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The best golfing destinations for Gastronomy

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!).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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