So, what’s the latest in the golfing world? Well, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games golf tournament is under discussion at the moment because of the venue’s policy on not allowing female golfers to be full-time members. Very discriminatory, if you ask me. And in more light-hearted news, singing sensation Ed Sheeran has just revealed how he accidentally smacked Justin Bieber in the face with a golf club after a few beers…but is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Golf is appreciated by many people all over the world – although it’s a time-consuming sport, there is something quite satisfying about hitting a tiny ball full force across a golf course. It’s a great stress-reliever and a time when you can relax, let your mind wander and spend a few leisurely hours away from home.
Talking about being away from home, golf holidays are growing increasingly popular, and it’s not just your typical groups of men heading to the sun with their mates. Families are heading to warmer climes to enjoy relaxing golfing holidays together. This got us thinking about our holidays that are situated on or near to golf courses. Let’s take a look at our destinations that are ideal for a family golf holiday…the proof is in the putting, after all…
The Dordogne, France
With a reputation as one of the most picturesque regions in France, the Périgord, divided by the Dordogne river, is home to a rich and varied history that is still evident for all to see in the guise of its many fairytale castles and mediaeval villages that dot the landscape.
Our Villas & Cottages by Headwater range includes seven types of beautiful lodges situated on a scenic golf club resort, just 8km from Souillac town centre, an excellent base for exploring with the family – adults can enjoy the history and the kids can splash about in the waterpark or ride horses in the horse-riding centre. When you’d like a golf-free day, the resort itself is situated in the countryside with fabulous walking routes and some we provide bikes too. The houses are scattered around in small ‘villages’, up to 1km from the bar and restaurant area. Each ‘village’ has its own shared pool located just a few minutes’ walk away. There are nine swimming pools onsite in total. Open-plan, shared gardens surround all the lodges, and tennis courts and table tennis can be found near the reception desk, along with the bar and restaurant.
Exploring the quiet northern corner of Catalunya, you’ll experience a diverse range of scenery and way of life that offers something quite different to the rest of the Spanish Mediterranean. Located on or near to the coast, our self-catering villas are ideally located for exploring the local area on foot or by bike, with plenty of options to keep you busy on those days that you fancy doing a bit more than relaxing at your villa or swimming in the pool. We provide optional suggestions but you really can do as you please when you’re there!
The Costa Brava hosts some of the finest golf courses in Europe, and if you’re staying at the Villa Vista, situated near to the town of Begur, there are five golf courses you can visit, including the Golf Platja de Pals – a flat, tree-lined course – be careful not to lose your balls in the trees!
On our Contrasts of Catalunya Cycling and Catalan Coastal Cycling holidays, you spend a ‘free day’ in Platja de Pals – why not unwind with a few rounds of golf? If you’re on a walking trip, you also spend a day in the fashionable hilltop town Begur, which is not far from the array of local golf courses.
Brittany’s Emerald Coast is stunning – the landscapes and dramatic views have attracted writers and artists for centuries. The contrasting pink granite cliffs and white sandy beaches that encircle the turquoise seas are beautiful and along with the landscape’s wild exterior, you will immediately be mesmerised by the entire region’s undiscovered feel.
Our selection of self-catering villas and cottages in Dinan, Mégrit, Languenan and Saint Jacut in Brittany offer the perfect base for trying out the region’s golf courses. The courses are shaped by the local landscape and offer spectacular views, whilst the clubhouses are welcoming and hospitable – ideal for taking a break over lunch and a Breton-brewed beer or cider. And if you’re on holiday with your partner but don’t play, selected golf courses offer spa treatments or a pool to enjoy whilst your other half lets off some steam on the green!
Alternatively, if you’re travelling on one of our self-guided hotel-to-hotel holidays in Brittany, the hotels in Dinan and Dinard are within easy reach of the golf courses for a few leisurely rounds on your ‘free days’.
The Algarve is a golfer’s paradise – swathed in high quality courses, and a lot of them, the region regularly hosts world-leading international tournaments and competitions. Awash with people from all over the world, the courses are a welcoming sea of green amongst the blue skies and coast. On our trips to the Algarve, there are two golf courses near to your hotels – Quinta Boavista near to Lagos (which you actually cycle through on the Cycling in ‘The Real Algarve’ holiday) and Parque da Floresta near Sagres, which you could head to on your ‘free days’. Most of the hotels offer golf packages too, so it’s worth asking when you arrive.
Sicily’s unspoilt coast is a delight to discover on foot or by bike, and to enjoy a spot of golf. Over 2,500 years of history have left their impression on the landscape – waves of invaders including Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans have all helped to make Sicily the archaeological treasure-house of Europe.
On our Taste of Sicily Cycling holiday you’ll spend two nights in Contrada Piombo, in an award-winning 18-hole golf resort and spa, an oasis in the countryside, surrounded by two golf courses. You’ll have a ‘free day’ in Contrada Piombo, so plenty of time to get practising that swing! And if the rest of your party aren’t avid golfers, there’s plenty of other things to keep them entertained onsite (spa, swimming pool, piano room and wine bar) or in the local area (beaches, walks, castles).
Veneto is a romantic region with a rich cultural heritage, home to fairytale castles, lush vineyards and elegant Palladian villas built by the wealthy nobles. Known for its art, food and iconic cities, the region is also an undiscovered gem for golf-lovers. Golf Club Padova is Padua’s oldest golf course, and is easily accessible from Teolo, a former Roman settlement, where you’ll spend two nights on our Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling holiday. Do a little sightseeing then perhaps head there to tee off in the warm sunshine with a gorgeous countryside backdrop.
So, all that’s left to do now is to pack those clubs and the golfing attire, research which destination you’d like to go to, and look forward to long days perfecting that birdie, eagle and bogey!