Where are the best places to play golf in Europe? What a question that is! If you like Links Golf then Scotland and Ireland would probably come out on top, if you love to play in the sunshine you will find yourself heading off to Spain, Portugal or Perhaps somewhere like Cyprus or Turkey, Europe really does offer something for everyone.
With all of this in mind, we have written this article to help you to choose a destination for your next golf holiday according to a range of different factors.
Best Value Golf Holiday Destinations
There is a little place called Balchik which many golfers have never even heard of, however this small town in Bulgaria is the home of three great golf courses and two excellent hotels.
The one course that you might have heard of in Balchik is called Thracian Cliffs. Venue for the Volvo World Matchplay Golf in 2013, Thracian Cliffs is an outstanding golf course with some simply amazing golf holes. But don’t take our word for it, Gary Player described this course by saying that “You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet”.
National Club Golfer have got a pretty high option of this course as well, they rated it as the “2nd Most Scenic Golf Course in the world!”.
However Balchik isn’t all about the Thracian Cliffs Golf Course, there are two other great golf courses here as well. The Lighthouse Course at the Lighthouse Hotel was designed by Gary Player and offers an excellent level of resort style golf which is challenging enough to low handicap golfers but forgiving enough for the higher handicappers as well.
There is also the sometimes forgotten Blacksearama Course at the Tracian Cliffs Resort. This course was also designed by Gary Player and was named the Best New Golf Course in the World in 2009 by Golf Inc Magazine.
Due the favourable exchange rate between the pound and the Bulgarian Lev, Thracian Cliffs offers outstanding value for money. Visitors can choose to stay in the 5* Lighthouse Hotel, the Club Residence Studio’s and Suites or in one of a whole host of beautiful resort villas and apartments.
Best All Inclusive Golf Holiday Destination
One of the great advantages of a golf holiday that is based at a hotel which offers all-inclusive accommodation is that there is nothing more to pay once you are in your resort. However, most all-inclusive hotels are based in beach locations and far away from a range of high quality golf courses – that was before they built the resort of Belek in Turkey.
Belek is a purpose built holiday and golf resort which features a huge range of very high quality all-inclusive hotels and 14 golf courses which range in quality from very good to world class.
All of the infrastructure in Belek is based around making all of the elements of your golf holiday flow seamlessly into each other.
When you arrive into Antalya Airport you will be met by your driver who will take you to your chosen hotel. A shuttle is on hand at the hotel reception to take you to the golf course of the day and at the course they will be waiting to welcome you with open arms.
You can even play Night Golf in Belek at the Carya Golf Club. And this is no gimmick! The Carya Golf Course is just superb, the fact that you can also play it at night just adds another fun element to this fantastic golf resort – the No.1 Choice for an All-Inclusive Golf Holiday.
Best Golf Holiday Destinations for Party Animals
If Ibiza had more than one golf course we are pretty sure it would win in this category, but it doesn’t so it hasn’t, but at least that will give you an understanding as to what we mean by a party animal.
This section is aimed at people who want to have at least one night out on the town, probably have more to drink than they should and probably be in an environment filled with loud music and dancing before returning to bed in the early hour of the morning. Sound like you? Then read on…
There are a few contenders for the Best Golf Holiday for Party animals category, Paphos in Cyprus would make a great choice, as would Puerto Banus in the Costa Del Sol. However, in our view the island of Majorca and the regions of Magaluf and Palma Nova fit the bill perfectly!
Not only are you sure to find lots of other revellers in this part of Majorca, but you are also very close to a range of excellent golf courses. So with cheap and cheerful accommodation available, lots of nightclubs and parties all year around and some great golf courses, Majorca is, in our opinion the best golf holiday destination for party animals.
Best Golf Holiday Destination for Foodies
At the other end of the spectrum for the party animals is the foodie. This is a huge new trend in the golf holiday sector catering for the more discerning individuals who are looking for quality accommodation, high quality golf courses and beautiful food served within a lovely environment.
So where is this fabulous destination we hear you ask… the answer is Girona! The small Spanish town of Girona is home to an amazing 4 Michelin Starred Restaurants including one, El Celler de Can Roca which has repeatedly been voted as the ‘Best Restaurant in the World’.
Girona is also the location of PGA Catalunya an excellent golf resort which features two courses, one of which – The Stadium Course – has been voted as the best golf course in Spain on numerous occasions.
With many other great restaurants and golf courses to choose from, as well as a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, the region of Girona is Spain, is the Best Golf Holiday Destination for Foodies!
Best Golf Holiday Destination
All of the above destinations are fantastic for their individual reasons, however when it comes to an all-rounder and overall winner, we think that it is pretty hard to beat the region of the Algarve in Portugal.
The ‘old classic’ destination has stood the test of time and still offers something for everyone. With a huge range of accommodation, good nightlife and restaurants and golf courses to suit all budgets and abilities the Algarve really is a great all-rounder!