August is National Golf Month, and if you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy, or just fancy sharpening up on your golf skills in the sun, then look no further than our guide to the best golfing destinations:
Costa del Golf!
The Costa del Sol has long been a destination of choice for golfers; home to more than 70 golf courses, its often nicknamed Costa del Golf! Here you will find Spain’s number one course, Valderrama, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997.
The area’s popularity as a golf holiday destination is most probably down to the sheer quantity of courses, meaning there’s one to suit all levels of ability. For example, Benalmadena near Torremolinos is regarded as one of the coasts’ finest nine-hole par three courses, with a strong emphasis on golf classes for players of all ages and handicaps.
A relatively new kid on the block is Costa Almeria; an up-and-coming golf destination with a number of newly established resorts, such as Valle del Este, Almerimar and the Desert Springs resort. If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter and less developed than other resorts in the Costa del Sol then this is the place for you.
The Greens of Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is slowly but surely making a name for itself on the golfing circuit, thanks to the island’s mild temperatures and year-round sunshine. There are less than a dozen courses all lining the coast, but as the saying goes, less is more.
Most of the courses in The Canary Islands are relatively new, such as the Dave Thomas-designed Abama, situated to the north of Las Americas in Tenerife. However, Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, situated on the south coast of Gran Canaria, is the oldest course in Spain. Founded by British expatriates in 1891 it has fabulous views over the spectacular Caldera de Bandama spectacular volcanic crater.
Don’t go Out of Bounds in Orlando!
Florida boasts more than 1,200 courses, with around a tenth of these in Orlando – it’s no surprise really, it’s not like the ‘Sunshine State’ to do things by halves!
Bay Hill Club is notoriously one of the US’s toughest courses so those who like a challenge should head there or to the narrow, tree-lined fairways at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista 18-hole course. Don’t worry if you’re new on the golf scene though, Orlando Golf School offers an excellent array of lessons to get you started.
Par for the course in Portugal
With more than 40 different courses to choose from – many world class – the Algarve is the clear front runner when it comes to golfing holidays. Its lush and verdant surroundings have long lent themselves to golf courses with amazing views.
Fly into Faro and you’re well-situated to access the cream of the crop. The harbour resort of Vilamoura, which has been transformed into a comprehensive golf complex, is home to some of Portugal’s top courses, such as the Oceanico Laguna and Millennium.
To the west, Albufeira is home to Pine Cliffs; a nine-hole course set on the cliff edge, while to the east you’ll find Vale Do Lobo, which held the Portuguese Open in 2002 and 2003.
With so many top destinations to fly to, whether you’re a novice or a pro, you’re bound to find a golfing holiday to suit your handicap – just don’t forget to pack your clubs!