Championship golf courses not only host some of the world’s most prestigious golfing events, but also provide the opportunity for ordinary golfing enthusiasts from around the globe a golfing experience of a lifetime.
Europe is home to a number of Championship courses, with the Mediterranean providing a selection of the best. Below is a list of 5 championship golf courses to look out for when visiting the region.
San Lorenzo Golf Course
Thought to be the finest golf course in The Algarve, the San Lorenzo golf course is in a class of its own. This vast nature reserve has been blessed with stunning beauty with beautiful lawns, lakes, and interesting wildlife and plants to boot. An 18-hole golf-course, all of the holes from start to finish will test your skill to the max. On the 6th hole, you’ll even have a shot looking out towards the ocean to keep things interesting, or on the closing hole, try and reach the semi-island green. Facilities on site include a Club House with numerous eateries, rooms at the Dona Filipa Hotel, and a pro-Shop. It’s no wonder the San Lorenzo Golf Course has hosted the Portuguese Open 7 times!
Monte-Rei Golf Course
The Monte-Rei Golf Course is a fairly new development and is already attracting crowds. Sitting over 1,000 acres of luxurious green velvet, the golf course if of the highest quality and has been designed to impress. Already a hot-spot for championship games, the 18 holes are surrounded by lakes, indigenous trees, and plants, all of which combine to create a beautiful and tranquil landscape. Facilities include a Club House with various restaurants, and a pro-Shop. There are also several gorgeous villas available, which are let out for short stays.
Algarve Holidays are available throughout the year with the Spring months of May and June providing excellent conditions for golf.
Valderrama Golf Club
Situated in Andalucia in Spain, the spacious Valderrama Club is a favourite amongst golfing pros. It was even named by Nick Faldo as the ‘best club in Europe’. Tee-off and experience all great 18 holes, which are all set against a spectacular backdrop of lakes, olive trees and lush vegetation. Enjoy a couple of games whilst enjoying access to a restaurant and bar, refreshments on course, changing rooms and showers, a sauna, and a pro-Shop.
PGA Golf Cataluna
Easily making Europe’s top 10 list is the PGA Golf Cataluna course, found in Costa Brava. With two main courses – the Stadium and Tour Course, these stunning fairways promise to inspire aspiring golfers. This resort hosts plenty of useful facilities, including a beautiful Club House, restaurants and bars, a pro-shop, and the elegant Melia Golf Vichy Catalan nearby.
Golf Son Gual Golf Course
Built fairly recently, the Golf Son Gual Golf Course is Majorca’s newest treasure. An 18-hole golf course stretched over fields of green, olives groves, and gently rolling hills, Golf Son Gual seeks to spoil. A whole range of challenges holes will give visitors the opportunity to test their skills. The gorgeous colonial-style Club-House is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a top-notch meal and drinks. Other facilities include a sauna and a pro-shop.
A great time to visit Majorca is in Autumn months of September and November, with cooler conditions for golf. For more information on Majorca Holidays visit here.