The top 5 places to practice your swing
From country parks in the north-east of England to sun-soaked fairways on the Mediterranean, Europe is home to some fantastic golf resorts.
Surveys have shown that golf is one of the most popular sporting activities for retirees, and with Europe home to some world-class courses, there are plenty of opportunities for people to participate in the sport. We’ve rounded up some of the best golf resorts that Europe has to offer.
Located in County Kerry on the Shannon estuary, Ballybunion is considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest golf courses and it is a regular fixture on Golf Magazine’s list of Top 100 Courses in the World. With rolling sand dunes, and panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, the course’s seaside location is definitely one of its major selling points. The golf is pretty good too, with two unique and challenging link courses to choose from.
Rockliffe Hall, UK
Overlooking the River Tees in County Durham, Rockliffe Hall’s 18 hole championship golf course is one of the best in England, and with lakes, woodland, wetlands, bold bunkering and deep rough, the course is a challenging test for any golfer. The Hall itself is a restored 18 century country house surrounded by 350 acres of scenic parkland, and there is plenty for visitors to enjoy – including luxury spa treatments and fine dining at the resort’s 3AA rosette Orangery restaurant.
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, France
For fantastic year-round golfing, head to Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in south-eastern France. Situated in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of the country, the club’s two courses suit all level of play and offer sweeping views of the Southern Alps and surrounding villages. The quality of the golfing is complemented by the luxury spa hotel which offers private villas, a choice of restaurants and a range of leisure activities.
Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Portugal
Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Eastern Algarve, the Monte Rei Golf Club affords spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the Serra do Caldeirão Mountains to the north. The championship course has a unique and distinctive layout, with lakes, indigenous plants, native grasses and trees adding drama to the surroundings. When golfing gets too much, visitors can relax on the Praia da Manta Rota beach which is just 9km away.
Finca Cortesín Golf Club, Spain
One of Spain’s finest golf courses, Finca Cortesin Golf Club, is located in an upmarket area of Andalusia, very close to the Mediterranean Sea. The 18 hole course designed by Cabell Robinson is one of the longest in Europe, and the year-round sunshine and scenic surroundings conspire to make it one of the most appealing. The resort also features a luxury Beach Club, complete with cocktails, Balinese beds and a 35m infinity pool – the perfect place to relax after a hard round.
From dramatic mountain scenery to year-round sunshine and luxury beach clubs, when it comes to golf resorts, Europe has it all. To ensure your golfing holiday goes without a hitch, consider taking out specialist golf travel insurance. This will provide comprehensive cover for all your golf equipment, leaving your mind free to concentrate on perfecting your swing!