Top 10 golf hotels
Here are our top 10 golf hotels, not only do they having fantastic courses but gorgeous accommodation too.
And for those who are looking for something beyond swinging a golf club, there are lots of other things to do - be it an exciting safari or a visit to a heavenly spa.
These 10 golf hotels are perfect for a 7 night vacation - but if we allowed ourselves an 11th suited to a longer trip it would have to be Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand, pictured in the stunning image above.
Luxurious Abama can be found on the in Guia de Isora on the sunny west coast. The hotel offers guests a range of fantastic restaurants to try and luxurious guest rooms. There is an impressive 18-hole championship golf course, at points rising 315 meters above sea level and most holes have spectacular views of the Atlantic and the island of La Gomera.
Offering a challenging 18 hole golf course, fantastic spa and excellent restaurants, Aphrodite Hills resort in Cyprus is the perfect destination for a family vacation. From May half term there will also be an exclusive Scott Dunn children’s club, so whilst you are off enjoying 18 holes, younger guests will be having a fantastic time as well.
Escape to the ultimate luxury hideaway and experience the legendary Four Seasons service. Cocooned by a private sanctuary, there are boundless views of blue waters and green-blanketed mountains. The par 72 championship golf course is designed by Ernie Els, with six stunning oceanfront holes that culminate in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world!
Las Ventanas is a beautifully landscaped luxury resort set amongst cactus and elephant trees in southern Baja California. The resort backs onto a stunning Jack Nicklaus championship golf course (with specially negotiated green fees) and there is also sports fishing, whale-watching in winter, and trips into the desert.
Escape to the tropical island of Praslin in the Seychelles and experience the stylish resort of Lemuria. Encounter the 18-hole championship cliff-top golf course, offering dramatic views of the Indian Ocean. Dine in one of a variety of restaurants to suit all palates. The two beautiful beaches are just a stroll away. Unwind at the Shiseido Spa, or if you are feeling more active, partake in a game of tennis or one of a number of complimentary watersports on offer.
Combining golf and safari, Leopard Hills is one of the few lodges in the Kruger which is able to arrange for its guests to play at the 18 hole, renowned Leopard Creek Golf Course, designed by Gary Player. The course borders The Kruger National Park so sightings of crocodile, hippo and buffalo are common, either on the course or next to the river running alongside several holes.
Llao Llao is a luxury golf and spa resort hotel in Argentina's stunning Lake District with its crystal blue lakes, snow-capped peaks and forests. Guest rooms in the main lodge are furnished in opulent traditional style, many with spectacular views of the lake, while the new Moreno Wing continues the luxury, but with a contemporary feel. The hotel also boasts one of the world’s best 18 hole golf courses.
Set in a tranquil location close to the fascinating cultural hub of Hoi An of Vietnam’s central coast, the Nam Hai is a beachfront property with magnificent views out across the South China Sea. The resort houses a wonderful spa, two gourmet restaurants and is the ideal golf getaway, with an 18-hole golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie situated nearby.
The Residence, Tunis is a luxurious hotel located on the shores of the Mediterranean and only half an hour from Tunis. Featuring a superb Robert Trent Jones II designed 18-hole golf course, 5 minutes from the hotel, The Residence can arrange golfing packages and club hire as well as caddies, tuition & buggies. The course has a particularly testing back nine with doglegs curving around lakes and tough over water approach shots.
The two championship 18-hole courses and 9-hole course at Verdura are set amid olive and orange groves and with spellbinding views of the azure Mediterranean Sea. A game of golf here is an experience you will never forget, with blue skies overhead and epic sea and landscapes all around. Leading golf architect Kyle Phillips, renowned for his championship courses at Kingsbarns in Scotland and The Grove in England, has designed an astonishing range of courses that work in close harmony with the beautiful Sicilian landscape. In 2012, Verdura hosted the prestigious Sicilian Open. A double-ended driving range features 80-yard tees at each end, creating perfect practice conditions.