Golfers know the dilemma that comes when choosing between the golf bag or the pram.
Usually, a golf holiday doesn’t fare well with the little ones, or your non-golfing, toddler-toting partner. But, If you’re desperate to see the clubs you got for Christmas in action, and your family has got other ideas, get ready to take this article with you to argue your case.
Located on everything from tropical islands to alpine resorts, the following hotels combine an incredible golfing experience with a great hotel getaway, so while you’re out there lining up a shot, your significant other will spend the day by the poolside and get pampered on a massage table. Everyone wins.
The Four Seasons Anahita can be found on the sun splashed coasts of Mauritius and is home to an 18 hole course designed by superstar golfer Ernie Els. Loved by amateurs and professionals alike, the course is superbly balanced and retains the dramatic beauty of Anahita’s coast.
One of the most challenging courses in Europe, the Villa d’Este Golf Club was part of the Italian Open until changes to the game made it redundant for the modern professional. That hasn’t stopped Golf amateurs from testing their skills amid the birch trees and pines of the Como hills, and judging by its guest book, it has been a favorite of aristocracy ever since 1926.
With its Roman ruins, picture perfect Mediterranean landscape and USGA standard design, the Borgo Engnazia’s (San Domenico) golf course, is a captivating experience for amateur and professional alike. A course with a strong sense of place, San Domenico Golf Club is flanked by the cobalt blue of the Adriatic sea and gardens of olive groves and as from hole 8, the ruins of the Messapian city of Engathia reveal themselves and add to the unique atmosphere.
The Chedi Andermatt allows guests to discover a world class Alpine golfing experience designed by Kurt Rossknecht. Merging with its Alpine setting, the 18 hole golf course is ecologically developed and by the far the most beautifully designed course available in the Swiss Alps.
This resort is a golfing mecca which welcomes guests to two 18 hole courses designed by renowned architect and professional golfer David Thomas. Set on the picturesque Côte d’Azur, the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa and Golf Resort’s courses blend into the provencal landscape as though they were always meant to be there.
El Camaleón is Mexico’s first course to host an official PGA TOUR and is still a regular venue for the event. Designed by superstar golfer Greg Norman and set amid the tropical landscape of the Riviera Maya, El Camaléon is as challenging as it is beautiful, and serves as the centerpiece of the Mayakoba resort enclave.
The Verdura Golf & Spa Resort gifts golfers with 2 kilometres of private coastline and a 570 acre site to tee off to their hearts content. Completely building free, the course lets players appreciate the beauty of the azure waters and towering mountains of the Mediterranean landscape uninterrupted.
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita puts two golf courses at your service, one of which, is the world’s only natural island green. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Bahia and Pacifico courses make full use of Punta Mita’s breathtaking landscape to create a beautifully balanced experience for pro’s and amateurs alike.