings, leather flooring, and an ambient ethanol fireplace; and a dream chef’s kitchen with breakfast room. The home theater has cork flooring for comfort and acoustics. The sunroom’s accordion glass walls open to the resort-inspired backyard, with waterfall hot tub, upper and lower terraces, and two garages (a triple attached and a detached double garage with a bathroom). The principal bedroom is a private retreat with a fireplace, custom walk-in closet, and spa bathroom with a soaking tub and rainforest shower. Three additional bedrooms on the main floor share a full bathroom and two powder rooms. The light-filled lower level offers two recreation rooms, two offices, a fitness room with built-in speakers, and a 700-bottle wine cellar. The exterior doors and windows are aluminum with triple-glazed panes. All floors are radiant heated, including both garages. A reverse osmosis water purification system, advanced geothermal heating, and a Generac generator are further amenities.

Sienna at The Club at Mediterra, Naples, Florida

Sienna is a grand estate home overlooking the lake and fairways of Naples’ prestigious Mediterra Golf and Country Club, an award-winning club with two 18-hole courses designed by Tom Fazio.

Sienna is a grand lakefront home overlooking the fairways of the Mediterra Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida. The 16,000-square-foot, Tuscan-style main residence has a warm and welcoming ambiance. Throughout are opulent finishes and furnishings, monumental fireplaces, and beautiful frescoes imported from Italy. The reception rooms and serene outdoor spaces were built for entertaining on a grand scale. Among the appointments are a double-height great room, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, two wine cellars, a media room, and seven-car, air-conditioned garage. Three covered balconies offer panoramic views of the golf course, as does the glass-enclosed tropical pool and spa.

Historic Château in Burgundy, France

A private, nine-hole golf course is among the resort-worthy amenities of this historic château in a quiet village near Bergerac.

This historic estate in Burgundy was built as a fortified Benedictine priory by the Abbey of Moissac in the 11th century. The property was restored and reimagined for the 21st century. Among the resort-worthy amenities are a sauna, heated outdoor pool, and a private nine-hole golf course. The main entrance opens into a light-filled sitting room with an original stone fireplace. Adjacent is an office and the first of the home’s two kitchens. The main kitchen, located on the lower level with the formal dining area, leads out to a terrace facing the golf course, perfect for alfresco dinners and sundowners. There are six spacious double bedrooms and five bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is a self-contained suite, which could easily be incorporated into the main-floor living space. An attached three-bedroom apartment offers comfortable accommodations for extended family, guests, or staff. The property benefits from a serene, private setting with sweeping vistas of the countryside, yet the historic towns of Eymet and Bergerac (with its international airport) are both just 15 minutes’ drive.

Casa Las Brisas in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, Spain

This contemporary villa in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, fronts the fairways of Las Brisas Royal Golf Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious courses on the Costa del Sol, designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1969. The course hosted the 1973 Golf World Cup and the 1987 Spanish Open.

Casa Las Brisas is a frontline golf villa at Real Club de Golf Las Brisas, a luxurious gated community in the heart of Marbella’s Golf Valley. The home’s meticulously landscaped gardens back onto the fairways of the club’s championship course—designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1969. The interiors are warm and welcoming; their neutral color scheme enhanced with natural stone and wood accents. Sliding glass doors create a fluid transition between indoor and outdoor living. The heart of the home is an open-plan living space with a gourmet kitchen with adjoining breakfast area. The property is equipped with the latest in-home technologies, including a cinema and smart-home controls. There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Three bedrooms are upstairs, while two of the bedrooms are in a private wing with access to the palm-lined gardens, a Zen-like sanctuary with places for relaxation, including a barbecue area and a pool with an illuminated terrace with waterfalls and fountains.

The Courtyard House in Huntington Beach, California

The Courtyard House fronts the SeaCliff Golf Course in Huntingdon Beach, California. The home features a series sliding glass walls that frame the golf course views.

The Courtyard House represents the ultimate Southern California lifestyle. Situated on the SeaCliff Golf Course in Huntington Beach, this Zen-like, mid-century modern-inspired residence was meticulously created by skilled designers, engineers, and artisans over five years. The light-filled living spaces were designed to accommodate multigenerational occupants, with a central courtyard for living, dining, and entertaining. At the center is a beautiful Japanese maple tree. A series of 36-foot sliding glass walls enhance the feeling of space and light and frame the golf course views. There are four bedrooms, all privately situated. Two are primary suites, one of which opens to an outdoor lounge. Another highlight is the rear terrace, with a contemporary firepit and a direct view of the SeaCliff course.

Country Manor at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland

Nested alongside the Tom Fazio-designed Caves Valley Golf Course, this luxury home offers vast spaces for dining and entertaining, along with commodious spaces for guests and relaxed family living.

This 3.75-acre estate overlooks the 12th green of Maryland’s Caves Valley Golf Club, site of this year’s BMW Championship tournament. A long drive winds past tranquil gardens to arrive and through a barrel-vaulted archway to an elegant motor court. The two-story foyer opens to a study and a living/dining room with carved oak finishes, a fireplace, and built-in bookcases. The gourmet cherrywood kitchen with granite surfaces and large, sunny breakfast area flows to the family room with fireplace and beamed ceiling. A home office adjoins the kitchen. In addition, there is a private two-story guest suite with sitting room, bathroom, and second-level bedroom. The sumptuous main suite offers a fireplace, two custom-fitted dressing rooms and a spa bathroom. Two additional en suite bedrooms, one with a large third-level loft, are on the second level. The lower level features a recreation room with wet bar, media room, game room with fireplace, full bathroom and bonus room, and a three-car garage. The home abounds with high-quality finishes, including quarter-sawn oak floors (adorning the main level and second-floor hall), custom built-ins, an ipe hardwood deck, and a stone patio and terrace.