Top Winter Golf Destinations for 2024

Winter is the time when many UK and Irish golfers start to plan their winter golf break. As popular as they may be, the Algarve and the Costa Del Sol don’t always offer the winter sun you’re looking for. They may be warmer than the UK (which isn’t hard), but the weather in December and January can still be quite cool, with the possibility of rain showers.

In this article we’ve gathered together some of the most popular winter golf destinations that offer the ideal warm winter weather for a perfect golfing holiday!

The Best Winter Golf Destinations

Winter golfers now have more choice than ever before when booking winter golf packages. An increasing number of holiday destinations have realised that golf in winter around the UK and Northern Europe is not especially attractive. Instead, they’ve put together winter golf packages to attract those golfers seeking the winter sun.

Mediterranean countries have always offered winter golf but, if you travel a little further afield, our winter golf packages offer a truly unique winter getaway in a much warmer climate.

Call us now on 01904 406550 to plan your winter golf holiday.

Our List of The Best Winter Golf Holiday Destinations

 

Tenerife

The Canary Islands are an incredibly popular location for golfing breaks due to the fantastic climate and proximity of the courses to the main resorts. High season here is between October and April, but it’s  December and January when Tenerife becomes one of the best golf courses in Europe for those looking to escape the UK’s dark days and winter temperatures.

With an average year-round temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, excellent nightlife, beautiful sandy beaches and plenty of accommodation options on offer – this is a great destination for a winter golf holiday.

There are a total of 9 golf courses on Tenerife, including Costa Adeje Golf with 27 holes, and Golf Las Americas, which is located on the stunning 5* luxury Hotel Las Madrigueras Golf Resort & Spa.

Tenerife is suitable for all budgets, and there are some great accommodation options in the south part of the island, where most of the courses are located. Some of these can also cater for those looking for an all-inclusive golf holiday as well.

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Top 5 Winter Golf Breaks in Tenerife

 

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is another popular option in the Canary Islands, boasting 8 fantastic golf courses. Unlike Tenerife, the golf courses in Gran Canaria are more spread out: 3 courses in the north of the island and 5 in the south. Gran Canaria also has an incredibly strong history with golf, with its first-ever course opening way back in 1891.

Winter golf packages here include the two fantastic golf courses at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort, as well as Maspalomas Golf and Anfi Tauro Golf resorts. The unique thing about Gran Canaria is that you can purchase a golf passport. This allows you to play any of the courses on the island with a single purchase.

Beyond the golf, the stunning beaches and beautiful scenery make this island a memorable destination for a winter sun holiday. The island’s capital Las Palmas is steeped in history and culture, making a great day out for those who want a break from the green.

Although it’s slightly more expensive than Tenerife, we do offer plenty of Gran Canaria winter golf deals to suit the smaller budget.

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Top 5 Winter Golf Breaks in Gran Canaria

 

Morocco

This North African destination features two popular regions for winter golf breaks – Marrakech and Agadir. Both are easily accessible destinations, with flights taking under four hours from the UK. Marrakech is the more popular of the two due to its unique culture and the large number of resorts and courses south of the city.

It’s also worth considering the Royal Golf Marrakech with its breath-taking views of the Atlas Mountains in the backdrop. We also recommend you consider the Golf Club Le Soleil, with its two 18 hole golf courses, for a winter golfing holiday you’ll never forget.

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Turkey

Turkey has become the go-to place for winter golfers looking for high-quality accommodation, great golf courses and the chance to have an “all-inclusive option.” Sitting on the eastern coast of Turkey, overlooking the Mediterranean, the town of Belek has become a golfer’s paradise. The nearest Airport, Antalya, is only 30 km away and receives flights from most of the UK and Irish airports, making it more accessible than ever before.

Turkey has become a sought-after winter golfing destination after massive investment, with plenty of five-star hotels offering the very best in accommodation and facilities, to match the country’s five star winter weather.

The Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort is one of the best examples of what this area has to offer. It’s a completely self-contained resort, boasting its own golf course and water park, tennis courts, gymnasium, spa, several restaurants, bars and a night club. The on-site Carya golf course will be familiar to golfers who have played on English heathland courses, with manicured fairways winding through mature trees.

Nearby is the National course which is included in the hotel’s winter golfing packages and has been the scene of several professional tournaments.

The Sueno Golf Hotel is a luxury five-star property that offers a more affordable winter golf deal, without compromising on the golfing experience. The hotel is located just a few steps away from one of the two onsite golf courses, both of which have 18 interestingly designed holes. It’s a smaller hotel than many of the others but the 174 rooms are well furnished, and guests can use the facilities at the Sueno Deluxe hotel as well as the onsite amenities.

The quality of the hotels and golf courses are reason enough to try Turkey for your next winter golfing holiday, but it’ also worth knowing that most of the hotels also offer an all-inclusive golf package – offering outstanding value for money.

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Top 5 Winter Golf Breaks in Turkey

Spain

Spain is one of the top destinations for a European golfing holiday. From the original golfing region of Costa del Sol, to the new up-and-coming areas, Spain is home to some of the best golf courses in Europe and is a fantastic choice for your next winter golf break.

You can find flights to several Spanish golf regions from most UK and Irish airports – at very reasonable prices. With a flight time of around 2-3 hours, and winter sunshine (almost) guaranteed, there is no better place to spend the winter months playing golf.

As one of the original winter golfing destinations, there are over 50 golf courses in the Costa del Sol alone. From Europe’s greatest golf courses, such as Valderrama, to affordable courses coupled with self-catering apartments, we have winter golf deals to suit every budget. Choose from a range of golf courses and style, including links and parkland courses designed by some of the world’s leading golf architects.

Spain is also rightly famed for its nightlife. Locations such as Puerto Banus, one of Europe’s leading party destinations, boast some incredible golf resorts – including MarbellaFuengirola and Benalmadena – and offer everything a winter golfer needs for evening entertainment.

It’s the original golfing destination and still one of the very best places to enjoy golf in the winter. But other regions have grown over time and you can now play winter golf in virtually any part of Spain. From the Costa Blanca to the Costa Dorada, there are all types of golf courses available. So, whether you prefer links, desert, parkland or American style courses, you’re sure to find your match in our Spanish winter golf packages.

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Top 5 Winter Golf Breaks in Spain

Portugal

One of Europe’s original golfing holiday destinations, the Algarve in Portugal has been a favourite winter golfing destination for many years. Its popularity has led to the development of other areas of the country, and there are now nearly 100 golf courses in the country.

The Algarve is still the best-known area, however, and there are several golf courses close to the Resort of Vilamoura which is usually the first place people look.

Vilamoura and Albufeira are well known for their nightlife and there are many different types of accommodation available to suit all tastes and budgets. The Portuguese Masters is usually held in this area – at the Victoria course, which, along with the Old Course in Vilamoura, provides a great test of golf that will please any player, whatever their ability.

Lisbon isn’t as well-known as a winter golfing area, but there are serious contenders for best golf course in Europe at clubs near the capital city. The Praia del Rey Resort has excellent accommodation and is a stunning golf course with several holes along the cliff tops. The recently opened West Cliffs also has to be counted as one of Europe’s top five new golf courses.

Westward, towards Cascais and Estoril, there’s a thriving winter golf destination with great courses and very pleasant towns packed with top restaurants, bars and accommodation.

Last but not least, winter golfers seeking the very best in golf course design could head to the Monte Rei course. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, it’s rated the number one course in Portugal and playing there should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Portugal offer everything you need for a fantastic winter golf break: good weather, some of the best golf courses in Europe, and a range of accommodation to suit every budget.

Praia d'el Rey Golf Resort

Top 5 Winter Golf Breaks in Portugal

Dubai

The most popular golfing region in the Middle East, Dubai has now become one of the top golfing destinations in the world. There are a large number of incredible courses in this area, including the Jumeirah Golf Estate (home to the European Tour’s The Race to Dubai season finale and the DP World Tour Championship), and the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, which sets the scene for the Dubai Desert Classic.

Beyond the truly excellent winter golf, Dubai offers beaches, excellent attractions, including the Burj Khalifa, and several luxury shopping malls.

You’ll also find a range of affordable accommodation available, with hotels offering a variety of board types. Choose a golf resort like The Address Montgomerie Dubai or opt to stay closer to the malls and nightlife at somewhere like the 5* InterContinental Dubai Marina.

Whatever your choice, you’re sure to enjoy the stunning clear skies and warm temperatures of a winter golf holiday to Dubai!

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Top 5 Winter Golf Breaks In Dubai

 

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the hot new destination for winter golf.

Just a 90-minute drive from Dubai, you could choose to split your time between these two UAE cities if you want to explore everything this golfing region has to offer.

Abu Dhabi has managed to establish itself in the golfing world by hosting the European Tour’s popular round and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Racing fans will enjoy that it also boasts a stage on the Formula One schedule – making it an attractive place for a golfing holiday during either event.

The area’s seen significant investment in recent years – the golf courses are immaculate and the clubhouses are seriously impressive! Take for example the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, with its eagle-shaped clubhouse, or the Al Ain Golf Club with its 9 hole par 3 floodlit course and 18 hole par 71 Championship course.

Although generally considered expensive, Dubai is becoming more affordable as a winter golfing destination due to the increasing number of flights from the UK and Ireland. The ever-growing number of hotels means it’s also easier to find accommodation to suit your budget.

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Top 5 Winter Golf Breaks in Abu Dhabi

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