As golf becomes more international than ever, golfers are becoming more adventurous, travelling far and wide to play new, breathtaking courses. From jaw-dropping desert backdrops to exhilarating coastal vistas, the world truly is your oyster.
ONPAR have teamed up with Your Golf Travel, the World’s largest golf travel business, to uncover some of the most sought-after golf destinations across the world. With Your Golf Travel, you can choose golf breaks or golf holidays to over 3,000 destinations in 22 countries throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and the Rest of the World. Where will your next round take you?
The Algarve has long been the front runner when it comes to golf holidays in Europe. World-class golf courses, stunning golf resorts, intoxicating local towns and an enviable climate all contribute to the Algarve’s powerful position in European golf and of course its appeal as a golf holiday destination.
The brightest star on the Algarve is Vilamoura, a delightful harbour town that has been transformed into a comprehensive golf complex. Vilamoura is home to many of the most sought after courses in Portugal including the Oceanico Old, Victoria, Pinhal, Laguna and Millennium Courses and is also within a stone’s throw of the Algarve’s biggest names including Vale Do Lobo, Quinta Do Lago and the famous San Lorenzo.
As well as the golfing riches of Vilamoura the Algarve also boasts other golfing hotspots like Monte Rei to the east and Penina to the west. The Algarve’s endless array of top quality golf courses is supplemented by fantastic five-star resorts such as Sao Rafael and Tivoli Marina.
Myrtle Beach, USA
South Carolina is a world leader when it comes to golf and it is fair to say that Myrtle Beach is its capital. With more than 120 golf courses in the area, you could return to Myrtle Beach on golf holidays year after year and you would still have plenty of new courses to discover.
It is not just the quantity but the quality of the golf courses in Myrtle Beach that make it ideal for a golf holiday. Many of the courses have been designed by leading names in the game of golf and whatever your tastes you are sure to find something that will suit your eye.
If you should choose to stay at one of the many top-class resorts you will not be disappointed. The Myrtle Beach Marriott and the Myrtle Beach Hilton are both outstanding options that offer comfort, luxury and convenience but it is the golf courses that will truly shape your Myrtle Beach experience.
The courses at the Barefoot Resort are simply stunning while the Legends Golf Resort offers great variety with its three charming Scottish style golf courses. There are also classics like the TPC at Myrtle Beach which was designed by the great Tom Fazio.
The arid desert plains of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona may not have seemed the most obvious place to build a golf course but in recent years we have seen an influx of world-class courses popping up in this Southern State. Towering mountains and incredible desert landscapes have acted as perfect canvases for many world-class golf course designers and now Arizona is the place to be for a unique golf holiday.
The action is centred in and around Scottsdale. Here the local’s livelihoods rely on golf so unsurprisingly the level of service in the golf resorts is more than a match for the world-class golf courses in the region.
Those choosing Arizona for a golf holiday can choose from golfing delights including the TPC Scottsdale, The Boulders Resort and the amazing Dove Mountain which now hosts the WGC Accenture World Matchplay Championship.
On top of the golf courses and stunning resort accommodation visitors to the state of Arizona will enjoy soaking up the local culture which can be described as a fusion of America’s Old West and nearby Mexico.
Costa Del Sol, Spain
Since the 1970s the Costa del Sol has been constantly developed and is now one of the leading holiday destinations in Europe. Picturesque coastlines, a rolling landscape and stunning mountains combine to create quite a spectacular golfing landscape which is now adorned with countless golf courses including some of the best in Spain.
Stretching from Malaga down towards Sotogrande, the Costa del Sol, and the province of Malaga, in particular, is bursting with golfing possibilities. Play popular courses like Santa Clara, Calanova and Marbella Golf & Country Club while staying in an around Marbella or head for one of the high-class resorts that include the likes of La Cala, Atalaya Park and the stunning La Finca Cortesin which has recently hosted the Volvo World Matchplay Championship.
On top of the stunning golf courses and resorts, the Costa del Sol also boasts a near-perfect climate all year round and those choosing Spain for a golf holiday can also sample the delights of the local area including gorgeous marinas, sandy beaches and charming restaurants where traditional fare is in abundance.
Even without the world-class golf courses, Hawaii would be at the top of many a holiday-goers list of dream holiday destinations and it is easy to see why. Sun, sand and sea combined with a truly intoxicating island way of life is enough to have many of our tongues wagging and for the travelling golfer, the addition of several outstanding golf courses just makes Hawaii all the more appealing.
The Hawaiian landscape seems perfect for the creation of stunning golf courses. Cascading waterfalls, towering mounts of volcanic rock and cavernous ravines and canyons provide a dramatic and unusual backdrop for golfing delights including the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, Turtle Bay and the stunning Kapalua which is now a regular stop on the PGA Tour.
Maui, Hawaii (known for convenience as the Big Island), Lana’i, Oahu and Kauai each have a distinct character, but all are known for their stunning Pacific coastlines and the rugged beauty created by their historic volcanic activity. Anyone of these islands would be a sensible choice for your island golf holiday.
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