Golf is of course an old game which started life in Scotland. Although Britain and Ireland are still very much the home of golf, with many of the world’s best courses and resorts, there are also some excellent facilities in top European destinations, giving you plenty of golfing opportunities and much more besides.
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It’s hardly surprising that Scotland is still the number one Mecca for real lovers of golf. With an incredible number of courses, there are many different types of golfing holiday to be had in Scotland, from the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity to something more accessible and friendly. Of course St Andrews is the first place many people think of, and for good reason, for the facilities are second to none, the scenery breathtaking, and the town itself is a charming one to spend time in while you’re here.
England has for a long time been a major player within the golfing world, with literally thousands of golfing clubs operating up and down the country. Lower Stondon in Bedfordshire is a popular choice, and an accessible one you can relax and enjoy yourself in. Sheringham in Norfolk is another excellent option, an 18 hole course set on a stunning coastal location. Cromer is another top pick for golfing in England, a pretty seaside town a stone’s throw from Norwich.
Ireland has had a huge role to play within the history of golf, having made an enormous contribution to organising it on a competitive level. The golfing resorts here are truly exclusive, so if you’re in the market for top-notch facilities and a spot of luxury here and there look no further. The K Club acted as setting for the Ryder Cup in 2006, while the magnificent spot at Killeen Castle was host to the Solheim Cup in 2011.
Spain is the way to go if you’re looking for golfing on mainland Europe, as the only place on the continent to host the Ryder Cup. The Valderrama Club is a much loved choice, set in the exclusive resort of Sotogrande. One of the natural advantages to booking a golfing holiday in Spain is that you get the Spanish climate and culture thrown into the mix. From the gorgeous beaches to the picturesque towns, not to mention the amazing hospitality you’ll enjoy on site, this is certainly a premier option.
Portugal is another excellent place to enjoy a golfing holiday in Europe. The Praia d’el Rey resort is home to a fantastic, well maintained golf course, set in an unbeatable location with the Atlantic spreading forth off the coast. Portuguese culture is another irresistible ingredient on a holiday here, with the warm climate making for some of the best local food and drink produce you’ll find anywhere in Europe.
Wherever you choose for a golfing holiday in Europe, you can expect excellent services as well as fun places to visit in the surrounding areas. Just remember it doesn’t all have to be about golf!
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