Sand Valley Golf Resort south of Wisconsin Rapids has proven a popular destination for "golf buddy" groups. (Sand Valley photo / Ryan Farrow)

It doesn't matter if your golf getaway is for luxury, a weekend with the family or a week with your buddies.

The upper Midwest has golfers covered when it comes to resort golf destinations.

That is the opinion, at least, of Golf Magazine, which used the expertise of its writers and other resort industry veterans to come up with a list of its top 100 resort destinations divided into four categories: Luxury, Buddies, General Excellence and Family. Here is what they found:

When it comes to luxury resorts, The American Club in Kohler is second to one — Pebble Beach (Calif.) Resorts on the famed Monterey Peninsula — among the top 25 in that category. The Inn at Bay Harbor made the "Best of the Rest."

Among the top 25 Golf Resorts for Buddies, Sand Valley near Nekoosa came in No. 4. It trailed its sister resort (Bandon Dunes in Oregon), Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and Cabot Links Golf Resort in Inverness, Nova Scotia in the top five. Michigan's Arcadia Bluffs, Boyne Golf and Forest Dunes and Erin Hills near Milwaukee landed spots on the category's "Best of the Rest."

Upper Midwest golf resorts were shut out of the General Excellence category, which was dominated by time-honored resorts in Colorado, West Virginia and South Carolina. However, French Lick Resort in Indiana came in at No. 4 among the Best Resorts for Families in the magazine's list behind Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, Colonial Williamsburg Resort in Virginia and The Retreat in Oregon. Giants Ridge and Grand View Lodge in Minnesota made the "Best of the Rest" portion of the rankings for this category.

"Our goal for creating this list was to inspire everyone who loves golf to explore more of the amazing golf destinations that exist in North America," said David DeNunzio, editor-in-chief for the magazine. "Your best golf adventures, the ones that you'll always remember, usually come through experiencing all that great resorts like these have to offer."

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