Luxury holiday escapes for golf lovers
Golf lovers looking to improve their game in a unique and exotic setting have a wide choice of first-rate golfing destinations across the globe. Golf fans can expect top-level facilities on spectacularly landscaped golf courses designed by internationally renowned golf course architects in some of the world’s most scenic settings.
We feature a few luxury golf escapes in some of the most popular destinations for golf fans, as well as a few you may not have thought of:
Practice your shot in Portugal’s Algarve
Portugal’s Algarve is one of the most popular golf destinations in Europe. This beautiful seaside region on the southernmost edge of the country is famous for its gorgeous sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs, making it Portugal’s most popular holiday destination.
The Algarve is also an elite golf destination where many top golfing professionals from all over the world come to play at first-rate golf courses. Golfers are certainly spoilt for choice: there are 35 golf courses to choose from here.
Where to stay: Casa Branca in Santa Barbara de Nexe, Algarve, Portugal:
Spain’s Costa del Golf
Another top golf destination in Europe, the Costa del Sol has been dubbed the ‘Costa del Golf’ because of the proliferation of golf courses along Spain’s southern coast. There are over 60 golf courses and resorts along the Costa del Sol, four of which are ranked among the top ten in Europe: Valderrama Golf Club, the San Roque Golf Club, La Reserva and Los Naranjos.
Known for its beautiful beaches and lively nightlife, the Costa del Sol is also a popular holiday destination.
Where to stay: La Azalia in Benahavis, Marbella, is located next to the Los Arqueros golf course:
Putting around in the Riviera Maya, Mexico
Mexico is firmly on the international golf holiday map, with over 160 golf courses to choose from across the country. Mexico also hosts many important international-level golf tournaments.
A popular destination for golfers is the Riviera Maya where golf courses offer stunning seafront locations along the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Caribbean coastline. The Riviera Maya Golf Club, one of Mexico’s best golf courses, has a 9- and 18-hole golf course.
Tee off in Maui, Hawaii
Blessed with pleasant weather throughout the year, Hawaii is a year-round golf destination. The Hawaiian Islands also boast some of the best beaches in the world, offering the ultimate luxury holiday in a stunning setting.
Maui is Hawaii’s second-largest island, dominated by the spectacular West Maui mountain range. This is also the location of the famous Bay Course, a championship golf course which is known for its 5th hole: the only hole to play over the ocean, making it a ‘must-play’ for golf enthusiasts.
Golf off the beaten track in Vietnam, Danang
Vietnam may not spring to mind when planning a golf holiday, but it is one of the newest golf destinations which recently received the distinction of ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year’ by the International Association of Golf Travel Operators (IAGTO).
The beautiful coastal region of Danang has been called ‘Vietnam’s Golf Coast’, with two of the country’s best golf courses located here: Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links. Danang is also home to beautiful unspoilt white sand beaches, and is the perfect base to explore the many fascinating cultural attractions in the region, making it a perfect destination for a combined holiday with the whole family.
Where to stay: Da Nang Ocean Front Villa, Danang, Vietnam:
By Isabel Putinja, Travel Writer.