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.
Grab your clubs and tee off at some of the finest golf resorts on the planet. Our range of golf holidays includes the sun-soaked Mediterranean, dodging the alligators on Florida courses and of course the home of golf at the world-renowned Scottish links. Our selection of golf hotels are the perfect base for you to apply your skills on a nearby course, whatever your playing standard is. Add in premium accommodation, nearby attractions for other family members to enjoy, and food and drink of the highest quality, and we've got everything covered. So have a look and choose a place for your next golfing adventure. Here are a few of the most popular destinations to get you started. from the Montgomerie Maxx Royal to all-inclusive resorts like Regnum Carya, with some very affordable rates on offer - if you're keeping a scorecard. The beaches and historic attractions of the coast also offer endless attractions for family members who aren't keen on teeing off.
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.
Portugal's Algarve region is blessed with almost year-round golfing weather and some of the best courses in Europe. Base yourself at resorts like Vilamoura, and you'll be within a few minutes' drive of exceptional courses that are always in fantastic shape and cater for all skill levels. And if your family needs some off-course enjoyment, the beaches of southern Portugal are always available.
Dubai's soaring skyscrapers aren't the only architectural masterpiece for visitors to savour. It also features some stunningly designed golf courses. From the Jumeirah Estate to the Montgomerie Golf Club, this Middle Eastern nation spares no expense in delivering a flawless golfing experience. Bundle in endless sunshine and off-course shopping or cultural attractions, and you can't go wrong with golfing breaks in Dubai. You can even golf at night here.
Scotland has it all for golfers. Visit the "Home of Golf" for an assault on the Old Course at St Andrews; tackle other legendary links like Carnoustie or Troon, or head to parkland courses like Gleneagles. Mixing magical history, warm hospitality and unique links challenges, it's a destination anyone who loves the sport should visit at least once.
Turkey's coastal region is fast becoming a go-to destination for off-season golfers, with its wall-to-wall sunshine and variety of resorts. Options range from the Montgomerie Maxx Royal to all-inclusive resorts like Regnum Carya, with some very affordable rates on offer - if you're keeping a scorecard. The beaches and historic attractions of the coast also offer endless attractions for family members who aren't keen on teeing off.
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.
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.
Spain is famous for its blend of affordable, challenging courses, family resorts, and Mediterranean climate. World famous championship courses like Valderrama mingle with accomplished resorts like La Manga, but the Andalucian and Murcian coastline is full of lesser-known courses. So why not mix up tee times and tapas? Golf holidays in Spain are always a great option to go for.
The Canary Islands seem made for golfers, with a sub-tropical climate and rich volcanic soils that lend themselves to fast-running greens and perfect fairways. Both Tenerife and Gran Canaria have plenty of options to choose from, including stellar courses like Anfi Tauro and Las Americas. But don't forget little Gomera, home to gems like Tecina.
Mix up fine French cuisine, vineyard tours and day trips to Paris, while slotting in a few rounds at elite European courses. In the north of France, Hardelot-les-Pins nestles in pine forests and sand dunes, while the Cote d'Azur is just as appealing, featuring standouts like Royal Mougins. Either way, expect immaculate course conditions and a mix of challenges for beginners and experts.
Take your golf game to the tropics by booking a golfing adventure in Thailand. Thai golf is booming right now, with up and coming PGA stars and some great events, and tourists are reaping the benefits. Country clubs like Amata Spring and Siam offer upscale day packages, while the Bangkok neighbourhood is full of exceptional tracks - including the Laem Chabang International. Most of them would be more than ready for European Tour events, and all provide a test of visitors' skills - with the added bonus of tropical sunshine and a traditional Thai welcome.
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. America offers everything golfers could need. Stay in golf hotels near Las Vegas and mix up a few rounds in the buggy, with a hand or two at the casino tables. You could soak up the sun in Florida with a round at TPC Sawgrass, visit Eastern Seaboard courses like Harbor Town, or head to California where coastal links like Pebble Beach offer breathtaking views. And remember: it's easy to combine golf with trips to Disneyland Florida or other family attractions.
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