When it comes to golf holidays Europe can offer players of all abilities and ages a different challenge depending on which country you choose to play in.
While Spain and Portugal remain popular destinations due to the mix of good weather and great facilities, Britain is the place to head to if you want to follow in the footsteps of some of the sport’s greats and experience some of the best courses in the world. Here, we profile three of the most iconic courses in the UK.
Royal St George’s
The setting of last year’s British Open, when Darren Clarke ended his long wait for a first major title, Royal St George’s is open to the elements on the Kent coastline, which makes it a tricky course to play if the weather is against you.
Nevertheless, it’s still a fun course, but just be warned to expect a challenge. Rise to the challenge, though, and it’ll be an exhilarating experience. The picturesque cathedral city of Canterbury is nearby if you want to escape the golf course for a few hours.
In terms of golf breaks Scotland is blessed with a couple of very special golfing resorts, one of which is St Andrews. Widely regarded as the ‘home of golf’, St Andrews is home to now fewer to seven courses, one of which is a nine-hole course, and in close proximity there’s also a cluster of luxurious hotels and spa facilities. Edinburgh is a leisurely drive or train journey away if you fancy a change of scenery, or you could instead explore the beautiful Scottish coast.
Royal Troon has two world-class courses (Old and Portland) to play, as well as a nine-hole course if you need to work on your short game. Again, it’s a links course and the fact it’s perched on the Scottish coastline means you’ll have be in top form to come away with a respectable score.
The views across the Firth of Clyde are simply stunning and it’s also worth taking the time to get out in the great outdoors at the nearby Galloway Forest, which is the perfect place to enjoy a brisk walk or you could take to two wheels if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.