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Best Golf Resorts in the World

from the Experts in Golf Holidays

✍️ Rick Wilton | ⏰ 15 min read

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Part of the charm of playing a number of the world's best golf courses is the journey itself, and the sense of setting out to explore something truly special in remote locations around the world.

On the other hand, sometimes it's just easier to head to a destination where everything you could ever need from a golf holiday is all right on-site, and that's where the "golf resort" comes in.

When we talk about golf resorts, we mean places where the golf courses, accommodation, bars, restaurants, and leisure facilities are all in one crazily convenient complex; where all you need to do is roll out of bed and onto the first tee, before rolling in your final putt and hitting the spa to relax before dinner in an award-winning restaurant.

If just such a trip sounds good to you, read on, because we've taken the trouble of compiling a list of the world's best golf resorts.

Check out our guides the best golf resorts in:

UK & Ireland ¦ England ¦ Ireland
Europe ¦ Portugal ¦ Spain
Turkey ¦ France ¦ America
Mauritius ¦ South Africa
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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

There are only 247 “true links” courses on planet Earth, four of which are located in the USA. Three of those are found at the amazing Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

The Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, and Old Macdonald Courses are America’s answer to traditional seaside golf found most prominently in the UK & Ireland, and with 6 courses in total on-site; there’s much more to write home about here than a day on the links.

Bandon Dunes is rightly considered to be one of the best golf resorts in the world, with a core function and belief that "golf was born on rugged, wind-swept land like this”. This epic golf resort provides a stunning golf experience akin to that found at many of the world's greatest links golf courses in Scotland and Ireland, and is a superb alternative to the classic American classics of Pebble Beach, Sawgrass, and Kiawah Island.

Book a golf holiday to Bandon Dunes or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Bandon Dunes

  • 6 Golf Courses on-site
  • Designs from Tom Doak, David Mclay Kidd, Ben Crenshaw & Bill Coore
  • A wealth of accommodation options

What our clients think

❝Had a hard time choosing my favourite course here, they are all that good, honest.❞
Glen (visited October)

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort

Located on some of Scotland's most dramatic coastline the Trump Turnberry Resort will provide a special experience for a golf break. Guests can choose to stay in the 5-star hotel or the self-catering cottages and Villas.

The courses at Turnberry are simply incredible with the Ailsa course being the headline act having hosted 4 Open Championships.

Reasons to Visit Trump Turnberry

  • Multiple hosts of The Open, Senior Open & Women's Open
  • Named 2019 Best Golf Resort in Europe
  • Ailsa Course ranked in World's Top 10 Golf Courses

Book a golf break to Trump Turnberry or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

What our clients think

❝Beautifully presented. The quality is amazing and the staff excellent and friendly.❞
Tom (visited September)

Pinehurst Golf Resort

Spanning more than 100 years of history with no less than nine amazing golf courses, including the famed Pinehurst No. 2 Course, Pinehurst is a must for any lover of golf.

Combine these amazing courses with luxurious accommodation options and endless top-class facilities and there is little surprise that Pinehurst is considered to be one of the world's finest golf resorts.

Book a golf holiday to Pinehurst Golf Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Pinehurst Golf Resort

  • Total of 9 golf courses on-site
  • Designs from Donald Ross, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus & Rees Jones
  • Hotel options include The Carolina Hotel & Holly Inn to the Villas & Condos

What our clients think

❝After our experience of No’s 4, 6 and 8 we were slightly concerned that No 2 couldn’t be much better. How wrong we were!❞
Ronald (visited June)

Costa Navarino

As more and more people have considered Greece to be a prime destination for their golfing adventures, Costa Navarino has risen steadily in popularity. The Dunes & The Bay, by master designers Bernhard Langer and Robert Trent Jones, are considered to be the country’s finest courses; both located within the confines of the luxury resort with another two courses from Jose Maria Olazabal making a superb choice of golf on offer.

Book a golf holiday to Costa Navarino or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Costa Navarino

  • Two of the courses are anked 1st & 2nd in Greece
  • Designs by Bernhard Langer, Robert Trent Jones Jr & Jose Maria Olazabal
  • A 5* luxury resort with stunning views of the coast

What our clients think

❝A superb stay at a superb resort. The staff are not only numerous, ensuring you can always get assistance the moment you need it, but incredibly willing and knowledgable. The facilities are fantastic, well designed and spaced out to ensure you don't feel as though you are on a large resort, the offering of eateries and local information is also great!❞
Debora (visited July)

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach must be one of the most recognisable golf courses in the world, having played an integral part in major tournaments and the overall history of the game. With a dramatic cliff-side stretch of holes, it’s obvious to see why it has such an iconic reputation.

However there is more to Pebble Beach than the famous links, the "17 Mile Drive in Monterey" has an unbelievable stretch of golf courses, including the exclusive Cypress Point, Links at Spanish Bay, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills.

Book a golf holiday to Pebble Beach or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Pebble Beach

  • Held multiple US Opens, USPGA Championship & AT&T Pro-Am
  • Surrounded by some of the best courses in America
  • Lodge at Pebble Beach or Inn at Spanish Bay accommodation options

What our clients think

❝Just an absolute privilege to play this wonderful golf course and exceeded expectations again.❞
Paul (visited September)

Gleneagles Golf Resort

Having hosted both the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup Gleneagles must be one of the most famous golf resorts in the world. The luxurious 5-star hotel, 2 Michelin Starred Andrew Fairlie restaurant and first-class spa is accompanied by 3 wonderful championship golf courses.

The James Braid and Jack Nicklaus layouts provide some of the best golf in the UK providing golfers with a truly memorable experience.

Reasons to Visit Gleneagles

  • Hosted both the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup
  • 3 Championship courses from James Braid & Jack Nicklaus
  • Named the 2019 European Golf Resort of the Year

Book a golf break to Gleneagles or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

What our clients think

❝I just wished we could have stayed here for a week and not 2 nights. Everything was just superb. Without doubt, this for both my wife and I was the most fantastic place we have ever stayed. The staff were so friendly, helpful and professional and the facilities outstanding. The setting is just idyllic.❞
Tom (visited September)

Belle Mare Plage

Mark Twain once said: "Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius." That pretty much sums up this epic corner of the Indian Ocean as far as golfers go. White sandy beaches, sapphire waters, and luxury resorts are the order of the day here, and for the golf historians out there; Mauritius was also the 4th country in the world where golf was first played. 4th!!!

Belle Mare Plage is rated highly by Your Golf Travel customers and is the epitome of everything good and great about Mauritius. 36 holes (18 designed by "The Voice of Golf", Peter Alliss), an all-inclusive experience, and a slice of the island life await visitors here, making Belle Mare Plage the go-to place for anyone looking for the best of the best when it comes to luxurious golf escapes.

Book a golf holiday to Belle Mare Plage or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Belle Mare Plage

  • Two fantastic courses on-site
  • Designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Alliss
  • Superb Sea View accommodation & prestigious Shiseido Spa

What our clients think

❝Just loved it all, plenty to do if you wish and the staff were superb. We have never gone back to the same place before but we will go back to here.❞
Tracy (visited February)

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort

Sawgrass might be famous for its island green Par 3 17th hole, but Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa offers much, much more than a flick of a 9-iron.

This Jacksonville resort boasts 4 more 18-hole golf courses to go with the Pete Dye-designed TPC Sawgrass, as well as luxury accommodation, and endless off-course attractions.

The World Golf Hall of Fame is in St Augustine, just south of Sawgrass, and visitors will also benefit from the famous Florida weather. If sun, sand, and the famous 17th at Sawgrass are on your bucket list; Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is the place to be.

Book a golf holiday to Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort

  • Host of the annual PLAYERS Championship
  • 5 Championship course layouts including designs from Pete Dye
  • 4* Luxury hotel just a 2 hour drive from Orlando International Airport

What our clients think

❝The most difficult and beautifully designed course I have ever played ever. Great experience all round made ever more memorable because I had a hole in one at the 17th on day 2!❞
Philip (visited April)

Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Links

Old Tom Morris started things off here, with additions from Harry Vardon, Harry Colt, Pat Ruddy and the latest designed by Tom Doak, making Rosapenna an incredible links golf experience combined with an excellent 4-star hotel.

Golfers visiting Rosapenna get to enjoy all the facilities on offer away from the courses too with multiple spa options, sport activities and the proximity of the fishing village of Downings ensures that the speciality seafood at Rosapenna is as fresh as it comes.

Reasons to Visit Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Links

  • Home to 3 amazing links courses
  • Designs from Pat Ruddy & Tom Doak
  • Luxury 4-star hotel in an 800 acre estate

Book a golf break to Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Links or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

What our clients think

❝The hotel, the staff, the food and the golf courses were all excellent, we couldn't have asked for any more.❞
Stephen (visited September)

Whistling Straits

Having hosted the PGA Championship on 3 occasions as well as The 2021 Ryder Cup, the Straits Course at Whistling Straits is, without doubt, the main attraction at this spectacular Wisconsin resort, but there are plenty of other reasons to put this place atop your USA Golf Holiday bucket list.

In addition to the Straits Course, the Whistling Straits Resort is home to The Irish Course (another Pete Dye creation) which is a championship challenge in its own right, and visitors can also enjoy easy access to the Blackwolf Run Course, which is just a 15-minute drive along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Away from the course, The American Club is a Forbes Five-Star Resort Hotel and the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort Hotel, so it goes without saying that this is an outstanding accommodation option for any golfer travelling to this part of the USA.

Book a golf holiday to Whistling Straits or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Whistling Straits

  • Two superb courses from the acclaimed golf architect Pete Dye
  • Hosted the PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open & 2021 Ryder Cup
  • The resort offers Five-Star and Five-Diamond hotel accommodation

Casa de Campo

The Teeth of The dog Course at Casa de Campo is the top-rated golf course in all of the Caribbean; reason enough to make the trip to the Dominican Republic.

Throw in the exceptional Dye Fore Course (designed by Pete Dye as we’re sure you’d imagine) and The Links Course too, and you have a golf experience that encompasses everything that is good and great about a Caribbean Holiday.

Recommended by our clients, Casa de Campo is part of the Your Golf Travel Signature Collection and offers the perfect blend of rum cocktails, sunny skies, sandy beaches, and of course sumptuous golf.

Book a golf holiday to Casa de Campo or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Casa de Campo

  • Three stunning Pete Dye designed courses
  • Located on the Caribbean Sea coastline with 3 Private Beaches
  • Teeth of the Dog course is ranked No.1 in the Caribbean

What our clients think

❝The seven holes on the coastline are fantastic with amazing views.❞
Rob (visited February)

Mission Hills Golf Resort

If golf is top of your "to-do list" when you’re planning your next holiday, Mission Hills might just be the perfect place.

With twelve, yes twelve!!, 18-hole championship courses on-site, as well as endless luxurious hotels, restaurants, and leisure facilities; Mission Hills is officially The World’s Biggest Golf Resort.

The likes of Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, and Annika Sorenstam all have a golf course to their name at this epic resort, and away from the fairways; luxury accommodation options, world-class restaurants, and endless sport and leisure facilities combine to complete your next golf holiday experience.

Book a golf holiday to Mission Hills Golf Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Mission Hills Golf Resort

  • A total of 12 Golf Courses on-site
  • Designs from Nicklaus, Faldo, Els, Norman & Dye
  • Two luxury hotels, Shenzen and Dongguan

What our clients think

❝This really is a 5 resort, the courses are some of the best that I have played in terms of presentation, aesthetics and playability.❞*
Steve (visited April)

Streamsong Resort

When you think of golf in Florida, sun, palm trees, gators, and PGA Tour Courses probably spring to mind.

The likes of Sawgrass, Bay Hill, and PGA National have been mainstays on golf’s flagship tour for decades, but Streamsong offers something a bit out of the norm. And that isn’t a bad thing…

This amazing golf resort boasts 54 holes of golf (the Red, Blue, and Black Courses are rated #2, 3, and 4 in all of Florida by Golf Week), luxurious accommodation, and an enviable location less than an hour from Tampa, and 90 minutes from Orlando. For everything that makes Florida such a sought-after holiday destination, Streamsong has in spades and stands out from the pack; offering something a little different to golfers visiting The Sunshine State.

Book a golf holiday to Streamsong Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Streamsong Resort

  • Designs by Tom Doak, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw & Gil Hanse
  • Situated within 16,000 acres of stunning Florida scenery
  • Modern, stylish accommodation, fine dining and spa

What our clients think

❝Tremendous facilities and staff❞
David (visited April)

Cape Kidnappers

We don’t know about you, but when we think of our favourite golf courses in the world; we picture courses that are not only great in design but take pride of place in some of the most spectacular locations on earth.

New Zealand golf courses fit that bill like fish do chips. There are plenty of breathtaking courses in the land of the All Blacks, but Cape Kidnappers probably takes the biscuit when it comes to golf courses that blow thy mind.

Designed by Tom Doak and ranked amongst the Top 50 Golf Courses in The World, Cape Kidnappers is the centrepiece of an incredible golf resort that has reached the heady heights of being ranked #4 in the World in Travel & Leisure by “the World's Best Awards”.

Go here and play golf. PS - Take your camera.

Book a golf holiday to Cape Kidnappers or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Cape Kidnappers

  • Golf course designed by famed golf course architect Tom Doak
  • Ranked 4th in Travel & Leisure "World's Best Awards"
  • Generous suites with sumptuous, rustic-luxe interiors & awe-inspiring views

What our clients think

❝Cape Kidnappers is every bit as "wow" as the pictures you've seen adorn the golf magazines and websites since it's creation.❞
Oliver (visited October)

Trump National Doral, Miami

Located in the heart of Miami the 800-acre Doral Resort offers golfers amazing facilities, luxury accommodation, six pools, five restaurants and four championship golf courses.

The showpiece Blue Monster course contains deep bunkers, long winding fairways, large undulating greens and numerous water hazards. At over 7,000 yards both the Silver Fox and Golden Palm courses also provide a stern test of golfing ability while The Red Tiger course makes golfers choose strategy and shot placement rather than smashing it off the tee.

Book a golf holiday to Trump National Doral, Miami or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Trump National Doral, Miami

  • 800 acre luxury resort
  • Four magnicifcent courses
  • Design from Gil Hanse, Robert von Hagge, Raymond Floyd, Jerry Pate & Bruce Devlin

What our clients think

❝Challenging courses with fast and tricky greens❞
Francesca (visited February)

Terre Blanche Golf Resort

Indulge yourself in the luxury of Terre Blanche Golf Resort; located near the heart of one of the most beautiful regions in France. The hotel and resort have much to offer with world class accommodations and remarkable championship golf courses.

Terre Blanche offers ideal relaxation as well as numerous possibilities for those interested in exploring every nook and cranny of what this beautifully diverse country has to offer, including the French Riviera.

Book a golf holiday to Terre Blanche or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Terre Blanche

  • Two courses, Le Chateau ranked as one of the best in France
  • Designed by Dave Thomas
  • Fantastic 5* luxury accommodation

What our clients think

❝Facilities were great and the staff could not have tried harder. The £50 double gin and tonic and the £160 John Dory left me speechless. The concierge were a great source for great local restaurants.❞
Paul (visited October)

Finca Cortesin

Regarded by many as the most luxurious golf resort in Spain, Finca Cortesin offers an outstanding hotel accompanied by a golf course that is ranked within Europe's Top 20 Best Golf Courses. The layout has already hosted a number of European Tour events and is set to host the 2023 Solheim Cup.

Located between the beautiful coastal towns of Sotogrande and Marbella, on the road to the beautiful mountain villages of the Casares with the beach just a short walk away. The location, facilities, fine dining and challenging golf make Finca Cortesin a great base for a golf holiday in the Costa Del Sol.

Book a golf holiday to Finca Cortesin or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Finca Cortesin

  • Designed by American course architect Cabell Robinson
  • 2023 Solheim Cup host & multiple World Matchplay Championships
  • Luxury 5* golf resort with award-winning hotel

What our clients think

❝This hotel is simply stunning. Elegant, restful and in immaculate surroundings, with impeccable service and superb food. In a word: faultless.❞
Stephen (visited March)

Sueno Hotels Deluxe Belek

The Sueno Hotels Deluxe is located on the beach in the heart of Belek, just 45 minutes drive from Antalya International Airport. The majority of the rooms within the six floor building offer a sea view and with six restaurants and five swimming pools there is more than enough to keep you entertained away from the course.

The two championship courses at Sueno are very different to play but equal in quality. The Pines measures over 7,000 yards and contains huge water hazards accompained by large expanses of sand while the shorter Dunes course contains a closing hole with an amazing island green that will live long in your memory.

Book a golf holiday to Sueno Hotels Deluxe Belek or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Sueno Hotels Deluxe Belek

  • Two championship courses on-site; The Dunes and The Pines
  • A 5* resort with luxury spa and Turkish baths
  • Fantastic swimming pools & beach location

What our clients think

❝This is by far the best place I have ever stayed I cannot speak highly enough about it. The staff were exceptional so friendly and you could approach them anytime to help you with anything, I'd give it 6 if I could.❞*
Tony (visited September)

The Greenbrier

Located amid the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier is a global luxury resort providing an iconic experience for guests from around the world for over 200 years. The pristine waters which attracted guests in the 1700's still entice visitors today.

Home to three championship golf courses the resort has everything a golfer needs to make his or her experience one that will never be forgotten. The designs date back to 1911 and have seen both The Ryder Cup & Solheim Cup played out on the fairways. With updates from the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Dick Wilson & Bob Cupp The Greenbrier is now synonymous with world class golf.

Book a golf holiday to The Greenbrier or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit The Greenbrier

  • Set within a 10,000 acre luxury retreat
  • PGA Tour and Ryder Cup 1979 host
  • 3 Championship golf courses with redesigns from Jack Nicklaus & Bob Cupp


Nestled among the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, CordeValle is a luxury retreat in a picturesque setting between San Jose and Monterey Peninsula. The 1,700 acre sanctuary blends into the harmony of the natural mountainside landscape that stretches along the inland coast. Infused with countryside charm and elegance, this Craftsman-style resort is a sanctuary of serenity, wellness, and extraordinary experiences.

The award-winning golf course is the crown jewel of CordeValle, designed by internationally acclaimed golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. the championship layout playes through valleys of oak offering a challenging round to golfers of all abilities.

Book a golf holiday to CordeValle or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit CordeValle

  • Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
  • Luxury retreat set within 1,700-acres
  • Selection of private rooms, suites, and homes surrounded by the picturesque hills of North California

Monte Rei Golf Resort

Designed by the legendary golfer and respected course designer Jack Nicklaus, Monte Rei has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the best golf courses in Europe.

The resort is only a few minutes away from Manta Rota Beach on the Atlantic coast and has wonderful views that look out over lush green pastures, meandering streams, idyllic stone bridges and valleys – it’s a must-see for any golf enthusiast.

Book a golf holiday to Monte Rei or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Monte Rei

  • Ranked the number one course in Portugal
  • Designed by 18-time Major Champion Jack Nicklaus
  • Luxury villas and apartments with stunning dining options

What our clients think

❝Excellent well appointed villas which are for couples or families. You have space and luxury to help you rest comfortably between the golf.❞
Vivek (visited July)

Camiral Golf & Wellness Resort

One of Europe's premier golf destinations, the Camiral Golf & Wellness Resort is home to two fantastic championship-level golf courses. The spectacular Stadium Course is one of the best in Spain and most certainly a venue much loved by locals and international visitors alike. The two accommodation options consist of the amazing 5* Hotel Camiral which oozes modern luxury and the adult only LAVIDA Hotel offering a class of a high-end accommodation at a seriously wallet-friendly price.

Book a golf holiday to Camiral Golf & Wellness Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Camiral Golf & Wellness Resort

  • Two courses on-site, Stadium course ranked in the Top 5 Courses in Spain
  • Regular host of European Tour events
  • Fantastic 5* luxury accommodation

What our clients think

❝Overall a fantastic resort - the facilities were great, staff superb, and the golf courses especially the Stadium was top class. It was very helpful to be picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel.❞
Gerard (visited November)

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Frequently Asked Questions about Golf Resorts

What does a Golf Resort typically include?

A golf resort is a self-contained commercial establishment that provides guests with accommodation and access to one or more golf courses. Typical facilities at golf resorts would include a restaurant and bar as well as the possibility of a spa and usually some leisure facilities such as swimming pool, gym or sports facilities.

What is a Resort Course?

A resort course is exactly what it sounds like, a golf course that is part of a larger resort facility. Most commonly, any golfer, whether a guest of the resort facility or not, can play a resort course. But resort guests typically receive preferential treatment when it comes to tee times, and non-guests might be charged higher green fees than on-site guests.

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