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Eight of the Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the World

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16-Nov-2023 Laura Curtis

Eight of the Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the World

Tee off in paradise...

As the sun rises over meticulously manicured greens and each swing is accompanied by the sound of rolling waves or birds chirping, these world-class courses beckon golfers with their promise of a luxury golf holiday amid stunning settings.

We're inviting you to explore the realm of golf courses that transcend sport, offering an indulgent blend of breathtaking escapes and the artistry of the game. Welcome to a world where every tee-off unveils not just a challenge but an experience etched in luxury.

Whether embarking on a couples golfing holiday, going with friends or even taking the whole family, take a look at these eight courses and resorts.

Abama Golf

Abama Golf
Abama Golf
Recognised among Europe's top golf resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Tenerife, Abama's Dave Thomas-designed, award-winning course seamlessly blends into its surroundings. Abama Golf is a natural paradise enveloped by more than 25,000 palm trees, set around twenty-two lakes, dappled with white sand bunkers and surrounded by views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Golf Academy, which provides one-to-one lessons, accompanies this expertly designed 18 hole course.

El Camaleón Mayakoba

Beachfront golf course
Beachfront golf course
Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya oversees the neighbouring 18-hole El Camaleón course, one of Mexico's finest, affording breathtaking Caribbean Sea views and a perpetual golfing paradise.

Echoing its chameleon namesake, it traverses an ever-changing landscape of Mayan jungle, mangrove wetlands and picturesque coastline. Golfers will also navigate distinctive challenges like cenotes and crystal-clear freshwater canals.

Royal Blue

Royal Blue golf course
Royal Blue golf course
For avid golf enthusiasts, the pinnacle of Baha Mar's expansive resort, which features the luxuriously appointed Rosewood Baha Mar property, is the exceptional Jack Nicklaus course that fuses challenging play with breathtaking vistas.

The front nine unfolds with views across rolling hills, white sand dunes and the dazzling Atlantic Ocean. A landscape shift on the back nine then leads players towards a moonscape of limestone and lush jungle.

Golf the Grenadines

Golf Course
Touted as one of the region's premier golfing destinations, Mandarin Oriental Canouan's acclaimed 18-hole championship course, Golf the Grenadines, has been meticulously crafted by the visionary Jim Fazio to draw all abilities of golf enthusiasts.

The allure of this course extends beyond the intricacies of its fairways and greens. Each swing and shot is accompanied by a harmonious blend of luxury and nature that defines this resort. Half of this par 72 championship course graces the tranquil coastline, stretching 60 acres along the bay, while the other half is carved into the hillside, affording panoramic views of the blue waters and the resort itself.

Though open for play from 7am to 6pm, guests are encouraged to secure tee-off times in advance. And when staying at the resort for three nights or more, two rounds of this exceptional course come complimentary.

Tamarina Golf Club

Exuding exclusivity and luxury, it's no wonder Mauritius makes for a great golfing destination. Nestled on the island's edge against the backdrop of Le Morne Brabant Mountain, JW Marriott Mauritius Resort is an elegantly appointed stay that perfectly pairs the resort's signature luxury with the extraordinary golfing experience at its partnered course.

Expertly designed by Rodney Wright, the beautiful crystal blue waters of the Morne Peninsula never leave sight as you make your way around each hole of Tamarina Golf Club. But golfers will also face challenges that are unique to this landscape, like the deep gorge carved by the Rivière du Rempart and the estuary on the signature par 3.

Those who return to the resort victorious can toast their win at the stylish Le Mourne Lounge, whilst any overworked muscles can be soothed at JW Marriott Mauritius Resort's Pure Spa.

The Old Nine, The Country Club and The Green Monkey

Whilst Sandy Lane is famed for its sweeping views along Barbados' glamorous west coast and its legendary luxuriousness, it is also a gateway to three of the finest courses in the Caribbean. Whilst each benefits from this region's year-round climate and stunning views, all three golf courses have been designed with their own enticing layout.

The Green Monkey

The Green Monkey at Sandy Lane
Whether you're teeing off or simply admiring the setting, this is the stand-out course of Sandy Lane. Crafted by Tom Fazio, this ultra-exclusive course has been carved out of an old limestone quarry and is a masterpiece of design. Vibrant greenery stands in contrast to the cerulean blue of the ocean, whilst the course uses the island's varied terrain for challenging elevation changes. The world-recognised golf course architect even paid homage to the green monkeys that roam the island by depicting a grass monkey sculpture on the course's signature hole, number 16.

The Country Club

The Country Club
The Country Club
As enchanting as it is challenging, The Country Club course promises 7,060 yards of lush greens and immaculately cut fairways, as well as breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Adding to both the view and the play is the inclusion of five green-side lakes throughout the 18-hole course. It's all paired with knowledgeable caddies - a true championship golf experience.

The Old Nine

The Old Nine course
This is Sandy Lane's original, legendary course though it's not a course for the faint-hearted - at 3,345 yards, par 36, The Old Nine is known for its demanding play, winding through the estate. It offers verdant views, but also tight, tree-lined fairways and small greens.
So, whether you choose to walk in the footsteps of professional golfers, experience the challenge of a championship golf course or to simply spend some time outside with the family, these luxurious hotels and courses promise the perfect tailormade luxury golf holiday.
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Laura  Curtis

Laura Curtis

Senior Copywriter

Whether it's a short-haul weekend away or an exciting international adventure, I'm always eager for my next trip. I've been lucky to travel in abundance, and each time I come home, I bring back unforgettable stories that I love to share.