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15th Year Celebration

Top 15 Golf Holiday Ideas

15th Year Bucket List

As we celebrate 15 years of Your Golf Travel in 2022, we thought it was only right to run with a “theme-of-fifteen” and look for some inspiration while taking a look at 15 of the best golf bucket list experiences you can enjoy on your next golf holiday!

With over 38,000 golf courses located in 209 of the world’s 249 countries, golf is a truly global game, and the places it can take you and your clubs, and the things it allows you to experience along the way can make for a truly memorable holiday experience.

What would be at the very top of your golfing bucket list? Don’t answer this question yet, because in a few minutes it might just need to be updated...

1. The Masters
2. The Ryder Cup
3. Golf & Safari
4. Take A Speedboat To The First Tee
5. Play Golf Under The Northern Lights
6. Night Golf
7. Play An Open Championship Course
8. Drive The World’s Longest Coastal Driving Route
9. Go Wild In The Scottish Highlands
10. Go Overboard In The Mediterranean
11. The World’s Largest Golf Resort
12. Stay At The World’s Best Hotel
13. Golf And Skiing
14. The Solheim Cup
15. Golf & Wine

The Masters

There are no two ways about it: a Masters Badge is the hottest ticket in golf! Most golfers think attending The Masters is an unattainable dream, but we at Your Golf Travel send around 1,000 customers to Augusta National each and every year to watch the world’s best golfers do battle for The Green Jacket.

Book your place as a Masters Patron and enjoy the thrills and spills around famous holes like the trio that make up the legend- ary Amen Corner!

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The Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is golf’s equivalent of the gladiator games, with the world’s best players from The USA and Europe entering a cauldron of partisan support from flocks of traveling golf fans to battle it out for points to add to their team’s tally. With 28 matches taking place across three days of intense competition, the magical marker is 14.5 points.

Speaking of gladiators; the next edition of The Ryder Cup will be hosted in Rome. Where better than “The Eternal City” to cheer home Team Europe, or indeed Team USA subject to your allegiances?

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Golf & Safari

Where else in the world can you be up and at it early, before the sun has even crept over the horizon, and in a 4x4 tracking down “The Big 5” before taking to the golf course in the afternoon?

As far as golf experiences go, South Africa is totally unique, and the country often described as “a world in one country” doesn’t stop at just birdies and buffaloes. Away from the golf courses and between game drives, you’ll also enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, incredible cultural attractions, endless exciting activities, and world-class food and wine.

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Take A Speedboat To The First Tee

James Bond may have preferred the sandy shores of Jamaica and The Bahamas for his holidays, but 10,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean, there’s something very 007 about the way you are transported to the first tee at Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club.

Mark Twain once said that “God created Mauritius first and then paradise was copied after it” and Mauritius is truly a golfer’s paradise. There are plenty of world-class courses to choose from here, but loading your clubs into a speedboat and cruising through the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean for a game at Ile Aux Cerfs is as “bucket list” as it gets!

Play Golf Under The Northern Lights

If 18, or even 36 holes per day isn’t enough for you, then pack a few base layers and a bobble hat in your golf bag and head to Norway.

Located 95 miles north of The Arctic Circle, the spectacular Lofoten Links offers not only the chance to play golf 24 hours per day during certain months of the year but also the chance to bang in a few birdies while gazing at the natural phenomenon known as Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the ‘Northern Lights.’

Night Golf

Let’s be honest; one of the biggest bonuses of jetting off on a golf holiday is teeing it up under sunny skies. But that’s not to say that after 18 holes during the day, a delicious dinner, and a few drinks after your round, you’re not still going to be itching for more golf. That’s where night golf comes in!

In destinations including Turkey, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, the sun goes down and the floodlights come on at courses such as Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, and The Emirates GC, allowing golfers to carry on the golfing party long into the night.

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Play An Open Championship Course

One of the great things about golf is that, unlike other sports, we golf lovers can fol- low in the footsteps of our golfing heroes. Football fans can’t have a kick around with their mates at Wembley. Tennis lovers could have trouble getting past security and onto Centre Court to do their best Roger Federer impression at Wimbledon. But as golfers we can follow the likes of Nicklaus, Ballesteros, and Woods and tee it up at classic courses that have hosted the most historic event in golf; The Open Championship.

Whether it’s teeing off in the shadow of the R&A Clubhouse during a round on The St Andrews Old Course or testing your game at Royal St George’s, one of the toughest tests on The Open Rota; there are plenty of Open Championship host courses both past and present that will welcome you onto their fairways.

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Royal St George's, Kent, England
Royal St George's, Kent, England
The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, England
Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, England
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Wirral, England
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Wirral, England
Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland
Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland
Royal Birkdale, Southport, England
Royal Birkdale, Southport, England

Drive The World’s Longest Coastal Driving Route

Considering the relative size of Ireland, you might be surprised to hear it is home to the longest unbroken coastal driving route in the world. Stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north all the way down to the picturesque town of Kinsale in County Cork, The Wild Atlantic Way offers golfers visiting The Emerald Isle an experience like no other.

Round up your golfing friends, hire a car, chuck your clubs in the boot and head out to explore Ireland’s rugged west coast, where you’ll find courses including Ballyliffin, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Waterville, Tralee, and Old Head (to name just a few) along the way.

Go Wild In The Scottish Highlands

When it comes to golf, it’s fair to say Scot- land is synonymous with links courses and awe-inspiring coastlines.

When it comes to exploring Scotland in general, however, your mind probably wanders to The Highlands, where you can drive through mountain passes, hike up a hill to enjoy an epic view over a loch (and maybe a wee dram), or meander through an ancient forest, perhaps stopping on the side of a river to do some fly fishing along the way. We say why not combine it all into one epic golfing road trip?

With a luxurious converted Land Rover Defender acting as both transportation and accommodation for your visit, you can set off from the likes of Inverness, and apart from your tee times at courses like Royal Dornoch, Nairn, and Castle Stuart, the only decision you’ll have to make each day is which epic vista you’d like to wake up to the following morning!

Go Overboard In The Mediterranean

Hotels and rental cars are so 2021...

So what’s stopping you and a group of your golfing mates from chartering a private yacht and setting sail through the Med, stopping along at your choice of golf courses along the way?

Whether it’s the Costa del Sol, Balearic Islands, North Africa, Italy, Greece, or Turkey, plus many more; there are countless golf courses within a stone’s throw of the Mediter- ranean coastline in each destination.

Golf in the morning, sunbathing on deck with a G&T in hand in the afternoon and a dip in crystal blue waters before dinner at a port of your choice in the evening...sounds pretty good to us!

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The World’s Largest Golf Resort

3,000 golf bags, 1,700 golf buggies, 4,000 caddies, and 216 holes of championship golf. Add all of that up and what do you get? The world’s largest golf resort, Mission Hills in China.

According to the Guinness World Records, Mission Hills is the world’s largest golf resort and with no less than 12 18-hole golf courses, they might just be right! It should come as no surprise that such a golf facility can only be found in the most populated super-power of a country in the world, but it’s not just about quantity at Mission Hills...

With courses designed by famous names including Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, and Annika Sorenstam, there’s plenty of quality on offer on this million-acre property as well!

Stay At The World’s Best Hotel

Hotel of the Year Scotland. Best Golf Resort in the World. Best UK Hotel. Best Hotel in the World. Greenkeeper of the Year Award. Hotel Chef of the Year.

These are just some of the accolades and awards won by the mighty Gleneagles in Scotland in recent times, so for anyone looking for the best of the best, you don’t even have to stray too far from home in 2022.

When it comes to country retreats, Gleneagles has it all, so if world-class golf, infinite luxury, fine-dining, and easy access to activities such as fly fishing, off-roading, shooting, falconry, horse riding, and many, many more sounds good to you, a visit to Gleneagles is a must.

Did we mention all of this comes with the added bonus of being located on the doorstep of one of the most spectacular locations in Scotland?

Golf And Skiing

Combining golf and skiing might sound a bit daft at first glance. After all, skiing requires snow and golf requires an absence of it, but what if we told you that there are a number of destinations around the world where it’s not out of the question to hit the slopes in the morning and the fairways after a spot of lunch in the afternoon?

Of course, you could always cheat a little and head to Dubai, where you can play golf in the desert and take on the world’s first indoor black diamond ski slope at Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of real snow, all on the same day.

But for the real thing, look to mountainous destinations such as the Pyrenees in Spain, the French and Swiss Alps, or even Aspen in Colorado, where for a few weeks of the year, the seasons cross over and you can enjoy taking on black runs in the morning, before teeing off from the black tees in a different part of a valley with no snow in the afternoon!

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Golf & Skiing

The Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup may have only been around since 1990, but in recent years it has received more and more attention and is now proving to be just as much of a show- piece as The Ryder Cup itself.

After sinking the winning putt with the final shot of her career, Suzanne Petersen was announced as Captain for the 2023 event which will take place at the incredible Finca Cortesin in Spain.

Team Europe has been triumphant on the last two outings so Team USA will be looking for revenge in the Costa del Sol. With over 70 golf courses to choose from in the region, why not watch Team Europe defend their title at one of Europe’s best golf courses, and play some golf of your own in the Spanish sunshine?

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Golf & Wine

Fancy yourself a bit of a sommelier? Enjoy a Bordeaux as much as a birdie? A Malbec as much as a mulligan? Good...because golf and wine go hand in hand in plenty of amazing destinations around the world.

Whether it’s a few days in Franschhoek, the culinary and wine capital of South Africa, where you’ll have access to the golf courses of the Western Cape and Garden Route, a road trip to the Loire Valley and historic French layouts, or a sip, slurp, gargle and spit in Napa Valley before teeing it up at Pebble Beach, golf and wine lovers can rejoice in the fact that many of the world’s most famous wine regions are within easy reach of many of the world’s best golf courses!

Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to our Golf Holiday Experts about combining a golf trip with a visit to a vineyard.

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