Where to Go for the Best Golf in Europe

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Wanting to test your golfing prowess on one of the many technical and beautiful courses, but not sure which is right for you?

If you’re searching for the best of the best, our friends at Glencor Golf have compiled a list of the 10 best golf courses in all of Europe.

PGA Catalunya

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PGA Catalunya has been repeatedly voted one of the top 10 courses in all of Europe since its opening in 1999, and for good reason! This venue hosts numerous PGA circuit tournaments and is routinely singled out as the course to play by the professional playing fraternity.

PGA Catalunya Stadium Course Profile

  • No. of Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7204 yards
  • Designer: Angel Gallardo and Neil Coles
  • Year Opened: 1999

Thracian Cliffs

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Amidst the beautiful coastal cliffs, looking out across the vast blue expanse of the black sea, the Thracian Cliffs Golf resort is one of the most dramatic golf courses in the world. Designed by Gary Player, this course is sure to test the skill of over the most seasoned golfer.

Thracian Cliffs Golf Course Profile

 No. of Holes: 18

 Par: 72

 Length: 7055 yards

 Designer: Gary Player

 Year Opened: 2011

Real Club Valderrama

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Until recently, this was the unarguably the best golf course in the whole of Spain. However recently faces competition from PGA Catalunya. Any avid golfer has heard of the Real Club Valderrama, steeped in history, it is simply a must visit.

Real Club Valderrama Course Profile

  • No. of Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6555 yards
  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones
  • Year Opened: 1974

Carya Turkey

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The Carya golf club was designed with the traditional English heath in mind, influenced by the likes of Wentworth and Berkshire. This amazing course offers Brits the opportunity to play a round of golf in a familiar environment, but with Mediterranean heat. Make your trip extra special by going all inclusive!

Carya Golf Club Course Profile

  • No. of Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7186 yards
  • Designer: Peter Thomson
  • Year Opened: 2008

West Cliffs Portugal

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West Cliff is the newest addition to the Praia D’el Rey resort north of Lisbon. The course boasts beautiful views of the Atlantic, with features such as bunkers that blend seamlessly into the environment.

West Cliffs Golf Course Profile

  • No. of Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7003 yards
  • Designer: Cynthia Dye
  • Year Opened: 2017

Monte Rei

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Monte Rei Golf Club is the premium course in the Algarve. What sets it apart is the spacious tee times. With 15-20 minutes between each player, it is very unlikely you will come across another person. Allowing you to enjoy a round of golf in peace.

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club Course Profile

  • No. of Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7181 yards
  • Designer: Jack Nicklaus
  • Year Opened: 2007

Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

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Sotogrande is time and time again voted as one of the best golf courses in the world and holds its own against neighbouring Valderrama. As the first golf course ever designed by Robert Trent Jones in Europe, its worth the time of any avid golfer.

Sotogrande Golf Course Profile
  • No. of Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6894 yards
  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones
  • Year Opened: 1964

Oitavos Dunes

As a regular host of the Portuguese opens, this flat course set amidst the Atlantic Ocean and backed by the Sintra Mountains is often mistaken as an easy play. However, tight, well bunkered greens offer a real challenge for even the most seasoned golfer.

Oitavos Dunes Course Profile

  • No. of Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6968 yards
  • Designer: Arthur Hills
  • Year Opened: 2001

Golf de Chantilly

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If you would rather not travel to far afield, then the Chantilly championship course located just outside of Paris is the perfect destination. You can spend your days amongst winding woodlands and numerous lakes, with the bustle of Paris readily available for the evenings.

Dolce Chantilly Golf Course Profile

  • No. of Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6994 yards
  • Designer: Tom Simpson
  • Year Opened: 1920
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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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