Always dreamed of teeing off on a gloriously green golf course? If you’re golf mad then why not think about combining the love of the sport with your vacation this year? Here we’ll take a look at some of the ‘must-do’ bucket list golf vacations to try:
‘Stay and Play’ at Cheyenne Mountain Resort
The magnificent Rocky Mountains are your backdrop for this golfing getaway. This is an 18-hole championship course and is suitable for players of all skill levels. You’ll experience the private 35-acre lake with tour-quality greens and broad fairways. There are savings to be made when you book the ‘Stay and Play’ package which provides you with full access to the course and AAA Four Diamond accommodation!
‘Luxury on the Links’ at Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico
Not only can you play golf to your heart’s content, but also enjoy the stunning accommodation on offer here. Stay in exquisitely designed 3 or 4 bedroomed apartments with breathtaking views of the championship course. Set against a backdrop of mountains and nestled along the northern coast of Puerto Rico, you’ll find top-caliber fairways, world-class cuisine and Caribbean breezes – what more could you ask for?
‘Hall of Fame’ package at French Lick Resort
Enjoy two days of unlimited golf at the Donald Ross course here at the French Lick Resort in Indiana. The two courses here were designed by World Golf Hall of Fame architects – Pete Dye and Donald Ross. These are the top courses in Indiana and offer a classic old school experience on a modern parkland environment.
Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
With various packages available, the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa is the buzzing hub of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. This elite golf club is a 27-hole championship course - impressive, right? It's also home to the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. With 172 luxurious rooms all within viewing distance of the course, this resort offers the perfect golfing getaway! It's located just 5 kilometres from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The Western Home of Golf in America: ‘Unlimited Golf’ at La Quinta Resort and Spa
You can’t go wrong by choosing this destination for your golfing getaway as it has been voted the number one golf resort in North America. The site, in Palm Springs, California, is home to five public courses designed by the top names in golf architecture. The resort is simply beautiful, set against a backdrop of magnificent mountains. The Dunes Course offers a thrilling and thorough test of golfing skill! The course boasts gentle mounds and unique bunkering combined with an abundance of water which gives 18 very distinctive holes.
Sea Trail Golf Resort – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Another beautiful course offering three award-winning signature golf courses and more than 200 sleeping accommodations. Double up with a little beach time as the resort is just 5 minutes from the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, and only 15 minutes from Myrtle Beach – voted the best beach in the state! The accommodation also includes access to indoor and outdoor pools.
‘Extravaganza Package’ at Pine Cliffs Hotel, Albufeira, Portugal
Head to Europe for a long haul golf getaway not to be missed. The facilities available at this resort offer world class golfing and professional instruction at the Pine Cliffs Golf Course. Portugal offers stunning all-year-round sunshine, powdery white beaches, and this resort sits atop a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean - what views! The hotel also offers great activities for children and all the family.
Runaway Bay Golf Club, Jamaica
People flock to the Caribbean for the weather and the gorgeous beaches, but also for the sport. Nestled in the breath-taking Runaway Bay, close to the town of Ocho Rios, this course attracts golfers at every level with its 72 par course of 18 holes in a glorious seaside location. You know you’re in safe hands when competitions like the Ryder Cup, the Jamaica Open and the Heineken World Cup qualifier have been held here.
Reef Club Golf Course, Grand Bahamas
The Bahamas are adored by the rich and famous and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by sunshine and gentle sea breezes, it’s a tough life! For a tough golf challenge though, visit the Reef Club, considered by many as one of the most difficult plays in all the Bahamas. It features high on the wish list for many golfers where accuracy is rewarded as you battle the water hazards and scattered bunkers.
Key West Golf Club, Florida
This championship-rated course boasts lush tropical landscapes and also close proximity to all of the attractions on offer on the island. Not only can you indulge in your passion for golf but also experience snorkelling, diving and fishing. If you don’t want to travel all the way to the Caribbean, then enjoy Key West as the only Caribbean style golf course in the U.S. Designed by legend Rees Jones, this 18-hole par 70 course welcomes players of all abilities.
Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland Packages
You’ll find many golf courses with impressive views, but Royal County Down is something else. If you can make the long-haul journey, then you’ll experience a magical stretch of dunes running alongside the Irish Sea with the imposing Mourne Mountains in the background. The course is dotted with native flora and fauna, and some breath-taking views await you as take a blind shot, only to be startled with beauty as you follow.
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
This course has got to be on every true golfer’s bucket list. Everyone wants to stand on the first tee of the Old Course and share their tales over a few wee drams in the Dunvegan Hotel. Or book your stay at the Old Course Hotel for a grand Scottish golfing adventure.
Almenara Golf Club, Spain
This 27-hole parkland course was designed by the renowned Dave Thomas and offers a unique, challenging experience across a landscape of oaks, pines and lakes. The resort is located on the Costa del Sol, just an hour from Malaga Airport. So, if you’re heading to Spain, then be sure to pick up a club in the glorious Spanish sunshine. You’ll find the course in immaculate condition with a spectacular layout located near the Almenara hills.
Fancourt Golf Estate, South Africa
Situated on 613 hectares in the magnificent Garden Route, Fancourt is the ultimate lifestyle estate. Surrounded by mountains, forests and the blissful Indian Ocean, it offers four phenomenal golf courses, including three designed by the infamous Gary Player! There's also a Championship Links Course, which is one of the most sought after in South Africa! The Montagu and Outeniqua courses are also fantastic.
Arizona ‘Stay and Play’ Golf Packages at Francisco Grande
This course is located between Tucson and Phoenix and offers weekend breaks or 3-4 night getaways. The stunning course is a par 72 layout with some of the longest and toughest holes in the whole of the state. You’ll find over 1500 mature trees, three attractive lakes and well-manicured greens. This is the perfect setting for honing your skills on the driving range.