The Top 50 Hidden Gem Golf Courses

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

To compile the ranking 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.

A huge congratulations to all the golf clubs and resorts that made it onto this years list!! We look forward to seeing how you develop and evolve over time.

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Top 50 Hidden Gem Golf Courses

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
Golf Course
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
Golf Ball

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
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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
Golfers

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
Golf Balls

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
Golf Swing

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
Golf Balls

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
Golfer

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
Two Golfers

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
Golfers walking on the course

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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How to Choose the Right Golf Club for You!

Whether you are thinking of playing golf or are a seasoned pro, choosing the right golf clubs is key. Using the right clubs can change the way you play on the golf course and help you reduce your handicap dramatically.

But which golf clubs should you buy? What should you look for when choosing your golf clubs? 

Whatever your ability, whether you are buying one club or a full set, the sheer volume of clubs on the market can be overwhelming.

To make choosing the right golf clubs less daunting, we’ve shared our top tips to help you make the right choice.

1. Golf Club Essentials

Whether completely new to the sport, or a golfing enthusiast, you should think about the same 6 things when trying to choose the right golf clubs:

Golf Clubs

Take your time

The sheer volume of golf clubs on the market is enough to confuse the most experienced golf professional.

Depending on your ability and budget, buying a new golf club can be a significant investment so it’s important to do your research and not make any spontaneous decisions.

Ignore the name

If you regularly watch European Tour events, it’s easy to think buying the same make and model as your favourite professionals will help you score well on your golf holiday to the Algarve.

By all means, start there but be willing to try and test other brands too. As golf club technology has advanced, manufacturers have targeted different players when creating the latest models.

From body type and gender to physical condition and ability needs, focus on the clubs that cater to your requirements and not the name. After all, it’s your score that counts.

Grip Thickness

The thickness of the grip can have a massive effect on your swing. A grip that is too thin can lead to golfers having large hand actions leading into the swing. However, too thick a grip will restrict your hands and have an equally devastating impact.

What does the right grip look like?

The proper grip should let you hold the club using your middle and ring fingers of your left hand with very little touching the pad with the thumb. If your finger doesn’t touch your thumb, it’s a sign that the grip is too big.

The Shaft

Although obvious, getting the correct length of shaft is a fundamental consideration when buying golf clubs.

Key considerations to check are your height, body type and physical strength.

As a general rule, taller players usually need longer shaft to play at their best.

In addition, you should also consider the shaft flex and its suitability to your swing.

Selecting a shaft too stiff will cause lower ball flight and a loss of distance, with a too soft shaft resulting in ballooning and, again, loss in distance.

How can you judge if the shaft flex is correct? Too stiff shafts usually make you slice the ball to the right whilst too soft shafts hook your ball fly to the left.

Loft

A vital measurement, the loft, or loft angle, refers to the angle formed by a line running down the centre of the shaft and the face of the club.

Measured in degrees, a golf club with a relatively low loft, such as 3 iron sitting at 21 – 23 degrees, will make the ball go further than one with a higher loft. Alternatively, a golf club with a high loft, such as a 9 iron sitting at 45 – 48 degrees, will result in the ball rising and descending into the air on a steeper angle.

You can judge the loft by how much of the face of a club is angled upward or how much the top of the face is angled away from the shaft. Visually, a clubface with a higher degree of loft will appear to be more horizontally angled compared to the that with a lower degree.

The clubhead

If you want to make the most of your golf club, having different sized clubheads can be a real advantage. Most brands offer standard, midsize and oversized heads for their golf clubs and your choice of clubhead size is mainly dependent on your experience level.

Generally, the larger the club head, the more forgiveness your swing has. Although you can make a poor hit and still achieve a good result with an oversized head, these are often heavy and hard to control.

2. Golf Clubs for Beginners

It’s very easy to get caught up in the initial enthusiasm of starting a new sport and buy the best golf gear, but beginners beware.

Golf clubs are best bought slowly, collecting more advanced ones are your experience increases and you progress in the sport.

If you are just getting your first taste of golf, we suggest borrowing a set or buying used clubs. Once you have played a couple of rounds and have become familiar with the game, you can decide if you want to continue and buy your first golf clubs.

As we’ve explained previously, custom-fitted or top brand name clubs are not necessary or suitable for beginners. For your first golf clubs, we recommend buying a beginner set of clubs that include a driver and 3-wood, odd-numbered irons (3, 5, 7, 9) and a putter.

Apart from the basic decisions between men’s and women’s clubs and right or left-handed clubs, you might have a choice between steel and graphite shaft clubs. At this stage, we recommend choosing steel shafts as they are more durable and less expensive.

3. Golf Clubs for Intermediate & Experienced Golfers

For players with a year or more experience, you might want to start building a set of golf clubs that is more tailored to your physical characteristics and ability.

Intermediate players should begin to slowly build there set as their game improves over the years.

For experienced players, considering the top brand names and latest models is not such a risky investment. Whilst your understanding of your strengths and weaknesses will guide your choice, custom fitting could also be an option. Tailoring the club shaft length and flex, and club head lie angle and loft to your specifications, it’s a worthwhile investment if you are looking to become a serious golfer.

4. Type of Golf Clubs

4.1 Driver

Used off the tee on long holes, the purpose of using a driver is to hit the ball as far as you can.

Measured by volume in cubic centimetres, the biggest driver head allowed is 460cc.

Most drivers are made of titanium and/or carbon composite because they are much lighter than steel, letting manufacturers increase the size of the head.

If you are buying used drivers or those manufactured prior to January 2008, ensure that they are still legal for club competitions. The maximum legal Coefficient of Restitution is now 0.83, which means that if you hit a golf ball at a clubface of 100mph, the rebound would be 83mph. If a rebound is at a higher speed, the driver would be deemed illegal.

Driver Models

In addition to the standard models, golfers also have a choice of ‘Offset’, ‘Draw’ and ‘Neutral’ options. These options help to fix golfers slicing the ball (e.g. balls veering right unintentionally for right-handed golfers) by placing weight inside the clubhead to help you keep it more ‘closed’ at impact.

Driver Shape

Another consideration is the shape of the head. Manufactured by a few brands, square-shaped drivers help players align tee shots and visualise the line of shot much easier than traditional shaped drivers.

Driver Loft

Typically, the loft of drivers ranges from 8 degrees to 13 degrees. When deciding what loft to select, you should consider the speed of your swing:

  • Fast swing? Clubs with a loft of 8-9 degrees are great for very powerful golfers who want to hit further. ‘Normal’ players should avoid these clubs as they will achieve less distance.
  • Slower swing? Ideal for seniors, juniors or ladies, a club with a loft between 12-13 will help get the ball airborne more easily.
  • Average swing? Most players opt for a loft between 9-11 degrees which suits all handicaps.

Golf Swing

4.2 Woods

When considering what woods to purchase, your first consideration should be what you want to use it for. Do you want to hit off the tee or replace long irons? Maybe you want to reach par 5’s in two on your golf holiday to the Costa del Sol? Whatever your reason, this should guide your purchase.

Which Wood?

When deciding which golf club number (3, 5, 7 etc) to purchase think of the following:

  • The higher the golf club number, the higher the loft.
  • The higher the golf club number, the shorter the club shaft length.

Wood Shafts

Golfers have a choice of graphite or steel shafted woods:

  • Graphite woods tend to be more popular and generally reach a further distance.
  • Steel woods help to achieve a lower, more accurate ball flight.

Wood Head Design

Just like with drivers, manufacturers offer a choice of ‘Offset’, ‘Draw’ or ‘Neutral’ head designs on woods.

Attempting to correct any side-spin on the ball, weight has been placed inside the clubhead to help keep it square at impact.

Wood Head Material

There are three choices of head material to choose from, each with its own characteristics:

  • Steel – Not too expensive and durable, Steel is the most popular material.
  • Titanium – Great for hitting from the tee, Titanium is half the weight of steel and helps to get the ball airborne sooner.
  • Composite – Combining materials such as carbon with steel or titanium, this material is great for fixing twisting or off-centre hits.

4.3 Irons

Making up the bulk of your set, irons are numbered like woods.

With the lowest loft (around 20 degrees), the 3 irons achieve a low and long hit with approximately 200 yards. In contrast, a Pitching Wedge (50 degrees loft) or Sand Wedge (56 degrees loft) produce a high flight but a low distance of approximately 100 yards.

Other irons such as the 7-iron sit between these two extremes, with around 12-15 yards difference between each club.

Essentially, the lower the golf club number is, the lower the flight, the further it will travel but the harder it is to control.

Which weight?

Like woods and drivers, irons offer different models depending on your needs:

  • Perimeter-weighted Irons – Having more weight around the perimeter of the head, these are much easier to hit and help get the ball airborne easily.
  • Offset & draw Weighted Irons – Designed to keep your hands ahead of the ball, these clubs help counteract slicing.

Casting or Forging?

Golfers choose between two manufacturing processes when buying a new iron:

Cast Irons

Aimed at low handicappers, most irons are made by casting as this process allows manufacturers to design more creatively.

Common terms used include:

  • Cast 17-4 stainless steel – strong, durable and very hard.
  • 431 stainless steel – softer than 17-4 but has a better ‘feel’.
Forged Irons

Using a softer metal than cast irons, forged irons are often said to have a better ‘feel’.

Iron Shafts

  • Steel Shafts – Steel shafts are the most popular option and are considerably cheaper than Graphite Shafts. More durable than graphite, it offers consistency of flex and torque throughout all of the irons.
  • Graphite Shafts – Lighter than steel shafts, Graphite shafts absorb vibration better than steel shafts but offer less feedback on impact.

4.4 Wedge

Crucial to post a good score, choosing the right wedge can help improve your game dramatically.

Wedge Loft

  • Pitching Wedge (PW) – Usually featuring a loft between 46 and 50 degrees, the PW is used for shots of around 120 yards into the green.
  • Gap or Approach Wedge (GW) or (AW) – More lofted than a PW, the approach wedge has a loft between 50-55 degrees.
  • Sand Wedge (SW) – Generally used for bunker play, sand wedges have a loft of 54-58 degrees.
  • Lob Wedge (LW) – With a loft between 60 and 64 degrees, LW’s are ideal for high flights from short distances.

Bounce Angle

Referring to the curved section on the sole of the wedge, the ‘bounce’ prevents the club from snagging in the sand or rough.

Visually, the bounce is the gap between the ground and the leading edge of the wedge when placed in the address position.

As a general rule, most golfers are best with a bounce between 10 to 14 degrees.

  • High Bounce wedges – Those with a high space between the ground and the leading edge, the biggest bounce is around 18 degrees. Best for play out of soft turf and sand, they are good for golfers with steep attack angles.
  • Low Bounce wedges – Ideal for shots from tight lies and firm turf, Low Bounce Wedges are best for those who have shallow attack angles through impact.
  • Standard Bounce wedges – A great all-around wedge, a standard bounce wedge is versatile and a great choice if you like an open or square face out of a bunker, and an average to slight steeper attack angle.

4.5 Putter

One of the most important clubs in your bag, yet one of the most neglected, putters can transform your game.

Ranging between £10.00 and £200.00, it can be difficult to decide which putter to get, but there are four things you should consider:

Putter Design

There are three main types of putter:

  • Blade – Very simple, this type of putter tends not to be very forgiving if hit from the middle of the surface.
  • Half-mallet – Similar to the blade but much easier to hit.
  • Mallet – Heavier than the others, this option offers lots of designs that help you align the ball up more accurately.

Putter Length

The typical putter length is 35″, but anything from 33″ to 35″ is used.

Playing Golf

4.6 Hybrid

A cross between a wood and iron, Hybrid clubs are slowly replacing traditional long irons.

Do you need a Hybrid club?

Nobody needs a hybrid club, but they can be helpful. Featuring a ‘deeper’ face-to-back than a regular iron, the centre of gravity has been placed further back making it much easier to get the ball airborne.

Hybrid clubs are also great from the rough with smooth edges that don’t drag through thick grass.

We hope this guide has helped you choose the perfect golf clubs for your next golf holiday.

If you’re planning on taking your golf clubs on holiday with you, get a quote from Golf-Drives for your transfers. With golf bags included as standard, Golf-Drives will transfer you from the airport to hotel, hotel to course, and back again! 

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Our Top 20 Favourite Golf Bloggers

Where do you go when you want to get your golf fix? Whilst we love talking golf with our friends and coaches, sometimes it’s nice to get a fresh perspective. Providing unique and entertaining content, golf blogs are the perfect way to keep up to date no matter where you are. 

With plenty of golf bloggers to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones to follow. Whether you are looking for the latest golf tournament updates or need golf holiday inspiration, you’ll find the blog for you in our top 20 favourite golf bloggers. Read our guide to find out which ones you should be following!

Golf Peach Blog

20. Golf Peach

After taking up golf 4 years ago and catching the golf bug, Golf Peach is written by Susan Tyldesley. Sharing her progress, the blog features reviews of some of the best courses as well as in-depth golf discussions, making it the perfect place for beginner golfers to share their passion for their new sport. With previous posts being featured in the likes of Golf Monthly, Lady Golfer Magazine and WomensGolf.com, expect to see a lot more from Golf Peach in the years to come.

Golf Girls Diary

19. Golf Girl’s Diary

One of the first independent golf blogs edited by a woman, Patricia Hannigan writes for both “men and women, competitive players and casual fans”. Featured on the likes of Good Morning America, Golf Girl’s Diary shares course fashion and details of her golf travels. When not bust blogging for Golf Girl’s Diary, Patricia is running her own media company, ‘Golf Girl Media’.

Aussie Golfer

18. Aussie Golfer

Based in the land down under, Aussie Golfer is written by Michael Green, a self-confessed golf obsessive. Established in 2007, Aussie Golfer is the place to go for golf lovers wanting to keep up to date with the latest golf news, find useful product reviews and get tips on improving their swing. We love the ‘best trick shots in the world’ feature, and his ‘fun’ section is hilarious.

The Golfer Babe Blog

17. The Golfer Babe

Written by an amateur golfer, Amy Sifontes, The Golfer Babe combines a love of marketing and golf to create a hub of industry news and reviews. Whether she is sharing advice on when to take a golf lesson, or why golfers need to use more sunscreen and sun protection, this is the perfect blog for someone who is relatively new to the game but passionate about the sport.

The Jazzy Golfer

16. The Jazzy Golfer

More of an influencer than a blogger, we had to include The Jazzy Golfer in our top 20! Aiming to inspire more women to play golf whilst improving her own game, The Jazzy Golfer has earned an impressive following on social media. 

Posting photos of her progress and fashionable outfits, she has gained over 22,000 Instagram followers alone! She recently spoke about how golf clubs can appeal to a younger generation at the Lancashire County Conference, so we’re looking forward to seeing what she does next.

Golf For Beginners

15. Golf For Beginners

It’s easy to forget that everyone was a beginner once and technical blog posts and in-depth videos can be a little intimidating. Sharing all her lessons and tips, New York native Stacy Solomon has documented her progress from the start of her journey. Combining her own experiences with product reviews and tour news, Golf for Beginners is the perfect place for new golfers to build their confidence and develop their technique.

Armchair Golf Blog

14. Armchair Golf Blog

Founded in 2005 by Neil Sagebiel, Armchair Golf Blog is one of the original golf blogs, and it’s also one of the best. Beginning as an experiment, Sagebiel has written two great books, one of which includes a forward by the great Jack Nicklaus and the iconic Tony Jacklin. Featuring over 3,400 blog posts, Armchair Golf Blog includes insightful interviews and discussions on many of the global professional tours. One of the most consistent bloggers, we’re looking forward to another decade of the Armchair Golf Blog.

Wei Under Par

13. Wei Under Par

Written by golf broadcaster, writer and blogger Stephanie Wei, Wei Under Par is one of the leading golf blogs in the industry. Providing great updates and podcasts about tours and knowledgeable course reviews, Wei Under Par gives a fresh perspective on what’s happening in the golf industry.

Graceful Golfer

12. Graceful Golfer

After meeting while playing professional golf, Anna and Armana decided to found Graceful Golfer. Sharing their passion, and travels, the blog aims to encourage more women to play golf. Featuring insightful interviews with leading female professionals and helpful tips to improve your game, the blog covers all aspects of the game. Expect to see updates from the golf industry mixed with golf fashion posts and even beauty guides for the course!

The Golf Travel Guru

11. The Golf Travel Guru

If you dream of playing golf all over the world, the Golf Travel Guru is the blog you should be reading. Travelling the globe for nearly three decades, the Golf Travel Guru shares the best golf holiday tips. Featuring insights into courses in Scotland, Morocco, Ireland, China, the Canary Islands and more, it’s great for getting inspiration for your next golf trip. In addition to his great course guides, expect posts on the “Top 10 Golf Buddy Tip”, the “Top Five Airline Booking Sites” and other travel tips that can make your golf holiday go smoother.

Pure Swing TV

10. PureSwingTV

Powered by an incredibly positive mental attitude, Gabriel Writer created Pure Swing TV to show that anyone can improve their game if they are willing to learn and practice. Focused on the PGA Tour, expect course vlogs, reviews, interviews and instructional videos.

Buzza Golf

9. Buzza Golf

Steve Buzza is a professional golfer and sports scientist with a highly entertaining YouTube channel. Creating helpful instruction videos like “How to hit a Punch Shot”Buzza makes it possible to improve your play wherever you are. In addition to helping subscribers, Buzza Golf also features fun challenges, equipment tests and course vlogs.

Adam Young Golf

8. Adam Young Golf

Armed with a passion for teaching and learning, Adam Young has developed an impressive knowledge of motor learning and brain function. Combining this research with his golfing experience, Adam aims to develop golfers’ skills and techniques to benefit their game as a whole. 

Teaching at one of Europe’s most prestigious resorts (La Manga Club in Spain) Adam’s blog provides practical tips mixed with a few opinion pieces. A great resource for anyone looking to improve their game, Adam also offers online coaching and two different online programmes designed to take your golf to the next level.

How To Break 80

7. How to Break 80

Written by Jack Moorehouse, How to Break 80 is the blog for competitive golfers. Whilst we all enjoy keeping up to date with the latest tour updates, this blog bypasses tournament news in favour of technical know-how. With only 5% of the world’s golfers breaking 80, How to Break 80 aims to make you one of the lucky few. 

Whether you want to master your swing, perfect your sand escape or add a backspin to your chip shots, you can find out how and much more on the blog. In addition to his blog, Moorhouse has also written a book and has created a monthly membership programme to accelerate your learning.

Alex Elliot Golf

6. Alex Elliot Golf

Previously a caddy for Simon Dyson and Tom Murry on the European and Challenge Tours, Alex Elliot has developed incredible course management and coaching credentials. Passionate about all aspects of golf, his YouTube channel covers everything from how to stop hitting behind the ball to how to get rid of first tee nerves. Ideal for anyone who wants easy-to-follow advice that will improve your game, Alex Elliot Golf is one to watch.

Not The Golf Show

5. Not The Golf Show

Offering blogs, YouTube videos and podcasts, Not The Golf Show covers all platforms. Created by Crawford Anderson-Dillion and Robert Cross, the blog is a must-read, listen and watch for those who play, or want to play, golf in England, Ireland and Scotland. Both club golfers, the podcast aims to discuss current topics from the world of golf with a refreshing perspective.

The blog is equally entertaining and both Crawford and Robert are great writers. If this wasn’t enough, their passion shines even more through their flourishing YouTube channel, with previous videos including equipment reviews and fun challenges. A great light-hearted blog, this is the perfect option for enthusiastic club golfers.

Peter Finch Golf

4. Peter Finch Golf

Manchester native Peter Finch is a golf coach at Quest Golf Studio in Burnley and is dedicated to training and coaching golfers of all abilities. Including instruction videos and course vlogs, Peter is one of the most entertaining content creators around. Apart from providing hints and tips, he also offers practical advice such as “What’s better, range or on course golf coaching?”course vlogs and equipment reviews. Providing the latest golf updates and fun challenges, Peter Finch Golf is one of the best golf channels on YouTube.

Rick Shiels Golf

3. Rick Shiels Golf

Another PGA Golf Coach and Golf Professional from Quest Golf Academy, Rick Shiels has gained a reputation as one of the best coaches regardless of skill level. Featuring helpful comparisons of both courses and equipment, Rick helps golfers improve their game whilst having fun. One of our favourite videos is a comparison of a 1998 Golf Ball and a 2018 Golf Ball. Want to know the difference? You’ll just have to watch the video!

Top 100 Golf Bog

2. Top 100 Golf

If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a top golf course, Top 100 Golf is worth a read. Chronicling a single golfer’s mission to play the top 100 golf courses in the world, this blog is “equal parts golf course critique, travelogue and social commentary”. 

Including detailed descriptions, great photographs and insights into the club’s atmosphere and traditions, it is the ultimate guide to some of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world. Having now completed the mission, Top 100 Golf still publishes golf course reviews, the locations of which span the globe.

UK Golf Guy

1. UK Golf Guy

Designed to help people play in some of the best courses in Europe, UK Golf Guy shares inspiration and opinions that are perfect for planning your golf holiday. Whether you are looking to play in Ireland or Scotland, or venture into France or Portugal, UK Golf Guy has rated some of the top golf clubs to make deciding where to play much easier. 

In addition to his well-thought through rating system, UK Golf Guy also posts great industry updates, new equipment reviews and general golf inspiration. Expect to see posts ranging from UK Golf Guy’s search for the perfect golf iron to discussing the USPGA broadcasting ‘omnishambles’. Essentially, UK Golf Guy Blog is the perfect all-rounder.

We hope you have discovered some new top golf bloggers. If their golf course reviews have inspired your next golf holiday, get an instant quote for your golf holiday transfers from Golf-Drives. Golf-Drives will transfer you from the airport to the hotel, the hotel to the course, and back again! 

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10 Most Unique Golf Courses in the World

When you go on a golf holiday, it’s understandable that you want to experience something a bit different. When you play golf in another country you want to play on a unique golf course that you will remember. To help give you some inspiration for your next golf holiday we’ve put together a list of the best unique golf courses in the world.

10 – Ile Aux Cerfs Golf – Mauritius

If you like to escape from the hustle of modern life, this is the course for you. Part of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort and Spa in Mauritius, Ile Aux Cerfs Golf course is one of the world’s finest. Designed by Bernhard Langer, the course is located on its own beautiful island off the east coast of Mauritius, separated from the mainland by a glistening lagoon.

9 – Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort – USA

We’re unable to compare this course with any other because there’s nothing quite like the Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort. Located in Idaho, USA, the course is designed by Scott Miller and features one of the most well-known holes in golf, ‘The Floating Green’. Computer controlled to a different distance from the tee each day, the ‘Floating Green’ is a bucket-list hole. Golfers can take a maximum of two attempts to land safely on the island before taking a drop on the green. Once attempted, board the ‘Putter’ boat that ferries players to the green and back.

Can’t travel to Coeur d’Alene? Try visiting Le Golf National during a golf holiday to France. Host to the 2018 Ryder Cup, the course features a strip of turf connecting the 18th to the 15th, creating one of the most difficult island greens.

8. Nullarbor Link Golf Course – Australia

If you’re looking to impress, try out the world’s longest golf course. Thought to be about 850 miles long, the average time it takes to complete it is 4 days, with each hole being a 30-mile drive apart. Crossing two time-zones, it takes dedication to complete a round of golf at Nullarbor Link Golf Course.

7. El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club – Mexico

Host to the first PGA Tour event to be contested outside the USA and Canada, El Camaleon Mayakoba is a golfing paradise. A natural beauty, the course offers the ultimate variety as it has a mixture of three diverse ecosystems: the tropical Mayan jungle, mangrove wetlands and Mexican Caribbean Sea coastline. Including hazards such as cenotes (sink holes), extensive bunkers and freshwater canals, the course is like nothing you will have experienced before.

6. Skukuza Golf Course – South Africa

Located in the famous Kruger National Park, the Skukuza Golf Course is in a rich wildlife sanctuary including the Big Five, a huge variety of birds and countless animals. With no fence to separate the golf course, animals such as hippos, impala, warthog and baboons are free to roam onto the course.

5. Himalayan Golf Club – Nepal

Located 7km away from Pokhara, the Himalayan Golf Club is one of only two 18-hole golf courses in Nepal. Situated in a canyon created by the Himalayan snowed waters of the Bijayapur river, the course offers a spectacular view of the Fishtail and Annapurna mountain range. Featuring roaming buffalo and a natural island hole, this course takes adventure golf to the extreme.

Want to experience mountain views without going to Nepal? A golf holiday in the southeastern regions of France might be for you, with golf clubs such as Golf International de Grenoble Bresson and Golf and Country Club de Bossey having incredible backdrops.

4. Merapi Golf Course – Indonesia

Sitting 800 metres above sea level, Merapi Golf Course offers a unique landscape for golf. Located 30 minutes away from the ancient city of Yogyakarta, this course sits at the base of Mount Merapi, an active volcano. Smoke is seen emerging from the volcano over 300 days per year and eruptions take place every two to three years, making any round high risk.

Don’t want to risk it? Try a golf holiday to Sicily, Italy, and play at the foot of Mount Etna at Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa.

3. Prison View Golf Club – USA

Once known as the ‘bloodiest prison in America’, the Louisiana State Penitentiary isn’t the first place you think of when thinking of golf course destinations. Prison View Golf Course is in Angola and offers players a challenging round of golf whilst being on the grounds of the prison. To play her a background check is necessary and play may be suspended at any time due to institutional need or at the warden’s discretion.

2. Uummannaq Greenland Golf – Greenland

500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Uummannaq Greenland Golf wins the award for the coldest round of golf. Host to the World Ice Golf Championship, golfers from around the world come to play on this unique golf course. Although hazards are said to include seal dens and crevasses, the biggest threat is frostbite, which players are taught how to spot before they tee off.

1. Legend Golf & Safari Resort – South Africa

Located in Limpopo Province in South Africa, Legend Golf & Safari is one the world’s top luxury destinations. Apart from being in the middle of a wildlife preserve, the course is known as the unique ‘world-in-one’ Signature Course where each of the 18-holes is designed by a different golfing legend. In addition to this, golfers have the chance to attempt the iconic par-3, the ‘Extreme 19th’. Only accessible by helicopter, the tee shot is 400m above ground on Hanglip Mountain. Aiming for a green shaped like the African continent, there’s 1,200 feet drop to the hole.

Wherever you decide to visit for your golf holiday, make sure you get a quote from Golf-Drives. Golf-Drives offer a unique service, offering transport from the airport to hotel, hotel to course, and back again! With each trip including one golf bag per person, it’s a hassle-free way of travelling on your golf holiday.