5 of the best places to play golf in Europe

If you are a true golf aficionado, a golfing holiday at one of Europe’s luxury golf resorts would be a dream come true. There you can golf the same fairways that have challenged some of the world’s golf legends, fine tune your game, sample some of the best cuisine the region has to offer and relax in luxurious surroundings. Here are five of the top luxury golf resorts that Europe has to offer.

The Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort on the southwest coast of Scotland

Set on a rugged stretch of coastline overlooking the Atlantic, this resort boasts one of Europe’s must-play golf courses, The Turnberry Alisa, along with the somewhat less challenging Turnberry Kintyre course. The resort has recently added a spa and golf academy. The stately, historic hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2009 and offers exceptional dining and everything you would expect from a five-star facility.

The K Club in County Kildare near Dublin, Ireland

Set on the banks of the River Liffey with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, the resort offers two world class eighteen-hole courses designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, the Palmer Ryder Cup course and the Palmer Smurfit course. The resort features opulent five-star accommodations in an elegant country manor or self-catering villas, a golf academy, a driving range, a luxurious spa, excellent service and cuisine, and will even provide you with a personal chef if you so desire.

The La Bretesche Resort on the west coast of France

Set on the grounds of the majestic Château of La Bretesche, the resort’s eighteen-hole woodlands course winds around the fairy-tale Château. You can opt to stay in the five-star luxury of the resort’s hotel, where you’ll be treated to gourmet cuisine prepared by their Michelin starred chefs, or choose one of their self-catering cottages. While staying at La Bretesche, you may also want to book a tee time at one of the three courses at the nearby La Baule resort.

The Penha Longa Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Lisbon, Portugal

Reminiscent of a Moorish palace, the resort’s pink edifice sits on a hillside overlooking two eighteen-hole golf championship golf courses, set amongst lush gardens, rolling hills, sparkling lakes and a 14th century monastery. Recently refurbished, the resort offers elegant accommodations, a fully equipped fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, and five restaurants.

The Abama Golf and Spa Resort on the island of Tenerife, Spain

With panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the nearby island of La Gomera, this resort features a world-class golf course set amid waterfalls, twenty-two lakes, thousands of palm trees, and white sand bunkers. Considered to be a masterpiece in design, the course can prove challenging to even the best golfers. This huge resort offers the ultimate in luxury and amenities including ten dining rooms, three bars, seven swimming pools plus two natural pools, an exclusive beach, a spa and fitness centre and both tennis and golf academies. The resort also offers action-packed fun for your children aged three to twelve, at Club Abami as well as a babysitting service for children under three.

Peter Connan is Director of PackYourClubs.com.

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  1. As Golf is becoming a increasingly popular sport, golf resorts and courses are springing up all over Spain and it has become one of the main destinations for golfing holidays and the ideal location for second homes for golf enthusiasts. All North Costa Blanca towns are now within 10-15 minutes drive of a golf course, and with the fabulous weather this coast enjoys, the sport can be played all year round. Even Russians are now coming to the area with the idea of buying a home in the sun close to a golf course. Check out the Cumbre del Sol location in the town of Benitachell, between Javea and Moraira.

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