As the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis Open, the Wimbledon Championships, draws to its exciting finale, the sporting world turns to that other British classic, the Open Championship. Now in its 146th year, golf’s oldest major—the chase for the Claret Jug trophy— takes place July 16–23 on England’s finest course, Royal Birkdale. Since World War II, the Southport links have held more championships than any other course in the world. In honor of the 146th Open Royal Birkdale, Luxury Defined tours six international homes that not only offer a world-class round of golf, but a luxury lifestyle to go with it. Just steps from the fairways, these properties fully accommodate the golf lifestyle—with all the creature comforts of home. On Sunday, after Wimbledon crowns its champions, pack up the tennis whites, polish off the Pimm’s, strawberries, and cream: It’s time for tee and the Claret Jug!
Villa Caleton 14 — Punta Espada Golf Course
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Villa Caleton 14 overlooks the 16th hole of Punta Espada, the PGA championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus and ranked No. 1 in the Caribbean. Set in the exclusive Cap Cana resort, the villa has been designed with a natural Caribbean aesthetic: roofs thatched with palm, floors crafted from local stone, and surrounded by exotic gardens. There are three guest suites and a living room that doubles as a fourth en suite. In addition to world-class golf, Cap Cana offers an exciting array of recreational options, such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, tennis, a children’s adventure park, beach club, marina, spa, shops, and restaurants.
Larksmead — Sunningdale Golf Club
In the Royal County of Berkshire, England’s historic Sunningdale Golf Club has hosted a slew of championships, including the British Masters, Walker Cup, Women's British Open, and Senior Open Championship. Situated on an exclusive, private road adjacent to the club is Larksmead, a brand-new home whose 0.8-acre grounds back directly onto its legendary fairways. The luxuriously designed residence comes fully furnished and finished to the highest standard. The principal reception rooms lead onto a terrace and landscaped garden facing the fairways. Other notable features include six bedroom suites, a gourmet kitchen, and a three-car garage with guest quarters. To add to the luxury, the property comes with planning consent for an indoor swimming pool and spa.
Villa Liccia — Pevero Golf Club
Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy
One of Europe’s most beautiful courses, Pevero is framed by the majesty of Sardinia’s Emerald Coast. Overlooking the emerald fairways and the blue Mediterranean, Villa Liccia enjoys the exclusivity and security of the Pevero Golf club as well as spectacular panoramic views extending from Porto Rotondo, Capo Figari, and Tavolara. The residence is surrounded by a tranquil garden ensuring maximum privacy. The enchanting living spaces comprise a master suite, three guest rooms, a living room and dining area that opens to a covered terrace, a sunlit kitchen, patio, and garage. After a round of golf, residents can lounge by the resort pool, or on the pristine, white-sand beaches of Costa Smeralda, Romazzino, Capriccioli, La Celvia, and Liscia Ruja, just minutes away.
Verde Pacifica — Kapalua Resort
Verde Pacifica graces the only golf-front lot in Pineapple Hill Estates with views of the Pacific Ocean, the islands of Lanai and Molokai, and the beautiful Cook Pine Ridge. This majestic estate offers just over 6,000 square feet of inviting indoor-outdoor Maui living on Hawaii’s championship Bay Course. Its exquisite craftsmanship starts with signature ohia tree columns from the Big Island in the entry, atrium, and poolside lanai; a fabulous open great room; a gourmet kitchen; and a deluxe master suite and guest suite, each with outdoor showers with Kapalua stone enclosures. Relax in the large, heated, free-form pool with its Kapalua stone waterfall feature, or in the heated whirlpool spa with infinity edge waterfall.
Contemporary Estate — Valle Escondido Resort Golf & Spa
This modernist marvel in Santiago de Chile’s prestigious Lo Barnechea district has an enviable setting on the Valle Escondido Golf Club course. The open-plan house, designed by noted Chilean architect Jorge Figueroa, offers floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the links, a swimming pool, landscaped terraces, and surrounding forests, with the Andes Mountains as the backdrop. Ascend to the main entrance hall and to the living room, dining room, study, guest bathroom, and master bedroom (with two walk-in closets). The garden level has three bedroom suites, a family room, and a large loft. There are three rooms and two baths for the staff. An elevator conveniently connects the house to the four-car, covered parking zone.
Georgian Estate — Green Valley Golf Course
Greenville, South Carolina
This country estate is an equestrian and golfer’s dream with 23 acres of fenced pastures adjoining the fairways of the 18-hole course at the Green Valley Country Club in Greenville, South Carolina. A wooden bridge leads to the stately Georgian-inspired main house. The interior invites elegant entertaining with its handsome living room, formal dining room, walnut-paneled study, and sunroom. Continuing the superb appointments is a chef’s kitchen, greenhouse, and detached 10-car garage. The landscaped grounds are a haven of tranquility with a heated gunite pool and cabana and 4,000 square feet of brick terraces overlooking the stables, paddocks, and golf course.