Greatest Golf Courses: Get Into The Swing of Things
Posted: 11 April 2016
After such a fabulous showcase of sport last weekend, we’re surely all feeling inspired to get to the greens. England’s Danny Willett’s historic Masters victory in Augusta on Sunday marks the first European victory in the esteemed major for 20 years. Equally, the surprise victory of the inspirationally named ‘Rule The World’ is more than an encouraging incentive to spend time working on your game. Elegant Resorts is proud to feature some of the world’s finest golf resorts and our ever-active Travel Consultants have selected the best courses to test your swing and enjoy the glory of golf.
The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland The definitive destination for Scotland’s signature sport. Gleneagles is a prestigious and much-loved course by everyone, from the seasoned pros, to aspiring amateurs. Set within its own expansive estate in Perthshire, Scotland, Gleneagles is a luxury five-star spa resort that offers a challenging Ryder-Cup-certified course with incredible views and a two Michelin star restaurant for refuelling in style after the round. To say you’ve played, and maybe mastered, the same course as golf’s greatest is a real attraction of this legendary course, but the luxury facilities away from the green are every bit as tempting! A must for any golf-lover!
Verdura Resort, Sicily Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari have elevated the status of Italian golf so much that Rome will host the Ryder-Cup famous tournament in 2022. Until then, guests seeking illustrious Italian elements for a luxurious golf holiday can head to Verdura Resort in Sicily. Not content with boasting two 18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole Par 3 course, the resort is also one of Europe’s top spa destinations and has recently expanded its extensive family facilities to ensure everyone enjoys sumptuous Sicily. Let the children enjoy the action-packed activities programme, book the ladies into the spa and tee-off in an ancient amphitheatre in the heart of the Sicilian Mountains. Not to mention the incredible Italian delicacies waiting for you back in the clubhouse! Ciao, golfo belissimo!
Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve Any golfing aficionado who knows their three wood from their nine iron acknowledges the Algarve’s authority as one of Europe’s elite golfing destinations. Rugged golden coastlines house thrilling greens with elevated views inviting you to send one driving to the horizon. Pine Cliffs is a luxury family-friendly resort with golf at its core. The signature sixth hole Par-3 is aptly known as the ‘Devil’s Parlour’; built over a ravine that requires a 197 metre carrying shot over the cliffs to reach the narrow green, it’s a truly testing hole unlike any other. If the very thought has ‘fore’ ringing in your ears, rest assured there is a comprehensive Golf Academy on site with PGA professionals on hand to improve your confidence, technique and scorecard.
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, Provence Expertly designed to maximise the natural elevations of Provence’s pristine countryside, this fabulous luxury French resort boasts two 18-hole championship courses that really illustrate why golf can claim to be the true ‘beautiful game’. With a renowned reputation as one of the European Tour’s most popular certified courses, Terra Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is the ideal location for anyone seeking to invest time in their game and be richly rewarded. For golfers, this comprehensive resort incorporates everything from a specialist golf academy, analysis centre and osteopathic-athletic clinic to improve physical wellbeing and the sport’s most common injuries. For families, the fabulous food, world-class wine, children’s club, stunning spa and beautiful surroundings are enough to ensure everyone’s interests are catered for.
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Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa South Africa’s allure is synonymous with captivating landscapes, beautiful wildlife and superior sporting skill. Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa in Knysna combines the best of these elements with unrivalled flair. A private estate, and one of the world’s most environmentally conscious resorts, Conrad Pezula complements a stunning secluded beach, with an award-winning spa and truly luxurious accommodation with a celebrated championship golf course. Scenic, challenging and providing South Africa’s definitive golf experience, Conrad Pezula is a real bucket-list course for players seeking to experience a thrilling challenge in the heart of one of the most arresting environments on Earth.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand A modern marvel of golf, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers’ Par 71-course is inspired by the world’s oldest and most revered courses, with all the insight afforded in the contemporary game. An expansive lodge resort in beautiful Hawkes Bay, on the enigmatic east coast of North Island, Cape Kidnappers retains the bespoke ambience of a luxury boutique resort, with the impressive amenities of a world-class resort. The signature coastal course is the definitive jewel of Cape Kidnappers, but the incredible surrounding landscape lends itself to picturesque walks and outdoor activities with ease. Equally, the exciting array of spa and family facilities encourages time spent in New Zealand’s abundant nature, with or without a golf cart!
Sandy Lane, Barbados One of the most popular destinations for a sun-soaked round, Barbados is the seasoned golfer’s winter bolthole. Sandy Lane is famous for its luxurious accommodation, gourmet dining and first-class service, but its trio of exceptional golf courses have won many a heart and tested many a pro. Whether you choose to take your clubs to the much loved Green Monkey, the refined Country Club or the celebrated Old Nine, you’re sure to understand why Barbados brings golf’s elite back time and time again. If you’re struggling to find your form on any of the courses, the impeccable views of the crystalline Caribbean Sea, powder white sands and definitive luxury are sure to soothe any sports woes. No golfing career, however new, is complete without a breezy round in Barbados at one, or all, of Sandy Lane’s sophisticated signature greens.
Fairmont Mayakoba, Rivera Maya, Mexico Enjoying an enviable location within 240 acres of tropical forest interlaced with crystal-clear waterways and fringed by a pristine Caribbean shoreline, the luxury Fairmont Mayakoba resort is known as ‘The Venice of The Caribbean’ for good reason. Boasting an expansive spa complex and a stellar portfolio of fine restaurants, this renowned resort is home to one of the world’s most unique golf courses, aptly known as El Camaleon. No round on this course will be the same, and you’ll need to be prepared for everything from coastal shots, expansive waterways and even sunken cave shots! This is adventure golf with a definitive level of luxury to ensure an unforgettable round.
The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida It is no secret that many of professionals, including Rory McIlroy, have made Florida their home due to the amount of tournaments hosted in The Sunshine State each year. Florida’s first 18-hole course can be found in the manicured, magnanimous grounds of Italian renaissance-inspired hotel, The Breakers. This impeccable luxury hotel boasts two meticulously designed courses that entice and challenge golfers of all levels. The Ocean Course is a vintage-inspired Par 70 whilst guests can also enjoy the hotel’s other incredible course, The Breakers Rees Jones Course, which recently underwent extensive regeneration to become one of the most preeminent courses in the USA. With Florida already famed for so many fabulous activities and must-see attractions, a stay at The Breakers is the perfect addition to anyone seeking to add a top-class golf experience to their five-star stateside stay.
The Datai, Malaysia After winning the prestigious title of ‘The World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the inaugural year of the World Golf Awards, The Datai Langkawi’s signature course continues to go from strength to strength. Designed by the iconic four-times major winner, Ernie Els, the alluring course is a tribute to Malaysia’s mesmerising natural abundance and the invigorating challenges posed by an intelligently mapped course. Navigate a wealth of natural hazards and deep bunkers located within the resort’s plush landscape whilst making time to enjoy the luxurious spa facilities and exotic excursions. Our favourite five holes are those which run adjacent to the glorious Andaman Sea, but you’re sure to have your own preferred spots after just one afternoon in paradise.
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi The Middle East is fast developing a reputation as golf’s contemporary heartland, with the recent success of the ‘World Championship Dubai’ tournament putting the sport in the spotlight as never before. The opulent nature of Arabian hotels and all year round sunshine is the ideal setting to indulge in some gulf-style golf. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is the Middle East’s first beachfront course and the expertly designed greens, created by none-other than Gary Player, each boast independent character and challenges. It is not uncommon to see dolphins in the nearby waters or spot a gazelle crossing the green whilst the intelligent architecture lends itself to a thrilling round steeped in the region’s renowned style and luxury. The hotel itself is, as you would expect, one of Abu Dhabi’s most decadent, enjoying a private island location and a wealth of facilities to rival any world-class resort.
The Four Seasons Resort Whistler & Residences, Canada There’s nowhere in the world quite like Whistler and whilst you might think golf is best played in the sun, a glacier golf experience at The Four Seasons Resort Whistler will redefine your appreciation of the game. Play 18-holes at Jack Nicklaus’ Signature Canada Course, Whistler Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, or Big Sky Golf and Country Club by Robert Cupp. A true golfing haven with stunning scenery, ice-infused spa facilities and a wealth of family activities, taking your clubs to The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is sure to be one of your most rewarding experiences on the greens. The unrivalled Glacier Golf experience involves taking a helicopter to one of the most remote glaciers in British Columbia and driving bio-degradable balls far into the mountains – adventure expedition meets golfing gold!
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