Top Five European Golf Courses…

Sometimes it is hard to decide which of the many golf courses in Europe you are going to put on your golfing bucket list and which you are going to centre your next golfing holiday around but here is our tailor-made list of the top five golf courses in Europe…

To start the list we have these three superb golf courses in Portugal…


First up we have Monte Rei which could well be the best golf course that we sell in Portugal and it’s not just the golf course that is first class! All the buggies include GPS systems which help you navigate your way around the spectacular course. The club is renowned for its fabulous service, guests will be met by a member of staff who will even park the car and take the clubs to the first tee for them where they will be clean and waiting for you. This course is not to be missed and everything from its excellent service to the bunkers made of crushed marble and beautiful greenery explains why this is one of the finest courses in the Algarve.


Then we have San Lorenzo which is a fabulously well thought out course in Portugal. It is constantly appearing in the list of “Europe’s top 100 courses” in magazines such as Today’s Golfer and Golf World and it isn’t hard to see why.  The course features sandy undulating greens with the fairways bordered by umbrella pines and the marsh sanctuary. The course offers some stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean before turning back inland after the 7th hole showing spectacular greenery and the lakes that make this course a little tricky. We recommend staying at Dona Filipa or the Formosa Park to ensure tee times on this great course!


Next up we have the Royal Obidos course which only opened in 2012 but is already making a name for itself. With its undulating greens and its spectacular scenery of lakes and greenery it’s not hard to see why this is one of the Golf Escapes’ favourites! We recommend a buggy at Royal Obidos as you will certainly know about it the next day if you decide to walk the course and water features so prominently on this course that you are certain to lose a few balls so make sure you bring a few spare! This picturesque course also offers great views of the Atlantic Ocean and holes of varying difficulty. Set in the grounds of the amazing Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa this really is a perfect golfing holiday destination.

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Portugal hosts some fabulous courses but these course which are situated in Spain are sure to turn any keen golfer’s head…


There are two fantastic 18 hole courses at PGA and both are brilliant in their own ways. These could be argued as the two best courses in Northern Spain easily. The PGA Stadium is the tougher of the two courses and has held the Spanish Open on a number of occasions. Although not confirmed until December, this course has a shot at even being the host of the Ryder Cup 2022. Even though the Stadium course is fantastic, the PGA Tour course seems to be more popular to a lot of golfers as it is easier and less punishing! We recommend staying in Girona if these two courses are on your golfing holiday itinerary which is just 20 minutes away. Girona is a mini Barcelona with plenty of Michelin Star restaurants, stylish bars and great nightlife.



Last, but not least, we have Valderrama. Anyone who knows anything about golf and fantastic golf courses will have heard of Valderrama after its hosting of a plethora of championships. Set amongst cork trees on terrains in brilliant condition, this is arguably one of the best courses in the whole of Europe and has been justifiably been rated as number one. This course has been awarded for environmental excellence and it’s not hard to see why with its naturalistic setting and vast amount of wildlife. Although the course features quick greens it is playable for players of most abilities making it a great round of golf. If price will allow, no golfer should miss out on ticking this fantastic course off of their golfing bucket list.


And our wildcard…the spectacular Thracian Cliffs course situated in Bulgaria…Thracian-Cliffs

Thracian Cliffs is unlike any other golf course in Europe.  It’s spectacular and a very tough and challenging course, even the best players will have to have a good round to score even close to their handicap! The course was designed by Gary Player and all 18 holes run along the cliff line of the Black Sea and the green fees at Thracian Cliffs all include unlimited use of the driving range facilities and a buggies. Just 15 minutes from the town of Balchik which is a great, local Bulgarian town where you can grab a pre or post round meal! We believe that the reason people should play at Thracian Cliffs is because it’s a world-class golfing experience, unlike any other course and it is also superb value for money. This course is a must-play and will be an unforgettable round!