A great golf holiday combines spectacular natural surroundings with luxurious accommodation and beautifully designed courses. Whether you’re a novice or veteran to the game, our selection of exclusive golf resorts are amongst the best and most sought after in the world.
Sandy Lane, Barbados
Guests have three ultra-exclusive courses to choose from at Sandy Lane including the famed, Green Monkey. Designed by Tom Fazio, this 7,343 yard green is carved from an old limestone quarry, with dramatic rock faces contrasting against the serene beauty of the rolling fairways. Alternatively, tee off on The Country Club – an immaculate course used for the 2006 World Golf Championships Barbodos. Aside from the world class golf, the resort offers plenty of activities from scuba diving in the crystal waters to tennis and yoga. In need of some relaxation? Soak up the Caribbean sun on a private beach or indulge in some spa therapy.
The first signature course to be built in Latin America under the watchful eye of Jack Nicklaus, One&Only Palmilla comprises a 27-hole layout with three nines: Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean. With four lakes and deep shifts in elevation, this award winning green is both thrilling and challenging. After all that excitement, guests can unwind at the exclusive resort, making use of the luxury wellness facilities, voted the best ‘International Resort Spa’ by Conde Nest Traveller. A Michelin star chef takes the reins at the hotel’s restaurant which boasts stunning views over the Sea of Cortez.
Welcoming the most discerning of guests, the Marbella Club features luxury villas and suites nestled amongst landscaped gardens, only steps from the Mediterranean Sea. Offering complimentary transfers to the hotel’s golf course which is within a 20 minutes drive, guests can look forward to an unforgettable day of play. The 18-hole course sits in an area of natural beauty with an awe-inspiring vista across the ocean to Gibraltar and Africa. Waterfalls, lakes and strategically placed bunkers combine to create a majestic course, becoming one of the most renowned in Europe.
Hosting the 2012 Sicilian Open Championship, the spectacular Verdura Resort is backed by almost two kilometres of private coastline. Sitting beautifully in its natural surroundings, the fairway contours the landscape offering uninterrupted views of the ocean. The facilities are equally impressive with tuition provided by PGA-qualified professionals, a golf academy and double-ended driving range. The resort is a haven of pure tranquillity, set in 230 hectares where guests can unwind at the impressive infinity pool or indulge in a tailored spa treatment. There’s also a Tennis academy with 6 clay courts and a whole host of culinary experiences including cooking, mixology and wine tasting classes.
With a reputation for unrivalled design and playability, the Manele Golf Course at the Four Season Lanai offers one of the best experiences in Hawaii. Built on lava outcroppings above the surf of Hulopoe Bay, guests can marvel at the ocean views and may even spot whales or dolphins from the fairway. Natural gorges, ravines and the Pacific ocean act as the hazards which call for precise tee shots. After a challenging and rewarding day, return to your luxurious accommodation which offer panoramic views of the Pacific or stunning hillside. Choose from a great choice of dining options form Japanese to American Steak or Al fresco, Italian dining.
One of Ireland’s most exclusive golf resorts is also home to the last major course designed by legendary, Robert Trent Jones. The 18-hole championship course is now regarded as his finest creations, with spectacular aquatic features such as a 14 acre lake and the River Maigue. Staying at the equally impressive Adare Manor Hotel, guests can enjoy a 5 star service with modern amenities in historic surroundings. Winner of the Best Hotel in Ireland award, Adare features lavish rooms and serves gastronomical cuisine at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.
Situated on the sunny west coast of Tenerife, this beautiful resort caters to all abilities. Designed by former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas, this par 72 championship course offers spectacular views of the Atlantic with points reaching 315 meters high. More than 300 species of trees and plants line this sub tropical paradise and guests are welcome to use a driving range or 12 acre practice area. Boasting some of the finest accommodation in Tenerife, The Ritz Carlton Abama offers a selection of suites and private villas. The family-friendly hotel also provides heaps of entertainment from a kids club to tennis courts, a luxury spa and well equipped fitness centre.
Awarded the ‘Best Golf Resort in the World’ for 2015, The Gleneagles is a must-visit destination for the avid golfer. Dating back to 1919, the rich heritage of the sport is celebrated with three championship courses. The resort is also home to Scotland’s PGA National Golf Academy. Nestled in the grounds, the hotel is a French Château, aptly named ‘the palace of the glens’. Aside from the Michelin star restaurant, guests can enjoy one of the other outdoor pursuits including horse riding, fishing and falconry.
One of the most renowned courses in North America, the Sea Island Resort in Georgia is truly breathtaking. The Seaside Course – one of three championship greens – is home to the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic. This incredible backdrop boasts ocean vistas which makes for a very special experience. The opulent hotel offers all the grandeur of yesteryear without compromising on luxurious amenities. Spacious bedrooms include sumptuous furnishings and antique pieces. There’s also an award-winning spa and no shortage of family activities from tennis to squash and fishing.
Situated north of Portugal, this course was redesigned by Cameron & Powell in 2010, transforming the area into an awe-inspiring masterpiece. Expanding out across the Oura Valley, the scenic and natural wonders of the region are highlighted throughout the course. Each of the holes have been designed to offer a completely unique play, giving golfers the chance to deploy a full rage of shots. The award-winning historic, Vidago Palace offers a luxurious service from dinging in the Grand Ballroom to a thermal spa which harnesses the therapeutic qualities of the locally sourced mineral water. Guests can also visit the local springs and hike one of the many nature trails.