One of the very best aspects of golf is that you can plan a trip around the sport and visit some of the great golf courses of the world…
You can pinpoint a course that you want to play on and then travel there and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while topping up your tan and improving your game.
However, where should you look to go for your next golfing holiday?
Here we look at just three of the most popular golfing destinations you may have heard of…
Great Golf courses of The World – The Algarve…
Located in the beautiful country of Portugal you will find the scenic Algarve.
This relatively small European country (population 10m) has some of the Great Golf courses of The World located here.
It has always been among the favourites for European players because of the beautiful local towns, climate and of course, stunning golf resorts.
Whenever people are looking to go away for a weekend or week of playing golf, this is almost always the place where they end up.
The most notable of which is Vilamoura.
The harbour town has been transformed into a golfing complex and houses some of the best courses in the country such as Victoria, Oceanico Old and Laguna.
This is also the perfect place to unwind after a day on the course with a variety of different bars and restaurant options available.
Great Golf courses of The World – Arizona…
The scenery of the Sonoran Desert may not have seemed like the best place to build a golf course.
But over the last few years, we have seen a rise in the high-quality courses that are being made here.
The mountains and landscapes have created the perfect backdrop and canvas for these courses, and it is the ideal location to perfect your game.
It also offers a unique travel experience with many of the courses located in Scottsdale.
The locals around here rely on the influx of visitors brought by the golf resorts.
So it should come as little surprise that you’re treated like royalty for the duration of your stay.
If you come here, then you should check out the TPC Scottsdale and Dove Mountain.
Great Golf courses of The World – Ireland…
It remains no question that Scotland is the rightful home of the best links courses.
However, Ireland is quickly catching up with the Scots as they boast an array of wonderful courses.
Some of them maybe the best outside of the home of golf.
The south-west area of Ireland is the best place to be for these courses.
This part of Ireland is fast becoming the perfect location for golf in the country.
Aside from playing host to some of the best links courses, you will also find some of the most beautifully scenic spots imaginable.
Well known for its scenery and friendly locals, you can enjoy a Guinness in the local pub, have flutter on the races (or even the golf!).
Using today’s modern technologically, you can even place a bet on your favourite sport without even leaving the pub.
However, if you’re looking for the best links courses, then you should head to County Claire and County Kerry.
Here you will find the world-famous Ballybunion, as well as the Doonbeg and Lahinch.
Also, you should be sure to check out some of the lesser-known courses such as Waterville and Tralee.
Either way, playing golf at any of these great golf courses, will undoubtedly make sure that your trip to Ireland is a memorable one.
By Ian Mullins