Every British golfer knows that once you have caught “the bug” it is not long before you have created a bucket list of golf courses or places that you need to play before you die. But where are the best places in the world to play golf? We have taking the time to suggest a few of our favorites here:
A Caribbean Dream
The allure of the Caribbean islands with their white sand and crystal clear seas appeals to most people, but these islands are often overlooked by golfers when considering a golfing holiday. This is a mistake!
Our favorite Caribbean island for golf is the Dominican Republic and the resort town of Punta Cana in particular. This part of the Caribbean is cheaper than the likes of Barbados and Antigua, but the quality of the hotels is outstanding and the golf is to die for!
There are a total of 26 courses to choose from in the Dominican Republic and most of them offer outstanding sea views, imaginative course layouts, and perfectly manicured fairways and greens. However, one resort in particular stands out from the rest.
The resort of Casa de Campo not only offers world class accommodation in the form of a five star hotel and apartments, but also four excellent golf courses. The flagship course, The Teeth of the Dog, is simply outstanding and given the time and the money this is a course that is almost worth a day trip.
Visit Our American Cousins
The USA is filled to the brim with world class golf courses and famous golf resorts such as Pinehurst and Kiawah Island. However, our favorite region has to be Scottsdale in Arizona.
This area of the USA not only offers breathtaking scenery, but also some of the most creative golf course layouts in the world. Our favorite courses in Arizona include We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Troon’s North Course, and the Gold Canyon Golf Resort. However, a visit to this part of the world should also include a round of golf on the TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course, although not one of the very best in the area, as the host of the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open this course features golf holes that just must be played before you die!
Just A Short Hop Away
If you want to play great courses a little closer to home, take a trip over to Spain and the region of Sotogrande. Services by both Malaga and Gibraltar Airports, Sotogrande is a small marina town that is within ten minutes of some of the best courses in Europe.
Courses of particular note include Real Golf de Sotogrande, Alcaidesa Links, and of course the world famous Valderrama Golf Club.
A golf break in Sotogrande will not be the cheapest golf holiday that you have ever been on, but it might just be one of the best!
Stay A Little Closer To Home
Two destinations that often get overlooked by us Brits are Scotland and Ireland. International travelers come from all of the globe to experience the Links Courses of these great nations and it is easy to understand why.
Ireland and Scotland feature some of the most famous golf courses in the world in the form of Portmarnock Championship Links, Ballybunion or Lahinch in Ireland, and the Old Course, Kingsbarns or Trump Turnberry in Scotland, but also a whole host of other great golf courses that you have probably never heard of.
And if it is the weather that puts you off visiting these great golfing destinations you should remember one thing: there is no such thing as bad weather — only the wrong clothes!