What makes a golfer choose the perfect course? Here is rundown of some of the best golf destinations found on 3 different continents. And pay attention, because Iberostar has hotels with golf in all of them.
What make a great golf destination? The rolling greens of a good course may tempt golfers with tranquility, escape, relaxation, or sometimes with that opportunity to challenge a personal best. Some look for that fitting locale for competition between family, friends or colleagues. Others look for destinations that offer other things to do in the vicinity after a round.
Manicured and properly tended to, the right golf course can attract enthusiasts of golf who prioritize aesthetics, as well as those who pay attention to environmental stewardship, architecture and design. With a plethora of rankings published year in and year out, and with so many beautiful courses and resorts out there to choose from, we’ve narrowed down these golf sites that prove, time and time again, to be worthy stops for the demanding golfer and the laid-back novice alike. Here, we share some of the best destinations over three different continents, each course carding a perfect score in its own way.
The pleasure of a round of golf can be derived from many things, but many agree that a unique immediate environment is an influential factor. Sun, subtle breezes and stable weather conditions characterize the golf experience in southern Europe. And more and more golfers are taking notice. With thousands miles of coastline, golfers have a string of phenomenal courses to choose from, and the Iberian Peninsula is an apt starting point.
The climate, landscape and geographical variety of southern Spain make it a draw for tourists the world over. The cradle of flamenco and the capital of world-class sherry, Andalusia is a famous destination in its own right. Its beaches and coastlines, with picturesque fishing ports and modern marinas, are the envy of many. Historic architecture like the Cathedral of Cadis provide the perfect photo. The gastronomy is second-to-none. Along the beaches, locals often roast freshly caught seafood in the Espeto style, on a spit and over hot coals. North of Cadis lies the “Sherry Triangle,” the birthplace of impeccable spirits like Oloroso, Amontillado and the sweet Pedro Ximenez. The Spanish southern flare is on full display in bars and cafés throughout the region, from modest flamenco performances in bars to equestrian shows with elegant Andalusian horses. The Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean are also popular yachting destinations, as is evident in the many modern marinas throughout the region. And of course, under an eternal, warm Iberian sun, golfers find the many gorgeous courses in the south of Spain fitting destinations to drive and swing.
At Andalusía’s Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club, near the historical coastal city of Cadis, much attention has been paid to the infrastructure, design and ambience of the course, making it a headquarters for golf in Europe. Cattail-skirted ponds and tastefully sparse palms and Cork Oak trees dot the wide fairways, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Flag beach of La Barrosa. The facility also participates in the OnCourse® program from golfenvironment.org, which demonstrates a commitment to environmental responsibility and leadership. Awarded the “Recommended Certificate” Golfers’ Choice award from Leadingcourses.com, Novo Sancti offers over 8,000 square meters of driving range, as well as a variety of obstacles designed in the American aesthetic.
Just up the road from Cadis, Real Valderrama is a Par-27 championship course that welcomes members, professionals and distinguishing novices looking for a challenge. The simultaneous array of obstacles and tranquility of the experience make the course truly unique. With impeccable conditions and second-to-none maintenance, it’s no wonder the course is home to the Volvo Masters and the first golf course outside of Britain to be host to Europe’s leg of the Ryder Cup. Scoring consistently high on its championship course conditions, clubhouse, and discreet hospitality, Valderrama remains one of the most sought-after golf destinations in Continental Europe. Check all the hotels with a golf course in Cádiz that we have to make your experience exceptional.
The coastal countries of North Africa have long attracted visitors because of their yearlong sunshine, rich culture and history, and for their proximity to Europe. Golfers are arriving in increasing numbers too, joining those who have already discovered the secret beauty of their courses.
Although, primarily known for its beaches and fine weather, Tunisia is a worthy destination for many reasons. Lively festivals abound—such as the Dougga International Festival, which is held in an 1800-year-old Roman amphitheater, or Djerba Island’s Ulysses Festival, which highlights Tunisian music, theatre, dance and film—and delve into the country’s deep historical significance. But there is even more to be found within Tunisia’s borders, from unexpected nightlife hotspots in Sousse and Hammamet, to desert safaris, to sailing and diving, to horseback riding along the water’s edge. Golfers have good reason to test the greens of this North African gem as well, with its long coastline and views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Located on Tunisia’s Djerba Island, the Djerba Golf Club stands out as one of the most exotic locales to tee off. Three 9-hole courses, connected by tunnel, wind through gorgeous desert scenery such as well-tended water hazards, bleach-white Tunisian architecture and palm-studded sand dunes, all perhaps highlighted by the Par-36 La Mer course. Hole 7 on La Mer follows the coastline, with outstanding views of the sea, and where the mild breeze keeps the temperature comfortable. Its Caddy Master service offers all the amenities and necessities that golfers expect from a quality club. After a day’s golf, explore the island’s rich Berber culture and its many beautiful beaches.