21 Amazing Golf Courses in Europe
Golf courses in Europe rank among some of the best in the world. Diverse terrain makes each game a thrill. Mountains, lakes and forests add breathtaking landscapes to already impressive grounds. Amenities ensure that you’ll want for nothing while you smarten up your swing. With so many options, you might want to plan more than one trip...
18-Hole Course, Green fees: 75 €/18 Holes, Season: 10 April - 4 November
Golfclub Dilly in Windischgarsten is encircled by gorgeous mountains and surrounded by paradisiacal green parkland, this exciting course is nothing short of a delight. Pros and amateurs alike have ample opportunity to improve their game, too, thanks to the teaching courses and practice bunkers available.
Where to stay: Villa Bergzauber - This family-run hotel is a jewel in the heart of the Austrian countryside. As adaptable as it is beautiful, it can host events from meetings to weddings, as well as serving as a beautiful home away from home for charm-seeking nomads. There’s even a heated outdoor pool and infrared cabin for guests to revel in on-site, before returning to one of the property’s 13 elegant rooms for the night.
Damme Golf & Country Club
18-Hole Course and nine-hole compact course, Green fees: 35 - 75 €/18 holes
Damme Golf & Country Club is a wonderful place to partake in the sport with different courses to choose from and several practice areas - including a driving range and putting and pitching green - to practice your swing in, along with lavish landscapes as far as the eye can see, you’re guaranteed a great day on the green.
Where to stay: Flanders Hotel, based just twenty minutes away by car in Brugge, is an exemplary choice. Designed by one of Belgium’s top nineteenth-century architects, and with fascinating features such as a Gothic room, this one-of-a-kind property is one you won’t want to miss.
18-Hole Championship Course, 9-Hole Public Par 3 Course, Green fees: 1200 - 1400 CZK (45-52€)/18 Holes, Season: March - November
Those interested in an intense training experience should head straight to the sunny golfing grounds at Golf Berovice. Between its 18-hole championship course and nine-hole public course - not to mention its driving range, complete with 28 tees - it’s ideal for polishing up your putting technique.
Where to stay: History, comfort and modernity are all beautifully intertwined at Chateau Liblice. Visitors can enjoy fully decked-out rooms, old-Bohemian meals at its award-winning restaurant and an extensive on-site spa, where a world of relaxation awaits. Divine.
Royal Golf Club Mariánské Lázně
18-Hole Championship Course, Green fees: 1600 - 1800 CZK (60-68€)/18 Holes, Season: April - October
Spread over a whopping 60 hectares and covering both pretty parkland and lush orchards, this golf course deserves its stellar reputation. It’s also the oldest of its type in the Czech Republic, and was opened by Edward VII himself. Quite the accolade.
Where to stay: It’s one of the oldest historic castles in the Czech Republic, beautifully restored for the modern age. Those who stumble into Vetrov Castle Hotel are bound to be dazzled by its lavish wellness centre, restaurant and the surrounding Bohemian parkland. Just outside the city of Aš, it’s up to guests whether they want to stay within the old world paradise this 4-star hotel offers, or embrace the country’s more contemporary side.
Golf de Meribel
18-Hole Course, Green fees: 40 - 65 €/18 holes
Sandwiched between awe-inspiring mountains and acres of forest is Golf de Meribel. It’s one of France’s finest sporting spots, and a true example of how stunning golf courses in Europe can be. Hills and water hazards contribute to the grounds’ visually-striking effect and ramp up the stakes of your game. Amenities to rent - which include electro-trolleys and carts - also allow you to whiz around with minimal effort.
Where to stay: Treat yourself to a room at Hôtel L'Hélios. This five-star hotel sits at the foot of the alps, and offers a luxurious cabin-style retreat that’s hard to beat. After all - what could be better than snuggling up next to an open fire, after a day of golfing and a gourmet dinner?
Golfclub Lichtenau-Weickershof e.V.
18-Hole Course, Green fees: 60-70 €/18 Holes, Season: year round
Despite its idyllic location, Golfclub Lichtenau-Weikersdorf is designed to get your adrenaline pumping! Its 18-hole course, complete with water hazards and sand traps, puts even the most accomplished golfers to the test. Fortunately, its variety of practice facilities - including a driving range, putting green and practice bunker - will help you refine your skills before you take to the teeing ground. Think you have what it takes?
Where to stay: The medieval-meets-modern Hotel Schwarzer Bock sits amid all of these weird and wonderful Ansbach museums. The historic hotel and inn dates back to 1100 and is also within walking distance of Kaspar Hauser Museum and Margrave Gardens.
Lahinch Golf Club
18-Hole Old Course, 18-Hole Castle Course, Green fees: 165-230 €/18 Holes
Lahinch Golf Club, which is located just over 30 miles from Shannon Airport in Co. Clare, has often been described as 'the St Andrews of Ireland'. It's a traditional out and back links course which sits on the Atlantic coast and is a favourite with many of the thousands upon thousands of golfing visitors who flock to the Emerald Isle year after year. While the Old Course measures just under 6700 yards, the Castle Course is much shorter at less than 5600 yards. But the par-70 layout is no pushover and you'll have to be on your game to get round in a good score. Visitors are welcome all week on both the Lahinch courses and caddies are available on request.
Where to stay: Overlooking Galway Bay, the multi-award-winning Gregans Castle is one of the best hotels in Ireland to stay during autumn. Think open fires, candles, antiques, artisan-sourced dishes and Shelley the cat to keep you company. Hole up in one of 21 luxurious bedrooms and suites, many overlooking the colourful Burren Hills or the bay itself.
Connemara Championship Links
27-Hole Course, Green fees: 60-100 €/18 Holes
Nestled within the 12 Bens mountain range and on the cusp of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Connemara Golf Course is a breathtaking sight. It ticks all the practical boxes, too - offering equipment to hire, a range of complex courses and a clubhouse and restaurant, where practitioners of the sport can find refreshment after a lively game.
Where to stay: Renvyle House is a historic country house hotel, situated in the wild splendour of Connemara on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way. For a unique location, an award winning Restaurant, comfortable bedrooms and a truly uplifting break, here, the only stress is on relaxation.
The European Club
18-Hole Course, Green fees: 180 €/18 holes
Consistently named one of the world’s top 100 golf courses since 1992, The European Club in Brittas Bay promises amazing variety on the green. Beloved by champions including Tiger Woods, this exceptional course includes rugged sand dunes, hills and more, and is set against the glittering backdrop of the Irish Sea.
Where to stay: Roughly one hour away from the course is Rathsallagh House. The winner of numerous awards, including the National Hospitality Awards, this quaint country house delivers world-class service and traditional Irish ambience on tap. Between its spa room, billiard room and tennis court, there’s plenty to do. Better yet, a second golf course - Rathsallagh Golf Club - is right next door, so you can experience two of the most-loved golf courses in Europe in one trip.
Golf Club Passeier Meran
18-Hole Course, Green fees: 85 €/18 Holes, Season: March - November
This 18-hole golf course is one of the largest in all of South Tyrol, but with comprehensive practice facilities and a range of attractive amenities, including a clubhouse and bar, you don’t have to go far to find everything you need for an incredible day of sport. It boasts some wonderful views of the Alps, as well. Don’t miss it.
Where to stay: Furnished with love and offering both a fantastic spa and restaurant, guests find their every need met during a stay at this 4-star castle hotel. It’s impossible to get bored of the scenery, too. Surrounded by Italy’s most sumptuous landscapes, Hotel Castel Rundegg delivers gorgeous views from dawn until dusk, particularly from its balcony rooms.
Golf Club Pustertal
9-Hole Kronplatz, 18-Hole Course, Green fees: 79 €/18 Holes, Season: April - November
Variety is at the heart of this dramatic golf course. From its sweeping grounds to dramatic, mountainous landscape - and with private lessons, a driving range and nine diverse tracks available to help you perfect your swing - it offers a satisfying sporting experience that’s hard to match.
Where to stay: Hotel Alte Goste is well-acquainted with the art of hospitality, to say the least… it’s actually been catering to travellers since 1142! Based in the heart of the Puster Valley, it’s been owned by the same family for four generations now, who are dedicated to providing comfortable and well-catered stays. After an exciting day exploring the surrounding landscape, there’s even a wine cellar and spa for guests to enjoy.
Asolo Golf Club
A variety of nine-hole courses, Green fees: 80 - 100 €/day
Built over 140 hectares and incorporating soft hills, lakes and creeks, the nine-hole courses available at Asolo Golf Club will challenge all sorts of players. But there’s more than just golfing on offer, here. The club also boasts a wellness centre, gym and outdoor swimming pool.
Where to stay: If you don’t mind a scenic drive between your hotel and the club, book Villa Cipriani. Once owned by the famous poet Robert Browning - known as a “passionate admirer of the Florentine countryside” - this stunning property contains tranquil gardens, an infinity pool and several perfectly-kept rooms.
Utrechtse Golfclub 'de Pan'
18-Hole Course, Green fees: 100 €/18 holes
Put together by a renowned course architect - Harry S. Colt - in 1927, Utrechtse Golfclub 'de Pan' is one of Netherlands finest greens for accomplished golfers. With the fairytale Pan Forest flanking each side and a range of diverse, exciting elements to consider as you play, it’s no wonder it’s been named the second best golf course in Europe. It’s beautiful throughout the year as well, as you can see from the website’s seasonal videos.
Where to stay: Sterkenburg Castle is something else. Surrounded by canals and home to various incredible gardens and buildings, this historic gem is as much a tourist attraction as it is accommodation. There are plenty of options to choose from while staying here, too, as each of the property’s rooms offers a completely unique experience of the castle.
18-Hole Course, 6-Hole Course, Green fees: NOK 400 (37 €)/18 Holes, Season: April - October
There’s a lot to love about this particular golf park. Based near the crystal shores of Norsjø - one of Norway’s largest lakes - this 18-hole course is perfectly equipped for hours of intense golfing along with a spot of sightseeing. There’s even a six-hole training area, for those who want to get a little practice time in first.
Where to stay: Dalen Hotel, this dragon-style hotel with 49 rooms and suites, a glittering spa and several common areas - including a gallery and gardens - is one of Norway’s many hidden gems. Having once entertained the most decorated members of the aristocracy, it now caters to all travellers seeking a slice of the spectacular.
Royal Kraków Golf & Country Club
18-Hole Course, 9-Hole Course, Green fees: 35-47 €/18 Holes
Did you know that this place was once the hunting grounds of the famous Jagielonian kings? Now, it boasts an amazing 18-hole golf course - complete with exciting water hazards, indoor and outdoor driving ranges, and even a simulator for when the outdoor course is closed. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more perfect place to play.
Where to stay: Every type of traveller will be utterly charmed by the stately Dwor Sierakow. Urban explorers have plenty to do in neighbouring Krakow, while fans of nature can enjoy four hectares of surrounding parkland and numerous outdoorsy activities. This hotel also hosts plenty of wine events throughout the year, making for a very lively atmosphere!
18-Hole Course, Green fees: 90 €/18 Holes, Season: Year round
Just forty minutes away from Lisbon, you’ll find Ribagolfe I - an extraordinary golf course situated within a lush forest. Despite its serene setting, a golf game here is full of invigorating challenges: from avoiding water hazards to navigating around trees, and mastering your swing on sloping ground. You’ll be entertained for hours.
Where to stay: Solar Do Castelo has always been special. Once the kitchens for the Royal Palace, the building is now the only hotel in the Portguese medieval castle village it's located in. Though it now caters to travellers as opposed to royals, its fascinating heritage can still be felt everywhere - from its sunkissed patio to Lisbon Pombaline tilework.
Tri Duby Golf Resort
9-Hole Course, Green fees: 40 - 60 €/18 Holes
Flat terrain and lush acres are the foundation of Tri Duby Golf Resort, making it particularly suitable for those who are just starting to golf and need a more forgiving course to hone their skills on. You can dive right in the moment you step off the plane, too - conveniently, it's just a three-minute drive from the airport.
Where to stay: If it was possible to give a venue more than five stars, this astonishing hotel would have enough to fill the night sky. The opulent and spa-oriented Hotel Royal Palace oozes excellence - from its luxurious Royal Bath to incredible art deco interior and elegant restaurant and club.
Golf Club Alvaneu Bad
18-Hole course, Green fees: 93 - 107 €/18 holes, Season: April - November
Golf Club Alvaneu Bad, built across varied terrain and eclipsed by trees and mountains, is the perfect course for those of intermediate to expert golfing ability. It’s equipped for families too, with a children’s playground, restaurant and more onsite. You can even bring your dog here!
Where to stay: The art-nouveau Kurhaus Bergün is a real treasure trove of discovery. Twice a week the hoteliers host a film in their historic cinema. Guests can also benefit from numerous seminars and workshops, a wonderful restaurant and bar and many local activities nearby, such as skiing and a visit to Lai da Palpuogna, known as the “most beautiful lake in Switzerland”.
Priskilly Forest Golf Course
9-Hole Course, Season: Year round
Those who visit Priskilly country house without swinging by the golf course are truly missing out. Steeped in nature and set up to challenge players of every level, it’s entertaining for those with even the slightest interest in the sport. You don’t even have to come prepared, as you can hire or buy your own equipment on-site.
Where to stay: Fun fact: this Welsh 4-star hotel was once a windmill! Decorated with over 100 pieces of specially commissioned art and surrounded by exquisite views - particularly from its two suites, which are located in the original windmill tower - Twr y Felin Hotel serves up visual treats aplenty.
St Davids City Golf Club
9-Hole Course, Green fees: £17 (19 €)/18 Holes
The St Davids City Golf Club might be over a hundred years old, but this spot is no less exciting today than it was when it first opened. Neighbouring the divine Pembrokeshire coast and overlooking Whitesands Bay, this nine-hole, 18-tee course is a veritable golfer’s paradise. It’s only a five-minute drive away from the historic city of St. Davids, too - perfect for a dash of culture or a bite to eat after a long day on the grounds.
Where to stay: Panoramic views. A sunroom, complete with alfresco viewing platform. A freshly-made breakfast each morning featuring traditional Welsh treats. These are just a few of the wonderful benefits of staying at Roch Castle. With six characteristic ensuite rooms and exceptional activities at its door - including 186 miles of National Park property to explore - it’s one of Wales’ finest hideaways.