If you’re sick of shivering on the fairway in the UK and long to play some golf where the sun is shining then never fear, there are plenty of cheap holidays to destinations that offer all your usual holiday hankerings like sun, sea and fabulous food – as well as great golf courses. So hop on a short flight and check out the best places to combine golfing and glorious sunshine resorts:
When you think of Tenerife you probably picture black sandy beaches, the imposing Mount Teide volcano that looms over the island, and great bars and restaurants made for unwinding in. However, this Canary Island isn’t all about a sedentary stay as it also offers plenty of great golf. The volcanic cliffs make for a rewarding terrain and you’ll find courses to suit all abilities – the spectacular views out across the sea or inland towards Teide are also a bonus!
Golf and the Algarve are two words often uttered in the same sentence and it’s no surprise as this Portuguese resort is home to some of the best golf in Europe. There are a whopping 42 9 or 18-hole courses across 35 different clubs so you’re spoilt for choice and can pick your course based on difficulty or for dramatic views. Because it’s such a golfer’s paradise, Portugal also offers amenity-packed hotels to switch off in and wonderful weather and sparkling seas to splash in – what more could you want?
Cyprus is famed for its rugged terrain and rock formations, like the infamous Aphrodite’s Rock, and it’s these attractions that make golfing in Cyprus such a treat as it boasts fantastic landscapes to play a few rounds on. Add to this the breathtaking sea views and the many new courses popping up all the time and you’ll agree Cyprus is one to watch for golf. Off the greens, there’s all the fantastic cuisine, ancient ruins and unparalleled hospitality that you’d expect in Cyprus!
Just a short trip from the tourist trap of Anatalya is Belek, a luxurious destination dedicated to golf and as such offers amazing hotels with all the must have amenities, gorgeous sea views and, of course, a wealth of new golf courses. Golf courses designed by famous names like Feherty, Faldo and Colin Montgomerie have popped up in recent years and offer fairway fun to those of all abilities.
If you’re heading to Greece you’ll want to explore all the ancient architecture, taste traditional dishes and enjoy the beautiful beaches, but you might not be aware that there are new golf courses popping up all the time. From Corfu to Crete and Messinia there are courses overlooking the ocean or the incredible Greek flora and fauna, so head to Greece for great golf that’s still off most people’s radar.