Europe is home to some of the greatest locations of natural beauty in the world, so it’ll come as no surprise that the continent’s golfing resorts are often the most scenic. To get you inspired for a golfing villa holiday, we’ve put together a list of the most breathtaking golf courses in Europe, from the hills of the Algarve, to central Italy. So, take your pick, grab your clubs, and start getting excited for your next adventure.
1. Quinta Do Lago
The Quinta Do Lago golfing resort in Portugal’s popular Algarve, has three championship courses, North, South and the newest Laranjal. Each of the courses complement the resort’s beautiful, natural surroundings, with wide lakes, undulating fairways and well-kept green grass that’s framed by wild flowers. And whilst playing your way round the course, you can also look forward to breathtaking views of the nearby Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Each of the courses offer a variety of challenges, as well as first-class practice facilities, a golfing academy to learn from, buggies, and an outdoor dining terrace for when you want to relax after scoring a couple of birdies.
2. Antognolla Golf
Located close to Perugia, in Italy, this 18-hole championship golf course is a true delight. Designed by course architect, Robert-Trent Jones Jr., the course includes long, straight drives, rolling greens and tremendous scenic views, which are overlooked by the towering medieval Antognolla Castle. Nestled amongst forested hills, vast woodland, and flowers, completing this challenging course is made all the more rewarding by the natural beauty.
Onsite, you can also pop by the pro-shop, which offers visitors the chance to buy items such as sweatshirts, baseball caps and more. After you’ve finished with the golf, retire to the Il Caldero restaurant, where you can dig into delicious, Italian cuisine.
3. The San Roque Club
With beautiful views of wooded hills, and a chance to bask in glorious sunshine, the San Roque Club in Spain makes for the perfect golfers’ retreat. The resort has two courses, the Old Course and the New Course, which include driving ranges, designated practice areas, three practice bunkers and access to the buggy and trolley rental.
The Old Course is for members only, but visitors can play during the daily public area openings. The course was created by Welsh golfer and designer, Dave Thomas in 1990, and the bunkers were re-designed by Spanish golfer, Seve Ballesteros, making it one of the top five rated courses in the country. The course was also the venue for the Spanish open in 2005, and the Qualifying School Finals between 1993 and 2007.
The New Course was created by Perry Dye, of the Dye design family, in 2003, and the Dye influences are obvious when compared to the Old Course. The beautiful and natural terrain really complements the course’s scenic views, making the whole experience a true delight. Just like the old course, this was the venue for the Spanish Open, but in 2006, and the Qualifying School Finals between 2003 and 2007.
4. Le Château de Taulane
Located in the South-East of France, Le Château de Taulane is an enchanting course surrounded by scenic mountains, thick with forests, and blessed with beautiful weather. With 18-holes, the course has a variety of challenges, and can be tricky when negotiating the undulating mounds, and pine and fir trees.
If you’re a beginner, you can take advantage of the amazing classes available, from individual lessons to group courses. There’s even a chance to play alongside a professional golfer, who will be able to help improve your game.
After conquering the 18-holes, make your way over to La Marquise de Lisle, where you can enjoy a range of French dishes. Alternatively, relax on the outdoor terrace with a cold drink from the onsite bar, or a glass of delicious wine from the wine cellar.
For more holiday inspiration, take a look at all of our destinations, where you are sure to find the perfect villa for your golfing getaway.