50 hidden gem golf courses

The Top 50 Hidden Gem Golf Courses

Welcome to our guide to the top 50 hidden gem golf courses in Europe. We often hear about the same well-known golf courses across Europe, especially in the Algarve and the Costa del Sol, but we wanted to provide recognition to those courses who aren’t as well-known, but which offer an equally spectacular or even better game of golf!

To compile the rankings, we tracked hundreds of independent golf websites from around the globe and collected first-hand information from golf enthusiasts. We then created a shortlist of the top 50 hidden gem golf courses in Europe.

If you’re in the midst of researching and planning your next golfing holiday, make sure to read through our list of hidden gems. You never know, you could find the ideal course you’ve been searching for! While you’re here, why not find out more about our golf transfer services, for complete transport convenience on your next golf trip.

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The Best Hidden Gem Golf Courses in Europe

1. Costa Navarino (The Bay Course)   greek flag

This stunning course is laid out across a landscape which includes everything from olive greens, brash mountain canyons and the seashore leading into the sparkling blue ocean. It has to be said a particular highlight is the two holes which have been laid out alongside the famous Bay of Navarino. Robert Trent Jones Jnr has designed a gem of a golf course.

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2. Golf Club Vuissens  swiss flag

This course was initially opened as 6-holes in 2001. It wasn’t until the end of 2002 when people got to appreciate the brilliance of Vuissens across two returning loops of 9 holes. Rather impressively the course includes 5,000 planet trees and several man-made water hazards. This course is a real golfing challenge even for the very best of golfers, however, it does offer a little respite for the less proficient golfers with it being a shorter course.

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3. Waterford Castle Golf Course  Irish flag

This course can only be accessed by a private ferry, the only course of its nature in Ireland. This par 72 parkland resort was designed by Des Smyth and Declan Branigan. Although there is water surrounding the whole course, this hasn’t stopped the addition of water hazards coming into play. Playing on this course most times of the year is possible down to the sand based greens and tees used when the course was first built

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4. Thracian Cliffs Golf Course  bulgarian flag

This course was opened in 2011 and is located on the northern Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria it offers unique and stunning views for players. There is no other course like this one on the planet. It truly is one of a kind. When you play on this course you will appreciate the views, sometimes photos do not do justice to the vistas of the course or the layout once you play on it.

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5. Sandiway Golf Course  English flag

Sandiway Golf Course 

The main emphasis on this course is accuracy. It can be a real challenge to keep the ball in play, so you’ll need to be on the top of your game to score well. With a par of 70 and measuring 6,400 yards from the back tees, this course is a true test for even the best of golfers. Straight from the off Sandiway holds your interest, with each of the first 7 holes having a different par from the last.

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6. Dundalk Golf Course  Irish flag

This 72-par course which stretches over 6,800 yards provides stunning views of the close-by Cooley and Mourne mountains, Dundalk Bay and the Irish Sea. In combination with the outstanding picturesque views you’re treated to, you can also enjoy a testing round of golf. Following the 18th hole, you can then move on to the 19th hole in the magnificent clubhouse. A must-visit for any golf holiday in Ireland.

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7. Club de Alcanada Spanish flag

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Alcanada Golf Club is located at the Northern tip of Majorca, right by the town of Alcudia. The first thing that will capture your attention when you play on this course is the spectacular scenery with the view across the bay to Alcudia, the coast and the rolling hills. The course is designed by the one and only Robert Trent Jones Jnr, so as you would expect, you will be unlikely to find a hole that you will not enjoy.Find out more on Club de Alcanada

8. Mottram Hall Golf Club  England flag

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This hidden gem is found within 270 acres of the finest parkland in the country of Cheshire, England. The front nine offers a picturesque backdrop of the 18th Century Hall. While the back nine winds across lush woodland and provides a more demanding test, even for the very best of golfers. This 7,006 year 18-hole par 72 Championship course is a must-visit for any golf trip in England.

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9. Mount Wolseley Golf Course  Irish flag

Situated on within a 2,500-acre estate in County Carlow, Mount Wolseley Golf Course certainly has the surroundings to match the brilliant 18-holes. The course has a par of 72 and spreads across a total length of 7,106 yards. This parkland course is very demanding with more than half of the holes including water hazards. 8/10 par fours are more than 400 yards long. Are you up for the challenge?

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10. Wicklow Golf Club  Irish flag

Prior to being a full 18-hole course, golfers at Wicklow had to play on a 9-hole course from 1904. However, 90 years later the course was extended to 18-holes and then in 2002, a new clubhouse was built for members to celebrate Wicklows centenary year. This scenic parkland course is laid out on cliffs which overlook the Irish Sea. The whole course measures just under 6,000 years and has a par of 71.

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11. Balbriggan Golf Club  Irish flag

Formed in 1945 as a 9-hole layout, Balbriggan Golf Club expanded into an 18-hole course 44 years later once the land was available. The many doglegged tree-lined fairways of Balbriggan are laid out on the pleasantly undulating terrain. From the 13th to the 18th hole the elevated tee positions and raised green offer brilliant variety over the closing holes to really finish your round on a fantastic note.

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12. Tulfarris Golf Resort  Irish flag

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This championship golf course is located on a grand 200-acre estate which also contains a stunning restored 18th century Manor House. The course is laid out in a classical formation of two par 5s and two par 3s on each loop of 9 holes. The most difficult thing about this course is keeping your net score below the par of 72, with a combination of strategic bunkering and the length of the tee at most holes, it tests the best of golfers.

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13. Miramar Club de Golf  Portugal

Miramar Golf Club is the third oldest club in Portugal and in our eyes, one of the best. The course measures just over 3,000 yards in length, with just 1 par 5 at the 8th hole and 6 par 4s varying from 292 yards a the 7th hole all the way to 399 yards at the 3rd hole. The layout of this course is much the same as it was 75 years, paying testament to the excellent design.

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14. Torremirona Golf Course  Spanish flag

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One of the lesser-known golf clubs in the Emporda region of Catalonia, but this course can hold its own to the best in the area. It truly is one of Europes golf course hidden gems. This course is laid out in the true resort course style, with generously proportioned fairways surrounded by a tranquil landscape. The even lie of the land ensures that Torremirona is an easy course to walk.

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15. Fulford Golf Club  English flag

This high-class heathland/parkland course is located just 1 mile outside of York. Initially founded in 1906, the club didn’t move to its current site until 1935. This course is a true test for the handicap golfer, measuring 6,779 yards from the back tees. There’s no doubt you will enjoy your round on Fulford, it’s a brilliant course surrounding by beautiful countryside.

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16. Powerscourt Golf Club (East Course)  Irish flag

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Powerscourt Golf Club is located just a short drive from Dublin Airport. However, the setting is polar opposite from the nearby capital. Powerscourt Estate stands in 1000 acres of beautiful parkland. The natural beauty of this club alone is worth the visit. However, the main attractions are the brilliant two championship golf courses, in particular, the East Course.

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17. Villa Padierna Golf Club (Alferini Course)  Spanish flag

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This course was designed by Antonia Garcia Garrido and that’s clear to see by its conserved landscaping. The Alferini Course is a challenge for any level of golfer. This course has a total length of 6,614 metres and is one of the few par-73s on the coast. The course is surrounded by serenity and peace and quiet, thanks to the course being in the middle of a lush valley within the mountain of Benahavis.

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18. Golf de Bitche  French flag

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Nestled in the slopes of Grand Kindelberg, this 27-hole course stretches over 70 hectares of stunning forestland. This course is filled with water hazards and elevated tee boxes to fit in well with the contours of the terrain. The par 4s and 5s of the course which are exposed to hilltop winds offer brilliant challenges to every level of golfer. The most challenging and recommended combination is course A+B. This course is playable all year round.

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19. La Envía Golf  Spanish flag

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La Envia Golf and Country Club is located in a valley surrounded by mountains. The mountains surrounding the course ensure that the 18-holes are protected from east and western winds, which leads to brilliant golfing conditions. Each of the 18-holes are lined with palm and mimosa trees, giving the feeling you’re playing golf in a true paradise.

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20. Golf De Saint Jean De Monts  French flag

This brilliant links course is located in ideal golfing terrain right on the western coast of France. You won’t be let down by the fantastic views. The first 9-holes of the course are set in pine woods which act as protection from the sea winds, but watch out for the tricky, tactically placed bunkers. The next 9-holes have traditional links characteristics and run right alongside the ocean.

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21. Golf De L’Ailette  French flag

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With many water hazards set throughout this course, even the most experienced of golfer will find this a challenge. Set on the outskirts of Ailette water park and on mature woodland, this 18-hole course is a true hidden gem. Before you tackle ‘Chemin des Dames’ course you can practice your play on a shorter 9-hole course.

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22. Galway Golf Club  Irish flag

There are plenty of mature trees, elevated and tiered greens to pose a challenge, so you must be accurate off the tee on this course! If you really want to score well, you need to be on top of all your game, including having a good short and putting game. The course stretches over 5,974 metres and plays to a par of 70.

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23. Pitlochry Golf Club  Scottish flag

This is one of Scotland finest inland courses. It’s not the longest course you’ll find, measuring at just under 5,700 yards. However, what you will find, is that it is a tricky course with small and fast greens. There’s no par-5s on Pitlochry, however, as most of us know, short doesn’t necessarily mean easy.

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24. Greenore Golf Club  Irish flag

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Back in 1899 Greenore Golf Course was extended from 9-holes to 18-holes and the following year a pavilion style clubhouse was constructed. The course is a mixture of parkland and links-like holes which are surrounded by tall pine trees. Over the year continuous improvements have been made to Greenore Golf Course.

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25. Golf Colline Del Gavi  Italian flag

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There is no doubt that Golf Colline Del Gavi is a challenging course. Sometimes the course can be so quiet that it will be only you and the birds playing a round of golf. This course is a true hidden gem, which appeals to both beginners and advanced golfers. The fairways are placed through forests and hills, while little creeks and lakes form natural water hazards.

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26. Tramore Golf Club  Irish flag

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The Old Course at Tramore has managed to retain much of its original character which makes this course so great after recent remodelling. If you’re accurate off the tee, you will be rewarded on this course. This parkland course has a par-72 and some fantastic features. One thing that is consistent all the way through the course is quality, hence why Tramore makes our list of hidden gems.

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27. Golf de Bauge  French flag

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Set in the beautiful French countryside, Golf de Bauge will keep you on the top of your game. Your head will have to be on the game for every single shot if not, you’re likely to be punished from one of the unforgiving hazards. This hidden gem offers a great challenge with fantastic surroundings to match.

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28. Club de Golf Son Servera  Spanish flag

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This unique members club is the second oldest course on the Spanish island of Majorca. The 18-hole course sits between pine-clad mountains on one side and stunning views over the bay of Cala Millor on the other. All levels of golfer will enjoy their game while being challenged by water hazards and bunkers around the course.

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29. Golf de Roquebrune Resort  French flag

Golf Swing

Situated between Cannes and St Tropez, Roquebrune Golf Course is a must-visit for anyone in the region. The club is nestled in peaceful and tranquil natural surroundings, allowing you to mix your passion for golf with a relaxing walk taking in a side to the French Riviera that is barely talked about.

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30. Auchterarder Golf Club  Scottish flag

This parkland course has views towards the Ochil Hills and Gleneagles. It runs alongside the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Hotel, so it is no surprise this brilliant course is sometimes overlooked. However, we would urge anyone to make this 5775-yard course a priority when they visit Scotland. Each of the holes throughout the course offers a different test to golfers of all abilities.
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31. Golf Club Padova  Italian flag

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Situated in a valley at the foot of Colli Euganei, Golf Club Padova is mostly set over even ground, however, there are plenty of tactically placed water hazards to catch you out. As well as looking out for water hazards, do not forget about the biggest test on the course, avoiding the dense vegetation on both sides of the fairways.

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32. Esker Hills Golf Club  Irish flag

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Christy O’Connor Jnr has created a brilliant yet challenging parkland course, measuring a total distance of 6,669 yards. The course contains a total of 4 lakes, along with many trees which will add more and more definition to the course over time. There are 4 par-3s (all 170 yards in length), several of the par-4s have doglegs and one of them is a huge 490 yards in length!

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33. Club de Golf Vallromanes  Spanish flag

Golf Course

Club de Golf Vallromanes is an 18-hole course with a par of 72. The course is divided into two distinct sections. The first 9 holes of the course stretch across a flat valley, while the last 9 holes hang on the edge of a hill. The enormous greens on the course are one of the stand out features, with a putt of over 40 metres!

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34. Shirland Golf Club  English flag

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Just a few minutes from junction 28 of the M1, you will find an 18-hole course hidden away at the head of a stunning Derbyshire valley. Shirland has a manicured layout which merges brilliantly with the rugged beauty of the surrounding area. This all makes for an unforgettable golf experience. If you’re looking for a game of golf in tranquil surroundings, then Shirland is the place for you.

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35. Garlenda Golf Club  Italian flag

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Garlenda Golf Club features an 18-hole course with no two holes the same, the variety across the course will suck you in and leave you wondering why you’d never played here before. One of the highlights for us is the par-4 4th hole, which is slightly doglegging to the left. The green is protected by 2 bunkers and a river at the back, while the fairway is closely lined with trees, so you’ll need to be on the top of your game.

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36. Golfclub Petersberg  Italian flag

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This scenic course is situated on the southern slope of the Dolomite Alps, set at an altitude of around 1,200 metres. One thing you’ll instantly notice is that the course is surrounding by pictorial mountaintops. The course was opened in the spring of 1989, being the first course in South Tyrol. Numerous doglegs and beautiful greens are surrounded by trees.

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37. Druids Heath Golf Club  English flag

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Druids Heath Golf Club offers a challenging and exciting 18-hole, par 72 course. This course is a test for all levels of golfer. The course stretches over 6,660 yards. As well as a quality course, the surroundings of Druids Heath Golf Club also add to the experience, with the course being set in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside.

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38. BlackSeaRama Golf  bulgarian flag

Another addition from Bulgaria, which is one of the true hidden gems in Europe when it comes to golf courses. BlackSeaRama Golf Course is another course with stunning views over coastal cliffs, what more could you ask for while you’re being tested on a brilliant Championship golf course?

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39. Forfar Golf Club  Scottish flag

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This heathland course is just 12 miles from Carnoustie and a must-visit for any golf holiday in the area. The tight fairways and classic layout give this inland course a similar feel to a links course. There are several difficult holes on the course to keep you challenged throughout. A tough test for golfers of all levels of ability.

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40. El Valle Golf  Spanish flag

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Situated in a natural desert valley, you will be hard pushed to find a golf course with better surroundings. With the small dunes and elevated views over the desert valley, you might be tricked into thinking you’re playing golf in the middle of Arizona. This course is routed in a core format, so basically, several holes are grouped together, keeping the surrounding development on the perimeter.

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41. Calanova Golf Club  Spanish flag

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With the Mijas mountains on one side of the course and the sea on the other side of the course, you are sure to find spectacular surrounding views on every hole you play on the course at Calanova Golf Club. Credit to Manuel Pinero who designed this 18-hole course in late 2005, the greens consist of brilliant shaping work. Be careful of the hazards which are clearly visible on every hole.

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42. Sherry Golf Jerez  Spanish flag

Golf Course

This a new course to Andalusia, which has been designed in an American style, meaning you will have to use brains as well as brawn to score well. Be ready to get your driver out on the tee, with wide fairways and expansive greens. The flat fairways ensure that the course provides a test of accuracy. With every good golf course, Sherry Golf Jerez is suitable for both amateurs and professionals alike.

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43. Fermoy Golf Club  Irish flag

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Established in 1892, the wooded course at Fermoy Golf Club is a test for expert and novice golfers. Once you’ve enjoyed your round of golf, you can relax in the newly refurbished clubhouse and restaurant which overlooks the course and beautiful surrounding countryside. One thing you will notice when you’re at Fermoy Golf Club is Corrin Hill and its stone cross at the summit, a focal point for the whole area.

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44. Golf de Marseille La Salette  French flag

Golf Course

This spectacular undulating 18-hole course is set out within a garden of Provence. In turn, this offers unrivalled views of the Garlaban Massif and the town of Marseille. The winding fairways are compliment the valleys perfectly, which creates an almost unbelievable contrast with the flatlands. It has got to be said, this course is one of the most exciting that architect Michel Gayon has ever designed.

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45. Golf De Falgos  French flag

Two Golfers

Right by the Spanish border Domaine de Falgos is a must play for any golf enthusiast in the area. This top quality course lies in a unique location with beautiful surroundings. It is set amongst rolling mountain countryside. Golfers of all abilities can hone their game on this course; it does require skilful shot-making. Enjoy a round of golf on a spectacular course right by the foot of Mount Canigou, overlooking the bay of Rosas.

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46. Santa Clara Golf Club Marbella  Spanish flag

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Just a couple of miles east of Marbella and surrounding by so many well-known golf course, it isn’t hard to see why Santa Clara Golf Club Marbella is sometimes overlooked. However, we would urge anyone who is on the Costa del Sol to visit this course. The course will test even the best of golfers and it is unforgiving. The course is designed to the latest USGA specifications of a parkland course. There are plenty of water hazards throughout the course, including a giant river which swirls across the golf course and many lakes.

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47. Golf Club Grado  Italian flag

Golf Ball and Club

This 18-hole championship course is the most modern and largest course at the Northern Adriatic Sea. The location is breathtaking, with the pathway of the course being sandwiched between lakes and ponds. This course is arguably one of the most beautiful in Italy. Pack your bags and get to Golf Club Grado, you won’t regret it! A brilliant round of golf with views to match.

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48. Golf Santo Antonio Portugal flag

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With so many top courses in the Vilamoura and the Algarve, it is easy to understand why Santo Antonio Golf Course is sometimes overlooked. However, we would happily place this course in the same category as many of the regions top courses. The course architect has succeeded in creating a fascinating, yet challenging course, with its own unique style. This course is sure you have you eager to come back for another round in order to master the more challenging holes.

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49. Guadalhorce Club de Golf Spanish flag

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Guadalhorce Club de Golf has a course which can be divided into two distinct areas. The first area, from the 1st-9th hole, bears no major water hazards. Whereas the second area from the 9th-18th hole is where it gets tricky, with uneven terrain, raised greens and more difficult fairways. This course is a must-visit for any golf holiday in Malaga.

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50. El Paraiso Golf Club Spanish flag

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What could be more appealing than a course situated in a location which gets over 300 days of sunshine a year? Well, southern Spain does and that’s exactly where El Paraiso Golf Club is. As with many of the hidden gem golf courses in our top 50, El Paraiso is surrounded by picturesque landscape, with hills on the boundaries and views of the coast. Fairways on this course are wide, but we warn you to attack them carefully, the roughs are dangerous traps. Also, make sure you watch out for the water hazards! Many Spanish courses get overlooked for those near the likes of Malaga and Alicante, but this one shouldn’t!

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The Top 5 Best Golf Courses in Turkey

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Where Europe meets the Middle East – Antalya and Belek provide the perfect golfing hub for those looking for a world-class golfing break with championship courses set in a warm climate. As well as a host of luxury resorts and hotels, Turkey’s coastline boasts pristine sandy beaches and turquoise waters, perfect for taking a break from golf to soak up the sun and culture.

 

1. Gloria Golf Club

 

Course Type: 18-hole golf course (Gloria Old & Gloria New) and 9-hole golf course (Gloria Verde)
Time to Gloria Golf Club from Antalya Airport: 35 minutes (35.4km)
Recommended accommodation: Gloria Golf Resort

Set on the beachfront, Gloria Golf Club benefits from serene views of the ocean.

Situated between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Coast, Gloria Golf Club was one of the first resorts in Turkey to feature its own golf course and now boasts three on-site courses. The Gloria Old and New are both 18-hole parkland-style courses, while the Gloria Verde is a modest 9-hole course – all set among the pine forests of Belek.

The Gloria Golf Hotel is the most popular hotel out of three Gloria accommodation options, with a desirable beachfront location and the Acusi River within putting distance. Overall, there are eight diverse restaurants available to choose from, as well as two snack bars, one café and six bars.

 

2. Carya Golf Club

 

Course Type: 18-hole golf course
Time to Carya Golf Club from Antalya Airport: 46 minutes (29.0km)
Recommended accommodation: Regnum Carya Resort

The Carya Golf Club is a true championship golf course, uniquely designed to host night-time floodlit golf.

The parkland-style course features free-flowing holes that run between pine and eucalyptus trees and through a dramatic sand ridge. The Carya Golf Course has also recently welcomed a new clubhouse and advanced driving range.

The Regnum Carya Resort provides the perfect place to stay if you’re golfing at the Carya Golf Club. The luxury, 5-star accommodation has an all-inclusive option which features four a-la carte restaurants for guests to choose from. The modern-designed hotel also boasts a large spa for ultimate relaxation.

 

3. Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club

 

Course Type: 18-hole golf course
Time to Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club from Antalya Airport: 40 minutes (30.5km)
Recommended accommodation: Maxx Royal Golf Resort Hotel

The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club, situated in Belek features an 18-hole parkland-style golf course, a golf academy and dedicated training facilities. The course is positioned in 104 hectares of pine forest and ridges, with eight lakes and seven hectares of bunkers which create a truly natural feel.

The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club is the obvious choice for complimentary accommodation, providing a complete VIP experience for keen golfers. The 5-star hotel features amazing views overlooking the Mediterranean and also includes an indoor pool, spa and all-inclusive food and drink.

 

4. Antalya PGA Sultan Golf Club

 

Course Type: 18-hole golf course
Time to Antalya PGA Sultan Golf Club from Antalya Airport: 32 minutes (24.6km)
Recommended accommodation: Kempinski Hotel

The PGA Sultan is a challenging, competition-level, parkland-style golf course which blends into its forest setting and features tactical bunkers and water hazards to challenge each player. The Belek-based course was created for the skilled golfer and delivers a rewarding test of golfing ability.

The Kempinski hotel is the perfect 5-star place to stay for those booked to play the PGA Sultan course. Known for its wellness facilities, the hotel has a private beach where visitors can enjoy watching the sunset over the turquoise waters. There are five restaurants to choose from and 4 luxury bars.

 

5. Sueno Golf Club

 

Course Type: 18-hole golf course
Time to Sueno Golf Club from Antalya Airport: 36 minutes (27.5km)
Recommended accommodation: Sueno Deluxe Belek

With 18-holes on both the Sueno Pines and Sueno Dunes parkland-style courses, the Sueno Golf Club was designed by PGA Design Consulting and Bob Hunt. The picturesque courses feature a total of 20 lakes and 128 bunkers, both courses provide an exciting game, with the Pines, in particular, hosting a range of challenging, winding fairways.

The Sueno Deluxe Belek is a 5-star resort which opened in 2015, making it one of the newest golfing hotels in the area. The all-inclusive, luxury hotel has direct beach access and is positioned behind the driving range of the Sueno Golf Club for easy access.

 

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Golf Slang & Lingo

Learning the Lingo: Golf Slang & Terms

Many sports have their own vocabulary and golf is no exception. Learning golfing terminology can be like learning a foreign language at times.

Here at Golf Drives, we have put together an A-Z list of our favourite and the most commonly used golf phrases and terms, so you can be completely prepared the next time you hit the green.

A-Z Golf Slang and Terminology

A

“A” Game: A golfer’s best game which is executed on a regular basis.
Ace: Hitting the ball into the hole in one swing of the club.
Afraid of The Dark: When the putted ball refuses to fall into the hole.
Airmail: A golf shot which travels a considerably longer distance than planned.
Albatross (aka Double Eagle): This means a score of three strokes under Par, which as you can imagine is very rare.
All square: Tied score in match play.
Army Golf: Like a marching rhythm: Left-right-left, in the game of golf it means hitting the ball out of bounds to the left then to the right the next time.

B

Backhander: When you hit the ball casually with the back-side of the putter to “Hole” a very short putt.
Banana Ball: The ball travels in a ”banana-shaped” curve. A very sharp fade shot known as a “slice”.
Barkies: Hitting the golf ball at trees and obtaining a good score despite it.
Beach: Term used for a sand bunker.
Birdie: A score of one less than par.
Bite: If a ball has lots of backspin it is said to “bite” because it stays close to where it landed or may spin back toward the player. If a ball appears to be going past the hole a player may shout “pray” or a more humorous way can be to shout, “grow teeth!”.
Bogey: A score of one over par.
Bracket: To be prepared for a different situation where you need to hit a certain shot you will need to take additional clubs – one higher and one lower known as a Bracket.
Buzzard (aka Double Bogey): A score of two over par.

C

Cabbage (aka Spinach): If you hit the ball into inescapable thick rough.
Can: Refers to the “Cup” on the Green.
Carpet: Term which refers to the “Green”.
Casual water: A build-up of water on the golf course after heavy rain that is not part of a water hazard. The player can move the ball without penalty.
Cat Box: A sand bunker
Chicken Stick: If faced with a difficult shot, a golfer will choose a play-it-safe club that is within his capabilities to properly complete the shot.
Chili Dip (aka Fat/Chunk shot): Hitting the ground behind the ball before impact with the ball.
Chipping: Short shot usually made from just off the green.
Cuban: Putting action where the ball stops short of dropping into the cup.
Cup: The hole on the green – 4.5-inch diameter, 4-inch-deep.

D

Dance floor: Refers to the green.
Dawn patrol: Golfers who play at sunrise.
Dew Sweepers: Reference to players in a Professional Tournament who have the earliest Tee times (when the dew is still on the course), in the third or fourth round of the tournament.
Dog Track (aka Goat track): When a golf course is in poor condition.
Dribbler (aka Fat Shot): When a shot that only goes forward a few feet.
Duck Hook (aka Snap Hook): A ball that curves right to left on a low trajectory and off target.
Duffer (aka Hacker): An “inexperienced” or mediocre golfer.
Deep: A hole/flagstick that is located on the back of the green.
Divot: The small chunk of turf that is dislodged when a club head strikes the ground as a player hits the ball.
Drained: Slang term for having sunk a putt.
Draw: A golf shot (for a right-handed golfer) where the ball slowly moves right to left.
Drive: The first shot taken at the teeing ground at each hole.
Driver: The longest club with the biggest head, used for tee shots as it’s designed to hit the ball the farthest.
Duff: A bad shot.

E

Eagle: A score of two under par.
Executive course: A golf course that is shorter and has a lower par than regular golf courses suitable for beginner golfers and juniors.

F

Fade (aka Cut Shot): A golf shot (right handed golfer) in which the ball gradually moves left to right.
Fairway: The centre, short-mown portion of a golf hole in between the teeing ground and the green.
First tee: Where a round of golf play begins.
Flyer: Hit from the rough, a ball which goes a lot further than envisioned.
Fly the green: A shot that goes over the green.
Fore: Shouted when the ball is heading towards someone.
Forward tees: The teeing ground located closest to the green.
Flop shot: A golf shot which is hit quite high and short, which upon contact with the Green, rolls very little and stops. The ball is “Flopped” onto the putting surface.
Flub: A terrible shot which causes a loss in scoring.
Foot Wedge: Where the golfer uses his “foot” to push the ball into a better position.
Four-jack: On any given Green taking four putts to get the ball in the hole.
Fried Egg (aka Plugged): Where only the top half of the ball is visible when buried in a Sandtrap.
Frog Hair: Closely mown grass surrounding the Green.

G

Gimme: A shot so close that only a short putt is needed, and the other players agree can count automatically without being played.
Get up: An expression shouted at a ball that looks like it’s going to land short of the target.
Grounding: Setting the heel of the golf club on the ground.

H

Handicap: A numerical representation of a golfer’s playing ability.
Honours: The right to tee off first based on having the best score on the last hole or being furthest away from the hole.
Hook: When a right-handed player strikes the ball such that it curves sharply from right to left.
Hot: A shot that goes faster than intended.
Hacker: An “inexperienced” or mediocre golfer.
Hand Wedge: Where the golfer uses his “hand” to nudge the ball into a better lie.

I

Iffy lie: A ball that is in an unfortunate lie and dubious whether the ball can be struck well for a good golf shot.
In the Leather: A putted ball close enough to the hole to be accepted by the other players.

J

Juicy lie: Offers a nice clean hit. A juicy lie indicates the ball is sitting on top of grass as if it is mounted on a short Tee.
Jungle: A ball hit into the deepest and rough area on the golf course.

K

Kick: A golfer who asks for a good kick is hoping for the ball to bounce in a good position.
Knee-knocker: A nervous reaction when a golfer has a short putt (3 to 4 feet) remaining for the next Putt.

L

Lay up: When trying to reach the Green could be a risky shot and it is a lot safer to hit a drive or fairway shot short of the Green.
Lip out: You have “lipped out” when your ball hits the lip but doesn’t go in the hole.
Loop: Refers to one 18-Hole circuit around the Golf Course.
Lumberjack: When a golfer hits a ball into a wooded area numerous times during a round and continues to hit the trees trying to get out of the woods.
Lie: While in play the Lie is the position/location of the golf ball.
Loft: The degree/angle of the face of the club.

M

Mickey Mouse course: Refers to a course with many short holes and bad maintenance.
Mulligan: Referring to a second shot from the Tee, after a bad first shot.
Match play: A golf format where the goal is to win individual holes rather than tallying the total of all the strokes.
Modified scramble (aka Shamble/ Texas Scramble): Tournament format where golfers select the best shot off the tee, move all balls to that spot, and play individual stroke play for the rest of the hole.

N

Nineteenth (19th) hole: The Clubhouse Bar.
Nip it: A Clean hit which tends to lessen the amount of backspin.
Nuked: When you gain a greater distance than your average or typical distance.

O

Out of Bounds (OB): The area of the course is often marked by white stakes which should be avoided where play is not allowed.

P

Pin (aka The Stick): The flagstick on the green standing inside the cup.
Playing through: When a group of golfers pass by another group of slower playing golfers.
Provisional ball: A second ball that is played if the first ball is or may be lost or out of bounds.
Putting: The golf stroke used to roll the ball on the green.

Q

Quick: Rushing your swing or trying to hit too hard.

R

Rainmaker: A golf shot with a very high trajectory.
Ready golf: To speed up or maintain the pace of play players will hit when ready.
Rough: The long grass bordering the fairway.

S

Scratch: A golfer with Zero handicap.
Snowman: Reference to scoring an 8 on a hole.
Skull: A stroke made above the equator of the ball which is mis-hit, resulting in a line-drive trajectory.
Sticks: The plural “sticks” means golf clubs not to be confused with flagstick.
Stroke play: A golf format in which the objective is to finish the game using the fewest total shots.

T

Tap in: A short, easy to make Putt.
Tester: Tends to test a golfer. It is where a Putt is too far away for a “Gimmie”, but short enough a good putting golfer can hole it.
The Tips (aka Championship Tees/Back Tees): The farthest teeing ground from the green, usually defined by blue, black or gold tee markers.
Thin (aka Skinny): A shot strike near the centre of the ball, characteristically causing a low flight.
The turn: The halfway point in a round of golf.

U

Up and down: Only taking two strokes to get the golf ball into the hole when your ball is resting around the green.
U-turn: A Putt that rolls almost all the way around the edge of the “Cup” before actually coming out and around without falling in.

V

Valleys: Relatively flat areas with sharp undulations between mounds on a green.
Victory lap: The circle a Putt makes around the rim of the Cup before going in.
Velcro: Is the speed of the Putting Green on a golf course.

W

Worm burner: A golf shot (not a putt) in which the ball never gets but a few feet off the ground.
Watery Grave: A final resting place for your “Miss-Hit” shot over a water hazard.
Whiff: A poor golf swing with a complete miss of the ball.

Y

Yips: Due to nervousness and lack of a smooth putting stroke, Yips is the inability to make short putts.
Yank: When a Putt is pulled sharply to the left.

Z

Zone: You’re said to be “in the zone” if you are playing well.

Gearing up for your next golfing trip

Now that you’ve learned the lingo, you’ll be all set for your next round of golf. If you’re heading off on holiday, why not arrive in style with one of our golf transfers? We can help you book your travel from the airport straight to your golf resort or 18-hole course, wherever you are. It’s convenient and hassle-free, so you can focus on your game (and your golf slang)! Simply fill out our transfer form to get an instant quote.

Looking for even more golf tips?

If you’re still looking for your next golfing holiday, check out our top five golf courses in the Algarve, Portugal and our guide to taking your golf clubs abroad. Our blog is full of resources designed to help you out on your next golfing trip.

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11 golf accounts you need to be following on Instagram

Whether you are looking to improve your golf game and want to see how the pros do it or are just looking for a bit of a laugh, there is plenty of golf-related media out there for you to enjoy. Here are 11 tee-riffic (sorry) golf accounts that you need to be following on Instagram!

 

@pjkoenig

Patrick Koenig is a golfing enthusiast and photographer, head over to his Instagram to check out some of the outstanding photographs of people, places and things he encounters on the golf course.

 

@taniatare63

Tania Tarehas made a name for herself with her trick shot skills. The professional golfer from New Zealand makes impossible shots look easy, on and off the course.

 

@anthony.taranto

Anthony Taranto is an artist who creates amazing personalized Callaway wedges from his California workshop. In fact, if you see a custom Callaway wedge, it was most likely designed and built by him. Go and check out some of his spectacular work.

 

 

@golf_gods

Golf Gods describe themselves as, ‘not your everyday golf brand’ and we couldn’t agree more. Specialising in out of the ordinary golf apparel, their Instagram account is your one-stop shop for Golf-related humour, gifs and memes.

 

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Stunt cart! ? ? – @bernskii @itskurtnelson @stuntsmith @travis_gilbert_quist

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@foreplaypod

Cheeky name notwithstanding, The Fore Play Podcast is a laddish yet highly enjoyable concept, a funny and refreshing take on the game ”by the common golfer, for the common golfer.”

 

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Are you golfing at a zoo? @barstooloutdoors

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@belenmozo

Belen Mozo is a former Spanish professional golfer who plays in the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour. She provides an interesting behind-the-scenes insight into life on the LPGA tour and the training that goes into it.

 

 

@nolayingup

The guys over at No Laying Up always have something interesting to offer up when it comes to the hottest topics in golf. Their series, Tourist Sauce is also a great watch!

 

 

@matt_ginella

Matt Ginella is a TV personality and editor-at-large of Golf Advisor who shares his fascinating thoughts on golf courses and resorts around the world.

 

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Quite a day in and around—and above—Whistler. We stretched it out at @bigskygolf with @sethwescott, as the crew was committed to a helicopter lift to one of the most epic 19th holes in the world. Thank you to @blackcombhelicopters for the patience and the lift as we touched down 7,000-feet about the Pemberton Valley and scattered a bag of biodegradable range balls all over the facade of Mount Currie. Wescott, a two-time gold medalist and Palmeresque pioneer of his sport, recently retired from snowboard cross as he focuses on his family, business and golf. “Great to show you a little corner of B.C.,” he said, as we both contemplated the meaning of life, great wives, the magical world of fatherhood and tee shots with 12 seconds of hang time. Yet again, golf links souls and strikes fear into the concept of getting to your left side. Next time you want a little inspiration, watch Wescott win both ?? here: https://youtu.be/3wLk-Y13DaY, or click the link in my bio. In 2010, in Whistler, he beats a Canadian after spotting the field almost 30 yards. ??

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@tishaalyn

Tisha Alyn is a Filipina-American professional golfer, dancer, fitness model, and broadcaster whose infectious personality will surely win you over. And if that doesn’t, her golf tricks will!

 

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Happy Friday y’all! ?⛳️❤️ #golfie #golfislife #cobragolf #pumagolf

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@the_beau_show_

Beau Hossler is a 24-year-old American professional golfer who at just 17 years old, qualified for his second consecutive U.S. Open. He shares some fascinating insights and opinions on the art of golf.

 

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Throwing punches with Coach Fields

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@Golfdigest

Golf Digest is a monthly magazine published that covers everything relating to recreational golf and men’s and women’s competitive golf. The perfect place for the latest golf news.

 

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The Challenge: Japan Skins competitors make their picks ahead of facing off on October 21. ?

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The Top 10 Golf Courses in England

Most people don’t think of England as being a top golfing destination, but, actually, golf is a huge part of English culture. This is reflected by numerous golf courses across the entire country. It may surprise you to hear that there are more courses in England than in neighbouring Scotland.

This means that you’re spoilt for choice — it can be difficult to know which course to pick for your next golfing holiday. To help you choose, we’ve made a shortlist of the top 10 golf courses in England.


 

  1. The Royal St George’s Golf Club

Royal St George’s in Kent has played an important role in golf history. In 1894, it became the first club outside of Scotland to host the Open Championship. To date, it has held 14 Open Championships, which is still more than any other club outside Scotland.

The course at Royal St George’s is set among wild dunes with blind and partially-blind shots. Although it has been adapted to be slightly more fair, it still has the deepest bunker in championship golf.

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  1. Sunningdale Golf Club

A short distance from London, you’ll find Sunningdale Golf Club, home to two courses — the Old Course and the New Course.

An interesting thing about the Old Course is that designers had previously considered the heath, hills, and woodland unsuitable for playing golf. However, since it opened in 1901, it has been widely called one of the best inland courses in the country.

In contrast with the Old Course, the New Course at Sunningdale has undergone many changes since its inception in 1913. Only the first five holes remain as they were originally, but the redesign (which has fewer hills) has proved popular.

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  1. St Enodoc Golf Club

St Enodoc also has two courses: Church Course and Holywell Course. Situated on the coast of Cornwall, both offer spectacular ocean views.

The most notable feature of Church Course is the so-called Himalaya bunker at the sixth hole. There is some argument as to whether it is the biggest bunker of any golf course in Europe. However, the signature hole of the course is the 10th, as this passes by St Enodoc Church, for which the course is named. Sir John Betjeman is buried here — the Poet Laureate was a fan of the course and even wrote a poem about its 13th hole called “Seaside Golf.”

Then you have Holywell Course. It is a great choice if you want a challenge, whatever your handicap. At the same time, it is far less strenuous than Church Course, making it ideal for a relaxing round.

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  1. Saunton Golf Club

Saunton is another club with two courses, called the East Course and the West Course. Both are championship courses are were named among the 100 Best Courses in the UK. Visitors can play on either and are welcome most days after 9:30 am, provided they notify the club of their arrival in advance.

The land of Saunton Golf Club is managed particularly carefully, as it is situated on Braunton Burrows in Devon. This is the largest sand dune in England and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A great time to visit is the summer, when more than 400 varieties of wild flowers are in bloom. However, you can play at any time of the year. In fact, Golf World magazine even named the club the Best Value Winter Break destination.

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  1. Ganton Golf Club

Ganton Golf Club is just south of North Riding Forest Park. Its Championship Course features undulating terrain of combined heathland and links. It is ideal for a relaxing game, but equally suitable for serious golfers who want to test their skills.

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  1. Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Since World War II, no club has held more championship and international events than Royal Birkdale. It has been named top club in England and among the top 35 in the world. Located near the coast in Southport, the course provides you with a classic link experience.

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  1.  Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Another course in Southport, Royal Lytham & St Annes is a premier link course and has been the host of many tournaments. Although it is some distance from the sea, you’ll find that the breeze is still strong enough to impact your game. This makes for a difficult game and the need for great accuracy.

Unlike many choices on this list, the course is far from picturesque. However, it still has a unique charm that many golfers love.

To complete your experience, you can stay in the onsite accommodation, just off the first tee.

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  1. Walton Health Golf Club

Since the very first release of the World’s Top Rankings in 1938, the Old Course at Walton has consistently been one of the named courses. Set in Surrey heathlands, this long course with small greens presents a challenge to any golfer.

While at Walton Heath, you need to also play a round on the New Course. Originally a nine-hole course, it has now been extended to a full 18 holes. There are even more hazards on the new course than on the old, presenting fresh challenges to keep you alert.

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  1. Notts Golf Club Ltd

From summer through winter, Notts Hollinwell is the perfect place to play. The free-draining sandstone means that even heavy downpours will not pose a problem. Furthermore, it is stunning all year round, thanks to its location in Kirkby Forest. It uses the natural hills for fairways and has dips and valleys covered in gorse, heather, and fern.

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  1. West Sussex Golf Club

What makes West Sussex Golf Club so appealing is its location. Set against a backdrop of the Sussex Downs, it is framed by pine trees. This beauty continues on the golf course itself. In fact, it is renowned as being one of the most attractive golf clubs in the country, thanks to the incorporation of natural features like heather and softly-rolling hills.

Visitors are welcome most days. The only requirement is that you are a guest of a member of the club or yourself a member of another golf club, either in the UK or abroad.

You can play at the club any time of year, as it is almost always open. After a rainstorm, the sandy subsoil dries fast. Plus, the shelter offered by the Downs means that snow and frost hardly ever pose a problem. If the course does need to close, it is usually for a couple hours at most — nothing to spoil your holiday. This makes West Sussex an excellent choice if you are looking to continue playing late in the season or you want to start early.

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Arriving to the Golf Clubs

Many of these top golf courses are some distance from airports or even train stations. This makes arriving complicated, especially when you consider that you will be carrying a large amount of golfing equipment. Travel in comfort by booking an airport or hotel transfer and eliminate the need to rent a car.

For a service designed for golfers, choose Golf Drives. Unlike other transfer services, you’ll receive one golf bag per person included as standard luggage. Plus, you can arrange pickup and drop-off at a time that suits you.

Review of the 2019 Masters Tournament

This Sunday saw the close of an exciting Masters tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. The winner was Tiger Woods — with his first major win since the 2008 U.S. Open.

So like millions of others, I was astonished by Tiger Wood’s comeback by winning the Masters at 43 years old. I believe everyone, golf and nongolfers can appreciate this triumphant, after he went through four back surgeries and the global tabloid exposure of his martial cheating. This was arguably one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history.

Golf-Drives: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’s Record

Tiger Woods has now won 15 major championships and has had 12 finishes in the top five for his 22 appearances at the Augusta National Golf Club. This was his fifth win at the Masters, which means he has the second most wins of all golfers, just behind Jack Nicklaus — who won six Masters and a total of 18 major championships. Tiger Woods was previously tied for second most wins with Arnold Palmer.


Masters Scores 2019

Tiger Woods gained a final score of (-13) 70-68-67-70.

  • Dustin Johnson (-12) 68-70-70-68
  • Xander Schauffele (-12) 73-65-70-68
  • Brooks Koepka (-12) 66-71-69-70
  • Jason Day (-11) 70-67-73-67
  • Webb Simpson (-11) 72-71-64-70
  • Francesco Molinari (-11) 70-67-66-74
  • Tony Finau (-11) 71-70-64-72

British Airways Golf Clubs Charges

BA’s rules with sporting equipment are like those of Lufthansa, you can take your golf clubs as a part of your hold luggage allowance (not in addition to).

You can take your golf clubs as long as they do not exceed the dimensions of 190 x 75 x 65cm (I’m sure they won’t!) Also, they cannot exceed the weight allowance of 23kg.

If you want to take a suitcase as well as your golf clubs on your holiday, you always have the option to pay for additional luggage. When travelling in Europe to/from London Gatwick or Stansted airports, you will have to pay £36 for any additional bags. All other routes carry a charge of £60 per additional bag (prices are charged each way).

See here for more info.

Round Breakdown

In the first round, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka (the current PGA Championship and U.S. Open champion) together took the lead with 66 (-6). Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler (both pre-tournament favorites) ended the round tied for 11th place with a score of 70 (-2), along with eight other players.

The second round saw Jason Day and Francesco Molinari (both of whom ended up in fifth place) rise to first place with 67 (-5). Also leading at the end of this round were Brooks Koepka (one of the runners up) with a score of 71 (-1), Louis Oosthuizen with 66 (-6), and Adam Scott (the 2013 champion) with 68 (-4), the second-best round of the day.

As per Masters golf rules, all players have to be within 10 shots of the leaders to make the 36-hole cut. A total of 65 succeeded (including four amateurs), which was a record number since the rule was introduced in 1957. Tiger Woods scored 68 (-7), putting him in joint sixth place.

In the third round, Francesco Molinari was still holding on to the lead, ending the round with 66 (-6). Tony Finau scored 64 (-8) and Tiger Woods scored 67 (-5), moving the two of them into joint second place.

At the start of the final round, it seemed as if Francesco Molinari would be the winner of the Masters tournament. In fact, he maintained his lead for the first 11 holes, but his shot at the 12th hole came up short and rolled in Rae’s Creek.

This gave Tiger Woods the chance he needed to rise to first place. He ended up winning the 2019 Masters by just one stroke, at 13 under par. This was the first time he has won a major championship after trailing for 54 holes.


The Rewards

In addition to a fifth green jacket and a Masters golf trophy, Tiger Woods will be taking home a large amount of cash.

The prize fund from the Masters tournament this year is $11,500,000 with a winner’s share of $2,070,000. This is up from a prize fund of $11,000,000 and a winner’s share of $1,980,000 in 2017 and 2018. The amount is larger than other golf events, simply because there are fewer contenders. This year, 87 golfers took part in the Masters. In comparison, the regular PGA tour and the other three majors see 156 players on the field.

After Tiger Woods receives his cut, the remaining amount will be divided among the other winners. The three runners up will each receive $858,667. The golfers in fifth place will each receive $403,938. The amount continues to decrease until 62nd position, with these four golfers each receiving $25,415. As per United States Golf Association rules, amateurs are forbidden to accept any prize money. Four amateurs placed in the 2019 Masters — in joint 32nd, joint 36th, 55th, and joint 58th places.


The Location

The Masters tournament was held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. One of the most famous clubs in the world, it opened in 1933 and has been the host of Masters golf since 1934. For the 2019 Masters tournament, the fifth hole (called Magnolia) was lengthened by 40 yards to 495 yards. This resulted in a total length of 7,475 yards. The course has a par of 72.

The Top Five Best Golf Courses in Algarve, Portugal

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Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, is exceptionally well-known for a number of things – their beaches, sandy coves, five-star villas, and more. But when it comes to golf courses, they definitely peak as one of the best locations in the world.

Whether you’re planning a trip for business or leisure, you simply won’t make the most of your time in this coastal destination without having tried one or more of these best golf courses in Algarve.


1. Vilamoura Victoria Golf Course

Course Type: 18-hole golf course

Payment: £142 for 18 holes

Time to Vilamoura Victoria Golf Course from Faro Airport: 23 minutes (25.9km))

Accommodation near Vilamoura Victoria Golf Course: Antatara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

A pristine golf course in Vilamoura, Algarve, this course has 18 holes and a par of 72. It opened its door in 2004 and is now considered one of the most sophisticated golf courses in Europe. It’s also home to the European Tour Portugal Masters since 2007.

This golf course isn’t very hilly, making it a smooth yet long course. It has adequately-sized fairways and greens, and is suitable for all ages and genders. It’s surrounded by gorgeous lakes, and olive and almond trees, making it not only a great golf course in Algarve but also, a beautiful one.

Another great perk of this golf course is that they have many attractive offers. A game of 18 holes will cost you £142 but if you’d prefer an all-you-can-play game, you can pay £92 and enjoy the course as you like from 15.20 p.m. to 16.30 p.m. And if you book three plus rounds, you will receive an 18% discount, depending on the time of year.

They also offer golf lessons by a professional, so that’s something to think about if you’re new to the golfing game or feel like a brushing up on your skills.


2. Gramacho Golf Course

Course Type: 27-hole golf course

Payment: £72 for 18 holes

Time to Gramacho Golf Course from Faro Airport: 60 minutes (68 km)

Accommodation near Gramacho Golf Course: Pestana Golf Resort

Founded in 1991, Gramacho Golf Course in Algarve can be found in the Carvoeiro region. It has 27 different greens, making it an excellent place to experience different conditions such as bunkers, boulders and trees.

It’s considered one of the best golf courses in Algarve and has a par 72 course. It is quite a short course, in great condition, but don’t let that fool you into believing that it’s any easy course. In fact, it is exceedingly hilly and may be a little challenging for those who aren’t very fit.

In fact, one user commented: “Enjoyable holiday golf, not too difficult, but some challenging holes,” – so watch out for those.

This golf course also shows off a score of 8/10 from recent visitors, and has reception facilities, a pro shop, locker rooms, buggies, a club house with restaurant, and a driving range.

Here, you can also request a lesson or two from a professional golfer. And if you’re hoping to bring your little one along, there is a junior section for those 16 and under.

In terms of payment, you can expect to pay £72 for 18 holes.


3. Onyria Palmares Golf Course

Course Type: 27-hole golf course

Time to Onyria Palmares Golf Course from Faro Airport: 65 minutes (81.7 km)

Accommodation near Onyria Palmares Golf Course: Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel

This ocean-view golf course in Algarve first opened in the 1970’s. Since, it has transformed into an even more spectacular spot for golf-enthusiasts. With over 90% of the course showing off sea views, you can enjoy the sport and a bit of nature.

It is a 27-hole golf course that has been described as quite challenging, despite the gorgeous views, as it was reconstructed by Robert Trent Jones II with “the highest level of international tournament golf in mind”.

This golf course in Algarve has been given an average rating of 4.1. out of 5, with golfers being quite impressed. Some comments from visitors include:

Breath-taking, must-play course,” and “nice to play due to lovely sea views and a real links golf group of holes down by the beach and dunes.”

 The golf course itself has a club house, a driving range, and several pitching and putting greens to encourage your very best game.

One handy tip: consider renting a buggy, as the course has many hills with long distances between holes.


4. San Lorenzo Golf Course

Course Type: 18-hole golf course

Payment: £122 for full 18-holes

Time to San Lorenzo Golf Course from Faro Airport: 20 minutes (18.4 km)

Accommodation near San Lorenzo Golf Course: Dona Filipa Hotel and Formosa Park Apartment Hotel.

This 18-hole golf course in Algarve opened its doors in 1988 and since has been a favourite for locals and tourists alike. It has a par of 72, and you can expect to pay £122 for the full 18 holes.

Interestingly, San Lorenzo Golf Course is considered one of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe, and has won awards for its facilities. And despite each and every hole offering exquisite views, the final hole is the one that may just take your breath away.

At the location, you have access to a club house, a pro golf shop, storage facilities, a driving range, a practice bunker, two chipping greens, one putting green, and an array of golf equipment for hire. You can also request a golf caddy and the cleaning of your golf clubs.

One thing to note: At this golf club in Algarve, you’ll have to pay green fees. And if you are not a member of this golf club, you will only be allowed a game if you book your stay at the Dona Filipa Hotel, a five-star hotel that can be found nearby, or the four-star Formosa Park Apartment Hotel.

Alternatively, you could contact a golfing agency who could perhaps hook you up with a game.


5. Pine Cliffs Golf Course

Course Type: 9-hole golf course

Payment: £20 – £34 for full 9-holes

Time to Pine Cliffs Golf Course from Faro Airport: 32 minutes (35.2 km)

Accommodation near Pine Cliffs Golf Course: Pine Cliffs Golf Suites

This nine-hole golf course in Algarve can be found in the Albufeira region. It has a par of 33, and a game will cost you around £20 to £24.

Pine Cliffs Golf Course is extremely well-maintained and is basically situated on top of a cliff. It’s managed by Pine Cliffs Hotel, a luxury resort, and offers glorious views of the sandy beach and majestic pine trees.

Here, you can expect to play a fun yet somewhat challenging game of golf. In fact, its ninth hole is more commonly known as “Devils Parlour”. This is because it is played from a ravine that shows off sheer natural beauty.

This golf course in Algarve has a rating of 8.1/10 from users, with the majority awarding it five stars. If you decide to visit, you’ll have access to a driving range, a putting green, a chipping green, a pro shop, restaurants and bars, as well as a golf academy.

So, are you ready for a golf holiday of a lifetime? Enjoy one or more of these five best golf courses in Algarve and you’ll be rewarded with excellent facilities, great views, and lots of fun!

Your Comprehensive Guide and Golf Checklist to an Ace Golf Season

The weather is finally starting to swing in your favour, and it is time to enjoy the sunshine once again as the best season of the year arrives! No, not summer – golf season!

And because preparation is key, we’ve created the ultimate pre-season golf checklist so that you’re 100% prepared and ready to play your favourite game in the sun somewhere amazing.

Get Your Body in Check

Golf is an activity that can be taxing on the hips, pelvis and upper back as well as other areas, so it’s important to keep working out to stay fit, even when it’s off season.

These are the four most important parts of the body to work on and how you can implement them into your workout routine:

The Upper Body: with bicep curls and push-ups.

The Lower Body: wall sitting for 30-60 seconds at a time.

Core: stomach crunches and leg lifts.

You’re also going to want to work on your flexibility, so stretching on a daily basis is key to avoiding injuries and aching muscles.

Keep Practicing

Even when the weather makes a turn for the worse, you’re going to have to make sure you’re still practicing. Luckily, it’s easy to do so without leaving your home.

Start off by putting in your house or office, which is an important element of the game. Then, if space allows, you could implement a dome or an indoor net that allows you to practice your short game.

Invest in Excellent Golf Clothes and Accessories

If you’re an avid golf player, you have probably already invested in golf clothes and shoes of excellent quality. If not, we strongly suggest spending that extra bit of money for your attire so that you not only feel comfortable but also look presentable.

Additionally, you’re going to want to plan your attire based on the weather. If your chosen golf holiday location is prone to wind, prepare a windbreaker. For those chilly days, a pair of hand warmers and a beanie. And when it rains, you’ll definitely need waterproof outerwear and an umbrella.

Having the right attire, of course, applies for all kinds of weather fluctuations, including summer. When the sun shines – sun cream, a hat, and sunglasses is paramount.

Lastly, when it comes to waterproof shoes, the longest guarantee is around two years. So if you’re hoping to sport the same pair as last season, it’s probably for the best that you invest in a new pair.

A tip to make your shoes last longer? Buy two pairs and alternate between the two during golf season.

Maintaining your Golf Equipment

Bear in mind that your grip should be replaced after every 30 – 40 rounds of golf. If you’re playing a round with a worn out grip, it will not only make you feel uncomfortable, but it’ll also cause inconsistency and even penalties when it comes to your stroke.

Also, make sure that your shafts and grooves are in good condition.

 

Time for New Golf Equipment?

If you feel that your golfing equipment has run its course, or perhaps you’re looking for an upgrade, the best thing to do is to get your new items fitted by a professional. Again, you’re going to want to spend that extra bit of cash now as opposed to buying what’s on sale every season.

Use a bucket and fill it with a mixture of mild dish washing soap and warm water. Add your club heads so that they are completely covered in the water and leave them for a few minutes. Use a soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush to scrub the grooves, then rinse the head with clean water. Dry with a soft towel.

Treated almost the same as irons, make sure that your metal woods are only dipped into the water/dish washing liquid mixture for a second. Metal woods should never be soaked. Then, dry with a damp cloth. Again, you can use a device to scrub the grooves.

These are very delicate and should only be washed with water and dried with a cloth. Then, use a good quality wax to polish your graphite shafts.

Added tip: graphite shafts should be given an immense amount of care. If you spot any dents in the outer coat, it should be replaced as not to cause any injuries.

To keep a good grip, wet it then add a touch of hand soap. Scrub the grips with an old toothbrush, rinse with water, and dry.

Accountability and Progress

For many, bringing along or making new friends at the golf course is a regular occurrence. And that’s not only great for your social life, but also an excellent way in which to remain accountable.

Create a WhatsApp group or meet regularly to practice and talk about your progress, so that you can watch your and your buddy’s skills get better over time.

Research Golf Holidays

Have you decided where you’ll be going golf season? Research is key! Try to make a list of the things that are desirable to you in terms of a golf course, weather, and other activities, then find a location that best suits you.

It’ll also be extremely beneficial for you to find holiday golf resorts that offer golf transfers. This is because, if you’ve ever travelled with your equipment, you’ll know that it can be quite a nightmare.

Traveling with Golf Clubs

When traveling, you have one of two options. You could either hire clubs at your golf resort or you could bring yours along with you. If you’re planning for the latter, then here are several tips on how to travel with golf clubs:

  • Check your airline to see if there are any additional fees attached to bringing your golf clubs.
  • Be sure to get travel insurance (or better yet, travel insurance for golf holidays) so that, should something go missing or damaged, you’re covered.
  • Try to book a non-stop flight, as it minimises the risk of damage while in transit.
  • Choose a sturdy golf bag to reduce the chance of damage, and add towels in between your irons and wedges for extra padding. Woods should always have head covers.
  • Consider a shipping service that can transport your golf equipment for you, so that you don’t need to travel with them yourself.

An Additional Helpful Tip for Golf Season

If you’ve chosen to go on a golf holiday and it’s your first time playing there, a handy tip would be to use a GPS-tracking watch. Even better, would be to consider a GPS-tracking watch made especially for golfers.

Depending on which GPS-tracking watch you choose, it can help you in a number of ways:

  • It’ll help you to navigate a new course
  • It’ll help you find your distance to the green
  • It’ll track your shots
  • It’ll track the distances off the tee
  • It’ll track your steps
  • It’ll track the speed at various points in your swing
  • It’ll track your performance over time

And there you have it! A comprehensive golf checklist and everything you need to know about preparing for golf season! Hopefully you’ll be graced with excellent weather and an even better swing!

The Best 40 Golf Blogs You'll Find Online in 2019

40 of the Best Golf Blogs You’ll Find Online in 2019

Do you like to be kept up-to-date with the latest news and golf opinions? Or maybe you’re looking for golf holidays along with some of the best how-to tips? Our top 40 golf blogs are a great way to get a different perspective from the mainstream golf media. We’ve even included golf travel blogs so you can pick up a few useful tips for your next golf holiday!

If you’re ready to get to grips with the latest golf trends, putting tips and the hottest courses to try out, these blogs are a great place to start.

How do we rank the best golf blogs?

In order to make our ranking fair, we took into account 4 factors:

  • Alexa Rank
  • Social Media Presence
  • Domain Rating
  • Similarweb rank

For each factor, we gave each blog points. The top blog received 1 point, the 2nd blog 2 points and so on. Each factor was worth 25%, so we added up the total number of points to determine their rank and popularity. Those with the lowest number of points have the highest ranking. Take a look!

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40 of the best golf blogs in 2019

Without further ado, here are 40 of the best golf blogs in 2019.

1. Wei Under Par

Wei Under Par

Stephanie Wei is a well-known name in the golf industry, as a golf broadcaster, writer and blogger, she is known for her unique outlook and reporting style from the PGA Tour and LPGA tournaments. Stephanie is a keen golfer and was nationally ranked in the top 100 as a junior golfer.

Website: weiunderpar.com

2. Irish Golf Desk

Irish Golf Desk

If you’re looking to keep up-to-date with anything and everything related to Irish golf, then Irish Golf Desk is the place for you. More a news website, rather than a blog, but we felt it deserved its place in this list! The content is written and edited by Brian Keogh, who’s also a regular contributor to many top publications.

Website: irishgolfdesk.com

3. Hooked on Golf Blog

Hooked on Golf

Hooked on Golf Blog (HOG) is without a doubt one of the most popular golf blogs around at the moment. It’s easy to understand why when you read their content. If you’re looking to keep in the loop with everything from equipment reviews and travel to tournament news, then you should be a regular reader of HOG!

Website: hookedongolf.com

4. Golf Stinks

Golf Stinks

We love Golf Stinks! It’s a golf blog that we can really relate to. It’s good to read a blog from the perspective of someone in the same shoes as the regular golfer. Golf Stinks doesn’t take itself too seriously. It offers a place to appreciate golf, without the constant pressure to improve your game, as they say, ‘taking the frustration out of golf’.

Website: golfstinks.com

5. Golf Blogger

Golf Blogger

With posts covering the latest news, equipment, travel, betting, players, courses and everything else across the industry, GolfBlogger.co.uk is a one-stop-shop for everything golf. This golf blog is written by people who love golf, for people who love golf. A must-read for any golf enthusiast.

Website: golfblogger.co.uk

6. Golf & Course

Golf & Course

If you’re looking for a website which brings you the best online golf news, blogs and photography then Golf & Course is the site for you. Golf & Course offers brilliant tips and advice, with some added humour for our entertainment, which we love! Find brilliant posts on everything from swing tips to golf app reviews.

Website: golfandcourse.com

7. Hitting it Solid

Hitting it Solid

Troy Vayanos helps golfers with all abilities achieve their golf goals and increase their confidence on the course by showing them how to get the best out of their game. Troy has over 25 years of golfing experience to pass on. He knows exactly what it takes to go from a high 40+ handicap to lower single figures.

Website: hittingitsolid.com

 8. The Sand Trap

The Sand Trap

The Sand Trap began from humble origins on a few golf-nuts friends wanting to share their passion and have a place of their own to talk about golf and share their opinions. Launching in mid-2004, TST has grown to become one of the top golf blogs around, offering news, swing tips, opinions and a whole lot of commentary.

Website: thesandtrap.com

9. The Armchair Golf Blog

Armchair Golf Blog

The Armchair Golf Blog launched back in 2005 as nothing but an experiment by Neil Sagebiel. Since then, the blog has gone from strength to strength and it is now one of the top golf blogs on the internet. Neil’s endeavours have led him to meet golf legends such as Jack Fleck, Errie Ball, Tommy Bolt and many more.

Website: armchairblog.blogspot.com

10. Golf is Mental Blog

Golf is Mental Blog

Josh is a keen golfer who is currently a 4-handicap, with the eventual goal of becoming a scratch golfer. He started Golf is Mental blog as a way of sharing his thoughts and experiences and connect with like-minded golf lovers. He believes golf isn’t just a game, it’s a lifestyle and we agree!

Website: golfismentalblog.com

11. GolfDash Blog

Golf Dash

GolfDash Blog is great if you’re looking to get the very best out of your game or even your life in general with cutting-edge performance ideas. The blog was launched way back in 2006 by John Diekmann and Doug Farrick and since then it has gone from strength to strength to become one of the top golf blogs around.

Website:golfdashblog.com

12. Golf Ball Guy

Golf Ball Guy

Kevin Smith is the man behind Golf Ball Guy. This one-time professional golf club fitter/maker now describes himself as a weekend golfer and family man from Southeast Texas. Kevin is an expert when it comes to signature golf balls and golf ball memorabilia & he considers himself a know it all in the ways of the high handicap golfer.

Website: golfballguy.com

13. GorillaGolfBlog

Gorilla Golf Blog

GorillaGolfBlog offers a unique and fun environment for passionate and would-be golfers. Tommy Priest is from Switzerland. He Launched GorillaGolfBlog back in 2010 and uses the blog to communicate with fellow passionate golfers from everywhere around the world. He encourages compelling conversation between golfers and non-golfers to create a wider interest.

Website: gorillagolfblog.com

14. The Grateful Golfer

The Grateful Golfer

Back in 2012, Jim Burton launched The Grateful Golfer. You might be wondering where the name comes from, well there is a story behind that. Jim is a cancer survivor after being diagnosed in 2009. He now uses the blog to talk about the positive aspects of golf and interact with like-minded golfers and have constructive exchanges about all things golf.

Website: thegratefulgolfer.com

15. Hitting the Green

Hitting the Green

Rob AKA GolfGuyRob is a true golf enthusiast and he is also a golf tutor. He has over 40 fantastic, but frustrating years playing the beautiful game of golf. He shares his passion through his blog – and this really comes through in his writing – with golfers around the world! He’s also been mentioned in several top golf publications.

Website: hittingthegreen.com

16. Eddie Pepperell

Eddie Pepperell

Eddie Pepperell is 22 from England and currently Golfing on the European Tour. He aims to inspire young people and pass on his knowledge through his blog as well as to be able to keep all his thoughts and experiences stored.

Website: eddiepepperell.wordpress.com

17. Scottish Golf Travel

Scottish Golf Travel

Blogger Ru McDonald was awarded Golf Tourism Scotland Young Person of the Year in 2013 for work across the industry. Using his initiative, to grow his personal brand he provides informative content to budding golf travellers. Ru created The Scottish Golf Podcast in 2014 and was joined by Graylyn Loomis whose detailed Scottish golf course reviews always prove popular.

Website: scottishgolfpodcast.com

18. How to Break 80

How to Break 80

Although Jack Moorehouse, is not a golf professional himself, he has worked to help thousands of golfers worldwide to lower their handicaps quickly. As an author of “How to Break 80 and Shoot like the Pros”, he provides useful tips, strategies and techniques to thousands of golfers.

Website: howtobreak80.com/blog

19. Golf for Beginners

Golf for Beginners

Stacy Solomon, from New York, is a Yankees fan but started to learn Golf in 2000. As an avid golfer, she began her Golf for Beginners blog in 2004, as a way for her to write down and remember all her lessons and golf tips. She has since written hundreds of articles and blogs which have been reprinted on thousands of websites including Worldgolf.com.

Website: golf-for-beginners.blogspot.com

20. Rules of Golf

Rules of Golf

Author of ‘999 Updated Questions on the Rules of Golf 2012-2015’ Barry Rhodes, resident in Dublin, is an enthusiastic, high handicap golfer. He developed a fascination with the Rules of Golf in 2000 after his participation in the inter-club Rules of Golf quiz competitions, organised by the Royal & Ancient for Golf Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland. This then led to him writing articles and creating his blog in 2008.

Website: barryrhodes.com

22. The Golf Travel Guru

The Golf Travel Guru

Ed refers to himself as a Guru after nearly three decades visiting golf resorts and destinations and writing about them. He started playing golf from a young age at Mohawk Golf Course in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has since played in golf havens such as Scotland, Ireland, Kenya, Morocco and China. The Golf Travel Guru Blog is his way of giving back and sharing the knowledge he has gained about golf travel over the past 30 years.

Website: thegolftravelguru.com

23. Golf in Romania

Golf in Romania

Golf in Romania is closely related to the Royal Family. The first woman to play golf in Romania was Queen Maria. Golf in Romania started from the idea of having all the details about the golf game, about the lands, competitions, teachers, equipment and impressions about them in one place.

Website: golfinromania.com

24. Birdieable

Birdieable

Rob West, golfer from England blogs for players and fans of all levels. He owes his passion of golf to his golfing father who introduced him to the game 40 years ago. Birdieable came about after he was unable to find a site which offered something else outside of instructional and equipment sales. He takes great pride in writing about not just golf equipment but the best golf courses, news, features and the funniest golf videos on the web.

Website: birdieable.com

25. The Irish Golf Blog

The Irish Golf Blog

Kevin Markham is a Golf Writer and photographer from Wexford, Ireland. He is a published author having written ‘Hooked’, the most comprehensive guide to Ireland’s golf courses, and ‘Driving the Green’. He has 35 years’ experience playing Golf and is a featured writer for Irish Golfer Magazine, a freelancer for Irish Examiner and Editor for Destination Golf Ireland.

Website: theirishgolfblog.com

26. Playing the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Top 100 Golf Courses

The blog focuses on the top 100 golf courses in the world. It covers golf course critique, travelogue and social commentary in equal parts. This blog offers opinions about each course as well as information about the club’s atmosphere and traditions.

Website: top100golf.blogspot.com

27. Travelling Golfer

Travelling Golfer

Covering a range of topics from the best golf resorts to golf training aids and equipment, Mike Sigers has created an informative blog for all golfers.

Website: travellinggolfer.com

28. Golfgal

Golfgal

As an avid golfer, Golfgal took up the sport 10 years ago for both business and pleasure. When she is not playing golf, she is writing about it and has now turned golf into her business. Working as a daily blogger for Golf for Women magazine in 2008 she has also been a senior writer for Inside Golf Magazine and Golf Today Northwest.

Website: golfgal-blog.com

29. Three Guys Golf

Three Guys Golf

Three Guys Golf is a golf blog founded by Adam Staelin, Matt Murley and Wade Baynham. It has regular contributing writers who all seek to provide a unique perspective for fellow golfers. They write long-form prose on a variety of topics including product reviews, golf instructional posts and videos.

Website: threeguysgolfblog.com

30. 4 Deep Golf Blog

4 Deep Golf Blog

If you’re looking for honest yet fair analysis, predictions about the Tour with lots of information you’ve never been exposed to then this blog is for you. Owned by Joel Harrington 4 Deep Golf Blog is not yet another golf website. It is a source for PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour picks, previews, analysis, honest criticism, news, opinions, as well as golf course and equipment reviews.

Website: 4deepgolfblog.com

31. The Golfer Babe

The Golfer Babe

Amy is an amateur golfer and marketer by profession – the Golfer Babe is her persona that brings it all together. Around three years ago, she had her very first golf lesson and she admitted it wasn’t the best. She is now consistently in the low to mid-80s. Her blog is a little bit of everything she loves.

Website: thegolferbabe.com

32. The Golf Blog

The Golf Blog

The Golf Blog is a top blog for all things golf. Posting since 2004 the blog covers everything you need to know about golf and current golf news.

Website: thegolfblog.com

33. Front9Back Golf Blog

Font9Back Blog

Ryan lives in San Antonio with his wife and is the Chief Golf Blogger at Front9Back Golf Blog. In November 2009 he started his golf blog and has grown into something he is quite proud of. He has a passion for the game of golf. He loves playing golf and talking about it. He has an 11.2 USGA handicap and puts himself in the “average” category.

Website: front9back9.com

34. UK Golf Guy

UK Golf Guy

UK Golf Guy is designed to help people plan golf trips at some of the greatest courses in Europe and beyond. It’s one person’s subjective opinions but aims to inspire. As a Scottish based keen golfer, the UK Golf Guy is a 14 handicapper. Having agonised over which courses to include on a golf trip and fantasised about playing all over the world it was time to start writing about it.

Website: ukgolfguy.com

35. Golf Girl’s Diary

Golf Girl's Diary

Patricia Hannigan’s The Golf Girl lives in Danbury, CT. Her blog the Golf Girl’s Diary was one of the first independent golf blogs edited by a woman. She regularly writes about golf lifestyle, travel publications and has appeared on Inside Edition and Good Morning America. She is the go-to voice for a female’s perspective on gender issues in golf.

Website: thegolfgirl.blogspot.com

36. My Daily Slice of Golf…the Blog

My Daily Slice of Golf

From golf book reviews to personal golfing experiences this blog has something for all golfers. Aiming to get golfers talking and providing conversation starters.

Website: mydailyslice.com/

37. Golfhacker

Golfhacker

Golfhacker, are proud to say they have worked with the best in the golf business. Initially, they produced articles for GolfPunk however they have also been involved in events such as the Solheim Cup, Ricoh Women’s British Open and the British Par 3 Championship and several golf shows including the American Golf Show in Manchester. Their aim is to provide golf extensive content for those who love the game and the help young writers. It is fair to say Golfhacker is part of a wider golfing community and they want to help everyone involved in golf.

Website: golfhacker.org

38. Phuket Golf

Phuket Golf

Phuketgolf.net is one of Phuket’s most established golf agents and provide discounted golf packages for all of Phuket’s stunning golf courses. Started in 2006 the company sells golf packages and have taken care of thousands of golfers, these include individual golfers to large international golfing groups. Their blog provides extensive content about ways to book a golf holiday through PhuketGolf.net.

Website: phuketgolf.net/blog

39. One Bearded Golfer blog

One Bearded Golfer

One Bearded Golfer is an avid golfer, living in Lexington, Kentucky. He started his blog to document his golfing adventures. Although he has multiple interests golf remains his passion. He enjoys the challenge as well as the exercise. He has been inspired to document his achievements and to document Kentucky’s golf courses.

Website: onebeardedgolfer.com

40. Socalgolfblog.com

Socalgolfblog

This blog is written from the golf perspective of about a 10-handicap and is an appreciation of Southern California golf. Socalgolfblog.com contains published work, blog work and companion pieces about golf and travel in California, as well as information about life in Southern California.

Website: socalgolfblog.com

Now you can prepare for your next golf holiday

Thanks to the expert golf tricks and travel tips from our favourite golf blogs, you can now prepare yourself accordingly for your upcoming golfing holiday. If you’ve already organised your course and accommodation, don’t forget to check out our speedy, convenient and hassle-free golf transfers straight to your golf course or resort.

The Cheapest and Most Expensive Golfing Destinations in Europe

The Cheapest and Most Expensive Golfing Destinations in Europe

Planning a golf holiday? We’ve taken a look at 40 popular golf destinations across Europe to find out which destinations offer the best value for money and which could leave you with holes in your pockets.

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We’ve taken into account the cheapest and most expensive golfing destinations for:

  • A round of golf and accommodation.
  • Meals which are as cheap as chips and ones which cost an arm and a leg.
  • Low-cost pints to drink away and end up with change to spare compared to more pricey pints.
  • Transport costs.

All of this can be used to help you make an informed decision on where to go for your next golf holiday in Europe! Take a look at the infographic below to find out where your favourite European golfing destination ranks.


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Nice takes the top spot as the most expensive golf destination in Europe, where total costs average out at £264.98. Varna, on the other hand, has been crowned the cheapest destination, with an average total spend of £127.74, which would be even less if you’re not playing golf every day!

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