We’re creatures of simple needs here at the 19th hole and while we’re lucky enough to sample some of the best courses in the world, when it comes to food we’re quite happy with a Snickers for a mid-round kicker and a doorstop sandwich in the clubhouse after.
That said, we’re not averse to a treat every now and again and a sumptuous banquet to match a special round of golf is something we can’t recommend enough. Unless you’re particularly lucky and live next to one of these resorts that pride themselves not only on the high standard of their golf courses but also their award-winning food, if you’re planning a weekend away this year put these on your wishlist.
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Not only do Gleneagles have three of the finest courses to rival any of the best worldwide, they have a hotel fit to host the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. But what puts the icing on the cake is the Andrew Fairlie Restaurant. With two Michelin stars, head chef Fairlie has masterminded the finest dining experience in Scotland and learned his trait from legendary chef Michel Guerard at the age of 20. Since then he has gone on to expand his experience in top Paris kitchens before landing the role at Gleneagles. His Degustation menu offers a range of unforgettable dishes with unique twists but don’t look past the lobster, it’s his signature dish.
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The Monte Rei resort in the Algarve has everything going for it. Beautiful sunshine, a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus with lush green fairways and stunning views, luxury accommodation with traditional Portuguese style furnishing and a restaurant that is one of the finest in the region. Chef Jaime Perez has worked with the world’s best including Ferran Adria who ran the three Michelin star restaurant ‘El Bulli’. Fantastic facilities and great service will guarantee this is one of the best resorts to visit.
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Go head to head against the Carrick golf course, a £50 million renovation which has used every penny to make sure your golf game is put to the test. Nine holes on the high road and nine on the low road includes highland backdrops and the great loch itself is used as a water hazard. Make sure you end your round on a high by eating at the Martin Wishart restaurant. Head chef Graeme Cheevers is constantly creating new signature creations and the Michelin star highlights the success of his food. Eat delicious steak whilst looking out over the mountains of Loch Lomond.
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A five star resort in Tenerife, The Ritz-Carlton is set on the stunning cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 25,000 trees, lakes and waterfalls surround this majestic golf course and although the course isn’t the longest around, each hole is different. Now to the food. The M.B restaurant situated at the resorts hotel is run by the renowned Basque chef Martin Berasategui, a largely experienced chef who has been cooking since he helped his mother out aged 14. The restaurant won its first Michelin star in 2010 and that was the catalyst to improve the menu even further. Four years later, it was awarded its second Michelin star giving further evidence that this is one of the finest places to eat in the area.
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Go back in time by visiting the Chateau d’Augerville in the French capital and staying the the 17th century hotel. After undergoing restoration work, it was finally opened in 2006 and has built a reputation of having rooms of the highest quality. The course layout means you have to be creative with your shots and will often have to go out of your comfort zone if you want to aim for the pin on your second shot. Coming down the last, you will be heading for the towering chateau which rises above the 18th green. Head into the restaurant and you are greeted by a stunning hall and in the summer the room opens up to a large terrace. The food is just as good as the setting but what makes this place truly unique is their own chocolate factory.