The Ultimate Golfing Holiday Guide

With more than 4 million regular golfers in Britain, many of those folks look to combine their love for this game with a holiday somewhere hot, sunny and relaxing.

Although with the current economic climate limping up to a more stable environment, many people tend to have “staycations” – a term used to describe holidays in the same country.

But whatever your financial position, here are some great golfing holiday destinations (both here in the United Kingdom and abroad) that you should consider the next time you fancy a break from the stresses and monotony of life!


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For those of you that want to travel a bit – but not too far afield – then perhaps you should be considering a ferry or short plane trip to the Emerald Isle.

There are no language barriers that restrict your trying to find out about stuff (well, only 10% of Ireland speak Gaelic nowadays), people drive on the same side of the road as us here in Blighty, and if you’re not a fan of the sun, well this is the perfect holiday for you!

Top golf courses to check out, along with any visitor restrictions:

  • Old Ballybunion, County Kerry – restricted on weekends;

  • Carton House (Montgomerie), County Kildare – no restrictions;

  • K Club (Palmer), County Kildare – no restrictions;

  • Killeen Castle, County Meath – no restrictions;

  • Lahinch (Old), County Clare – no restrictions.

Canary Islands

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Everyone knows that the Spanish Canary Islands are a pretty awesome holiday destination for people of all ages.

Flights are cheap and plentiful; there is a plethora of accommodation options, and it is probably the only Spanish territory where you are likely to encounter British people more than the Spanish!

Top golf courses to check out, along with any visitor restrictions:

  • Abama, Tenerife – no restrictions;

  • Buenavista, Tenerife – no restrictions;

  • Anfi Tauro, Gran Canaria – no restrictions;

  • Costa Adeje, Tenerife – no restrictions;

  • Golf del Sur, Tenerife – no restrictions;

United States

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America is known as the Land of Opportunity, and for golf players of any skill level, there are plenty of opportunities to play golf in this massive country!

There are literally thousands of different golf courses to play at, so it all depends on what sort of golfing holiday (or should that be “vacation”) you want to have – i.e. somewhere hot and sunny, or somewhere with weather similar to Britain.

Top golf courses to check out, along with any visitor restrictions:

  • Boulders (South), Arizona – no restrictions;

  • Cascata (Las Vegas), Nevada – no restrictions;

  • Camp Creek, Florida – no restrictions;

  • Butler National, Illinois – guests of members only;

  • Bear Trace Harrison Bay, Tennessee – no restrictions.


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If you’ve got the cash, and maybe a set of Mizuno JPX EZ Irons, then perhaps a trip to one of the colonies – more specifically Australia – is in order! It’s just like Britain, except that the people are more laid back, and the weather beats British weather any day of the week!

Top golf courses to check out, along with any visitor restrictions:

  • Barnbougle Dunes, Tasmania – no restrictions;

  • Moonah Links (Open), Victoria – no restrictions;

  • The National (Moonah), Victoria – Monday to Thursday only;

  • Barwon Heads, Victoria – no restrictions;

  • Bonville, New South Wales – no restrictions.

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