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10 golf courses for your next golfing holiday

Love golf and travel? Here's where you should head, according to golfing expert BOBBY HURST.

The beauty with golf is that you don’t need to play in one place all the time - you can enjoy playing in different courses that feature different characteristics.


Whether you’re an avid golfer or a traveller who just likes to swing a club every now and then, here are some of the best golf courses from around the world. 



1. Finca Cortesin, Spain

Designed by world-renowned Cabell Robinson, Spain’s Finca Cortesin has an 18-hole championship course that has hosted multiple high-profile tournaments such as the Volvo World Match Play Championship back in the 2010s. 

Along with world-class practice facilities that include a Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy, this golf resort is also known in Spain for using an environmentally-friendly Bermuda grass. 


2. The Villingili Golf Course, Maldives 

Nothing beats going to a tropical paradise like Maldives to play some golf – and at Villingili Golf Course, which is situated on just 7.5 hectares at the southern tip of Villingili island, you’ll arguably find no better place to do it.

Can you imagine being on a golf course with exotic flora and swaying coconut trees alongside white sanded beaches? If you love to mix the your greens with azure blues, then this place is definitely for you.


3. Niseko Village, Japan

There’s nothing as refreshing as seeing Hokkaido mountain ranges as you play golf at this picture perfect Japanese golf course.  

Carved through a thick forest, this course is a whole different experience - and the fresh air alone will give you that relaxed pacing that you’ve always wanted on a holiday. 



4. Heritage Golf Club, Mauritius

If you’re into tropical beaches and golf with friends, then Mauritius’s Heritage Golf Club is your destination. 

Here, you’ll fall instantly in love with the views of the rolling hills and lagoons of the Black River Gorges Nature Reserve. And then there are the diverse cultures… 


5. Emirates Golf Club (Majlis Course), Dubai

Looking for some luxury to go with your next relaxing round of golf? 

Dubai’s Emirates Golf Club is one of the most lavish going around, with rolling fairways, mirror-like lakes and almost endless sunshine. 

And you thought Dubai was just sand dunes and high rises…


6. Tralee Golf Club, Ireland 

The Emerald Isle’s Tralee Golf club is so stunning, it’s been featured in films like Irish hit Ryan’s Daughter.  

This dreamy course represents a paradise for people who are willing to take on a unique and fun experience. 


7. Pinnacle Point Golf Club, South Africa 

If you’re looking for dramatic views for your next golf destination, then the Garden Route’s Pinnacle Point Golf Club is one of the world-class golf courses you simply must experience.  

Designed by Peter Matkovich, the excellent view of the ocean, cliffs, and white waters make this one of the best destinations on this list. 



8. Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai

Dubai’s Jumeirah Golf Estates course is most well known for hosting the DP World Tour Championship. 

Boasting meandering fairways, white bunkers and a deep-red ochre landspace, this course should be experienced at least once in every golf pilgrim’s lifetime. 


9. Thai Country Club, Thailand

If you’re planning to travel somewhere exotic to play golf, then Thailand’s Thai Country Club will give you one of the best experiences in Asia. 

Filled with all kinds of flora and fauna and abundant in water features, this golf course offers a variety of challenges. 

It’s also been recognised as one of Asia’s 10 Most Elite Golf Courses by Forbes Travel Guide.


10. Hamilton Island Golf Club, Australia 

There may be better golf courses in Australia, but Hamilton Island Golf Club arguably trumps them all on looks alone.

Designed by Aussie golfing legend Peter Thomson, this course is located in between the valleys of Dent Island, which features some of the most spectacular rolling ridges you can find.  

If you’re looking for wicked winds and thick bushland, then this course is for you.



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Written by: Bobby Hurst for Traveltalk
Published: 20 January 2020

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