10 Best Golf Courses in Europe
All across Europe you’ll find some of the best golf courses in the world, many of which have played host to renowned golfing events such as the Ryder Cup and European Tour. Discover our list of the10 best golf courses in Europe and find the perfect golf break for you.
Monte Rei (North Course), East Algarve
Designed by one of the world’s greatest golfing legends, Jack Nicklaus, Monte Rei Course has earned its place as one of the finest golf courses in Europe. Featuring unique water hazards, strategically-placed bunkers and magnificent natural surroundings, Monte Rei offers championship golf like none other and has been ranked as the number 1 course in Portugal every year since opening in 2007. Are you ready to swing your club at Monte Rei? Book a golf break to Portugal and stay at the beautiful Monte Rei Golf & Country Club with self-catering apartments, with rounds at Monte Rei included!
PGA Catalunya – Stadium Course, Girona
Serving up some of the most challenging holes in the whole of Europe, The PGA Catalunya Stadium Course takes its place in the top 100 courses in the world, top 3 in continental Europe and 1st in Spain, making it a must-visit on your next golf trip. The Stadium Course has hosted multiple PGA European Circuit tournaments, including the European Tour, Spanish Open and Sarazen World Open. Enjoy incredible rounds at The PGA Catalunya Stadium Course and Tour Course when you book a golf break to Hotel Camiral At PGA Catalunya 5*.
Cornelia Faldo Course, Belek
As the name suggests, this beautiful championship course was designed by none other than world-famous golfer, Sir Nick Faldo. Located in a beautiful forest in Eastern Belek in Turkey, Cornelia Faldo Course offers a modern design that runs through pine-lined fairways, dune ridges and deep sand bunkers. Also located on-site are excellent training facilities at the David Leadbetter Academy, including a driving range, 3 putting greens and 2 chipping areas. Ready to put your skills to the test on the Cornelia Faldo Course? Check into Cornelia Deluxe Resort and give it a go!
Penha Longa Atlântico Course, Lisbon
Situated among the Sintra Mountains, Penha Longa Atlântico Course is another spectacular Portuguese green that has been ranked in the top 30 courses in mainland Europe. Penha Longa Atlântico Course offers a difficult test of golf across 3 distinct circuits: Atlantic Championship, Atlantic North and Atlantic South, each offering a unique experience and requiring you to use all your skills. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the course in 1992 and just 2 years later, it hosted the Portuguese Open and has grown greatly in popularity since. Immerse yourself in true golf escapism and check out Penha Longa Resort for nothing less than 5-star luxury accommodation and excellent golf.
Son Quint Course, Mallorca
Having first opened its doors in 2007, Son Quint Course is the newest course in Mallorca. It was designed to provide a stress-free golfing experience with a relaxed dress code, a stunning lake, fabulous natural scenery and views of Palma and Palma Cathedral. Nonetheless, Son Quint Course offers a challenge of golfing ability for both beginners and professionals alike. Enjoy a luxury stay at Castillo Hotel Son Vida and experience the Son Quint Course for yourself.
Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Belek
The Montgomerie Course is located on one of the finest golf complexes in Turkey, Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort. Designed by renowned Scottish golfer, Colin Montgomerie, Montgomerie Course is a true golfing masterpiece, featuring multiple lakes and bunkers which make it one of the most difficult courses in the area. Also located on-site is the Golden Swing golf academy where you can brush up on your skills and prepare for the challenging course ahead.
La Mer Course, Le Touquet
If you’re looking for a seaside golf retreat in Europe without having to travel too far from home, La Mer Course in Northern France could be the perfect destination for you. Situated in a small coastal town called Le Touquet, La Mer Course offers idyllic natural scenery and, while you may not be able to see the sea from the track, players can feel the refreshing salty air and hear the sound of the waves in the distance. The course was designed by British golf architect, Harry Colt, giving the course a somewhat nostalgic feel with characteristics of traditional Scottish links combined with the parkland surroundings. Book a stay at Le Manoir Hotel, a gorgeous converted 20th century manor house, and enjoy comfortable accommodation and rounds of golf at La Mer with Eurotunnel travel included.
Verdura Golf Course, Sicily
Verdura Golf Course is an official European Tour Destination that has hosted its fair share of esteemed golfing events, including the Rocco Forte Open, Coppa Noga Golf Tour and many more. The superb 18-hole championship green was designed by Kyle Philipps and weaves through gorgeous orange and olive trees, from the foothills all the way down to the seaside. The course features a number of challenging holes, many of which are strategically-placed to catch the strong sea winds and provide an even greater test of golfing precision. Sicily offers year-round sunshine, amazing cuisine and spectacular beaches, making it the ideal place for a romantic golf break, any time of year. So, treat your loved one to a luxury couples getaway in Sicily and stay at the Verdura Golf Resort.
Aphrodite Hills Course, Cyprus
Aphrodite Hills Golf Course is a magnificent PGA National course that offers players championship golf on the enchanting Cypriot coast. Legend has it that the course overlooks the very spot where Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love, emerged from the sea, making the course a must-visit for fans of ancient mythology. Designed by Cabell Robinson, acclaimed American golf architect, Aphrodite Hills combines a variety of pot bunkers and Bermuda grass, set along olive and carob tree-lined fairways with tremendous views out towards the Mediterranean sea. Book an all-inclusive stay at Aphrodite Hills Resort and enjoy a magical game at Aphrodite Hills Golf Course.
Victoria Course, Algarve
Dom Pedro Golf is recognised as one of the most distinguished golf clubs in Europe, comprising 5 championship courses, including the world-famous Victoria Course. Victoria Course hosted the World Cup in 2005 and has staged the Portugal Masters since 2007, making it a must-have on your golfing bucket list. This stunning 18-hole course was designed by Arnold Palmer and is widely considered the most challenging course in the whole of Europe, featuring tricky lakes and bunkers throughout the track. Crowne Plaza Vilamoura is the place to stay to enjoy Dom Pedro Golf.