It’s around this period that many UK and Irish golfers start to plan their winter golf break. Ideally you want to find somewhere with a warmer climate than the Algarve and the Costa Del Sol where the weather in December and January is quite cool and often produces rain showers. We’ve provided a brief overview of some of the more popular winter golf destinations to help you plan the perfect golfing holiday.
The Canary Islands has been incredibly popular now for a long period of time for golfing breaks due to the fantastic climate and close proximity of the majority of the courses to the main resorts. High season here is between October and April but it’s popular in December and January for those looking to escape dark nights in the UK and the winter cold. With an average year round temperature of 23 degrees celcius and little rain, coupled with excellent nightlife, beautiful sandy beaches and plenty of accommodation options this is certainly a great destination.
There are a total of 9 golf courses currently on the Island, including Costa Adeje Golf which features 27 holes, and Golf Las Americas which is situated on the stunning 5* luxury Hotel Las Madrigueras Golf Resort & Spa.
Tenerife is suitable for all budgets – there are great accommodation options on the South of the Island where the majority of the courses are located and can cater for those looking for an all inclusive board basis too.
Gran Canaria is another popular option in the Canary Islands with 8 golf courses available however unlike Tenerife, they are more spread out with 3 ih the north of the island and 5 in the south. The island has an incredibly strong history with golf with it’s first ever course opening as far back as 1891.
Courses here include the two fantastic golf courses (The North and South) at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort as well as Maspalomas Golf and Anfi Tauro Golf. What is unique about Gran Canaria is that you can purchase a golf passport which allows you to play any of the courses on the island.
Beyond the golf the stunning beaches and beautiful scenery make the island a memorable destination. The Island’s capital Las Palmas is steeped in history and culture and is definitely worth seeing.
Although generally slightly more expensive than Tenerife, there are plenty of options to suit the smaller budget.
This North African destination features two popular regions for a golf break – Marrakech and Agadir. Both have now become an easy destination to travel to with flights able to get there in under four hours from the UK. Marrakech is the more popular of the two due to it’s culturally history and a number of resorts and courses to the south of the city.
Popular accommodation includes the 4* Riu Tikida Garden Hotel which has all the facilities and amenities you would expect from a Riu hotel, whilst for golf it’s worth considering the Royal Golf Marrakech with it’s breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains in the backdrop.
Agadir is recommended for those who would prefer to relax on a beach rather than explore the markets of Marrakech, with great accommodation at the luxurious 5* Atlantic Palace. We recommend you consider Golf Club Le Soleil due to the variety on offer with two 18 hole golf courses here.
The most popular golfing region in the Middle East, this city has now become an important part of the golfing map. There are now a large number of incredible courses in this area including Jumeirah Golf Estate which is home to the European tour’s The Race to Dubai season finale, the DP World Tour championship, and the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club which is home to the Dubai Desert Classic.
Beyond the golf there are beaches, attractions such as the Burj Khalifa and a number of shopping malls where some of the most luxurious brands in the world have stores.
Accommodation in this region doesn’t have to cost the earth – there is a wide range of hotels offering a range of board types. There are great options to stay at a golf resort such as The Address Montgomerie Dubai or you can opt to stay closer to the malls and the nightlife in somewhere like the 5* InterContinental Dubai Marina.
Although maybe not somewhere that has a long history of being popular with UK and Irish golfers, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the the hot new golf destination for winter golf.
Just a 90 minute drive from Dubai, it’s possible to split your time between these two cities in the UAE on a golfing holiday if you wanted to explore everything this region has to offer.
Abu Dhabi has managed to establish itself in the golfing world by hosting the European Tour’s popular round, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and it also boasts a stage on the Formula One schedule as well, making it possible to stay and play and visit either event.
Given the amount of investment poured into the region, the golf courses here are immaculate and the clubhouses are something else! Take for example the Abu Dhabi Golf Club with it’s eagle shaped club house, while Al Ain Golf Club has a 9 hole par 3 floodlit course alongside it’s 18 hole par 71 Championship course.
Although historically considered expensive, this region is becoming more affordable due to the increasing number of flights becoming available and the ever-growing number of hotels being developed.