10 best golf courses in Europe


From the mountains outside Barcelona to an old fort near Venice, Europe has an unbeatable range of golf courses sure to test any player.

Looking to hone your tee shot while you’re on holiday? Or maybe you just fancy a trip away from the usual tourist sights to take in some amazing scenery? A golf getaway is the perfect way to escape from real life and indulge a favourite passion at the same time.

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the continent is home to incredible golf courses. Here are some of the best in Europe to inspire your next break away.

1. Club De Golf Barcelona, Spain

Located 16 miles outside of Barcelona, Club De Golf is a serene place to practise your swing. Stunning views of the Monserrat Mountains are your reward for negotiating some of the more difficult playing sections of this beautifully designed 18-hole course. It’s right at the edge of the Penedes wine growing region on a 250-acre suite that also features a swimming pool and tennis courts.

2. El Cortijo Club de Golf, Spain

Making full use of Gran Canaria’s sublime scenery, the 18-hole El Cortijo offers the chance to take in some of the best views on the island. It’s one for all levels of golfer, with just a few trees to get in the way of your shot, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying the sea vistas and the six lakes.

3. Club De Golf Ibiza, Spain

Just a short journey from Ibiza Town, Club De Golf Ibiza features two different courses offering very different playing experiences – a newer 18-hole course and another with nine holes which originally belonged to the now defunct Club De Gold Roca Llisa. However long you’ve been playing, there’s sure to be something to suit your level and the amazing scenery is a world away from the built-up areas in town.

4. Country Club Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Set on the grounds of a beautiful old villa on a volcanic crater outside Rome, Castel Gandolfo Golf Club has no shortage of obstacles and challenges to help keep games interesting. You’ll find more than 90 bunkers, three ponds and even the odd olive tree dotted around the course’s 18 holes. The club is also well known for the excellent food served up in the restaurant, so it’s worth making a day of a trip here to sample the delicious Italian food.

5. Circolo Golf Venezia, Italy

As you might expect from a course located just outside Venice, the Circolo Golf Venezia features lots of water to break up its 18 holes. Dating back to 1928, it’s found in the walls of an old fortress and one of its most famous holes – the ninth – requires players to take a blind shot crossing through the ramparts. The fact it’s accessible only by boat helps to create a cut-off, otherworldly feel – and gives you a chance to savour some excellent views.

6. Colony Club Gutenhof, Austria

Having hosted several international championships and been praised by top golfers including Sam Torrance, the Colony Club Gutenhof has earned a place in the sport’s history. It’s situated in the Auen forest south of Vienna, with plenty of gorgeous scenery to admire and to overcome when you’re playing. There are 36 holes at this expansive course, so you’re pretty much guaranteed memorable moments. You’ll also find a spa and swimming pool to help you relax after you’ve played your last shot.

7. Corfu Golf Club, Greece

While Greece may not be known for golf, this club is as pristine as you’ll find anywhere in Europe. It was founded in 1971 and designed by top English architect Don Harradine. Corfu Golf Club is renowned for using small spaces to maximum effect, so expect to find a variety of challenges over a relatively short distance.

8. The Crete Golf Club, Greece

Views of the beautiful Crete mountains and Aegean Sea combine to provide a scenic distraction from the 18 holes on offer at Crete Golf Club. The course was designed to meet meticulous PGA standards and is well maintained all year round. It’s set at a slight altitude, meaning there’s a gentle breeze to add an extra layer of challenge to proceedings.

9. Golf Country Club de Nice, France

Around three miles from the airport, the Golf Country Club de Nice has a nine-hole course and a driving range where you can fine-tune your shot at your leisure. If you want to work on specific elements of your game, the club offers tailor-made lessons to help you improve in areas where you feel you may be lagging behind.

10. The Secret Valley Golf Club, Cyprus

A coach ride down the coast from Paphos is the excellent Secret Valley Golf Club. It’s not much of a secret though - in fact it’s consistently rated as one of the island’s best courses by visiting players. There’s also a putting green, a driving range and a pro shop when you’ve worked your way through the course.

Posted: 19th Aug 2019.

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