There are plenty of great golf destinations in Europe, so it’s easy to plan a golfing holiday.
OK, this isn’t easy. There are so many great golf destinations throughout Europe – it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down. But I’ve got some great suggestions for where to head for an unbeatable golf holiday.
From St. Andrews, the home of golf in Scotland to the dry desert of Spain, you’re really a short flight away from many, many fantastic golf spots. And for those that have non-golf-loving spouses or families, there are plenty of destinations with other activities as well. Here’s a look at a few lesser-known golfing hot spots.
Best Courses to Play
Scotland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Denmark – all of these nations produce great golfers, so it’s not a surprise that they have excellent golf courses as well. Let’s take a look at Sweden. Many of Sweden’s courses are on par with those in Spain and the U.K. and they usually have much lower green fees.
Ljunghusen, a 27-hole links course, has hosted several major tournaments. This course should definitely be on your radar if it isn’t already. With 80 bunkers and 12 water hazards, it’s not easy by any means, but the pleasant climate makes it a very enjoyable course to play.
Another course that is slowly but surely generating a buzz for itself is the Beuerberg Golf Club in Germany. If you want gorgeous views – the Bavarian Alps are literally next door — this is your course. Spread over 300 acres, this 18-hole course is pretty flat – great for those who like beautiful scenery and a challenging-but-not-too-
If you want some sun with your golf, you might want to head to Spain. The country that has brought us Seve Ballesteros, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Sergio Garcia has hundreds of courses to choose from.
Santandar, 10 minutes from Madrid, is a long course (almost 7,500 yards) and thus is definitely best suited for those who want a challenge. If that sounds like you, book a tee time and look into hotels in Madrid before you go.
Top Golf Holidays
For many, playing just one course isn’t enough. For you, a full golf holiday is the way to go. After all, the only thing better than playing one game of golf is playing all week long, right?
I mentioned earlier the home of Golf, St Andrews. This just so happens to be where I spent most of my youth so I have a soft spot for the courses that I spent my childhood playing on. There are seven courses in St. Andrews alone including the Old Course, and there are more in areas surrounding this beautiful town. The Balgove is a nine-hole course that stretches alongside the road entering St Andrews making it for spectacular visuals for first time visitors. Some of the other courses include the Juiblee Course, the Castle Course and the Eden Course. If you are willing to do some travelling around, the counties of Fife and Angus on your golf holiday then you will be rewarded with some of the greatest courses that Scotland and Europe has to offer.
As I said earlier, it’s tough to narrow down the top European golf destinations, as there are so many great spots. I think you will agree, this is a good problem to have!
Guest Author: Jamie Monteath
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