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The New Year has only just begun, leaving you plenty of time to start planning your holidays for the remainder of it. Instead of just laying on the beach in the Caribbean, why not plan your holiday around one of your favorite past times; golf. Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

The Scottish Highlands

Scotland is king when it comes to the sport and enthusiasts from all over the globe come here just to check out the courses. The views are absolutely stunning and the actual courses are impeccably designed. Check out the courses here.

Scotland

Suggested Course

The Queens Course: It’s one of the most beautiful in the Gleneagles region; full of woodlands and the occasional roaming deer. It was opened in 1917, has a challenging par of 68 and is actually less than 6000 yards.

Where to Stay

Gleneagles Hotel: Stay here for a luxurious experience with fantastic views. It’s a five star resort with exclusive dining options and a great location for people heading to the golf courses.

What to do

When you aren’t on the golf course, there is plenty to explore in the Scottish Highlands. Visit Cairngorms National Park, tour the Dunrobin Castle or wander through Inverewe Gardens.

 

Catalonia, Spain

One of the most beautiful regions of Spain, Catalonia is located in the northeast and is characterized by its beaches and the Pyrenees Mountains.

Barcelona

Suggested Course

Bonmont: It’s located in the hills of the surrounding mountains and offers views over the Mediterranean. The course is also quite versatile so golfers at most levels can have a good time here. 

Where to Stay

Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona: Situated in an ideal location, guests can easily walk to the beach and the historical center. It also has a rooftop lounge, pool, and spacious, modern rooms.

What to do

Take some time to visit Barcelona and taste the tapas, wander through Sagrada Familia and lounge on the beaches. If you can, rent a car and check out the beaches of Costa Brava, climb up Montserrat and visit the Dali Museum.

 

Antalya, Turkey

It’s the largest city on the country’s Mediterranean coast and is also the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. The city is also a great starting point if you want to visit the region of Belek, a natural beauty and great place to play golf.

turkey

Suggested Course

Carya: Opened in 2008, the course is quite new and is made up of 7,186 yards and has a 72 par. You can also play golf here well into the evening as it has plenty of lights.

Where to Stay

Voyage Belek Golf & Spa: This hotel overlooks the beach and is only a short drive from Montgomerie golf course. It’s an absolutely huge resort with swimming pools, plenty of dining options and entertainment.

What to do

Wander through the old quarter of Antalya to view the mosque, make a visit to some of the beaches and check out the zoo.

 

Paphos, Cyprus

This coastal location is a hot spot for tourists due to its history and cultural treasures. While it has been a holiday destination for years, the area is increasingly becoming known for its golf courses.

Paphos

Suggested Courses

Aphrodite Hills: It’s an award-winning course that is well manicured and full of native plants. It also features a challenging, 130 meters-long gorge to work your shots around.

Where to Stay

Aphrodite Hills Hotel: This hotel is five stars and known for its elegance. Guests are offered fine dining and entertainment as well as pools, outdoor Jacuzzis and garden views.

What to do

Wander through the archaeological park, visit the Tomb of Kings and spend some time learning a bit at the Episkopi Environmental Center.

 

Lisbon, Portugal

The weather is fantastic and the golf courses are in abundance around Portugal. While there are courses all over the country, the bustling city of Lisbon makes a great place to stay.

Lisbon Portugal

Suggested Course

Aldeia dos Capuchos: It features 9 holes and is one of the newest courses in the country. The ocean serves as the backdrop here and visitors will love the strategic bunkers, sloping greens and large lake.

Where to Stay

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa: Located right on the beach, this hotel is four stars and is in walking distance of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment after a long day of golf.

What to do

It’s impossible to get bored in this thriving city. Visit the various parks and gardens, wander the historic streets and dig into the night life if you have the energy.

 

Costa Brava, Spain

It used to be an unlikely golfing destination but now has been voted one of the most up and coming spots to golf. While the resorts are modern and lush, there are plenty of quaint fishing villages and culture to explore when you’re finished your game.

Catalunya Resort

Suggested Course

Emporda Links: The fairways are fast and wide with very little tree coverage. To have success on this challenging course, make sure that your shots are precise!

Where to Stay

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort: It’s a five-star hotel that is actually located right on a 36-hole golf course. Enjoy the spa, outdoor pool, hot tub and hammam when you finish your game.

What to do

Wander the fishing village of Tossa de Mar if you want to add a little bit of culture and beauty to your trip. The old Jewish quarter of Girona as well as the Dali museum and marine park make great destinations as well.

 

Algarve, Portugal

This destination offers fantastic value as a golfing vacation spot. The course options are pretty wide and amongst the large hotels, there are also interesting fishing villages to explore.

Lagos

Suggested Course

Alamos: This course offers a variety of holes as well as undulating fairways and small sized greens. Conditions are great and the whole course is delightfully secluded.

Where to Stay

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort: It’s one of the most famous golf resorts in Europe and has quite a loyal following. It has charm, personality and offers elegant amenities on top of the fact that it has superb golf facilities.

What to do

Make sure to visit the old inner city of Lagos and see the red stone castle, Silves. Wander through the trails of Monchique mountains and try out one of the activities like mountain biking or a boat trip.

 

Cape Provinces, South Africa

This stunning area is characterized by good weather and is home to the country’s most famous city, Cape Town. The area is also full of vineyards and stunning desert scenery.

vineyard

Suggested Course

Arabella Country Estate: This estate is home to one of the most highly ranked courses in the country. There are tricky bunkers, pristine grass and an infamous closing hole.

Where to Stay

Arabella Hotel and Spa: It’s highly rated and offers rooms with private terraces to overlook the scenery. There is a swimming pool, plenty of elegant dining options and an award-winning spa.

What to do

Make sure to explore all of the museums and restaurants in Cape Town and take a drive to the wine growing region of Stellenbosch.

 

Vienna, Austria

This city is famous for the river that runs through it as well as the distinct culture. While it may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a golf getaway, it’s actually home to some pretty amazing courses.

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Suggested Course

Adamstal Golf Club: You’ll find this course amongst the alpine foothills. The holes are actually quite flat while still offering up a challenge. There is also a bonus 19th hole!

Where to Stay

Diamond Country Club: It’s located an hour west of Vienna but is well known as the home of the PGA European Tour Lyoness Austrian Open.

What to do

There is an overwhelming amount of sites to see here but try to make it to the MAK museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the outdoor markets.

 

Bruges, Belgium

Known for its Medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and fairytale-like atmosphere, Bruges makes a lovely destination for your next golfing vacation.

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Suggested Course 

Royal Zoute Golf Club: Only 25 minutes from Bruges, this course is one of the most premier in the country. It was designed by Harry Colt back in 1907 and is one of the top links courses in Europe. It resembles an English golf course and has hosted the Belgian Open for many years.

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel Casselbergh: It’s a historic hotel located in the center of Bruges. Guests can enjoy the wellness center, the bar, sauna and Turkish bath. All of the amenities are perfect for relaxing after a long day of golf.

What to do

Make sure to check out the Brewery De Halve Maan to learn all about Belgian beer making and the Choco-Story Museum to learn all about how Belgian chocolate is made. There are actually enough museums to keep your schedule filled throughout the entire trip.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Another fairytale city, Prague is home to Medieval architecture, a 9th-century castle and an old town square. The outskirts of the city are home to some prestigious golf courses that have seen some pretty prominent players over the years.

albatross

Suggested Course

Albatross Golf Resort: Opened in 2009 and located just outside of Prague, this course sits at 420 meters above sea level. Due to its own distinct micro-climate, this course has the longest golf season in central Europe. It has 65 sand bunkers, seven lakes and is comprised of 50,400 square meters.

Where to Stay

Hotel Majestic Plaza: This hotel is located right in the center of Prague and offers a prestigious and elegant experience for guests. Guests can enjoy the outdoor and indoor pools, sauna, hot tub and restaurant which serves up some international cuisine.

What to do

Make sure to wander around both new and old town, walk along the Charles Bridge, and get a photo in front of the Dancing House.

 

Basque, France

Located in southern France, the Basque region has a French elegance with some Spanish flair. The natural scenery here is stunning, especially with the Pyrenees Mountains as a backdrop.

Basque

Suggested Course

Golf de Chantaco: This golf course is especially interesting as it’s located in the small fishing village of St. Jean de Luz. The course is family owned and was designed by Harry Colt. Golfers here can look forward to both coastal and woodland views.

Where to Stay

Grand Tonic Hotel Biarritz: This boutique hotel is located right in the heart of Biarritz. Guests here can walk to the casino, old port and 4 different golf courses.

What to do

Look at the architecture of the churches, visit the Museum of The Sea and spend some time lounging on the beaches.

 

South Coast, Ireland

This region of Ireland is full of history from castles and abbeys to stately homes. There is so much that visitors can see here aside from the pristine golf courses.

ireland

Suggested Course

Dingle Links: The scenery here is breathtaking and makes it worth visiting even if you aren’t playing golf. The course is a bit challenging but well worth it.

Where to Stay

Hayfield Manor: It’s said that this is the grandest hotel in Cork as it’s perfectly secluded and rated five stars.

What to do

Have a look at the Ring of Kerry, view the lakes of Killarney and wander through the lovely fishing villages of Waterford and Wexford. Also, head to Cork if you want to spend a little time wandering a city.

 

Western Gulf, Thailand

This popular area of the country is home to some of Thailand’s most visited places like Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan. While each of the islands are great for beach lounging and partying, Hua Hin is especially good for golfing.

Hua Hin

Suggested Course

Banyan Golf Club: Rolex named this course one of the top 1000 in the world. The course is 7,361 yards par-3 and has plenty of sand traps, waste bunkers and water hazards.

Where to Stay

Wannara Hotel: This four-star property is located in walking distance of Hua Hin beach. It’s modern in style and offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and on site restaurant.

What to do

If you can, head on over to the islands for a relaxing getaway once you finish your golfing. While in Hua Hin, try to get to the Railway Station, Klai Kangwon Palace, and Sam Roi Yot National Park.

 

Arizona, U.S.A

It’s full of desert, cacti and of course, the Grand Canyon. The weather here is ideal and the golf courses are abundant.

grand canyon

Suggested Course

Boulders North Course: Designed by Jay Morrish, this course is considered one of the very best in the area. It is 7000 yards with a par 72 and is surrounding by spectacular landscapes of desert and mountains.

Where to Stay

Hyatt House Hotel: It’s located in Scottsdale and is only a short walk from a nice selection of bars and restaurants. They have suites available that offer plenty of comforts like a lounge and equipped kitchen.

What to do

Make sure to visit the Grand Canyon! It should be the top destination on your list. Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are also gorgeous, natural sites that are worth visiting too.

 

North Region, Puerto Rico

This region of the country is full of caves, lagoons and rugged coastline. It’s all about the nature here which make the golf courses particularly beautiful.

Royal Isabela

Suggested Course

Royal Isabela-The Links: It’s a challenging 18-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is run by one of Puerto Rico’s most respected golf professionals.

Where to Stay

Royal Isabela: This hotel is the best place to stay if you want to be close to the golf course. Plus, it also overlooks the ocean as well as all of the other natural scenery.

What to do

Check out the bioluminescent bays, hang in the casinos and go snorkeling or scuba diving if you’re up for it.

 

Marrakech, Morocco

This city will take you back in time while offering up all of the best of the country’s culture. It has a stunning backdrop and plenty to do.

morocco

Suggested Course

Al Maaden Golf Course: It’s a par 72 course that measures 6644m and has strategically placed bunkers and plenty of water. The course can be quite challenging, but in a good way!

Where to Stay

Riad Cinnamon: This boutique hotel is tiny, housing only 5 suites. However, it offers the chance to stay amongst the winding streets of the ancient city and has pretty gardens, a roof terrace and dipping pools.

What to do

Make sure to wander around the souks, get a glimpse at the tanneries and view the architecture of the mosques. Don’t forget to drink the mint tea too.

 

Check out our destinations page for more inspiration of where to go on your golfing holiday. If you’d like to discuss this further, please do get in touch.

If you’re taking a golf holiday in Europe, you won’t want for fantastic courses. Europe is absolutely flooding with them. The hotel choices around Europe, they are incredible too.

Ingeniously, sport and luxury accommodation have been paired to produce golf hotels. And, Europe has quite a few of them.

What better place to stay on a golf vacation than a golf hotel? Wake up, get right on to the course, and start every day with a quick round before venturing to other great greens in your destination.

If you’d like to make your golf vacation even better, here are the best golf hotels in Europe.

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, UK

Housing royalty for centuries, this mansion has been converted into a luxurious golf hotel.

The estate offers a 50-acre lake, tennis courts, fine dining onsite, forest walking trails, and landscaped gardens.

The championship golf course here stretches for 7,000 yards and was designed by Mike Smith.

It has an inland links feel, is challenging, and follows USGA specifics. Players tend to love the back nine which takes them all over the estate.

The hotel spa offers an infinity pool, Swedish massage, hot stone massage, ESPA facials and more.

All rooms are unique and stylishly designed to fit the theme of a luxurious estate.

Luton-Hoo

Acaya Golf Resort, Italy

This resort can be found in the center of the Italian countryside.

It’s just a short drive from the southern coastline as well as the historical center of Lecce.

Guests can easily get to the beach, a selection of fine restaurants, and plenty of bars.

The hotel has a gym, spa, sauna, steam room, outdoor pool, and terraces for guests.

Guests will have access to the onsite restaurant which offers traditional, Italian fare.

The 18-hole golf course can be seen from the hotel rooms, making the view extra special.

Celtic Manor, UK

This 5-star hotel features more than 300 guest rooms. It was designed with large windows that let in plenty of natural sunlight. And, there are multiple terraces for guests to enjoy the view.

There are multiple bars and restaurants onsite so that you can sip a craft cocktail while enjoying live music.

The hotel includes three golf courses. The Roman Road course looks out over Seven Estuary and has a par 70.

The Twenty Ten course has a par 71 and spans over 7,000 yards. It has a few water hazards and a links-like feel.

The Montgomerie course spans more than 6,000 yards. It has a par 69, bunkers, valleys, and downhill shots.

Golfers love to relax in the spa after their game. It’s comprised of 16 different rooms, all offering ambient lighting and aromatherapy.

Try a hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, or facial.

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Aldeia dos Capuchos Hotel, Golf & Spa, Portugal

 This 4-star hotel is located in the village center of Capuchos. The town is full of history, is close to the beach, and has its own 9-hole golf course.

There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two restaurants, a spa, and a fitness center. Portuguese and Mediterranean food are available for guests when they decide to dine onsite.

The golf course here is a highlight for guests. It features seven par 3s, and two par 4s.

It’s close to Lisbon and the stunning golf courses that surround it as well. So, golfing guests can get out and enjoy the sport even more.

Stoke By Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa, UK

A site within itself, this resort exudes beauty and luxury, as it’s set on 300 acres of English countryside.

The luxurious suites are just the start as the resort has restaurants, a health center, and a fitness center.

Golfers will have access to two courses here. The Gainsborough course is filled with challenges, yet is suitable for all skill levels. It has been voted one of the best courses in the area.

The Constable course was built in the 1970s . It has beautiful views of the lake, is well manicured, and features an array of water hazards.

The onsite spa offers a collection of international and traditional treatments. You can find a Hammam, steam room, Jacuzzi, mud therapy, and a sanarium.

stoke by nayland

Alhaurin Golf Resort, Spain

Located in Costa Del Sol, this golf resort offers absolutely stunning views and atmosphere both inside and out.

It’s small and intimate, creating a scene where guests can mingle and enjoy the onsite golf course together.

If you aren’t interested in socializing, that’s OK too because this hotel is considered one of the most relaxing and sedate in Europe.  

The design is modern and the rooms are big and comfortable. Guests tend to rave about the resort’s restaurant as it offers incredibly made dishes.

The property offers an 18-hole championship course, golf practice facilities, a driving range, outdoor pool, sauna, tennis courts, and massage therapists.

Macdonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa, UK

Located near the town of Chester, this golf hotel is a luxurious getaway for golfers.

It has three golf courses, an award-winning restaurant, gigantic bathtubs in each room, and access to the restaurants and shops of Chester.

Their championship course spans 700 yards and was once the location of a battlefield.

It has a USGA standard green, water hazards, and various pars along the course. Plus, the countryside makes the perfect view during the game.

This resort is also known for its spa. After a long day on the green, head over for a scalp massage, facial, or mani/pedi.

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Anahita Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius

This resort can be found amongst tropical plants, and well-manicured gardens on the east coast of Mauritius.

There is an outdoor swimming pool, health and fitness centers, tennis courts, and a water sports center.

Guests can also enjoy both of the onsite, 18-hole golf courses. Both are championship courses and were designed by Bernard Langer and Ernie Els.

The onsite restaurants offer Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. And, if you choose to stay in a suite or villa, you’ll have a private terrace, pool, and kitchen.

There is also bike rental, snorkeling, windsurfing, and a kids club.

Bogogno Golf Resort, Italy

While it’s only been open since 2014, this golf resort in Italy has made quite the name for itself.

It is considered one of the best hotels in the Piedmont area, especially because of the two golf courses on site.

It’s only a 40-minute drive to the Milan airport, which makes it a great destination for a weekend getaway when visiting the city.

Despite its close proximity to Milan, the golf resort is a secluded sanctuary for golfers who want to relax.

It overlooks Lake Maggiore and is a great area for wine and cheese tastings.

There are 36 holes on site, two bars, a lounge, Jacuzzi, restaurant, solarium an outdoor pool, and tennis courts.

Bogogno Golf Resort

Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf & Spa, Spain

This resort is located just minutes from the beaches of Costa de Cadiz.

The hotel is actually located on the property of Costa Ballena Golf Club, which has a 27-hole course.

The spacious rooms are reflective of Andalusian design and offer guests a subtle luxury.

Each room offers a view of the ocean as well as the golf course. The hotel also offers access to the fitness center and spa where they can choose from a variety of treatments.

There is a lobby bar for a quick cocktail or some socializing as well as a buffet restaurant.

Outside of the hotel, guests can easily access the nightlife in the city of Cadiz.

There are also game rooms, a Jacuzzi, solarium, horse riding, and gardens.

Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Turkey

Opened in 2008, this resort borders the Cornelia Faldo golf course.

The resort can be described as opulent as it offers luxury and top-of-the-line services to guests.

It’s extremely modern and offers beach access, swimming pools, a variety of bars and restaurants, and an amphitheater.

And, the onsite spa is renowned for its beauty, relaxing atmosphere, and treatment options.

Resort guests get discounts on the green fee and shuttle services to the course.

During the winter, there are four onsite restaurants, and eight during the summer. So, you won’t have to go very far to get an exquisite meal after your game of golf.

The resort also provides a 24-hour bar so that you can have a cocktail no matter what time of day it is.

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Carton House Hotel & Golf Club, Ireland

This historic hotel is only 30 minutes from Dublin and is both traditional and luxurious.

Guests can choose from a wide variety of suites and rooms, but everyone will have access to the onsite golf courses.

The resort offers massages, a sauna,  a pool, bar, gardens, nearby fishing, a restaurant, and tennis courts.

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, UK

This course is located on 1,000 acres of parkland and looks out over Edinburgh Castle.

The hotel has more than 200 suites as well as restaurants and bars on site. Visitors will never get bored as there is a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a lineup of leisure activities.

The resort has two golf courses, the east and the west. The east was designed by James Braid in 1927 and has a par 73. The course is 7055 acres and the perfectly manicured green offers challenging bunkers.

The west coast is a par 68 and stretches for 5168 yards. It’s more challenging than the east as it has a smaller green and narrow fairways.

There is also a spa offering facials, nail treatments, massages, and more on site.

Dalmahoy

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club, UK

Situated on 450 acres of private land, this resort overlooks the countryside of Northumberland.

It was built in the 1800s and still looks just as grand today.

The resort is a destination within itself and hosts weddings, business meetings, and other significant events throughout the year.  It’s truly a luxurious place for guests who want to take a golf vacation.

There is an 18-hole golf course here that is secluded and beautiful. It was designed by Jonathan Guant and has a 72 par and USGA-specific green.

Golfers can expect bunkers, water hazards, a par 5 hole, and a lounge.

After a few games, guests love to hit the spa. There is a sauna, steam room, technogym, indoor pool, and a fitness club.

Some treatments include ear candling, waxing, reflexology,  hot stone massage, body polish, and aromatic massage.

Foxhills Clubs & Resort, UK

This family-run resort is located on a 400-acre estate. Guests here experience luxury as well as a feeling of being at home.

There are eleven tennis courts on the property as well as trails through the picturesque countryside.

Golfers will have access to the resort’s driving range as well as three golf courses on the property.

Two of the courses are 18-hole championship while the third is a unique, 9-hole course.

After a long day on the green, head to the spa for a sports muscle massage, Reiki, thermal therapy, acupuncture, and thermal therapy.

Foxhills

Dolce Chantilly, France

Located just 45 minutes north of Paris, this golf resort is a perfect compromise between city life and countryside beauty.

The hotel has more than 200 rooms that are decorated with a modern flare. Each one overlooks the forest or the golf course.

The hotel restaurants offer top-notch dining that is authentic and made with attention to detail.

There are bars, a clubhouse, and a piano bar for live entertainment and cocktails.

The 18-hole golf course is both challenging and manageable for less experienced golfers.

Guests can enjoy beach volleyball, a health and fitness center, a jogging trail, indoor pool, mountain biking, an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and table tennis.

Europe is full of incredible golf hotels. If you’re planning a golf getaway, make a hotel with a golf course your home base. While you can still explore the courses around your destination, there’s nothing better than walking out of your bedroom and right onto the course!

If this has inspired you to book your golfing holiday, please do get in touch today. Already got a holiday planned? You might enjoy our guide to taking golf clubs abroad.

This week’s blog is on the top golfing destinations for gastronomy. These cities and even countries on the list provide opportunities for you to experience the best cuisine when visiting. We hope that those of you who are keen golfers and ‘foodies’ will enjoy this blog and get some ideas about where to go for your next golf break where you can experience some world-class golf (and amazing food!).

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First up, is Girona. Girona is a medieval city situated on the Costa Brava and is still fairly untouched by the effects of tourism. This city is perfect for experiencing true Spanish culture and history whilst being able to enjoy some superb restaurants and cafés. This city is made of two parts: the old city and the new city. From the vast Gothic cathedral to the remains of the Força Vella fortress and other medieval architecture in the old city to the vibrant nightlife scene centers on the n the Plaça de la Independència and Plaça de Sant Feliu in the newer area of the city. Not only is there plenty to do and see in Girona but the restaurants in the city are widely known for their traditional Catalan dishes and with hundreds of restaurants to choose from it could never be difficult to get a sample of the wonderful food that this city is known for. Of course, the food is fantastic here but what makes this destination perfect is the superb golf that is nearby. PGA Catalunya resort is very close to Girona and features two fantastic courses, one of which – the Stadium course – is in the top 50 golf course in Spain. With a world-class golfing resort around the corner as well as other great golf courses in close proximity this is a great location with some traditional Spanish food, culture and history to be enjoyed too.

Girona

Up next on the list is Portugal’s coastal capital city, Lisbon. Lisbon is a fantastically cultural experience where there are often many festivals and events on throughout the year and is somewhere you can truly experience some of what traditional Portugal is like. Staying in Lisbon means that you can spend time appreciating the historical monuments and rich culture of this buzzing capital city whilst experiencing some traditional Portuguese food which is often a vast array of fresh fish including clams, lobsters shrimp and shellfish. In the city you can experience the traditional Fado music as well as their ancient architecture and not forgetting the many cafés and restaurants you can visit to enjoy the fresh fish and other Portuguese favourites. Asides from the fish there are several dishes you must try when in Lisbon including Pasteis de Belem which are a kind of custard tart and Caldo Verde which is a broth mix of vegetables and sometimes sausage. Lisbon is the perfect destination for golfing as well as food as there are several resorts within an hour’s drive in most directions from the capital. Nearby you have the Aroeira I and II courses which are superb courses and a little further afield you can enjoy the coast side resorts of Cascais and Estoril. A golf break to Lisbon should be on any keen golfer’s bucket list for sure.

Lisbon

Dubai is the next destination on the list for great golfing destinations for gastronomy and it isn’t hard to see why. There are many different areas and more specific destinations to choose from in Dubai but they all offer fantastic cuisine. Dubai is the best place for you to get the chance to sample all kinds of Gulf and Middle Eastern cuisine and there are a number of dishes that you must try when on your next holiday to Dubai. From dishes you may recognise but have never experienced in their true glory like hummus and falafel to those which you most likely will not have even heard of before such as al harees and esh asarya. It is definitely important to travel here with an open-mind about what food you will try or you may be put off by some of the more exotic dishes! Aside from the brilliant food on offer there are several prestigious golf developments in Dubai such as Faldo, Montgomerie, Els and Tiger which all have world-class golf courses and hotels to match! This is another perfect destination for your next golf break away where you can experience some fabulous food and world-class golf.

Dubai

Last, but not least on the list is South Africa. South Africa is divided into provinces which each offer their own different attractions and culture but they are mainly united in terms of the great cuisine that is served here. Whether you choose to board the Rovos Rail on a nine-day long adventure through South Africa or stay in a hotel you will get to experience a range of fantastic and exclusive golf courses as well as some wonderful food and drink. There are certain dishes you have to try when in South Africa such as boerewors which is a type of sausage and bobotie which is a type of minced meat in spices. Not only do the South Africans pride themselves on their food but also on the wines that you can enjoy with the food. Any authentic South African meal will be a journey for your taste buds and must be accompanied by a fine South African wine for sure. Whilst South Africa is an amazing experience and has some beautiful sights to enjoy as well as nature reserves and sandy beaches it is important not to forget the incredible golf that is on offer here. Playing golf here is something else, the views are simply spectacular and the courses immaculate and very exclusive. With each of the provinces boasting some superb courses it would be a difficult choice to choose which province attracts you the most! This is another ideal location for a golf escape and one where you can enjoy the finer things in life.

South-Africa

We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to these destinations and what they have to offer (mainly in terms of food!). These destinations all make a perfect golf break away and are places that you can soak up the traditional culture, golf and food that is all at your fingertips.