The UK and Ireland may be home to some of the world’s most historic and revered golf courses but continental Europe is also full of incredible places to play golf.
Here we look at five of mainland Europe’s most stunning golf resorts. each of which simply cannot be ignored.
1. Finca Cortesin, Spain
Set in the hills not far from the charming coastal town of Estepona, Finca is one of Europe’s most opulent and luxurious destinations regardless of the fact it has an incredible golf course to boot. The fact it has been chosen as the host venue for the 2023 Solheim Cup says it all when it comes to the quality of the golf on offer. But away from the course, this beautiful and sprawling resort reflects the rich Moorish and Castilian history of the Costa De Sol and caters for your every need.
2. Monte Rei, Portugal
Set in the quieter eastern Algarve, Monte Rei’s reputation since its opening in 2007 has built steadily but irrepressibly on the back of excellent service, a beautifully appointed resort and its Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Set high in the hills only a few miles from the coast, guests stay in Portuguese-style villas which look across the surrounding countryside.
3. Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus
This spectacular resort, which sits high in the hills above Paphos, offers breathtaking views of the mesmerising Mediterranean. The golf is second-to-none and the resort’s PGA National Cyprus course hosted the European Tour’s Cyprus Open and Cyprus Showdown events in 2020 to much acclaim. The facilities are every bit as good and guests will be left wanting for nothing.
4. Royal Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia may not spring immediately to mind when planning a golf break to Europe but the beautiful Royal Bled is enough to change that on its own. Home to the majestic Kings Course and the excellent Lakes Course, the views across the Julian Alps will stop you in your tracks, while the accommodation is modern and luxurious.
5. Bro Hoff Slot, Sweden
Another relative newcomer to the scene having opened in 2007, Bro Hof Slott has rapidly attracted widespread acclaim as one of Europe’s very best resorts. The two courses here each offer something different. The Stadium Course is widely seen as the best in Sweden and has been a regular European Tour venue. While the Castle Course, just like this resort, simply must not be missed.
These are only five of mainland Europe’s most stunning golf resorts. There are more, of course, but you certainly won’t go wrong should you decide to travel to any of these beautiful places to play golf.