Golfing in Europe can offer unparalleled courses and amazing scenery that combine to create an unforgettable experience. If you are a golfer and are planning a European getaway, include any of these top ranked courses in your stay.
1. St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland — This course, often called the “home of golf,” is steeped in history. Golf has been played on this land since the 12th century, says Golf Magic, and it has hosted 26 Opens.
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2. Royal Hague, Holland — According to Links Magazine, this course, located about an hour from the country’s capital, plays true to form and is bold and hilly.
3. Corfu Golf and Country Club, Greece — Golf Information calls this course one of the best-kept secrets in the golfing world. The course features high stands of cypress trees and plenty of water hazards.
4. Oitavos Dunes, Portugal — Set along the picturesque Lisbon coast, this course offers the best of “new school” course design like back-to-back par-threes and a bunkerless par-four at the 11th, says Links Magazine. As a bonus, the Oitavos resort is a luxurious five-star property that’s perfect for an unforgettable stay in Portugal.
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5. Royal Zoute, Belgium — Located just north of the historic city of Bruges, this prestigious course is lined with pine and silver birch trees. Golf has been played here since the 19th century and today, it makes good use of its natural features, according to Links Magazine.
6. Royal County Down, Ireland — Golf Magic calls the course a “masterpiece,” lying at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and along the Irish Sea. Don’t let its beauty fool you; it is rife with plenty of bunkers and blind shots to challenge even seasoned golfers.
7. Golf de Chantilly, France — The peaceful and scenic setting belies the course's many challenges for beginners and experienced golfers alike, says Golf Information. It is the oldest and, arguably, the finest course in all of France.
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