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15 of the Most Famous Golf Courses around the World

Well known course designer, Pete Dye, once said, “Golf is not a fair game, so why build a course fair?” This has sort of become a signature, a trademark attribute of every good golf course out there – the challenge, the notorious holes, the twists and turns. Win or lose, some of these golf courses are punishing enough to make professional golfers cry on global television. Some of sport’s most unforgettable moments (of joy or of defeat). Which explains why some of the toughest golf courses are the most famous ones. Here at Golf Escapes, our team has over 60 years of collective experience in travel and over 40 years of collective experience in golf travel, so we know a thing or two about golf courses by now, including the best ones, the hardest ones, the most scenic ones, and the most iconic ones. Here are 15 of the most famous golf courses from around the world!

1. St. Andrews Old Course, Fife (Scotland)

Scotland’s courses make the big lists every single year and few have beaten the fame or the popularity of St. Andrews. The club boasts seven courses in total but it’s the Old Course that really has people talking. This par 72 course spans 6721 yards and anyone who plays here will be following in the footsteps of legends. St. Andrews Old Course is one of the oldest and most acclaimed courses in the world, and the Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised as seriously tough obstacles by golfers worldwide. Despite its status though, this course remains open to the public so it’s as accessible as it is prestigious.

And in addition to its shining reputation, the course is also incredibly well managed – in a sustainable and responsible way – to ensure that every golfer has the best possible experience.

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‘Erik Thörnqvist på golfresa i St Andrews 2015.’ by Erik Thörnqvist

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2. The King’s Course, Perthshire (Scotland)

Often referred to as “the best moorland course in the world”, King’s Course remains a favourite amongst amateur and professional golfers. The course itself is designed by renowned architect, James Baird, and is best known for blending all 18 holes seamlessly into the landscape for a scenic and utterly soul-soothing experience. An absolute visual masterpiece, with the rugged natural beauty of rural Perthshire serving as its backdrop, the King’s Course is a test to even some of the best players in the world. A unique challenge with unbelievable views of the surrounding moorlands.

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3. The Stadium Course at Sawgrass, Florida (USA)

The Stadium Course at Sawgrass in Florida is a regular contender for the Top 100 lists in well-known golf publications and the notoriously tricky 17th island green is one of the reasons that makes this course such a famous one. Designed by Pete Dye, this is one of the most recognised courses across the globe. And with 44 average balls in the water according to 2013 stats, it makes for a riveting watch during the annual Players Championships. The 17th is the course’s shortest hole and one of the most dramatic. It can easily go one way or the other. Plenty of pro players manage to score a birdie here, but you can cut the tension with a knife between player and audience every time, because no matter how seemingly achievable it is, golfers are always just one swing away from a double bogey.

The Stadium Course at Sawgrass, Florida

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4. Oakmont, Pennsylvania (USA)

This par 4 course opened back in 1903 and was built by the father-son team of Henry and William Fownes, two highly regarded designers who set the standards of golf and took it to a whole new level. Henry and William said of the game, “A shot poorly played should be irrevocably lost.” And that has been the concept behind their challenging course architecture. One slight mistake, one minor error and all chances could be blown. Created to be the most punishing and difficult course in America, Oakmont makes you work for it at the Church Pews bunker and also on the left side of the 4th hole.

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5. Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia (USA)

If the spectacular scenery doesn’t blow you away, the history and the long list of world famous players sure will. The course was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie, and has been the home grounds for the Masters Tournament ever since 1934. This is the only major tournament played at the same course every single year, making Augusta National Golf Club one of the most famous across the globe. It goes without saying that it ranks as one of – if not, the – best course in numerous publications and tournament experiences are always a fantastic and memorable experience for visitors. Our packages include hotel and breakfast with Masters tickets and transfers (with custom holiday packages also available).

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‘Augusta National Golf Club’ by Dan Perry

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6. Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

Made up of majestic sand dunes, rugged grassland and breath-taking sea views, golfing at Aberdeenshire’s Trump International Golf Links course is a truly memorable experience. Switch perfectly manicured greens for something wonderful and wild, and bring the whole family along for a great holiday exploring the area’s natural beauty and many nearby beaches. Set along the coast in Balmedie, this golf course is one of the most dramatic and golfers will enjoy staying at the grand five star Macleod House.

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7. Cypress Point, California (USA)

Cypress Point is another world famous course that never fails to be listed by big golf publications. Set along the stunning coastline of Pebble Beach in California, this 18 hole golf course offers the most awe-inspiring views. The natural beauty of the surrounding area is unmatched by any other golf course in the US, and the course boasts a timeless feel for classic playing. The course was designed by Alister Mackenzie, with a view of allowing the golf course to take a natural and organic route, blending the holes flawlessly with the beauty of the landscape. Watch out for the 16th hole and beware of The Pacific – the ultimate water hazard.

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‘View From Clubhouse to 16′ by Schnaars

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8. Pine Valley, New Jersey (USA)

Another impressive course that regularly makes the Top 100 and even Top 10 lists of the best golf courses in the world. And it isn’t without reason. Founder George Crump, who sadly died before the course’s completion in 1919, took a piece of desolate land in New Jersey and set about transforming it into a beautiful masterpiece. After public opening in 1919, it took more than three years before anyone could complete the course in 70 strokes and Pine Valley quickly earned its reputation as one of the most testing courses for even the best golfers. In the book Complete Golfer, Robert Trent Jones wrote about Pine Valley, “It fills you with dread and delight…..it takes your breath away…..it’s a monster…..but it’s beautiful”.

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9. Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle (Northern Ireland)

It’s no surprise that an Irish golf course has made it onto our list. With the incredible rugged landscapes and unforgiving coastal winds, golfing in Ireland or Northern Ireland is both a challenging and beautiful experience. The Republic of Ireland is fast becoming a key destination for golf holidays but we simply can’t go without mentioning a Northern Ireland course, the famous Royal County Down Golf Club and regular contender in Top 100 lists. It’s often compared to Royal Portrush, with the two clubs going head to head to be the best golf course in the Norther Ireland region. Nestled at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and still upholding many of golfing’s old traditions, this is a great place to play.

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10. Kingsbarns Golf Links, near St. Andrews (Scotland)

Ranked in the ‘Worldwide Top 100 Golf Courses Outside the United States’, Kingsbarns is an 18 hole 72 par links course that every golfer should get to know. A dream to play for avid golfers, this course offers spellbinding views. And with such a beautiful seaside location along the Fife coastline, sunsets are pretty amazing too. Co-hosting the annual European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (together with the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie Golf Links), this is one of the most prestigious places to tee off in Scotland.

The Kingsbarns experience is something of a traditional one and the club aims to deliver the most excellent service to all of its guests. So if you’re looking for prominent, high-status course together with a friendly service from a very passionate team, this is the place to be for your next golf holiday.

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11. Monte Rei Golf Course, Algarve (Portugal)

This signature golf course ranks as the number 1 golf course in Portugal. Set in the beautiful Eastern Algarve, a golfing holiday here is fantastic for the entire family. The towns of Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Monte Gordo are all worth a visit and the beaches will keep everyone happy. The course itself is designed by golf legend, Jack Nicklaus and shortly after opening to the public in 2007, this new course quickly established a reputation of being the best course in the country. The beautiful course features five stunning lakes and there is also a great driving range on site for practice.

Monte Rei Golf Course

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12. Muirfield, East Lothian (Scotland)

Having been ranked number 3 in the world several times, Muirfield is a must. A rite of passage even. Since 1892, Muirfield has hosted 42 national and international competitions, averaging about one every three years. And the course has seen some of the biggest golfing stars come and go, including James Braid and Sir Nick Faldo (who have both won two majors on the course), Harry Vardon, Tom Watson, Sir Michael Bonallack, Ronnie Shade, Cyril Tolley, Robert A Gardner, Lee Trevino, Tony Jacklin and many more. Known to the golfing world as a low-key yet highly admired golf course with straightforward links and challenging fairways, Muirfield is just fantastic through and through.

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13. Dubai Creek, Dubai (UAE)

The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has had global attention in recent years and is listed as the 5th best course in the United Arab Emirates. A relatively new club, opening in 1993, Dubai Creek has already been dubbed a “golfer’s paradise”. Best known for its well-groomed fairways and manicured greens, this is a picture perfect course that creates a serious challenge from tournament tees. But don’t worry if you’re not up to a punishing play because the course goes a little easier from the forward tees, making it a good course for golfers of every level. Situated just 5 minutes away from Dubai city centre, it’s also in a very convenient location, especially for holiday makers who are bringing the whole family.

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14. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York (USA)

A superb golf course for anyone touring the US! The beautifully green and rugged looking Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is set in the town of Southampton on Long Island in New York. For anyone popping over to the Big Apple, this course is a must. Prestigious, extremely well managed, and a course that holds its own with other high status courses in the US, Shinnecock Hills offers an experience you won’t forget. It has hosted the U.S. Open four times in three different centuries and is scheduled to host again in 2018.

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15. Corballis Links, County Dublin (Ireland)

Ranked in the Top 100 list, we simply can’t forget to mention Corballis Links in Donabate, County Dublin. Less than 30 minutes from the city of Dublin, it’s in a great location for a golf holiday, with easy access to sightseeing and the great food and drink culture of Ireland. The course is over 100 years old and you stumble across some old quirks, a smattering of old fashioned course design even though the layout has been upgraded a number of times.

Corballis Links

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If you are interested in experiencing what it is like to play golf on one of the most famous golf courses in the world, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Valentine’s Day…

Valentine’s Day creeps up on us every year and if some of you with other halves which are golfing fanatics or would just enjoy a relaxing break in a beautiful hotel then here is our list of the best Valentine’s Day retreats for those looking for a little rest and relaxation as well as a few rounds on a fabulous golf course!

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Set in amongst beautiful Cypriot scenery as well as being just a short five-minute drive from some stunning beaches is the Aphrodite Hills Resort. The hotel boasts some spectacular deluxe rooms and villas which feature panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea or the great golf course. All rooms are fully-fitted and also come with a lovely private balcony or patio which means that you can enjoy the views in private. This hotel is decorated with an elegant and contemporary design in mind and provides guests with the ultimate five-star treatment and facilities making it a great golfing getaway destination in a beautiful area. With an 18-hole championship golf course – which features beautiful ocean views – on site as well as a spa which features over 27 treatment rooms as well as the option of several different outdoor pools – all with lovely poolside areas, where could be more perfect for a Valentine’s Day retreat holiday to Cyprus?

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Situated in the old Emporda region and surrounded by its fabulous on-site golf course is the stunning five-star Hotel Peralada. Not only is the hotel surrounded by the great Peralada golf course but also by a nature reserve making for some incredibly scenic views both on and off of the golf course! This hotel is a smaller, luxury hotel so is perfect for an intimate Valentine’s retreat holiday in Spain. Even though it is small, there is still plenty to do, amazing golf (of course!), a wine spa to enjoy as well as two restaurants and a lovely bar area. If you are looking to explore then the small city of Figueres is just a short 15-minutes drive. The rooms are all beautifully decorated, with free Wi-Fi and stunning views of the golf course, the village of Peralada and the Albera mountain range. For a relaxing and scenic Valentine’s break with a fantastic golf course on site then look no further than the lovely Hotel Peralada.

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A little further afield is the magnificent Oubaai Resort and Spa which is situated in the Cape Provinces in South Africa. This five-star resort is set in an area of beautiful nature reserves and pristine beaches creating a lovely natural atmosphere and setting – perfect for a couples golfing break! All the rooms are decorated in a stylish and modern design and all with beautiful rain showers and separate baths in the ensuite bathrooms. This hotel is the ultimate five-star resort with top-class service, three fabulous restaurants to choose from as well as a stunning spa. The spa features traditional African and European remedies which are used during treatments in the Freesia Spa and if you are looking for a great gym or indoor pool then the Oubaai Resort offers that too with some of the latest technology as well. This is the perfect place for a golfing break to South Africa with your other half where you can enjoy a wide range of activities in a stunning and naturally beautiful area.

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Situated in Dubai, facing Palm Island bay and overlooking the Arabian Golf course is the One&Only Royal Mirage Hotel. If you’re looking for a couples golfing holiday filled with plenty of activities and things to do and see, then this is perfect for you. The Hotel is just 20-minutes drive from Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. The Resort is split up into three residences which means that there are plenty of choices over the type of room or suite you stay in whilst at this magnificent resort. Most of the rooms are decorated with a classic theme whilst integrating modern and contemporary designs and technology into the rooms and all have a patio or balcony from which you can enjoy the scenery. There are eight restaurants which all serve gourmet food from all over the world – there is always something for everyone here! With fantastic pool areas, fabulous golf, lovely food and great surroundings there is no place better for a busy and exciting couples golfing holiday.

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The five-star luxury Finca Cortesin Hotel and Spa is situated at the foot of the Andalucian mountains. With a great 18-hole championship golf course on site as well as two outdoor pools, a private beach club with an infinity pool, a spa, a restaurant and a bar there really is no need to leave the hotel which is ideal for a couples golfing holiday. The Finca Cortesin golf course is a well-established course and has held the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and is an excellent round of golf. All suites include a private balcony and a flat screen TV as well as a fully-fitted ensuite. The Cortesin Spa maybe more your style than the golf course but it will not disappoint. There is a beautiful Turkish Bath as well as a unique snow cave and a range of treatments available to suit anyone and everyone. The signature restaurant serves wonderful Mediterranean cuisine or the beach bar is great for cocktails and lighter meals. Look no further than Hotel Cortesin for a beautiful and serene couples golfing holiday in a beautiful area of Andalucía.

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We hope you enjoyed our list and that it gave you inspiration this Valentine’s Day for your next couples golfing holiday abroad to somewhere where you can enjoy a romantic getaway!

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The top 5 courses for medium handicappers…

For those of you with a medium-level handicap will sometimes find some of the trickier courses too much of a challenge to be enjoyable and vice versa with the easier courses! This blog is designed to help you plan your next European golfing holiday making sure that you have got a few ideas of the best courses for you! Here is our list of the best courses for medium-level handicap holders!

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Situated on the Costa del Sol is the Mijas Los Lagos course. This course is a lovely, original course which was built in the mid 1970s making it a classic and very enjoyable course to play. It is set in just over 150 acres of stunning, gently undulating, green landscape with some beautiful natural scenery as its surroundings. This course is a very long course which will make an impact on you – especially if you take it on from the white tees! This course has many memorable holes but a particularly special one is the par five 5th hole where the fairway is restricted by a boundary wall on the left whilst the fairway narrows into a waste bunker with water on the right – a mighty risk-reward hole! With huge open fairways, large greens and vast lakes and bunkers this course has the power to make anyone feel small again, but it will always provide a good challenge to those of you with a mid-level handicap but also not be too tricky that you despair over your scorecard!

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Santana

With a backdrop of the Mijas Mountains and set amidst 140 acres of avocado and orange groves sits the Santana golf course on the Costa del Sol. The golf course seems to merge into its surroundings here with crushed marble white sand bunkers and some unusually shaped greens. The best hole on the course has to be the outstanding par five 4th hole which is a spectacularly long hole which features treacherously sloping greens, a little stream waiting to catch your stray balls and some strategically placed bunkers! Although this course is not particularly long, the fast, tricky greens will definitely offer a challenge on this course especially as they are deceivingly generous. The greens paired with the hazards along the way and the interestingly shaped greens and anything-but-flat fairways and you are in for a treat! This course is a fabulous course and cannot be missed off of the itinerary when you are in possession of a mid-level handicap and are looking for a fantastic course to play in the Costa del Sol!

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The Forest course at the Emporda Golf Resort on the Costa Brava is next up on the list of the best European courses for those with a mid-level handicap! These pine flanked fairways and greens are some of the loveliest in Spain and are not to be missed! This course is undeniably a very attractive course and has some quality holes to make it an even more enjoyable game. As early as the 2nd hole you get to experience a great par three with some strategically placed bunkering on the right before venturing through pine trees for the next few holes. Hole 6 can only be described as one of the best short, par fours around. This hole a great risk/reward hole and may leave you with a few lost balls! Make sure that you are not missing off the Forest course at Emporda on your next golf holiday to the Costa Brava and for an extra treat check out its sister course – the Links course at Emporda too, which is another great course for mid-level handicappers.img_Emporda

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The Hills course at Lumine Golf Club on the Costa Dorada is set in forests of white pine trees and with the backdrop of the stunning Mediterranean Sea. Not only are the fairways of the course flanked with olive trees and pine trees but due to being set in the surroundings of a bird sanctuary golfers will never be short of flying company whilst playing a superb round of golf on this course. The two closing holes on this course will stay in your mind for a long time after playing this fabulous course. The backdrop to the 17th is a natural rock-face and it is all about the approach to the very small green making it a little tricky but a beautiful hole indeed. The last hole is simply superb, from the tee all you can see are bunkers and the fairway disappearing in front of you into water but the hole veers off to the right meaning that you have a huge water hazard on your left where you can see yet more bunkers and another stunning rock-face. Make sure that this scenic and enjoyably challenging (but not too challenging!) course is on your to-play-list this coming year!img_Lumine

Alamos

Last, but certainly not least on the list is the Alamos course which is situated in the sunny Algarve in Portugal. The course is characterised by two large lakes and stunning views of the Monchique Mountains as you look over the reservoir and the vineyard – this course truly shows the peaceful side of the Algarve! With irregular and tight fairways, strategically placed bunkers as well as small greens this can be a tricky course to play but the variety of holes means that it is kept interesting! Make sure that your putting is on point for this round as the greens are fast and unforgiving but without making you cry at your scoresheet! This course is a course full of variety and beautiful scenery and cannot be missed on your next golf break to the Algarve – especially if you are a mid-level handicapper and are looking for a fine challenge!

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We hope that this list helps you, as a holder of a medium-level handicap, to choose the courses you are wanting to tick off the list! These course are all fantastic courses which will provide a challenge whilst not being heartbreakingly difficult!

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Top 5 courses for high handicappers…

This week’s blog is to help those of you who may not have the lowest handicap or be the most skilled golfer but are still looking to enjoy a fabulous golfing holiday in Europe and are wondering which courses will be the best for you. Here is our blog on the top five courses in Europe for those of you with a high handicap…

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First up we have the Bom Sucesso course which is situated just an hours drive from Lisbon. Although there are many strategically placed bunkers and this course is a little challenging, this is a great course to play for those less experienced golfers as the main challenge of this course is avoiding those obstacles by hitting accurately. Playing from the front tees will eliminate the long carries which means that you can focus on navigating this brilliant course but from the championship tees those with a lower handicap will find it a challenging course too. This course also boasts some beautiful views over the Obidos region and the sea, especially on the last two holes, making the round a scenic and enjoyable one. With gently undulating fairways, fair but fast greens and beautiful scenery when you are next in Lisbon on a golfing holiday make sure to visit the Bom Sucesso course and enjoy a fabulous round here (whilst not scoring badly!).

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PGA-Catalunya

Next up on the list of European courses perfect for those with a higher handicap is the PGA Catalunya Tour course situated in Spain. This course is the kinder of the two courses at the PGA Catalunya resort and offers a great game for players of all levels. Whilst you are never far from a water hazard or a trickily positioned bunker, the course features wide fairways meaning that a few dodgy shots will be forgiven! Having said that, accuracy is key on this course and with the hazards set to trip you up it is a good idea to keep concentration through this round in order to finish with a good score! This course is a breathtakingly beautiful course with its stunning woodland surroundings and of course, the lakes. As this course is a shorter, less undulating course than its sister course it is a walkable course which means that you have more time to enjoy the scenery and socialise with your fellow players. This is great course to add to the itinerary of your next golfing holiday to Spain!

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Next up, on the list we have the well-established and well-known Monte Rei course. This course is considered to be the number one course in Portugal and if that isn’t enough of a reason to come and play then maybe the beautiful surroundings and fabulous layout of the course will tempt you. Monte Rei is set in the hills towards the Spanish border and the mountainous setting is very special to this course. The fairways are bordered with indigenous trees and plants just adding to the beautiful scenery created by the mountainous setting. Although the terrain is very undulating, there is no reason that with concentration and some accurate shots those with a higher handicap cannot score well on this course – as long as you avoid the lakes and bunkers! As you progress throughout the course you will find that each hole is better than the last making this such a superb round of golf it is unmissable. This is one of the finest courses around and it truly is a perfect course for those with all handicap scores making this a must-play on your next golfing holiday to Portugal!

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The next course on the list is the Oceanico Old course situated in the Algarve. This course is a traditional one and is the second oldest course in Portugal, showing how traditional parkland courses which are in tune with their surroundings can still compete with the newer courses. Although the back nine holes on this course have proven to be a challenge for many golfers, the front few holes provide golfers with a chance to get comfortable and hit some accurate shots and score well – just don’t get lulled into a false sense of security! Watch out for the cluster of deep and dangerous bunkers on the 12th hole and maintain concentration the whole way through the round making sure that you are not distracted by the beautiful surroundings. All of the greens are always in immaculate condition and this course is truly at one with its surroundings making it a fabulous round to play! This course is a great one for golfers of all handicaps as it is such a fun and exciting course with wonderful surroundings. Make sure that on your next golfing holiday to the Algarve you add this course to the itinerary!

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Last, but certainly not least, on the list is the Oceanico Victoria course, also situated in the Algarve. This course is essentially a flat course, meaning that navigation is easier than on some of the more undulating courses meaning that it is possible to score well on this course even if you are in possession of a higher handicap score! However, the course boasts many stunning water features and fountains which can be a little tricky to navigate around but add to the natural beauty of the course. These hazards are severe but there are safer routes to make it to the final putt – there is a huge element of risk-reward on this course! The greens and fairways are fast but fair and they are large enough to accept some error in shots meaning that this course is perfect for those of all handicaps. Don’t be put off by the many water hazards and make sure this stunning course is on the agenda for your next golf break to Lisbon!

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We hope that this list has helped you decide which European courses you are going to try and play on your next golfing holiday to Spain or Portugal if you haven’t got the lowest handicap in the world!

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Portugal’s Finest Golf Courses

Entering the new year and starting back at work is never an easy task but in order to make everything seem a bit better why not book your next golfing break to Portugal? This is our fine-tuned list of the courses that we consider to be five of Portugal’s finest courses and are not to be missed by any discerning golfer.

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Up first on the list is the spectacular Monte Rei course. Monte Rei only opened in the summer of 2007 and has already made a name for itself as one of the best courses on the Algarve. The course features five lakes surrounded by beautiful greenery so it’s lucky that all the buggies feature GPS which can help you navigate this stunning course! Monte Rei is becoming a fast favourite for many golfers and not just for the beautiful greenery and scenery but for their superb service that is on offer here. All guests are met by their car and can have their cars parked for them as well as their clubs taken up to the buggies, free of charge of course. the crushed marble bunkers and undulating greens with fabulous scenery are just more reason for you to come along and play. This course truly is one of the finest on the Algarve and has to be on your itinerary for your next golfing holiday to the Algarve as there is no other course quite as brilliant to play.

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Next up on the list we have one of “Europe’s top 100 courses” which is regularly featured in magazines such as Today’s Golfer and Golf World. San Lorenzo is a beautiful course with sandy undulating greens and with fairways bordered with umbrella pines as well as the marsh sanctuary. This course is truly in touch with nature and with incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean up until you turn inland after the 7th hole which then turn into incredible views of spectacular scenery and the vast lakes which add to the trickiness of this great course. Although sometimes it is a little tricky to get tee times at this fabulous course if you are staying at the fantastic Dona Filipa or the great Formosa Park then tee times shouldn’t be an issue at all! Make sure that you don’t miss out on playing this well-recognised course and don’t regret not playing one of Portugal’s finest courses.

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Third on the list of Portugal’s finest golf courses we have North course at Quinta do Lago. Team Europe’s McGinley has been working closely alongside developers to make this course a spectacular one. Its new design has really made this course a special one. This course could be described as a truly charming course, with umbrella pines and greens nestled into beautiful scenery. Not to be underestimated, or left out, is the 12th hole which is a par four and features a three-acre lake around which the hole navigates around making for a few treacherous shots! With the greens always in immaculate condition and fairly generous fairways combined with harsh rough and lovely greens, this course is not one to be passed up on when you’re next in the area on your next golfing trip and we are sure that you will not be disappointed by this course. McGinley described this as a course “that players would want to play over and over again” so why not book a tee time and find out if he was correct?

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The course at Penha Longa Atlantic could be described as not only one of Portugal’s finest course but one of Europe’s finest courses. The landscape of this course is truly unmissable with valleys, hills and rocky outcrops which are all set amongst lush green vegetation which is always immaculately looked after. This course is challenging even on a still day but on a windy day with the winds coming in across the mountains this course can truly challenge even the best golfers with the lowest handicaps. There is not a single dull hole on this course but look out for the beautiful 6th hole which is a par five and where the green is bordered by the lake and features the backdrop of a medieval castle tower and arched wall! This course embeds history with stunning views and beautiful greens making it truly a grand course. Make sure that this course is on your list of courses to play on your next golfing break to Portugal or even centre your holiday around playing this fabulous course!

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Last, but certainly not least on the list is the wonderful course of Oitavos Dunes at the resort of Quinta da Marinha. This course is situated on the most Westerly tip of Europe and features spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean but also of the majestic Sintra Mountains making this a very scenic course. With fast greens and strategically placed bunkers no one could call a round at Oitavos Dunes a boring round and although this course is certainly a challenging one, it is also a playable one for golfers of most abilities off of the different tees making it fun and enjoyable for everyone. The signature hole on this course has to be the 14th hole which is a par 3 and requires a shot across a storm ravine which then continues to run alongside the hole for the duration. This course is certainly an impressive one and it is no wonder that it made our list of the finest courses in Portugal. Make sure this course at Quinta da Marinha is on your bucket list of course in Portugal and you certainly won’t be disappointed!

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We hope that you choose to brighten your new year with the booking of your next golf holiday to Portugal and choose at least one of these to give a go! We know you wouldn’t be disappointed with a spectacular holiday to Portugal combined with some spectacular golf.

 

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The Canary Island’s Finest Golf Courses…

The Canary Islands are the perfect destination for your autumn or winter golfing holiday when you need to escape the rain and the grey clouds and experience some spring-like weather and some beautiful golf courses. This list is of the finest courses in the Canary Islands and should well be considered for next time you are looking to leave the cold and fly away!

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Tecina Golf course is on the island of La Gomera but there is a fast ferry which runs from Tenerife to La Gomera so why not make this round into a beautiful and scenic day out? This course could be described as “golfing in paradise”, the views and the scenery of Tenerife and tropical gardens is breathtaking. Not forgetting, the views of the majestic Mount Teide which can be seen from a distance on a clear day. The course features undulating greens and being set on the top of a cliff means that wind often comes into play here making it hard for even the best of golfer to score well! It is rare to see a course with more than one signature hole but Tecina Golf has a trio of signature holes: holes 4, 10 and 12 are truly brilliant and it is worth taking the trip to this course just for those three holes. If you’re looking to play a magnificent course with unpredictable greens, incredible views and a unique layout then this really has to be on your golfing bucket list!

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AnfiTauro

Anfi Tauro is the next course on this list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands, this course is situated on the small and beautiful island of Gran Canaria. This 18-hole course has an Arizonan desert feel to it and is perfect for all golfers of all abilities due to its option of five different tees! This course is always in spectacular condition with beautiful vegetation lining the fairways and stunning waterfalls as well as volcanic-like mountains as a backdrop. Anfi Tauro sits very well within its surroundings and the design makes use of the elevation of the ground meaning that many of the holes have superb views of the volcanic-like mountains or the shimmering Atlantic Ocean making this course a beautiful and picturesque addition to your next golfing holiday to Gran Canaria. With top quality service and a fabulous location this golf course is truly an experience not to be missed for any keen golfer.

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CostaAdeje

On the beautiful island of Tenerife is where our next addition to this list is situated. Golf Costa Adeje is a very popular and beautiful course with very fast greens, strategically placed bunkers and a challenging layout. The course has a great mix of holes of varying elevation and most are accompanied by stunning backdrop of the ocean. Its backdrop and the undulating greens and old wall stones make this course seem like it is at one with its surroundings. This course is always noted for its great service and the atmosphere in the clubhouse – not to mention the great post-round buffet! Golf Costa Adeje is a great, challenging round to play and with some superb views and the great weather of Tenerife what could be better? This course truly is a gem on the island of Tenerife and as the course is always kept in perfect condition so it is no wonder that it has made our list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands.

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Meloneras

Fourth on the list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands is the second course on the list situated upon the tiny island of Gran Canaria. Meloneras Golf is an 18-hole course where the course works from the coastline inwards meaning that this course gets harder throughout the round with the inland winds and target play on the back nine. This course is great for any golfing ability with four different tees and a straight-forward par 4 hole one which prepares you for the round ahead. In Gran Canaria, very few of the golf courses have holes directly at the coast which is a major attraction for those wanting to feel as if they are actually playing on the beach but at Meloneras Golf, several of the holes have this feature. With this course it is impossible to have an unhappy round as the greens are always immaculate, the sky is (mainly) always blue and the views are amazing. No two holes are the same and the service is fabulous! It truly is no wonder why this course made this list of finest courses!

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Salobre-Golf

Last on this list is another spectacular course situated in Gran Canaria – the Old Course at Salobre Golf. The design of this course incorporates the rolling terrain and natural ravines to make this a challenging yet very enjoyable course. This course has certainly stood the test of time and is still in immaculate condition as well as being as popular as ever. With all around views and tee-times at reasonable prices as well as being a more forgiving course than the newer course at Salobre Golf this course is a must-visit for your next golfing break to Gran Canaria. This beautiful, old course is truly considered to be one of the finest in Gran Canaria and so is deserving of a place on this list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands.

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Next time you’re booking your golfing trip to the Canary Islands make sure to check out this list again and book a few tee-times at at least one of these fine courses!

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Golf at Spain’s finest…

Often when you’ve decided on your destination for your next golfing trip you think about the exact courses you want to play or the hotel that you want to stay at. We think that is important to experience some of the finer things in life and so here is our list of the five finest courses in Spain.Valderrama

First on the list we have Real Club Valderrama situated in Sotogrande, which is not just the first course on our list but is first on another list; the top courses in Europe. It isn’t hard to see how Valderrama got that impressive reputation with its beautiful and tranquil surroundings. This course is always in perfect condition and although it may not be the cheapest green fee around you certainly get what you pay for here both in terms of service and the golf that is on offer here. The course provides a great test to the everyday golfer as well as those more accomplished golfers as the crosswinds add an element of difficulty as well as strategically placed bunkers and fast greens – making it a perfect course in every way! Many golfers say that this is the most spectacular course they have ever played and so it isn’t really hard to see why this course is first up on our list of the finest courses in Spain.

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Finca-Cortesin

Next up on the list of Spain’s finest courses, we have the course at the Finca Cortesin golf club which is located on the Costa del Sol. This course is on of Europe’s longest layouts at 6.802 metres and is known for its beautiful and tranquil surroundings which include natural vegetation and views which stretch as far as the Estepona mountains. Aside from the surroundings, this course is a challenging one and can be extremely tricky with fast, rolling greens and with the inevitable high sea winds this is a challenging course even for the most experienced golfer. However, the course does offer five different tee options and so those who are less experienced are still catered for at this stunning course. This course has been described as the epitome of class; guests are met by staff and led to their named buggies before starting their round. All the facilities are in excellent condition and the treatment received is impeccable. As well as Valderrama this course also has expensive green fees but it is well worth the extra money in order to receive this first class treatment and be able to play on this great course.

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La-Reserva

Third on our list is another Sotogrande favourite – La Reserva. This course is the longest course on the Costa del Sol with 6721 metres of rolling greenery. With views of the glistening Mediterranean alongside you and in front of you for almost the entire course this truly is one of the finest courses that Spain has to offer. With water presenting itself on six of the holes and many risk/reward shots have to be taken in order to succeed on this course making it a fun and challenging course for golfers of all abilities. The back nine holes are worth coming to play this course alone as they make you climb onto higher ground giving you the access to some tremendous views and great tee shots. This course is in spectacular condition and everything about it is majestic including its lovely staff and stunning clubhouse meaning that it is easily classed as one of the finest courses around. With Valderrama as one of La Reserva’s neighbours if you’re looking to play some of the finest courses in Spain then you know which area to come to on your next golfing holiday.La Reserva

Sotogrande

Real Club Sotogrande golf course is the fourth course on this list. This course is a private members course but it is still worth trying to get tee times here to experience the beauty of this course. Real Club Sotogrande was opened in 1964 and even after 40 years is still regarded as one of the top 10 courses in the whole of Europe which shows how well this course has survived the test of time. This course has many strategically placed bunkers and water hazards making it a challenge even to the most discerning golfer and means that a lot of effort and thinking are required in order to score well on the course and avoid these hazards. Just 150 metres from the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and with a careful layout designed to integrate the natural area with a fantastic golf course it is no surprise that this course has made the list of Spain’s finest courses.

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San-Roque

Last on the list are the courses at San Roque Golf Club. The two courses there are as challenging as they are beautiful and although both courses are very different they both offer a fabulous round at one of the finest golf clubs on the Costa del Sol. The Old Course is the club’s pride and joy; it is rated among the top five courses in Spain as well as one of the best in the whole of Europe. With large fairways and narrow greens which undulate gently through forest-like surroundings as well as bunkers and water hazards this course is sure to make for an interesting round. Of course, along with any fine golf course there are some spectacular views and this course features beautiful ones of the mountains which are further inland making this not only an interesting round but a picturesque one as well. The new course at San Roque is by far the most challenging out of the two and so we suggest this course if you’re looking for a tough but enjoyable round. This course features many deep bunkers and the fairways are exceptionally narrow but to experience a fine round on this course is worth the potential poor score!

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