On a golf holiday, the only thing you expect to be under par is your score. Taking a trip with your golf clubs requires careful planning, as many airlines will ask you to check them as hold baggage. Have a look at our quick guide to international golf resorts and popular world destinations for golfing fans.
The warm weather in Portugal attracts holidaymakers all year round. It's also good news for golfers, making courses more comfortable to play in any season.
There are around 70 golf courses in Portugal for you to choose from, including Oitavos Dunes and Monte Rei. Many are clustered around the capital city, Lisbon, and along the coast in the southern Algarve region. Courses are regularly maintained to world-class standards, and you'll have amazing views of the coast and countryside as you play.
With an impressive number and variety of courses, Spain's an ideal destination for golfers of all experience levels. Package golf holidays match the typical winter sun and family holiday breaks to Spain you can find. The country boasts more than 300 courses, open to both golf club members and visiting players. You're likely to recognise places like Real Valderrama and PGA Catalunya from TV.
Spain has been part of the European Tour since it began in 1972, with the round held in Barcelona. Courses line the southern coast between Malaga and Marbella. You can also find plenty of golfing opportunities to the east, near Alicante, Benidorm and Valencia.
Combine sports with sun, sand and sightseeing at one of Turkey's many golf resorts. Scenic views and amazing weather make it a destination that everyone can enjoy. The country has several golfing hotels, where guests can make use of a full-size course on the hotel grounds.
Belek and Olu Deniz have some of the most upmarket golf courses in Turkey, such as Lykia World. Legends of golf have designed courses here: the Montgomerie Maxx Royal is named for Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie. Belek also hosted the Turkish Open in 2013, with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy taking on the Antalya Golf Club's course.
We've saved one of the best until last – America is the home of the US Open golf tournament and the PGA. The Ryder Cup has also traditionally been held here every four years. The USA is such a large and diverse holiday destination that you're likely to find golfing opportunities practically anywhere you go.
With over 15,000 courses, America has close to half of the world's golf venues. Some of the key destinations for holidaying golfers include Las Vegas, Orlando, Augusta National Golf Club, Pebble Beach and Oakmont Country Club.