There’s nothing like a game of golf in the sunshine. But when it comes to golf holidays abroad, it can be difficult to know where to go, and when. So if you’re keen to discover the world’s best golf destinations, then read this blog post! We’ve rounded up the ten best golf destinations in the world.
– The Algarve, Portugal
– Costa Brava, Spain
– Colorado, USA
– The Highlands, Scotland
– Hawaii, USA
– Southampton, Bermuda
– Palma, Mallorca
– Cape Town, South Africa
– County Mayo, Ireland
– Arizona, USA
The Algarve, Portugal
Why: The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. It’s three hours away from the UK, and regular direct flights make it extremely accessible. With so many world-class courses to choose from, the entire region is worth a visit.
Where: Vilamoura is undoubtedly the best place to go for uninterrupted days and weeks on some of the best golf courses in Portugal. There are four courses in Vilamoura called Pinhal, Millenium, Victoria, and Laguna. As well as the golfing riches of Vilamoura the Algarve also boasts several other golfing hotspots. One of the best-kept secrets is just outside the popular town of Albufeira. Take the Pine Cliffs golf course, for example, which lies 200 feet above the golden sands of Falesia beach and blue water of the Atlantic. It’s one of the most original golf courses in Portugal. The Par 3 sixth hole is the championship tee and requires a 197 metre carrying shot over the cliffs to a deep but narrow green. The course can be enjoyed by booking a stay at the five-star Pine Cliffs Resort or opting for the four-star Victoria Sport and Beach Hotel located minutes away from the course.
When: February to October are the best months to visit the Algarve. July and August are the hottest months in the Algarve with average highs of 32°C, although the daily average is around 24°C. Even in the cooler months, it’s not uncommon to see temperatures rise as high as 25°C which makes this perfect for those looking for some winter sun.
Costa Brava, Spain
Why: If you are looking for an unforgettable Spanish golf escape then look no further than Costa Brava. The warm climate makes it ideal for golfers looking for a change of scenery without going too far away from home.
Where: If you want to play on Spain’s best golf course there are several accommodation options. Our favourite is the fantastic five-star Hotel Camiral at the PGA Catalunya Resort. There are two brilliant golf courses at the PGA Catalunya Resort. One course is the Stadium Course, which has been ranked the number 1 golf course in Spain for 6 consecutive years. This spectacular course has also been consistently ranked among the best ten golf courses in Europe since 1999. The Stadium course has also been the location for numerous PGA European Tour events. The second course is called the Tour course. This slightly shorter and more forgiving course is suitable for golfers at all levels.
When: June to August are the best months to go. Its location on the northeast coast of Spain means that Costa Brava has slightly cooler and damper weather than the rest of the country, outside of the summer season.
Why: Colorado has some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. This geographically diverse state encompasses both rugged mountainous terrain, vast plains and desert lands. Direct flights from London means that Colorado should definitely be on your go-to list next year.
Where: There are many great golf resorts to choose from in Colorado, but our favourite is the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch Resort. Previously named Condé Nast Traveler’s #3 “Top Western U.S. Golf Resort,” The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers golf enthusiasts privileged access to the finest Vail Valley and Beaver Creek golf courses rated in the “Top 100 Courses to Play” by GOLF Magazine.
When: The best time to visit Colorado is during the warm season which runs from June to October.
The Highlands, Scotland
Why: Scotland is king when it comes to golf. Luckily for us Brits, it’s on our doorstep!
Where: Gleneagles is without a doubt the leading golf hotel in Scotland. The fantastic hotel has three championship golf courses, a world-class spa, and is home to Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant. Once you arrive you may never want to leave. You can fly to Edinburgh, or Glasgow then drive for an hour to Gleneagles. Or alternatively, you can travel by train directly from London Kings Cross to Gleneagles Station in just over 5 and a half hours.
When: June, July and August are the best months to visit Gleneagles for a golf holiday. However, with so much to do for all the family Gleaneagle’s is a fantastic year-round destination. Even when it’s raining there are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors such as off-road driving. Indoors there’s a fantastic spa, indoor pool, and a grand afternoon tea served daily in the Glendevon room.
Why: Say Aloha to the natural beauty of Hawaii. This American state is on many bucket lists with islands such as Honolulu, and Kauai capturing the imagination.
Where: Waterfalls, beautiful beaches, and volcanoes create a breathtaking backdrop to some of the world’s most stunning golf courses. We highly recommend the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Four Seasons Resort Lanai, and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai for a luxury golf holiday unlike any other in Hawaii.
When: April, May, September, and October are the best months to visit Hawaii. These months bookend Hawaii’s dry season.
Why: This string of 138 islands and islets in the North Atlantic is fantastic for golf. Bermuda has the world’s highest number of golf courses per square mile. There are 7 in total to choose from. Flights from London to Bermuda take less than 8 hours with British Airways.
Where: Don’t miss out on tee times at The Turtle Hill Golf Club at Fairmont Southampton golf course. Winner of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play Golf”, this Bermuda golf course features 18 challenging par 3 holes. Most have stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The 18-hole, par-70 Tucker’s Point Golf Course at Rosewood Bermuda also deserves a mention. This scenic challenging course was completely redesigned in 2002 by golf course architect Roger Rulewich.
When: The best time to visit Bermuda is from May to October. August is the hottest month in Bermuda with an average temperature of 28°C, but the year-round average temperature is 23°C.
Why: Combine a luxury city break to Palma with a few rounds of golf at one of the many courses just outside the city centre.
Where: Son Gual is one of the best golf courses in Palma. The course presents a challenging test for golfers of all levels. Another fantastic option is Son Vida. This course is the oldest course in Mallorca. The tree-lined fairways offer breathtaking views of the spectacular surroundings and the bay of Palma. Son Vida is renowned for its sweeping doglegs and closing hole – a par 5 where a second shot over water appeals to the gambler in everyone.
When: Palma is very much a year-round destination, but for golf, we highly recommend visiting between May and September. These are the months with the lowest rainfall in Palma, and the most hours of sunshine.
Cape Town, South Africa
Why: Cape Town is a fantastic destination for golf. The stunning landscape across the whole of South Africa has inspired the creation of some of the most spectacular golf courses in the world.
Where: Sun City may be one of the most famous golf resorts in South Africa, but for a more intimate experience we highly recommend The Twelve Apostles Hotel. Several championship golf courses are located near this five-star hotel. The Royal Cape Golf Course is a championship course which meets USPGA standards. The Steenberg golf course is rated as one of the top three courses to visit in South Africa. While Clovelly Country Club, nestled in the pristine and tranquil Silvermine Valley close to Fish Hoek is one of the most established in the area and has attracted golf lovers for many years. Further afield, there are several courses in The Westlands, and on the West Coast to choose from. If you head to the breathtaking Garden Route we recommend Fancourt where you will find three stunning golf courses including the amazing Links Course.
When: November to May are the best months to visit Cape Town. February is the hottest month in Cape Town with average highs of 26°C, but across the period average highs are at a pleasant 24°C.
County Mayo, Ireland
Why: Like Scotland, Ireland is home to some of the most renowned courses. While the weather might not always be ideal, the fairways are always a pristine green.
Where: Ashford Castle is one of the most impressive golf resorts in Ireland. The hotel is home to a picturesque 9 hole golf course. Spanning 2996 yards, this par 35 parkland course is perfect for golfers of all abilities keen to hone their skills. The course was designed by the renowned Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett. Green fees are free for hotel residents. However, should you wish to explore your options beyond Ashford Castle, you will be pleased to know that the castle is surrounded by some of the finest Links Golf Courses in the world. Connemara, Carne, Enniscrone and Sligo will be on your doorstep. There are also several other luxury resorts to choose in Ireland such as the Druids Glen Hotel in Co. Wicklow and Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg.
When: June, July and August are the best months to visit Ireland. During the summer, the chance of rain diminishes significantly. However, we can’t make any promises!
Why: Much like its counterpart in the list Colorado, Arizona has been a firm favourite amongst golf lovers for decades. With more than 400 courses and over 300 days of sunshine a year, Arizona is a golfer’s paradise.
Where: We love The Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton. This luxurious hideaway is tucked into the Sonoran Desert foothills of Scottsdale, Arizona. Experience challenging play on the sun-splashed terrain of the Boulders Club, where you can test your handicap on two award-winning courses that stretch across an enchanting desert landscape.
When: Arizona is a year-round destination. The state enjoys sunny, dry weather all year with an average temperature of 24°C. Winters are pleasantly mild and the weather is fairly warm in the spring and autumn. However, the summers can be extremely hot, reaching highs of 41°C. So if you’re not a fan of the heat we would recommend avoiding the months between June and September.