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5 best courses in Europe for a low handicapper…

This week’s blog is a guide of the top European courses for those of you with a low handicap. For those of you golfers who pride yourself on your low handicap and are always searching for the next brilliant golf course to challenge your refined golfing skills, this is the blog for you to help plan your European golf holidays around some of the best and most challenging courses around.


First up on the list is the stunning course at Finca Cortesin which is situated on the Costa del Sol. With over 6,800 metres of fabulous golf course combined with natural Mediterranean scenery and environment there is no need to question why this course has such a fantastic reputation. Putting aside the beautiful and tranquil surroundings, this course is certainly a challenging one with tricky, fast undulating greens and when the sea winds are blowing scoring well can be almost impossible. With some superb holes it is hard to choose a shining star but the par 4 13th hole which you drive into a wide fairway over water and then over another water hazard on your approach to the green whilst bunkers and trees surround you – an exciting and tricky hole to say the least! Although the green fees are a little steep here this is one of the most fantastic and most challenging courses you will ever get the opportunity to play on the Costa del Sol and is not to be passed up on.


The course at Royal Obidos Golf Club is the next course on the list which is in Portugal. There is not a bad hole to be seen on this fantastic course and with a wide variety of spectacular holes it is always an exciting and challenging round of golf. With fabulous views of Lagoa de Óbidos, strategically placed bunkers, various water hazards and beautiful landscape this is a picturesque and difficult round so make sure to maintain focus throughout the round! With six of the holes meandering through an ecosystem of lakes and the par five 10th hole features water so heavily that is essential to bring at least several more balls than you would usually bring along with you! On this course, even the most discerning golfer may choose not to play off from the back tee! This course is a must for the best of golfers when taking a golf break to Portugal as although you may score a little worse than usual and lose a few more balls it is more than worth it here!


Next up on the list for those golfers with a low handicap is the Thracian Cliffs course which is located on the Northern Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria and is unlike any other golf course in the whole of Europe. Thracian Cliffs is a one-off experience with some stunning tee shots and some where you may lose your ball forever! This is an extremely tough and challenging course but is most spectacular and is well-worth the embarrassment of a poor scorecard! All of its 18-holes run along the cliff of the Black Sea which is a unique feature of this course and it is easy to say that this could well be the best course that you will ever get the chance to play and enjoy! This world-class golfing experience is not to be missed and the brilliant holes combined with the pure setting will provide you with an unforgettable experience.


Fourth on the list is the Oceanico Faldo course, situated in the Algarve. With desert scrub bunkers, rocky outcrops, wandering water hazards and olive trees which are all lying in wait for errant shots this course is a tricky one which players have to play strategically in order to score well. The course winds between the rocky hills of the Algarve and is a real masterpiece from Nick Faldo where golfers get to experience beautiful views and undulating greens all in the surroundings of natural terrain. There is no denying that this course is certainly a challenge but even if you walk away with a poor scoresheet you will not have had a dull round. This is definitely a course to add to your golfing bucket list as a discerning golfer looking for a challenging and exciting round when on a golfing holiday to Portugal.


Last, but not least on the list of top European courses for those golfers with a low handicap is the Montgomerie Course in Belek, Turkey. With eight lakes on site it is no surprise that this course is certainly a tricky one with water heavily featuring, especially on the front nine holes. Although there is a lot less water on the back nine the holes are no less challenging here meaning that this is an extremely difficult round even for the best of golfers. The greens undulate a lot which means that it is tricky to land your ball where you are aiming for it to land. This is especially the case on the 8th hole where there is a mound before the green which can throw your ball off in any direction! The 18th is a spectacular finishing hole where you need to hit off the tee through a narrow stretch of pine trees before having to avoid a strategically placed bunker as well as a final water hazard! This round is exciting and picturesque – a perfect combination!


We hope that you enjoyed this list and are considering at least one of these fantastic courses to play to give you a spectacular challenge as well as a beautiful round in the case of all of these courses! These courses are the best in Europe to give even the best golfer a tricky round on their next golf break.



About the Author

Ella Ruben

Final year student at University of Surrey about to complete a degree in psychology. My first contact with golf was driving the buggy with my Dad on holiday and now I enjoy the odd round now and again. My favourite place has to be Sueno in Turkey.

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