The start of 2020 has been a bit of a write-off so far, with even local courses closing to keep us all as safe as possible. Whilst the internet has been fantastic outlet at providing golf entertainment in all shapes and forms (vlogs, online golf matches and the best tournament moment replays) we’re all itching to not only get out for a round with our friends, but to enjoy some real holiday time and soak up some much-needed sunshine too, as soon as it’s safe to do so of course.
So, on that note; we’re looking ahead to next year when COVID19 will be firmly behind us. Here’s our bucket list golf trips for 2021, do they match yours?
First Stop: The Belfry
Why? It’s best known for having hosted the Ryder Cup 4 times (more than any other course in the world) on the Brabazon course, with Team Europe taking home the glory the last time the tournament was there in 2002. To be able to walk in the footsteps of golfing legends, playing the same amazing course they did is an epic thing to do.
There’s a TaylorMade performance centre on-site too, so if you’re looking for a club-fit to sharpen up your game, tie it in with your visit. And finally, I don’t know about you, but a round on their championship courses followed by some R&R in the luxury spa is my idea of a perfect day.
Next up: Trump Turnberry
Before we head abroad (to warmer climes), the next venue to tick off absolutely has to be Turnberry in Scotland.
Why? Dramatic coastline – Tick. Not one, but two incredible links courses – Tick. Host of The Open 4 times – Tick. Need we say more? Be sure to get the camera out and snap away with the iconic lighthouse in the background – it’s definitely a #YGTGreatestShot.
Golf D’Hardelot in Northern France
Pop across the channel to find our next bucket list golf destination in 2021. Obviously there’s Le Golf National which was thrust into the spotlight thanks to the 2018 Ryder Cup and can be nicely combined with a city break in Paris. But our eyes are firmly on Golf D’Hardelot.
Why? It’s renowned for being one of the best and most popular golf clubs in the country. Two championship courses here demand accuracy. Les Pins course may only measure 6,480 yards but the greens are tricky. The current lockdown is the perfect time to practice your shortgame – have you got a home set-up yet?
Quinta do Lago in Portugal
A golf break bucket list wouldn’t be a bucket list without a trip to Portugal. This golfing region is a right of passage for all holiday golfers thanks to the quality & huge amount of championship tracks being unparalleled in Europe. And Quinta Do Lago is as good as it gets.
Why? There are three courses all kept in outstanding condition alongside the Paul McGinley Golf Academy and a TaylorMade Performance Centre. The crazy golf course here also has replicas of the most famous holes around the globe for an extra chance to take on your pals. Sip a cocktail whilst overlooking others on the driving range and enjoy the glorious Portuguese sunshine.
Go a little further to South Africa
You’re after a little more adventure? We hear you. YGTRory’s favourite country in the world, South Africa, is top of the list when we’re thinking about long-haul destinations and a must-visit is Fancourt.
Why? Designed by the legendary Gary Player, 3 first class championship courses await you, with The Links a regular feature on the European Tour and also ranked by many as the best course in all of Africa.
How about America?
And finally, a golf holiday bucket list also needs a trip to the USA, especially to South Carolina. We highly recommend heading to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Why? It’s 3rd on Golf Digest’s ‘America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses’ having hosted The Ryder Cup and many PGA Tour tournaments. Another reason to book, there are FOUR more championship courses on-site, it is golfers paradise with a great year-round warm climate.
Fancy attending a golf tournament?
It’s a pretty great list we know, but as golfers you’re probably thinking ‘What about all the tournaments? Shouldn’t they be on your bucket list?’ And you’re right, they totally are.
Just like the Masters, most other tournaments and sporting events having been postponed or cancelled this year – so 2021 is the year where sport will come alive. If you’ve always dreamed of stepping foot on Augusta National to watch your favourite players battle for the green jacket, what better time to do it than next year.
Following on from that, the 150th Open Championship was due to be returning to St Andrews, but due to the rescheduling of tournaments, everything has been pushed back a year. 2021’s event will be at Royal St George’s, the beautiful Links layout on the coast of Kent. However, The Open at St Andrews is one of the most anticipated tournaments in the calendar with spectators due to fly in from around the globe. The atmosphere will be electric at the Home Of Golf… are you ready for it?
And that’s it, our 2021 bucket list. It’s been hard to pick only a handful of adventures, but these are definitely a great start to help inspire your future travel plans.
See you on the fairways soon!
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