Well we hate to say it but with the clocks going back next weekend, the winter is well and truly closing in on us. Dark mornings and early evenings limit the time spent on the course whilst a round of golf in icy temperatures with freezing hands and temporary greens to contend with is enough to put off even the most die-hard of golfers.

Having to scrub the mud from your clubs and limit the length of your swing because you’ve got four extra layers on mean that golf in the winter is more often a chore than a pleasure.

But just because winter is arriving, you don’t have to put up with all that nonsense when sunnier climes are just a short trip away. Here are seven courses to escape to over the winter.

Dubai

Dubai course

There is a perception that Dubai is a playground for the rich but that is not the case and tourism is constantly on the rise. Away from the huge skyscrapers and manmade private islands, they boast a range of spectacular golf courses where the game’s leading names have been commissioned to create 18 terrific holes.

Although the heat between May and September is stifling, average temperatures in December are around 21°C with around four days of rainfall. Test your game on the Emirates Course – the first all grass championship course in the Gulf region. It is home to two championship courses including the Majlis and the Wadi Course.

The Majlis was host to the 2015 Omega Desert Classic, where Rory McIlroy finished in top spot with a score of -22. The Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course and the Els Course are also well worth a visit.

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Cancun

cancun golf

A relaxing hotspot where leisure and nightlife combined with championship golf makes Cancun a must visit. With temperatures of around 30°C in December, the whole of the UK will be jealous as you spend your days picking up a tan and evenings with a beer contemplating your earlier round.

We can recommend the Moon Palace Resort, a Jack Nicklaus design that is carved through the flora and fauna but they’re a host of other beautiful courses around the region.

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Florida

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Florida’s long sunny days and array of spectacular courses around the region make it a dream destination for golfers. Averages temperatures in December are around the 30 °C so you can swap the woolly hats and jumpers for sun cream.

Play on the testing course of Mission Inn Resort & Club set amongst the clear blue lakes and island greens north of Orlando or venture south-west towards Naples and have a round on the Jack Nicklaus-inspired Verandah Golf Club with its open fairways and stunning scenery.

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The Canary Islands

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Guaranteed warm weather all year round, avoid the palm trees and white sand bunkers as you overlook the ocean at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. The only thing to worry about is losing your golf balls in the lakes that surround the course.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, there are plenty of idyllic courses around the islands and the Meloneras Course in Gran Canaria has the Canary mountains on one side and the harbour of Pasito Blanco on the other.

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Morocco

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One of the sunniest climates of the world, Morocco has bags to offer. Along the coast south-west of Marrakesh lies Tikida Golf Palace. If you want to be lazy and do nothing but play golf and relax in warm swimming pools then look no further. There are two golf courses to chose from, the ‘Tikida Course’ which is designed in the middle of an eucalyptus forest or the ‘Championship Course’ which boasts great diversity and allows all level of players to enjoy.

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Cyprus

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The Secret Valley Golf Course set in Kouklia is full of surprises that will keep you thinking with each shot. A challenge of wit and bravery, the shorter, narrower fairways prove a welcome task which is always kept in great condition. Average temperatures of the region in the winter range from 12°C to 14°C so you won’t be too hot as you admire the views.

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Barbados

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Take full advantage of the nine hours of sunshine in December and January by heading to play at the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course. A world-class design, it is maintained to perfection and has it’s own unique quirks including four marvellous par 3s. Try not to hit one of the monkeys that you will spot around the course.

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Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester is an experienced sports writer, having worked at SportsVibe and written for numerous sporting titles including Golfing World, Birmingham Mail and Stoke City's website.

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