Our Favourite Golf Destinations for 2024


If you’re anything like us, you’re already looking forward to your next golf adventure in 2024!
That’s why we’ve put together an exciting list of top European golf destinations to pique your interest. Whether you’re an avid golfer or just seeking a picturesque golf holiday, we’ve got you covered.

European Golf Destinations

PORTUGAL – A Golfer’s Paradise
Portugal stands as an unrivalled golfing gem, offering a remarkable density of courses and the perfect golfing climate. The Algarve, with its unique destinations like Lagos, Albufeira, and Vilamoura, beckons with a diverse array of courses. You can tee off on European Tour and championship-level greens throughout the country, all year round. Trust us; Portugal is the golfer’s paradise!

MAJORCA – A Quick Flight to Golfing Bliss
A short 2.5-hour flight from the UK takes you to Majorca, a golfing haven with options for every level of golfer. With some of the best golf courses in Europe, Majorca offers an unforgettable golf holiday experience. And it’s not just about golf; you’ll find luxury golf hotels, stunning coastal resorts, and a vibrant nightlife that makes Majorca the complete package.

European Golf Destination Spain

BARCELONA – Golf with a Side of Culture
Barcelona is the ultimate destination for a golf getaway, combining rich culture, beautiful beaches, and courses designed by legends like Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman. Whether you’re a golfer or not, there’s an abundance of cultural and historical sites to explore in this vibrant city.

CANARY ISLANDS – Sunshine and Luxury Awaits
The Canary Islands, particularly Gran Canaria and Tenerife, are known for guaranteed sunshine, luxurious hotels, and outstanding golf courses. When you’re not on the greens, you’ll be soaking up the sun in style

FRANCE – Where Golf Meets Gastronomy
France is your go-to destination for the perfect golf holiday, offering well-maintained courses and the gastronomic delights that only France can provide. Le Touquet is a fan-favourite with its phenomenal golf courses and resorts.


At Golf-Drives, we make your journey hassle-free by providing transfers to over 1000 golf courses, from 60 airports in more than 20 countries. So, you can focus on your swing and leave the logistics to us.

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Thracian Cliffs, Bulgaria

9 European golf courses that rival Augusta National

Located in Georgia, USA, near to the border of North Carolina, Augusta National Golf Club is considered one of the best golf courses on Earth and one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world. Augusta is the home to the Masters Tournament and notable members of the club include Bill Gates, Jack Nicklaus, Warren Buffet and Ginni Rometty, amongst other successful personalities. Entrance is exclusive, but we’re constantly seeing in magazines and TV the incredible layout of this 18-hole course and golfers daydream about testing their technique in the 1st hole, the Tea Olive. 

However, on this side of the Atlantic, we have some amazing, unique and challenging golf courses that don’t need to be jealous of the Augusta National Golf Club.


Golf de Chantilly, France

36-hole course

At Chantilly, approximately 20 minutes away from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Tradition and etiquette are two of the most used adjectives to describe this remarkable golf course. Located in the forest of Ile de France, the English architect Tom Simpson strategically designed Golf de Chantilly to challenge the brains of golfers. The placement of the fairways, the many bunkers and the forest will test the players to find the right angle to shoot.


St Andrews (Old Course), Scotland

18-hole course

At St Andrews, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Edinburgh Airport

Established for over six centuries, St Andrews is one of the oldest golf courses in the world and, regardless of the international recognition and status, the course is open to everybody.

Mother Nature has been the main creator of this golf, although, Allan Robertson designed the wide fairways, created the challenging Road Hole green and the famous giant double green. Also, the Swilcan Bridge, the Hell Bunker and other strategic golf features have inspired the layout of many golf courses, such as the Augusta National.


Monte Rei (North), Portugal

18-hole course

Near Tavira, approximately 50 minutes away from Faro Airport

Located near the Algarve and the Spanish border, Monte Rei North is a golf course you should definitely add to your itinerary if you are planning to visit several courses in this area. In contrast to St. Andrews, Monte Rei is one of the newest golf courses on this list, having been established in 2007. Despite its recent beginnings, Monte Rei is already one of Europe’s top-ranked destinations because of the great conditions of the course and the superb holes.


Real Club Valderrama, Spain

18-hole course

At Sotogrande, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Málaga Airport

The Real Club Valderrama is among our favourite golf courses in Spain and one of the best golf courses in the world. The 18-hole course has hosted many international golf competitions, such as The Ryder Cup, Volvo Masters and WGC-American Express Championship.

This highly-exclusive golf course located in the south of Spain is known as “The European Augusta”. Entrance is mainly for members of the club, however, a limited number of other golfers can enjoy the course.


Campo de Golf El Saler, Spain

18-hole course

At El Saler, approximately 30 minutes away from Valencia Airport

Just 30 minutes away from Valencia Airport, in the middle of the Albufera Nature Park and next to the Mediterranean coast, El Campo de Golf El Saler is a great destination for a golf weekend get-a-away. 18 holes, with a par of 72, to test your golfing skills while you feel the Mediterranean breeze.

Considered one of the best golf courses in the world, The Saler has also hosted important international competitions such as the European Tour.  


Golf de Fontainebleau, France

18-hole course

At Fontainebleau, approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes away from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Golf de Fontainebleau, located in the Fontainebleau forest, is considered one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. The course is integrated with the nature of the Fontainebleau forest, where it’s located, with fairways surrounded by oak, pine and beech trees. For that true at-one-with-nature feel, sometimes, you can even spot deer.


Carya Golf Club, Turkey

18-hole course

At Carya Golf Club, approximately 25 minutes away from Antalya Airport

Thomson Perrett & Lobb Golf Course Architects designed Carya Golf Club as the first full-lighted golf course in Europe. Golfers can play at the 18-hole course until late at night without losing sight of the flag-stick. Certainly, the illumination won’t be a problem to the player, who will have to strategically plan each stroke and keep in mind the bunkers with heather-covered edges and the lakes.


Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort, Bulgaria

18-hole course

At Thracian Cliffs, approximately 1 hour away from Varna Airport

Built on the top of a cliff and with a stunning view, the Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is a unique golf experience: Golfers can see the sea from every hole of the course. Because of this, Thracian Cliffs is the most photographed golf course in Europe. 

Gary Player designed a course suitable for all levels, but still challenging enough for the expert golfers. Sitting on the top of the cliff and with the Black Sea behind, the hole No. 6 will be the most memorable hole for any player, not only because of its difficulty but for the impressive views of the waves.


Troia, Portugal

18-hole course

At Troia, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Lisbon Airport

Located in the peninsula of Troia, south of Lisbon, this course was designed by the American architect Robert Trent Jones. Also in this golf course, the player will find some of Jones’ famous trademarks: narrow fairways, bold bunkers protecting the holes and raised greens that will engage the golfer in each hole.

The Must-See Golf Events in Europe

During 2018, the European Tour features 47 tournaments, 24 of which are in Europe. With golf events spread right across the continent, there has never been a better time to travel to the must-see golf events in Europe.
To help you decide which European Tour tournament to visit in 2018, we’ve chosen a few of our favourites and shared some extra inspiration to help make planning your golf holiday a bit easier.


Famous for its Alpine landscape, Austria becomes a golfer’s paradise once the seasonal snow has melted. Famous for picturesque mountain villages, baroque architecture and spectacular music, Vienna, Austria’s capital city, makes the perfect destination for a golf holiday. Boasting an oceanic climate, Vienna enjoys warm summers with average high temperatures ranging between 24C and 33C.

Must-see Golf Events in Austria

The 2018 Shot Clock Masters

When: 7th June 2018 – 10th June 2018
Where: Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, near Vienna.

Golf Holidays to Austria

Fly to: Vienna Airport
Stay: Transfers from Vienna Airport to Vienna take approximately 25 minutes.
Play: In addition to Diamond Country Club, we advise visits to Golf-Club Wien, Golf & Country Club Brunn and Colony Golf Club.


Largely comprising of low hills and plains, England’s terrain has produced some of the best golf courses in the world. Host to 3 major tournaments in the 2018 European Tour, the country boasts a temperate maritime climate that offers mild temperatures ideal for play.

Whilst there are many locations for golf holidays in England, if you are planning to visit one of the must-see golf events in Europe during 2018, we recommend staying in Surrey in southeast England, although all events can be reached from London through a transfer.

Must-see Golf Events in England


When: 5th May 2018 – 6th May 2018
Where: Centurion Club, St. Albans

BMW PGA Championship

When: 24th May 2018 – 27th May 2018
Where: Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey

British Masters

When: 11th October 2018 – 14th October 2018
Where: Walton Heath Golf Course, Walton on the Hill, Surrey

Golf Holidays to England

Fly to: London City Airport, London Gatwick Airport London Heathrow Airport, London Luton Airport, London Stansted Airport in addition to other major airports in England.
Stay: Transfers from London Airports to Surrey take between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
Play: In addition to the host golf clubs, we recommend visiting Sunningdale Golf Club, St. George’s Hill Golf Club and Queenwood Golf Club.


No description of the French landscape will ever be sufficient. From the undulating countryside, magnificent mountainous regions, sophisticated coastal resorts and iconic cities, whatever you are looking for in a golf holiday, France offers.

Host to one of the most exciting golf events in 2018, Paris is the ultimate destination for a golf holiday. Combining the chic cityscape with glorious golf courses, the French capital city will create a golf holiday to remember.

Must-see Golf Events in France

HNA Open De France

When: 28th June 2018 – 1st July 2018
Where: Le Golf National, Paris

The Ryder Cup

When: 28th September 2018 – 30th September 2018
Where: Le Golf National, Paris

Golf Holidays to France

Fly to: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Stay: Transfers from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris take approximately 35 minutes.
Play: In additional to Le Golf National, we recommend visiting Golf de Saint Germain, Golf de Saint-Cloud and Paris International Golf Club.


Separated from Great Britain by the North Channel, the Irish Sea and St George’s Channel, Ireland’s windswept landscape is home to some of the best golf courses in the world. Comprised of low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, it is the island’s coast which has produced some of its most famous golf clubs.

Whilst golf holidays on either coast will prove to be a memorable experience, a journey to the most northerly point will let you experience the magic of Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Must-see Golf Events in Ireland

Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open

When: 5th July 2018 – 8th July 2018
Where: Ballyliffin Golf Club, Country Donegal

Golf Holidays to Ireland

Fly to: Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport.
Stay: Transfers from Dublin Airport to Letterkenny take approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.
Play: In addition to the 2 courses offered at Ballyliffin Golf Club, we recommend visits to Portsalon Golf Club, North West Golf Club and Rosapenna Golf Links.


Featuring strong Mediterranean influences, Italy is full of cultural cities and country clubs. Enjoying a pleasant climate, summers are generally hot. Whilst golf holidays to the famous cities of Rome and Venice make for great golf experiences, don’t forget to consider Sicily or Sardinia when planning your Italian golf trip.

Must-see Golf Events in Italy

Rocco Forte Open

When: 10th May 2018 – 13th May 2018
Where: Verdura Golf Club, Sicily

Italian Open

When: 31st May 2018 – 3rd June 2018
Where: Gardagolf Country Club, Brescia

Golf Holidays in Italy

Fly to: Milan Malpensa Airport, Venice Marco Polo Airport or Venice Treviso Airport are great for travelling to the Italian Open, whilst either Catania Airport or Palermo Airport is fine for the Rocco Forte Open.
Stay: Whilst we recommend staying at a golf resort in Sicily, transfers from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan take approximately 50 minutes.
Play: If you are travelling to Sicily, we recommend playing at all three golf resorts: Donnafugata Golf Resort, Il Picciolo Golf Club and Verdura Golf & Spa Resort. On the mainland, in addition to Gardagolf Country Club, we recommend visiting Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club, Golf Club Arzaga and Circolo Golf Bogogno.


Situated on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain, Portugal is known globally for its fantastic golf courses. Featuring a significant Atlantic coast, it is the Algarve that has the most iconic golf experiences. Enjoying a warm climate all year-round, this stretch of coastline is a golfer’s dream.

Must-see Golf Events in Portugal

Portugal Masters

When: 20th September 2018 – 23rd September 2018
Where: Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura

Golf Holidays in Portugal

Fly to: Faro Airport
Stay: Transfers from Faro Airport to Vilamoura take approximately 30 minutes.
Play: In addition to the host course, we recommend visiting Vale do Lobo, Vila Sol Golf Resort and Vilamoura Old Course Golf Club.


Featuring magnificent mountains, glacial glens and lochs, Scotland provides a memorable backdrop for any golf course. The home of golf, the country is filled with numerous internationally-recognised golf courses. Whilst we recommend Edinburgh as a golf holiday destination, with Edinburgh and Glasgow only 1-hour transfer apart, why not stay in both?

Must-see Golf Events in Scotland

Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

When: 12th July 2018 to 15th July 2018
Where: Gullane Golf Club, Gullane

147th Open Championship

When: 19th July 2018 to 22nd July 2018
Where: Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie

European Golf Team Championships

When: 8th August 2018 to 12th August 2018
Where: Gleneagles, Perthshire

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

When: 4th October 2018 to 7th October 2018
Where: Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns

Golf Holidays in Scotland

Fly to: Edinburgh Airport or Glasgow Airport
Stay: Transfers from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh take approximately 40 minutes.
Play: Apart from the host golf clubs, we recommend visiting North Berwick Golf Club, Royal Burgess Golfing Society and Royal Musselburgh Golf Club.


Featuring diverse geography and cultures, Spain offers incredible variety for golf holidays. Famous for it’s several ‘Costa’s’, the Spanish coast enjoys a pleasant climate and is perfect for golf all-year-round. Whilst there are numerous destinations that offer great golf opportunities, we recommend looking at the famous Costa del Sol, also known as ‘Costa del Golf’.

Must-see Golf Events in Spain

Andalucía Valderrama Masters

When: 18th October 2018 – 21st October 2018
Where: Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande.

Golf Holidays in Spain

Fly: Gibraltar Airport or Malaga Airport
Stay: Transfers from Malaga Airport to Estepona take approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.
Play: In addition to Real Club Valderrama, we recommend visiting  Estepona Golf, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande and San Roque Golf Club.

We hope this guide to the must-see events in Europe has helped inspire your next golf holiday.

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The History of the Ryder Cup

In just 7 months, the Ryder Cup 2018 will begin, hosted at Le Golf National, Paris, France. Held once every two years, the competition is one of the most anticipated events in the international golfing calendar. As we move closer to the big event, we’ve had a look back at the history of the Ryder Cup.

Here’s what you need to know:

How did the Ryder Cup Start?

Although it is often stated that the Ryder Cup began in 1921, the Ryder Cup officially started in 1927.

Two unofficial matches were played between golf professional from Great Britain and the United States, with the first occurring at Gleneagles Golf Club, Scotland in 1921, and the second hosted by Wentworth Golf Club, England.

An English seed merchant called Samuel Ryder watched the second match and having recently taken up golf, was delighted by the event. Ryder was so moved by the competition that he donated a small gold cup, with a small golfing figure at the top as a lasting memorial to a popular golfer, and Ryder’s personal tutor, Abe Mitchell. This cup is still used as the Ryder Cup trophy.

Europe in the Ryder Cup

The United States of America played the first 22 Ryder Cup matches against Great Britain and Ireland. It wasn’t until 1979 that players from continental Europe were eligible to play in the Ryder Cup.

By the 1970’s, The European Tour had become more diverse, and players from all nationalities, and in particular, the continent, were playing. However, it wasn’t until 1977, during the Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, England, that the golf legend Jack Nicklaus highlighted the need to improve the competitive level of the contest.  The U.S.A had won all but one Ryder Cup from 1959 to 1977, with the only exception being the iconic match in 1969 at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. By allowing players from continental Europe to play, a greater pool of talent could be drawn on.

Past Ryder Cup Winners & Captains

Until players from continental Europe were eligible to play in the Ryder Cup, the USA dominated the competition, winning 18 of the first 22 matches, with Great Britain and Ireland winning three and the famous tie of the 1969 contest.

However, once the competition became a match between USA and Europe, the Ryder Cup transformed into a competitive display of sportsmanship, drama, camaraderie and of course, excellent golf.

Whilst there are have been many memorable moments in the last 41 Ryder Cup matches, we’ve shared some of our favourite stats:

  • Captained by Bernard Langer, Europe achieved the largest margin of victory in 2004 at Oakland Hills, Michigan and again in 2006 at Straffan, Ireland.
  • Sir Nick Faldo holds the record for the most Ryder Cup Appearances, taking part in 11 competitions and 46 matches between 1977 and 1997. He also holds the record for the most matches won, achieving a total of 23.
  • Although Sir Nick Faldo holds the record for the most points won, Neil Coles and Colin Montgomerie jointly hold the most single points won, beating Faldo by ½ point. Interestingly, Faldo is also ½ behind Bernhard Langer for the Most Foursome Points Won, achieving 11 points and 11 ½ points respectively.
  • Ironically, the USA has won all the points in a Foursomes series 4 times. Both the USA and Europe have won all the points in a Four-Ball series twice, but no team has ever won all the singles matches.

Past Ryder Cup Venues

Thanks to its long history, there are plenty of past Ryder Cup venues that you can play on yourself! Here are just a few of our favourites:


Host to the 2014 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles Resort offers three outstanding championship golf courses. Accessible via transfer from Edinburgh Airport, the resort is located in Perthshire, Scotland, and combines spectacular scenery with world-class golf.

Real Club Valderrama

Considered to be the best golf course in Spain, Real Club Valderrama is located on the famous Costa del Sol and hosted the 1997 Ryder Cup. Easily accessed by a transfer from Gibraltar Airport, Malaga Airport or Jerez Airport, the course is consistently ranked one of the best in the world.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Located in the coastal resort of Southport, the Royal Birkdale Golf Club has hosted more Championship and International events since World War 2 than any other course in the world. Regularly ranked amongst the top 35 golf clubs in the world, the course hosted the 1965 and 1969 Ryder Cups.

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Host to the 1961 and 1997 Ryder Cup and eleven Open Championships, the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club is easily accessed by a transfer from Manchester Airport or Liverpool Airport. A well-established golf club in North West England, Royal Lytham offers a premier links course in an authentic setting.

Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club

Easily accessed by transfer from Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport, Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club hosted the 1933 and 1937 Ryder Cups. Located in North West England, the club offers an exceptional championship course and first-class golf facilities.

The Belfry Hotel & Resort

Located close to Birmingham Airport, the Belfy course has hosted more Ryder Cup matches than any other venue in the world. Host to the 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002 tournaments, the resort offers three stunning courses routed through North Warwickshire countryside.

The K Club

Just 17 miles west of Dublin and Dublin Airport, the K Club has a spectacular international reputation. Host to the 2006 Ryder Cup, the 216 Dubai Free Irish Open and 13 European Opens, the club offers two exceptional courses designed by the iconic Arnold Palmer.

We hope this guide to the history of the Ryder Cup has prepared you for the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le National, Paris, France. Whether you are attending this year’s Ryder Cup or want to play in the footsteps of golfing legends at past Ryder Cup venues, Golf-Drives can provide hassle-free transport. Offering transfers from the airport to the hotel, hotel to the course and back again, Golf-Drives can take of all your golf holiday transfers.

Your Ultimate Guide to Golfing on the Canary Islands

Offering spectacular golf all-year round, the Canary Islands, Spain are perfect for golf holidays. Located off the coast of Morocco, the islands enjoy the sun all year round, with an average temperature of 19 degrees Celsius in winter and 23 degrees Celsius in summer. An autonomous archipelago of 7 islands, the best golf courses in the Canary Islands can be found on Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

To help give you some inspiration for your next golf holiday, we’ve chosen our favourite golf clubs in Gran Canaria and Tenerife that you can play at all year round.

Gran Canaria Golf Courses

With an incredible volcanic landscape featuring 60km of beaches and a Biosphere Reserve, Gran Canaria is a spectacular destination for golf holidays. Easily accessed via a transfer from Gran Canaria airport, the majority of golf clubs in Gran Canaria are located on the east side of the island, centred around the popular towns of Telde and Maspalomas.

Just 25km to the north of Gran Canaria Airport, Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas is a must-visit when visiting the island. Known as Spain’s oldest golf club, it has a unique backdrop and is situated next to Caldera de Bandama volcanic crater. Featuring narrow fairways, deep ravines and small greens, the course offers fantastic panoramic views of the northwest coastline. El Cortijo Club de Campo also makes use of the breath-taking landscape and is routed through a series of valleys surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. A challenging and technical course, it has hosted numerous tournaments including the Canarias Open de Espana 2002 which saw Sergio Garcia claim victory.

Located close to Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria towards the south of Gran Canaria, Anfi Tauro is another fantastic golf club. Consistently ranked as one the best golf courses in Europe, the 18-hole championship golf course is arranged in American-style layout and includes various water hazards such as lakes and waterfalls. Further down the coast, close to the popular resort of Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas offers a beautiful, natural course. Parallel to the Maspalomas Dunes Nature Reserve, the course features long broad fairways on a flat terrain with the constant threat of the sea breeze. Additional variety is provided by Salobre Golf which is the only golf club in the Canary Islands to boast a 36-hole layout. Although the ‘New’ course has been developed to an exceptional standard, it is the ‘Old’ course that is the most popular. Previously host to important championships such as the 2006 Spanish PGA, the course has developed an international reputation and is not to be missed during your golf holiday in Gran Canaria.

Tenerife Golf Courses

Featuring some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe, Tenerife is a great location for a golf holiday in the Canary Islands. Home to Mount Teide, the third highest volcano in the world, Tenerife boasts 8 golf courses, with the majority being located in the west and easily accessed via a transfer from Tenerife South Airport.

Situated away from the popular tourist resort in the northwest of the island, Buenavista Golf has a more remote location than the other golf clubs in Tenerife. However, despite the additional transfer time, this Seve Ballesteros-designed course is worth the effort. Nestled on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Buenavista Golf provides golfers incredible views as they move around the course. Suitable for players of all abilities, the course offers exceptional holiday golf. Another course that boasts amazing ocean views is Abama Golf. One of Spain’s most exclusive golf clubs, it’s palm tree-lined fairways provide a constant challenge. Featuring 22 lakes, waterfalls and white sand bunkers, this course located on the west face of Mount Teide provides a memorable experience. Golf Costa Adeje also boasts exceptional surroundings and has been designed by integrating the natural features of the area into the course.

Offering impressive golf facilities in an extremely convenient location, Golf Las Americas is a natural choice when visiting Tenerife on a Golf Hotel. Located in the main tourist area of Las Americas, the course is laid out in two returning loops of nine holes with the coastal location providing subtle elevation changes. Another fantastic golf club that is easily accessible via transfer is Golf del Sur. Located in the south of Tenerife, the course is arranged in three loops of nine holes, allowing golfers to choose from 3 different 18-hole combinations. Expertly maintained, Golf del Sur’s lush fairways and black volcanic sand bunkers will help great a memorable golf holiday in Tenerife.

We hope our favourite golf courses in the Canary Islands have given you plenty of inspiration for your next golf holiday.

If you’re planning a golf holiday in the Canary Islands, Golf-Drives provide hassle-free transfers for your entire holiday. Transporting you from Gran Canaria Airport and Tenerife South Airport to your hotel, from your hotel to the golf course, and back again, Golf-Drives can deal with all your transport.

Your Guide to Golfing in the Costa del Sol

Over 10 million people visit the Costa del Sol, Spain every year making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, with tourists heading to destinations such as; Malaga, Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Puerto Banus and Sotogrande. With some of the best golf courses located along the coastline of the Province of Malaga, the area has become the premier destination for golfing holidays in Spain. However, with so many golf clubs near the Costa del Sol, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you decide which golf clubs on the Costa del Sol to visit, we’ve put together a guide with some of our favourites.

Golf courses near Torremolinos

If your heading to Torremolinos for a golfing holiday, a visit to the oldest club on the Costa Del Sol can’t be missed. The Real Club de Campo de Malaga is located between Malaga and Torremolinos, close to Malaga Airport. Despite the location, the course is routed over sandy terrain, giving the course a links-like feel in places. Another great golf club is Golf Torrequebrada, a testing course for even the most experienced of players. Routed over hilly terrain, the course features water hazards, doglegged fairways and strategically placed bunkers to challenge players of all abilities.

Although its name means ‘The Sunshine Coast’, some of the best golf clubs on the Costa Del Sol are located inland. Situated 1,000 feet above sea level, Lauro Golf is an 18-hole course built on the undulating terrain of an old 18th Century farm. Whilst elevation changes are a key feature at Lauro, Guadalhorce Club de Golf offers golfers variety. Stretching over 6,800 yards, the first nine are configured in a typical European format with the back nine being flatter and involving water hazards.

Golf clubs near Fuengirola

Unlike a lot of golf clubs on the Costa del Sol, El Chaparral Golf Club is situated in a wooded area featuring incredible valleys. Requiring players to focus on accuracy and precision, this course is great for those looking to evaluate their skills. Another top coastal golf club near Fuengirola is Miraflores Golf. A good choice for those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, the course follows the natural contour of the valley and is much flatter than its appearance suggests.

Situated inland from the Mediterranean, Santana Golf & Country Club sits surrounded by 140 acres of orange and avocado groves, with views of the spectacular Mijas Mountains. One of the top golf courses on the Costa del Sol, the course is laid over gently undulating farmland that is easy to walk. Santana is also close to the largest golf resort in Spain, La Cala Resort. Boasting three championship 18-hole courses and a 6-hole par three course, La Cala has some of the best facilities in the area and a must visit on your Costa del Sol golfing holiday.

Golf clubs near Marbella

Rio Real Golf & Wellness Resort is one of the oldest courses in the Marbella area. Complete with pine and palm tree-lined fairways, this course is reminiscent of classic Costa del Sol golf. Featuring bold bunkering and a handful of water features, Rio Real is suitable for players of all abilities. Another well-established course is Real Club de Golf Las Brisas. Known for its attention to detail and high quality, it was the host venue of the 1973 World Cup of Golf and the 1987 Spanish Open.

One of the most popular golf courses on the Costa del Sol is Club de Golf Aloha. Immaculately maintained, the course stretches 6,900 yards over hilly, tight terrain. The host of the European Tour’s Andalucía Open between 2007 and 2012, Aloha is one of the most prestigious clubs in the area. Another golf course near Marbella is La Quinta Golf & Country Club. Designed by the three-times World Champion and Ryder Cup champion Manuel Pinero, the course offers a 27-hole course that is suitable for all levels of play.

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for your golfing holiday to the Costa del Sol, Spain. If you are looking for a hassle-free way to travel from the airport to hotel, and the hotel to golf course, why not let Golf-Drives take care of all your Costa del Sol golfing holiday transfer needs? Use the online quote generator to get an instant quote now!