The Best Luxury Golf Resorts for a Family Vacation

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Tired of your local golf club? If you know every hole on the course like the back of your hand, it’s time to inject some variety into your play with a trip to a luxury golf resort.

Found in the most beautiful regions of the world, and boasting excellent playing conditions, there are a variety of quality resorts you can choose. However, if your family doesn’t care much for tees and greens, you’re going to have some trouble convincing them to tag along. Perhaps even letting you go enjoy it solo…

So make it easier on yourself and read this list.

The five luxury golf resorts you’ll find here have the looks to charm anyone, golf lover or not, and the varied list of activities they propose will have your whole brood busy while you’re working on your swing.

Ashford Castle – Ireland

Ashford Castle - Luxury Golf Resorts

 Why golfers love it…

There’s a love affair between Ireland and golf. Some of the most beautiful courses in the world are on the Emerald Isle, and the country’s contributed its fair share of talent – including Rory McIlroy and Graeme Mc Dowell – to the pro circuit throughout the years.

If you want to go, you can take your pick from over 400 clubs. However, for one of them, you’re going to have to book yourself into a 13th-century castle for a night or two before you’re even let on the tee. 

Found in Ireland’s gorgeous Mayo County, the Ashford Castle’s nine hole course is relatively unknown to local golfers. But that’s not due to its quality. Because even if Ireland is known for the beauty of its courses, the Ashford Castle is among the country’s most picturesque.

Luxury Golf Resorts - Ashford Castle Ashford Castle – Play in a spellbinding setting

Reserved for hotel guests and club members only, the course’s low traffic and the exacting standards of the ground staff mean you’re playing in excellent conditions.

Designed by Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett, the 2996 yard course is adapted to novices and experts alike, and since it’s a nine hole, it’s the perfect way for beginners to practice in a real playing environment and identify weaknesses in their game before heading for one of the many 18 holes in the surrounding area ( Connemara, Galway, North Kerry…). 

Golf at the Ashford castle is so good that some of Ireland’s best players and the likes of American Ryder Cup player Tom Watson have looked past its lower hole count to play there. Use of the Ashford Castle golf course is complimentary for guests of the hotel. 

Why the others won’t mind…

There are many reasons to fall in love with the Ashford Castle beside golf.

Found on the shores of Lough Corrib, and surrounded by Mayo County’s green hills and forests, this 13th-century castle offers an authentic luxury experience, which is impossible to find anywhere else. Thanks to the setting and resolutely traditional décor, simply curling up with a book by the fireplace or taking a stroll around the grounds is all the fuel your imagination will need to take you to another place and time.

Ashford Castle interiorsAshford Castle – Old world charm at its best.

Ashford Castle RoomAshford Castle – Views of the Lough, right from your room.

There’s also an excellent spa to enjoy, along with a private cinema, and the bars and restaurants are in unique settings such as the ancient dungeons or facing the waters of the Lough. But, if you’re coming to the Ashford Castle just to stay indoors, you’ll be missing out on a whole world of activities.

Ashford Castle - Luxury Golf Resorts - Kayaking Kayaking on Lough Corrib

Fishing in the waters of Lough Corrib, practicing falconry, or going on day-long horse rides through the beautiful forests surrounding the hotel, there’s a lot to do here whether you’re out on the green or not. 

Ashford Castle - Luxury Golf Resorts - Archery lessons Archery Lessons at the Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle -  Falconry Lessons - Luxury Golf Resorts Ashford Castle – Falconry Lessons.


Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort – Côte d’Azur

Terre Blanche Hôtel and Spa Golf Resort - Luxury Golf Resorts

Why golfers love it…

Like a match made in heaven, the Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort combines two prestigious 18 hole golf courses with one of the best resorts on the Côte d’Azur.

With its breathtaking Mediterranean backdrop, and top notch luxury facilities, it’s easy to recommend this one as one of the best luxury golf resorts out there.

However, the courses are quite challenging, and if there’s any part of your game that’s holding you back, the on-site David Leadbetter Academy (one of the most prestigious golfing schools out there) should help you smooth out the creases. 

Run by the coach of European circuit players, R.Jacquelin and Alexander Levy, the Academy offers one of the best chances of improving your game this side of the Mediterranean. 

Terre Blanche Hôtel and Spa Golf Resort - Leadbetter AcademyDavid Leadbetter Academy – The best place to up your game.

Cutting-edge mapping technology is used to analyze every aspect of your swing, and to help your personal trainer recommend the right equipment and technique for you. If you’re serious about improving, there’s nothing better.

The best practice, however, is the real thing and the courses that the Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Golf Resort offer, are world class. 

Terre Blanche Hotel and SpaTerre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort – A beautiful hazard to have.

Designed by Dave Thomas, the Château Course (venue for the French Riviera Masters) might be the most challenging of the two while Le Riou, reserved for members and residents only, is an excellent course in its own right. Both will give you a mental workout, and the idyllic setting makes it a pleasure to be out and about even if you’re off your game.

Why the others won’t mind…

Found in the Pays de Fayence, amid fields of lavender, rolling hilltops, and the French wine country, the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is Mediterranean luxury living at its best. 

Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort - RestaurantTerre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort – Le Faventia Restaurant – Dining with a view.

The resort’s location between land and sea also allows for a variety of activities no matter what you’re into.

For slow travel aficionados, typical provincial towns and the dreamy countryside of the Mediterranean are only minutes away and accessible by electric bike, buggies, or with the help of your good old hiking boots. 

For the best views, make sure to stop by the medieval Village of Mons, which towers over the forests of the valley, or jump into a glider or helicopter for sweeping aerial views of the region. 

If you find the lifestyle and the coastlines of the Côte d’Azur more appealing, the luxury golf resort is only minutes away from Cannes, St Tropez, and Monte Carlo, and boat excursions that will take you to the major towns of the Riviera, including the Lérins islands and the Antibes, are available. 

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - Private VillasTerre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort – A home away from home in the Mediterranean.

But if you just want to take it easy, you can cozy up and settle for days of treatment in the award-winning spa and leave the resort feeling like a new you. Whatever you do, make it a point to sample the excellent Michelin-star cuisine of Le Faventia restaurant. There’s nothing quite like it, and the views, are as impressive as the cuisine.  

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort -Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort – Private Villa – Now that’s a view to wake up to.

 Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort - SpaTerre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort – Pool & Spa

Verdura Resort – Sicily

Verdura Resort - Luxury Golf Resorts

Why golfers love it… 

If you could create your very own luxury golf resort, how would you do it?

For millionaire hotel magnate Sir Rocco Forte, the answer to that is 230 hectares of Sicilian landscape, two kilometers of private coastline, and three world class golf courses to enjoy. It’s a golfers wonderland, and the award-winning luxury hotel you’ll return to after a game is one Italy’s best.

The resort offers golf on a grandiose scale, but despite the size, where it truly shines, is in providing the personalized experience of a private club to all of its players. 

Verdura Golf Resort - AppartmentsVerdura Resort – Plot your game right from your plunge pool.

No expenses were spared here.

The Verdura’s two 18 hole courses – designed by American architect Kyle Phillips – are among the best in continental Europe, and in an innovative twist, the best holes from both courses can be combined to offer competitive play. 

Verdura Resort 2Verdura Resort – What better place for a golfing holiday in Sicily?

With no buildings, and barely any trees on the course, you can enjoy the beauty of the Sicilian landscape in all its glory while you’re teeing off, and the view of the Mediterranean sea on the last four holes of the West course is spellbinding. 

Verdura Resort - Luxury Golf Resorts Verdura Resort – Try not to get distracted by the view.

If you’d like to brush up on your skills, the resort offers group clinics and private lessons run by PGA approved trainers. For the younger ones, the Verdura Junior Golf Academy is the perfect introduction to the sport. And, if you’re up for some practice shots or just want to squeeze in a quick game, the resort’s nine-hole course was made with you in mind.

Why the others won’t mind…

Some might think of the Verdura as a luxury golf resort exclusively, but it’s more than possible to have a great time there without ever setting foot on the tee. 

Verdura Resort - Restaurant Terrace - Luxury Golf Resorts Verdura Resort- Authentic Sicilian food and breathtaking views at the Liola restaurant.

After all, Sicily’s southwest coast is picture-perfect and offers plenty of historical sites and sun-splashed landscapes to enjoy. 

Verdura Resort - Presidential SuiteVerdura Resort – Presidential Suite – Golf, sundecks, private pools and suave interiors. If this isn’t perfection, we don’t know what is.

At the UNESCO heritage site of Agrigento, (also known as The Valley of the Temples), you can explore intact Doric temples that seem frozen in time, and the remnants of a Greek colony dating back to the 6th century B.C. The ancient Greek city of Selinunte (409 BC) is also nearby, and for the more adventurous, the hotel organizes helicopter trips and guided walks of Mount Etna regularly.

Temples of AgrigentoTemples of Agrigento

Verdura Resort - ActivitiesVerdura Resort – Plenty of water sports to get involved in.

Other reasons to visit are two kilometers of pristine private beach, seven restaurant, and bars, a 60-metre infinity pool, six clay tennis courts, an award-winning spa and a host of water sport activities. In other words, plenty of reasons to tag along for that golf trip.

Verdura Resort 3Verdura Resort – Rocco Forte Spa

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

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Why golfers love it…

A free to use 18 hole golf course set in paradise, that’s what guests of the Four Seasons Mauritius Anahita can enjoy. And since it’s unlimited, they can play it as much as they want. 

Designed by South African golf superstar Ernie Els, the quality of the Four Seasons 18 hole course is world class. Lengthy, with beautiful tropical backdrops, and with a difficulty level that won’t have you smashing your club in frustration, the Four Seasons Golf Club is a joy to play and one of the best courses available on the island.

Four Seasons Resort Anahita Mauritius Practice rangeFour Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita – Driving Range.

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at AnahitaFour Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita – Golfing in Paradise.

If you want to improve, two instructors – including one with previous experience at the David Leadbetter Academy – are at hand, and they’ve got video analysis in their arsenal to help you improve your swing. If you’re planning a golf trip in the Indian Ocean, the Four Seasons is one of the best luxury golf resorts you can find.

Why the others won’t mind…

With sea temperatures at an average of 25 degrees, gorgeous tropical landscapes, and one of the friendliest populations you’ll ever meet, Mauritius deserves a top spot on your travel bucket list regardless of golf. 

Four Seasons Resort Anahita Mauritius  2Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita – Dining by candlelit on the Indian Ocean.

Located on an isolated stretch of the Mauritius’s east coast, and on a private island, the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita grants seclusion and privacy for its guests to enjoy. With a wealth of villa options to choose from, your backyard could be a quiet stretch of beach, a fragrant tropical garden, or exotic mangroves; whichever you opt for, you’re guaranteed to feel like you’re in your private little slice of paradise.

Four Seasons Resort Anahita Mauritius 6Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita – Paradise, best enjoyed together.

Quiet souls will love the resort’s relaxed atmosphere and its excellent overwater spa. Offering a range of treatments unique to the island and blending techniques learnt from Africa and Asia, the spa is an experience you’ll fall head over heels for. Prepare to book multiple sessions; one just isn’t enough.

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita 3Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita – Island hopping and picnic.

Mauritius also enjoys exceptional biodiversity in its lagoons and the numerous ship wrecks and underwater caves you’ll find here are teeming with life. If you’re into diving- or snorkeling- taking a dip in these warm waters and discovering what’s underneath is impossible to resist.

Luxury golf resorts - Four Seasons Resort at Anahita Mauritius Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita – Your private slice of Paradise – Ocean Pool Villa

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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