5 warm-weather golf courses for a romantic getaway


While golf is known for being mostly male-centric, I can think of nothing more romantic than a couple that likes to play golf together. Adding a round of golf can give you some special bonding time, even in destinations that are already known for being as close to paradise as possible. For those lovely teams of two, I recommend the following fair-weather golf destinations.

Relax and recharge at Fancourt in South Africa

Ranked the best in South Africa for a number of reasons, Fancourt is a favorite of links golfers and couples alike. The resort is home to beautiful accommodations, romantic dining options, and a wonderful spa where you and your beloved can recharge together. The Fancourt Links course is world-famous, and offers a challenging day for players of any level. The dunes and windswept terrain were once an airfield, and the course has hosted a number of important championships in its time. While the golf is one major draw to Fancourt, the hospitality and attention to detail will make you and your significant other glad you made the trip.

Change things up at El Camaleón Mayakoba

Named the Spanish word for “chameleon”, El Camaleón Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico is known for its distinctive duality: a mangrove wetland on the oceanside of the course and rolling rockiness on the upper area holes. This par 72 jewel will give you changing views during play, from the azure Caribbean Sea to dark green tropical Mayan jungle and the aforementioned mangrove wetlands. The course also holds history for golf lovers, as it was the first to host a PGA Tour event outside of the U.S. or Canada with the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2007. If the beauty and challenge of the course isn’t enough to make you want to go, there’s the Mayakoba resort development, with several high-end hotels connected through a unique six miles of freshwater canals and dozens of nature trails. The resort is eco-friendly, too, so you can experience luxury while taking in the beauty of nature.

Add a little history at Cinnamon Hill

Jamaica is a lovers’ paradise for some very obvious reasons, like it’s gorgeous coastline, fabulous warm weather, and stunning natural beauty. The Cinnamon Hill Golf Course continues in this tradition, exposing you to the turquoise Caribbean as well as a pine grove and promising “enchanting panoramas framing your every shot”. As part of the historic 18th century Rose Hall sugar plantation, Cinnamon Hill boasts history that any buff would love to know more about, including being the home of poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s ancestors, as well as American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. The course also claims to have some of the best caddies in the world, and if you’re willing to add two more to your foursome, their Caddie Concierge program offers quite an array of services for your round. If challenging golf and history aren’t enough to amp up the romance, the property also holds a nightly Haunted House Tour of the Rose Hall Great House. And nothing is more romantic than ghosts!

Explore ecosystems at La Cana Golf Club

If you’re looking for the best golf in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has earned a reputation for being just that. La Cana Golf Club in Punta Cana upholds this reputation with 14 of its 27 holes offering a clear view of the Caribbean Sea. Beyond its stunning natural beauty, the eco-conscious resort was the first in the region to use paspalum or crown grass seed, which can be watered with sea water. The resort also offers first-class accomodations, including Tortuga Bay, whose sunny yellow villas were designed by the late Oscar de la Renta, and whose villa managers are known for setting up romantic touches like candlelit rose-petal bubble baths for you.

Enjoy an Adventure at Cabo del Sol

Cabo del Sol means “cape of the sun”, so if you’re looking for warmth, look no further than this world-class resort and golf club. If you’re looking for a challenging day at a world-class course, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Cove Club Golf Course (formerly known as the Ocean Course) is a perfect place to start. The course is spread across mountains and desert with a view to the ocean (hence its historic name), and has been tempting world-traveling golfers since 1994. They’re currently in the process of turning it into a members-only course, there’s still time for non-members to grab a tee time. And if a day on the course isn’t enough to fill your needs for adventure, the resorts offer a variety of outdoor activities, including mountain biking and snorkeling or paddle boarding.

Whatever your romantic ideals are, there are a number of golf courses scattered throughout paradise that can make an ideal trip for you and your partner.

Ravi Coutinho is Founder and Lead Golf Travel Expert at Worldwide Golf Adventures. Worldwide Golf Adventures is a luxury golf tour operator that arranges custom golf vacations for clients around the world.

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Comments (6)

  1. Pete says:

    Some of my friends are going on couples golfing holidays where they play a few rounds during the week and enjoy the weather, the food, the wine etc.

    I went off to the Algarve on a golfing trip last summer and saw numerous his and hers groups enjoying their golf.

    Let’s just say it doesn’t work for everyone.

    My wife bought herself a second-hand set of clubs. We went to the driving range. I offered to give her a few tips but she said she knew what she was doing. Her first few shots looked promising but then turned sharply right and she continued to hook it for the next twenty minutes despite all my offers of coaching help.

  2. Andrew says:

    This post took a totally different angle than I was expecting. The Dominican Republic was the first country I ever visited abroad, and just reading about a golf course in Punta Cana brought back vivid memories of how gorgeous it is there. And I never would have thought about checking out a golf course in Jamaica! That’s really cool. I’m not much of a golfer but I think I might have to share this with my brother who loves to golf. I’ll get his wanderlust going a little bit.

  3. Ruth Tomlins says:

    I personally find golf beyond dull but I’ve known plenty of people that enjoy it, though admittedly most have been guys. A few years ago I had a manager that used to play golf with his wife, but that’s the only couple I’ve come across. It’s good when you’ve got a hobby or sport or other kind of interest that bonds you as a couple, where you can enjoy it together as a team. I’ve never thought of the Dominican Republic in terms of golf before. I wouldn’t mind going to Punta Cana with hubby, but I’d leave him on the golf course while I check out the villa, the beach and generally laze around enjoying the view!

  4. Gary Childerly says:

    We’ve just driven over 3 hours to a hotel in the West Country with a beautiful golf course running through its grounds. Unfortunately, after Storm Dennis the course is closed and will probably remain so with more rain forecast. The idea of warm weather golf is very attractive to us at the moment, luckily it’s a beautiful hotel with gourmet food and an amazing wine cellar.

  5. Brian says:

    So far for me this year golf has been a complete disaster. I’m beginning to question whether the very expensive golf club membership that we pay is worth the money. As well as being closed for a few days there’s hardly been a day in 2020 for decent golf: most of the time buggies have been banned and at one point it was compulsory to use tees off the fairways.

    I’m beginning to think that my wife and I would be better off having a couple of warm weather decent golfing holidays and just paying green fees when we wanted to play in the spring, summer and early autumn.

  6. T. Hood says:

    Cinnamon is great for both novice and seasoned golfer and has been ranked as one of Jamaica’s finest courses by Golf Digest. With a selection of four tees, Cinnamon certainly appeals to a range of players. But what I really love about this place is the sea views and the amazing caddies! They’re one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable I’ve ever come across. You won’t regret coming hear if not for the course, for the excellent world-class service. I highly recommend.

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