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Must-Visit Golf Courses When Travelling Solo in Europe
One of the most amazing things about travelling in Europe is the sheer volume of different, unique, culturally fascinating experiences you can have. Every country has something amazing to show, and there are memories to be made no matter where you are and what you’re doing.
If you’re the sporty type, getting in a round or two of golf is a great way to marvel at the scenery and enjoy the natural surroundings. Here are our choice of must-visit golf courses when travelling solo in Europe.
While there are multiple spectacular courses in each country, we’ve chosen a few that stand out for their great golf and their proximity to other unique attractions. Most of them will allow you to hire your own golf clubs so you don’t have to travel with your own. Enjoy!
Font Del Llop Golf Resort, Alacant, Alicante, Spain
Nestled in a valley at the heart of Alicante lies this hidden gem of a course, which should be on every golfer’s “must-play” list.
This 18-hole, par-72 course has a clever design that has you playing through the valley, with spectacular views of vineyards and natural gardens. Golfers will find the course layout to be both interesting and particularly varied.
Golfers of all skill levels will find the course challenging from start to finish and will need to make sure that each shot is played with accuracy. Head to the restaurant after your round and try their speciality dish, the Spanish classic paella. This is a traditional rice dish that uses locally-sourced fresh fish to tickle your taste buds.
Fortunately, the resort is only a short distance to Alicante, where you can go for a walk on the long, beautiful beach, go sailing, or visit the mediaeval Castle of Santa Barbara.
You may also want to consider a trip to Tabarca Island, where you can go see the lighthouse, or visit the little Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.
If you have a sweet tooth, then treat yourself to some turron, which is a nougat confection that’s made with honey, egg, sugar, and toasted almonds. From your eyes to your taste buds, every part of you will be enthralled in Alicante.
Golf Saint Marc, Jouy en Josas, Yvelines, France
This fairly technical,18-hole, par-72 course in France should be on every golfer’s “bucket list” of courses to play.
Golfers of all abilities will find themselves pleasantly surprised by this course, as it features fast, sloping greens, narrow, undulating fairways, strategically-placed bunkers, and a few tricky water hazards.
The course has great variety between holes and golfers will find the return to be spectacular and very memorable!
There’s also plenty to explore in Jouy en Josas and the surrounding areas if you’re going to be staying for a few days and want something other than golf to keep you busy.
For outdoor enthusiasts, there are a number of exciting and beautiful trails to hike, like the Saclay Plateau. Or, go pick your own fruit at Ferme De Viltain!
Spend a day touring Versailles, as it’s close by and enjoy sights such as the Palace of Versailles and the fascinating Hall of Mirrors, or visit the Church of Notre-Dame.
You can also spend some time at the city’s ancient market, Versailles’ Market, where you can indulge in fresh French cuisine!
Royal St George’s Golf Club, England
Walk in the footsteps of golfing legends when you play a round at Royal St George’s Golf Club. Many golfing greats have set foot on this course and have high praise for it, so it’s well worth a visit if you’re close by.
This Championship course is a private club, but it does allow the public to come and play during certain times of the week. To play on this course you must own a handicap index of 18.4 or less, and you’d need to provide your handicap verification.
This course will provide you with a memorable links golfing experience and each shot will put your skills to the test.
After your round of golf, you can take a walk on Sandwich bay beach, or visit one of the many iconic sights like St. Peter’s Church, Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, or White Mill Rural Heritage Centre.
You can also take a guided tour with one of the locals from Sandwich and let them take you through the mediaeval town, where you can uncover some hidden gems!
The Bay Course, Costa Navarino, Greece
It’s easy to be distracted by the spectacular ocean and mountain views on this 18-hole, par-71 golf-course.
Just because this course is beautiful, don’t think it will be easy to play! To make your round both fun and challenging, it uses the natural terrain, featuring plenty of elevation changes, fast greens, undulating fairways, and two holes are routed along the bay of Navarino.
You may want to spend a few days in Costa Navarino, where you can go for a swim in the cascading pools at Polylimnio Waterfalls, visit Voidokilia beach, go see the Old Navarino Castle, or go olive harvesting.
If you’re a history enthusiast, then visit the town of Pylos and explore the sites of the Battle of Navarino. After all, you’ll already have seen the spectacular views of the Navarino bay, where the Naval battle took place.
Bogogno Golf Resort – Bonora Course, Italy
This resort offers two different courses, one a typical parklands-style course and the other a links-style course. Whatever your playing preference, you can find it here!
The Bonora course is hilly and surrounded by wild woods, while the Conte course is flatter, with a wicked rough but somewhat more forgiving than the undulating first course.
When you need a break from the golf courses, you can visit the on-site spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, or restaurant for a taste of traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Or, visit the American Bar if you want something from the other side!
There are several spectacular tourist spots within an hour of the resort. Visit Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands, and San Giulio for beautiful nature scenes. If you’re more culturally and fashion-inclined, you can go shopping in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy.
For more on world’s most exotic golf courses by Jordan Fuller, check out his post on “Bali Playing Golf Solo“.