Tuesday, October 30

Best Golf Destinations in Europe

Golfing has always flourished when it is paired with beautiful weather and some phenomenal sights, and there are many first rate courses across Europe which offer just that. Whether you wish to travel for a relaxing week spent on the green, find a destination that your whole family can enjoy, or you are looking to spend some serious time improving your handicap, there is a fine course that will suit you down to a tee…

Spanish Mainland

It is no surprise that Spain comes up trumps when looking into the top golf courses in Europe. Offering millions of visitors sun-soaked culture and much more every year, it’s not difficult to see why golfing blends into the mix like a well fitted bionic glove.

Nestled on the Costa Brava’s eastern coast is PGA Catalunya, one of the country’s finest courses, with a Tour or Stadium route. Enjoying a privileged position amongst the foothills of the Girona Mountains, the course sits under an hour from Barcelona, so is the perfect place to enjoy with your family or friends. Offering well tendered fairways and greens as well as impressive, taxing holes that are carved through forests and woodlands, it’s a challenge for even the more advanced golfer.

Spain is host to a wealth of other fine courses, such as the Valderrama in Andalucía’s Sotogrande, where professionals have been seen playing across its dynamic terrain, and El Saler in Valencia, which is conveniently located for enjoying a beach holiday with little ones at the same time.

Portugal

A chief location for fine weather and some authentic, untouched culture, which you may struggle to find in its Mediterranean neighbour, Portugal is home to some terrific getaway spots where you can escape and practice your game. The Algarve is where you will find a dense sprinkling of courses, but set away from these, with mountain views stretching over hills and valleys is Monte Rei. With challenging holes set over water hazards, it provides a great game for all abilities. Be prepared to put your links and parkland skills to the test, with sand dunes and pine trees peppered across the course.


There are 39 courses across the Algarve and the Masters is held here every year in the golfing resort of Vilamoura, which is known for having top quality facilities and stunning countryside views.

Turkey

Fringed by warm turquoise seas and some beautiful beaches, Turkey is one of the prime places to enjoy a golfing holiday with the rest of the family. The Gloria Resort sits on the Turkish Riviera and is home to the country’s largest golf course, with a huge 45 holes. Furthermore, whilst you enjoy honing your game, your family will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, with seven swimming pools, water slides, kids clubs and a spa just to name a few. Alternatively, The National is a fifteen year old classic forest course that has been challenging golfers for years, and it was designed by Ryder Cup and Seniors Tour players.

France

For those who are looking for a romantic break with the other half, France has a mass of sophisticated culture to discover alongside some fine greens. Nestled along the popular Cote d’Azur, the Dolce Fregate is a challenging fusion of palms, cypress trees and ponds that will keep you busy in between visits to vineyards, art galleries, museums and theatres. The stunning Loire Valley is not only home to some romantic castles and chateaux from Renaissance history, but it is also home to Les Bordes, one of the most stunning settings you will find for enjoying a round. Water plays a part in 12 out of the 18 holes, and the Loire River is just 10km away.

Spanish Islands

Finally, to enjoy some breathtaking scenery and completely unique courses, which will see you swinging across waterfalls, through exotic foliage, over white sandy bunkers and looking towards deserted islands in the distance, Tenerife is the place to go. The Abama Resort is not only home to an exceptional course, but also to a spa, where the wife could happily spend her days, as well as water sports, beach parties, treasure hunts and other activities to keep little ones entertained. Failing that, black sand bunkers wait at the Golf del Su, or you can feel like a golfing king from the cliff-top setting of the Tecina course, with its stunning Atlantic views from all 18 holes. Head there on a ferry from the popular resort of Los Cristianos.

Europe offers a mass of alternate courses, whether you want to spend every day out on the green or you’re looking for somewhere to keep you entertained in between games. Families, couples and groups can enjoy a golfing holiday, whether it’ll be the first time with a club in your hands, or a skill you’ve been putting to the test for years.

Laura Feasey enjoys travelling and currently writes for easyJet Holidays. She’d love to play golf in Spain or on a holiday to the Algarve.