Best Golf Trip Destinations 2019

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Looking for a golf getaway this year? We’ve teamed up with @agolfinglife to offer you the best areas to visit each month of 2019. Our introductory guide features the best known courses, hot spots and some insider knowledge on where you can pick up a bargain too. So whether you plan your golf trips in the UK or you are planning a trip overseas we’ll hopefully provide you some insight.

Lets get straight into it…

January 

If you are feeling flush and want to escape to warmer climates, The Emirates Golf Club in Dubai has played host to The Dubai Desert Classic on their infamous Majlis course since 1989. Heading out in January could guarantee the course in it’s best condition of the year whilst in tolerable weather conditions for even the pastiest British skin.

At under £250 for a round it not bad value and one of the best overall golfing experiences anywhere in the world, in addition there is the Faldo course too and you could even head out on a night round for a more unique experience.

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February

If you can extend your stay and fancy jetting across to Abu Dhabi, then you could make your way to the Abu Dhabi Golf Course which offers a premium 27 hole layout managed by Troon Golf, you are sure to have the experience of your life!

 

Beware, despite leaving the UK in snow and ice, The Middle East packs a comfortable 23-26c throughout January and February so be sure to pack your shorts and sun screen.The day rate is not as expensive as you would think either; for around £150 you’ll be walking in the footsteps of top PGA tour professionals and treated to millionaires golf.

March

The weather is just picking up across the Algarve in mid-March and if you choose your week wisely you can pick up some bargains with regards to both flights and accommodation!

 

One of the benefits of golfing in Portugal is the vast number of courses for all golfing abilities, for as little as £450 you can get a package together with Pestana Group who own and manage a number of great golf courses in the Faro region which would include flights, transfers, hotel and unlimited golf on their courses.

 

Alternatively you could head more upmarket and drop by the 5 star Tivoli resort and play the Vilamoura circuit. I’ve found that Portugal and Spain don’t tend to get really busy until after the Easter break, therefore heading out early will get a kick start on your summer tan and should provide a more relaxing golf environment.

 

Ryder Cup Bonus: If you can only get away for a two day break, why not head to Le Golf Nationale near Paris, for less than £300 for EuroTunnel tickets, 2 rounds of golf and accommodation you would be crazy to miss out on playing Le Albatross – sure to be a destination on most golfers bucket-lists for decades to come.

April

It’s hard to ignore the Masters, with play and watch packages that will ship you to Georgia, set you up with golf at some decent venues and get tickets for at least 2 of the 4 days starting at around £4000 it’s one of the most expensive golfing Mecca’s to visit. But, you have to do it at least once in your lifetime, so why not make 2019 the year?

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Our tip for best value is to make a holiday of it and head out to Atlanta on the Friday giving you time to unwind and catch the final day at Augusta before playing some of the greatest courses in the region the following week when they are usually a little cheaper and easier to access.

 

Our Top 3 golf course recommendations are:

  • Forest Hills
  • Plantation
  • Jones Creek

 

TIP: Augusta closer to home? If you’d like a slice of Augusta but can’t get the time off then Hadley Wood near Barnet (London) is designed by the one and only Alister MacKenzie so you can be assured of Augusta styling and course architecture which defies the ages. Hadley Wood is a splendid venue and one of the finest courses in England.

 

May

The British Masters heads to Hillside Golf Club at it’s new rescheduled date in the golfing calendar. There is a plethora of amazing links courses in the region and as the late spring weather turns to summer it’s an ideal time to head to the North West of England.

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If you’re planning to attend the British Masters, it’s well worth throwing the clubs in the car too. With such a strong golfing pedigree it’s hard to ignore the below options which are just a stones throw away from Hillside:

 

TIP: Best value award goes to Hesketh which is less than half the price of those mentioned above and equally enjoyable, perfect for a round prior to watching the pros do battle on Hillside.

June

It’s the Andalusia Masters, Valderrama and for circa £300 you too can play this magnificent golf course. The only other course outside of the UK which has been a European venue for the Ryder Cup. If that’s a little out of your reach, we’ve got a couple of fantastic picks sure to whet your appetite.

 

In Murcia; you can’t look past La Manga, a stunning 54 hole complex with on site luxury hotel, golfing village and hundreds of rentable villas. All 3 courses are excellent, with the West in particular hitting our sweet spot. You will be in great company too with Arnold Palmer having featured on the North Course.

 

If you don’t fancy the hustle and bustle, bright lights and fast cars or Marbella then head up the coast towards Malaga, staying anywhere within 30 minutes of the airport you will be within striking distance of some excellent value golf courses.

 

The best of the bunch is probably Torrequebrada which is surrounded by plush villas and in one of the most built up areas in the Costas, yet oozes quality golf. But beware this is a busy course! However, if you seek something a little more laid back and the opportunity to let Miguel Angel Jimenez play through your 4-ball then you want to book a round at little known Guadalhorce Club de Golf. Finally, if you crave a bit of Seve’s magic then head up the mountains to Alhaurin where you will find a proper example of the Spaniards brilliant style and eye for course design – with blind tee shots around every mountain top!

 

July

July this year belongs to Ireland. With the Irish Open taking place at Lahinch and with Royal Portrush hosting The Open Championship for just the second time in it’s history, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will be at the centre of the golfing world for at least a month. Already extremely popular with American golfers, Ireland is packed with world class links course that are unlike any others on the planet.

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TIP: Even if you just played those courses you could quit playing and be happy, but the shores of Ireland have so much to offer. Most people regard the home of this year’s Open Championship, Portrush, to be the home of Rory McIlroy; however if you head down the road to Holywood you’ll find his boyhood home town and golf course.

The list of golf courses could go on and on, therefore we’ve just popped a few alternative options for you to try throughout the summer.

 

You can check out more of Irelands best courses on offer in our Top 100 UK & Ireland golf courses

August

It’s the height of summer, the kids have been off school a few weeks already and hopefully the UK is basking in the sunshine. If not, no problem as Wales is the ideal location come rain or shine.

The country is home to some world class resorts including The Celtic Manor which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010. The resort features 3 different golf courses on site all of which are ranked in the Top 25 of all golf courses in Wales. Here you can golf until your hearts content and if there weather isn’t too good or you’re travelling with the family, there are plenty of alternative activities nearby including the on site Spa. The Vale Resort for similar reasons is another great option with two championship golf courses and Spa to help you unwind.

If the weather is a little more guaranteed here our some of our other favourites:

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September 

As we know, guaranteed sunshine doesn’t grace Scotland all that often but that shouldn’t put you off! September see’s the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which has been running since 2001 hosted at three world class venues – Kingsbarnes, St Andrews (Old Course) and Carnoustie.

If you’re not a top pro golfer or celebrity and can’t get an invite to The Alfred Dunhill Championship, fear not, you can still play these courses most of the year, so why not get a tee time right after the tournament?

Competition is however quite fierce, so if you can’t quite manage there are plenty of other options close by. In Fife you’re spoilt for choice with loads of world class courses on your door step;

 

During The Championship week the town is buzzing at night. It’s not uncommon to venture into one of the nearby bars and find one of the best golfers or top actors in the world having a bite to eat or couple of pints.

September also see Gleneagles host the 2019 Solheim Cup which takes place a couple of weeks before the Alfred Dunhill Links, so if you have enough time, why not extend your trip to watch some of the best players in Women’s Golf battle it out.

October 

Whether you want to head to Northern France or Italy, the cooler climate will give you an enjoyable opportunity to play some fantastic courses. Why not get ahead of the Ryder Cup curve and play at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club where the 2022 tournament is to be held? If this isn’t for you then take you pick from these 3 courses.

  • Chantilly & Hardelot for the North East of France
  • Verdura (West course) is our favourite pick for Italy

 

There are a huge amount of under-rated courses across the two countries, the beauty is the weather should hold up lovely for you.

November

Turkey or Morocco seem like a great destination as the cooler months hit us at the back end of the year. Regnum Carya Resort is likely to be the 2019 venue for the Turkish Airlines open at the start of the month and rumour has it you can usually play it just after the tournament has concluded before the stands are ripped down for another year.

The Mazagan Golf & Beach resort shouldn’t be ignored either, a 5 star complex with unlimited golf for less the £500 is a must for a new venue for your golf pals.

December

Where else but the Canary Islands for the end of year. The climate is almost as great as our summer back home.

The tougher decision is which island to stop on for your trip as both Gran Canaria and Tenerife have some of the finest golf courses in Europe with views of mountains and sea to die for. What’s more the flights and accommodation are at the cheapest they will be all year long so maybe it’s time to have your Christmas dinner in the sun.

TIP: We would pick out Tecina for special mention, not on either main island and requires a day trip off the coast of Tenerife to get to. This is where we would head if we had to pick just one course! 

 

 

We hope that has whetted your appetite and you are now looking forward to booking some golf whether abroad or on home shores. Get in touch if you have any other recommendations or check out the posts below for further inspiration: