The Best 36-Hole Golf Resorts in Europe

What could be better than playing a round at one of Europe’s top golf courses? How about 36-holes of world-class golf at the same venue. That is exactly what these ten marvellous golf resorts have to offer.

We take a look at ten of the best resorts with more than one course in Europe.

PGA Catalunya Resort (Spain)

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PGA Catalunya Resort is ideally located 50 minutes from Barcelona and just 15 minutes from Girona. There are two world-class golf courses at the resort. Opened to much acclaim in 1991, the European Tour originally built the Stadium Course to rival the PGA Tour’s offering at Sawgrass. They undoubtedly succeeded in that goal, with the layout consistently ranked among Europe’s finest courses. Host to multiple Tour events, the Stadium course should be on every golfer’s must-play list.

Somewhat overshadowed, the Tour Course is also a layout all golfers should experience.

While the Stadium was designed specifically with tournament golf in mind, the Tour Course with its constant challenges and spectacular holes will meet the expectations of all types of player.

Praia D’El Rey (Portugal)

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Praia D’El Rey has long been one of Portugal’s most exciting golf destinations. The opening of the Cynthia Dye designed West Cliffs last year has catapulted the area to a whole new level. Located an hour from Lisbon, on the breathtaking Silver Coast, the newly opened links looks set to become one of the best courses on the planet.

Rolling sand dunes interspersed with coastal vegetation make for an enchanting setting.

The miles of golden sandy beaches give plenty of room for more world-links, and that is exactly what you will find at Praia D’El Rey.

Set among extensive pine forests and undulating dunes the setting is equally spectacular. With views over the Atlantic and the Berlengas Islands beyond, a trip to the links will rival anywhere in Europe.

Quinta Do Lago (Portugal)

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The prestigious resort at Quinta Do Lago boasts three celebrated championship layouts, as well as exceptional practice facilities. The South Course on the 2000-acre residential estate is often considered the finest of the trio. It’s stunning backdrop of the Ria Formosa Natural Park making it a favourite among European Tour professionals.

Meanwhile, the par-72 Laranjal layout was voted ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ for 2016. Situated in the grounds of an orange grove, the course poses a serious test for players of all abilities.

Meanwhile, Quinta Do Lago’s latest edition, the Beau Welling designed North Course, which opened in 2014, has only added to the resort’s fantastic portfolio of championship courses.

Dolphin watching, kayaking, watersports, horse riding, and scuba diving, are all available at the resort. There is also a selection of top quality restaurants.

Terre Blanche (France)

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As locations go, you couldn’t get much better than Terre Blanche. Situated on the edge of the French Riviera, the two Dave Thomas courses, Le Chateau and Le Riou, enjoy 300 days a year sunshine.

A true golfer’s heaven, the Château is consistently ranked among France’s top ten golf courses. It’s easy to see why. Opened to much acclaim in 2000, the undulating course stands out for it spectacular water features and immaculate year-round condition. Carving its way through dense woodland, the Chateau is a course that requires brains, not brawn.

Le Riou, whilst not reaching the same standard as its sister course, is also a great track and plays host to an annual LET Access Tour event. This course offers great views of the nearby Provencal villages. Strategy again takes precedence, with the undulating terrain sure to test your shot-making abilities. Although the easier of the two courses, Le Riou is certainly no pushover. It is, however, a lot of fun to play!

Golf du Médoc (France)

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Nestled in the heart of 200 hectares of countryside, Golf du Médoc Resort offers two of France’s most beautiful courses. The original layout, the Châteaux Course, opened for play in 1989. The handiwork of Bill Coore, the Chateaux is a timeless course with a distinctive links feel. Located just outside Bordeaux, each hole pays homage to the region’s famous vineyards. All eighteen varieties can be sampled in the clubhouse.

A former host of the 1999 French Open, the Châteaux Course was voted France’s best golf course at the 2014 World Golf Awards.

The second layout, “Les Vignes”, is also a top track, which regularly ranks in the country’s top 100 layouts. A tree-lined opening gives way to splendid heathland, with water also coming into play on several holes.

Real Club El Prat (Spain)

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Real Club de Golf El Prat is located just outside Barcelona, in the beautiful region of Costa Brava. Originally named Barcelona Golf Club, the prestigious institution moved to its new home in the Llorenç del Munt l’Obac Natural Park in 2003. Despite the move, the club continues to boast some of the best golf in all of Spain. There are an extraordinary 45 holes of golf at the resort, all of which are built to USGA stadium specifications. With this in mind, each of the layouts offers a long and fairly wide challenge, with plenty of room to open your shoulders.

The venue holds the rare feat of hosting the Spanish Open at two different venues, with Europe’s best returning to compete in the event three years ago.

Scandinavian Golf Club (Denmark)

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It’s hard to believe that Denmark’s top golf facility was formerly a military base.

The Scandinavian Golf Club is located just 25 minutes outside the capital Copenhagen and is home to two of Europe’s finest layouts. The resort boasts the rare feat of having two courses ranked in the Top 70 Courses in Continental Europe.

Robert Trent Jones Architects were the mastermind behind both layouts. The Old Course, which opened a year before its sister course in 2010, is the finer of the two offerings. An ingenious layout, the design plays illusions with the golfer throughout. For example, on the 10th two sand traps are made to appear like one huge, and somewhat intimidating, bunker. It is a scary sight.

The New Course is also one of Denmark’s best courses. Tree-lined fairways, plenty of water hazards and excellent draining soil characterise the layout.

Golf du Touquet (France)

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Just an hour from Calais Golf du Touquet is perfectly located for both European and British visitors.

A hugely fashionable resort in the inter-war era, La Mer course at Golf du Touquet has recently undergone a significant redevelopment which has helped restore the Harry Colt classic to its former glory. The results have cemented the layout’s place as one of the best links courses on the Continent. The newly restored links course, set behind the towering dunes and vast beaches at Le Touquet, is one of three courses at the resort.

La Foret has a more inland feel and is a tighter more tree-lined affair than its sister course. The nine-hole Le Manoir is a tricky little test, ideal if your dying to get back out on the course after a round at one of the other two layouts in the morning.

Costa Navarino (Greece)

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The IAGTO’s “European Golf Resort of the Year 2017”, Costa Navarino should be on everyone’s list of must play courses.

The luxury Greek resort features two world-class 18-hole signature courses. The layouts are located in one of the most breathtaking spots in the Mediterranean. The Dunes Course offers fantastic views of the sea and river and takes its name from the tall dunes that separate several holes from a golden beach. Meanwhile, the Bay Course offers panoramic sea and mountain views, with two holes playing along the historic Bay of Navarino.

Antalya Golf Club (Turkey)

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Antalya Golf Club offers two first-class championship courses, The PGA Sultan and The Pasha.

Of the two courses, The PGA Sultan has been designed with the lower handicap golfers in mind. Designed by David Jones and European Golf Design, the course takes full advantage of the stunning surroundings; water hazards are frequent but strategic and not overbearing. The Sultan delivers a stern but rewarding golfing test that any keen player will relish.

Measuring a little over 5,700 meters from the back tees, The Pasha will test the abilities of high and low handicappers alike with a combination of different challenges. During their round golfers will face an interesting mixture of wide fairways, open bays, challenging doglegs, cleverly placed bunkers, tricky water hazards and rolling greens.

 

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