We all know golfing holidays are a fantastic way to relax and unwind. And with so many beautiful courses, resorts and clubs to choose from, it’s easy to see why.
So if you’re planning your next getaway and you’re thinking about travelling with your golf clubs, you might be looking for some inspiration.
From Scotland to Turkey, there are tons of wonderful destinations to choose from, so we thought we’d offer some help. Below, we’ve pulled together our top five best destinations for a golfing holiday this year.
So what are we waiting for? It’s time to tee off!
Being the birthplace of golf, Scotland isn’t just famous for its incredible whiskey and shortbread, you know. It’s also become an incredibly popular destination for golfers, thanks in no small part to its beautiful courses with breathtaking views – and there are a lot of them!
From Glasgow to the Highlands, there are so many great courses up and down the country for you to choose from, each offering its own unique charm. In fact, some of the nations best courses include:
What’s more, when you’re not playing on the golf course, you can explore the surrounding towns, cities and picturesque national parks – and, of course, enjoy a dram of whiskey or two!
The landscape of Ireland gives the impression that it was sculpted specifically for the game of golf, which is perhaps why it is home to so many amazing courses. In fact, Ireland’s very own Royal County Down Golf Course located in Murlough Nature Reserve has been voted best in the world on more than one occasion.
Some of Ireland’s other incredible golf courses include:
- The K Club – Kildare
- Glashedy Links – Ballyliffin
- Old Links – Ballyliffin
- Portmarnock Golf Club – Portmarnock
- Lynedoch – Perth
And like Scotland, you can enjoy your downtime by exploring Ireland’s unforgettable landscapes, national reserves and crumbling castles. Then, in the evening, relax and unwind at the golf club with a pint of Guinness.
The golfing landscape across Portugal is so diverse that though the Algarve remains one of the most popular spots, the country as a whole is ideal for a golfing trip. If you want to soak up the sun as you walk the courses with the Atlantic Ocean off in the distance, then you’re in luck. Some of the best courses in Portugal include:
- Penina Golf Resort – Portimao
- Amendoeira Golf Resort – Algarve
- Praia D’El Rey Golf Resort Lisbon
- Quinta do Lago – Ludo
- Pestana Vila Sol Golf Resort – Lagos
Plus Portugal is not just great for golfing either; when you’re not on the course, you can explore the sandy beaches, traditional old towns and sample the delicious foods. It’s so much more than just a golf trip; you can have a real relaxing getaway and a holiday at the same time.
From serene parklands and heathland courses to coastal links in rolling sand dunes, England can be overlooked when it comes to golf, largely because its neighbours Scotland and Ireland tend to command attention for their courses.
However, the nation is home to a variety of world-class golf courses, and some of the top spots include:
- Royal Birkdale Golf Club – Lancashire
- Ganton Golf Club – Yorkshire
- Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Golf & Country Estate – Hampshire
- The Belfry – Warwickshire
And though you can’t always guarantee the weather, there are lots of beautiful towns, cities and national parks to be explored in England too. Failing that, you can always take a break from the course for a traditional afternoon tea or some pub grub.
And last on the list is Turkey. Not only does this nation have excellent golf courses, but the customer service while you’re there is second to none! Plus, the country is home to some incredible coastal courses, as well as luxury, all-inclusive hotels, so you can play and stay in style. Some of Turkey’s top courses are:
- Sueno Hotels Deluxe Belek – Belek
- PGA Sultan Course – Antalya
- Voyage Belek Golf & Spa – Belek
- Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek – Belek
Turkey is also known for its beautiful, warm weather and delicious food, so these are just some other reasons that this should be on the list for your next golfing trip.
Which is your favourite golf destination? Do you agree with our list? Let us know and check out all our golf holiday offers here.
Article Written By Stuart From My Baggage.