3 Must-Visit Holiday Destinations For Golfers
So you watched Danny Willett win the US Masters, and now you want to hit the golf course? Then take a look at these 3 holidays where you can tee off and top up your tan…
When Danny Willett won the 2016 US Masters Tournament, he became only the second Englishman to wear that famous green jacket since Nick Faldo, 20 years ago.
And if watching 28-year-old Willett has inspired you to test your own skills on the golf course, you’ll be able to book holidays to some top golfing destinations. Book any of the hotels featured below and you’re within striking distance of a first-rate golf course. Not only that, but there’s also loads on offer for any family members who might be less enthusiastic about the whole golf thing…
Tee off in the Algarve
A holiday to the Algarve wouldn’t be complete without heading to the nearest course for a round or two. This popular southern edge of Portugal boasts championship courses, an enviable climate and world-class golf resorts. Choose from more than 30 golf courses, including San Lorenzo Golf Course – one of the most famous in the Algarve – and Sir Henry Cotton’s Championship Golf Course. For some truly unforgettable scenery, the Quinta da Ria Golf Course – just a 30-minute drive from Faro International Airport – is well worth playing. It has views over the Atlantic Ocean and the 18-hole course that forms part of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve.
Stay at… The Holiday Village Algarve, in Balaia. It’s just down the road from the 9-hole Vale de Milho golf course, which comes with a clifftop setting, rolling green countryside and lots of beach views. There’s a putting range for practice runs, and budding Danny Willetts can also get a professional tutor to show them the ropes.
Grab a caddy in the Costa del Sol
Earning the nickname of the Costa del Golf by holidaying golfers, the Costa del Sol is home to more than 70 courses. That includes the country’s most famous course, Valderrama Golf Club, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997, and the established Parador de Malaga golf course, where the greens were laid in 1925. Each course has a different character and vary in degree of difficulty, with everything from tricky doglegs to deep bunkers to test your game.
Stay at…the Globales Playa Estepona which is right on a sand-and-pebble beach between Estepona and Marbella. It’s had a full-on makeover, which includes a new waterpark that opened in summer 2015. The quartet of golf clubs in this corner of the Costa del Sol include Valderrama, La Reserva, Sotogrande and La Roque, all of which are around a 30-minute drive from Estepona.
Practise for your next major in Mexico
Mexico’s sunny climate makes it an ideal destination for long haul golfing holidays, both on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Add some ancient Mayan ruins, white-sand beaches and pristine coastline into the mix and it’s easy to see why Mexico is a popular spot for keen golfers as well as families. Most of the golf clubs are in and around Cancun, like the Cancun Golf Club at Pok ta Pok, located between the Nichupté Lagoon and the Caribbean sea. Further south is the 18-hole Riviera Maya Golf Club – ranked in Mexico’s top five – which extends out over 220 acres of jungle and takes in the region’s famous cenotes, or underwater sinkholes, and lakes.
Stay at… the Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa in Kantenah Bay, on the Riviera Maya. This adults-only hideaway comes with beach waiters and canopied day beds. If you can tear yourself away, the Puerto Aventuras Golf Club is just down the road, while the Xcaret ecological park is a 20-minute drive away.
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