Elegant Golf Resorts Bucket List Golf Experiences
Bucket Lists aren’t just for hard core golfers, and we’re sure every one of you, like us, has a list of golf courses you want to play.
Bucket lists are a subject of much debate in the Elegant Golf Resorts office, as with around 34,000 golf clubs worldwide, our favourite pastime offers an inexhaustible supply of new and varied courses to suit all tastes and pockets.
Most are more than worthy of a game, but we’ve put together our bucket list for you in 2020, as we leave home treasures behind and cross over into continental Europe and beyond to take a look at fabulously designed courses guaranteed to challenge and delight.
We hope you can tick off at least one in the months to come and would be delighted to help you make your choice, our expert team remain at your disposal for any queries and to help make your next golf adventure a special one on the course.
A Bespoke Trip to The Masters
Every second week of April, Augusta National opens its gates for The Masters, arguably the most exclusive and eagerly anticipated golfing event of the year. So many iconic moments in golfing history have been captured at The Masters tournament such as Jack Nicklaus famous comeback in 1986, Sir Nick Faldo overcoming Greg Norman’s 6 shot lead going into the final round to claim the Green Jacket in 1996 and perhaps one of golf’s most all time viewed shots, Tiger Woods’ famous chip in on the 16th hole in 2005 to claim his 4th Masters title.
For 2020 we planned a bespoke Masters experience hosted by our ambassador Chris Ryan joined by Carly Booth. 2021 will bring as exciting an offering. Speak to our expert team for your bespoke Masters experience, including pre and post golf booked to your requirements.
Finca Cortesin and Valderamma, Spain
Play the iconic courses of Southern Spain and stay in the legendary luxurious hotel Finca Cortesin. Located in one of the most luxurious and exclusive golf resorts in Europe, this five-star Hotel is located between Sotogrande and Marbella on the road up to the picture-postcard mountain village of Casares.
Quinta do Lago, San Lorenzo and Monte Rei, Portugal
Portugal’s Algarve is synonymous with year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, wild ochre-coloured coastlines, protected nature reserves…and absolutely superb golf. Home to an array of spectacular signature and championship golf courses, the Algarve is a golfer’s dream. Play these three legendary courses and enjoy luxury at the nearby Conrad Algarve.
Carya, PGA Sultan and Montgomerie Golf Courses, Turkey
Stay at the luxury Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort. Home to 14 courses not just our bucket list of three, Belek’s ideal year-round temperatures and scenic courses carved mostly through avenues of umbrella pines and across natural sand ridges, attract discerning golfers seeking a luxury five-star golf holiday at an attractive price.
Teeth of the Dog, Dominican Republic
Home to the number one golf course in the Caribbean – Teeth of the Dog – the Dominican Republic’s coastlines are dotted with luxury golf resorts. Awarded as Golf Destination of the Year 2019 in Latin America and the Caribbean at the IAGTO Awards, the Dominican Republic is a picture-perfect golfing holiday destination. Complete your trip with a stay at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
The Green Monkey, Barbados
Home to the legendary Green Monkey course, Sandy Lane is the only true golf resort on Barbados that can bring together a luxury beachfront hotel, two Championship golf courses and an award winning spa on site. It is without doubt the most sought after address in the Caribbean, having built its reputation as a first class beach, golf and spa resort on a solid foundation of outstanding customer service and an unparalleled level of facilities.
Ile aux Cerfs Golf Course, Mauritius
The ultimate island escape, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa is more than just a hotel. Guests can take advantage of the boat from the jetty and spend a day on one of two islands that protect the resort – Ilot de Mangenie and Ile aux Cerfs. Ile aux Cerfs is home to one of the best golf courses in the country.
Heritage Golf Club, Mauritius
The main attraction of staying at Heritage Le Telfair is that guests receive free golf on the stunning Heritage Golf Course, which is considered to be one of the best golf courses on Mauritius and has hosted the European Tour. But don’t just go for the course, make a holiday of it and on golf-free days take full advantage of the three tennis courts, a fitness centre, outdoor pools and plenty of complimentary land and water sports.
The Links at Fancourt, South Africa
Stay on site at the Fancourt Hotel & Golf Estate. Fancourt is unrivalled in terms of reputation across the whole of Africa and it certainly ranks as one of our top 5 resorts for golfer’s worldwide. The three golf courses are magnificent and ranked in South Africa’s top 20, the Links has to be one of the world’s most challenging golf courses and a classic test of golf to rival the best.
The Gary Player Golf Club at Sun City, South Africa
The Gary Player Country Club plays host to the European Tour Nedbank Championship each year and is a truly excellent golf course. Sun City is renowned for the reputation of being a lively resort with plenty going on throughout the day and night. You can enjoy game drives too if you fancy doing something a bit different during your stay. We recommend one of our South Africa Golf Tours to take full advantage of everything this wonderful country has to offer.
Abu Dhabi National and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Awarded Golf Destination of the Year 2012 for Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf States at the IAGTO Awards, Abu Dhabi is renowned as an irresistible destination for a luxury golf holiday.
Why not combine some golf with Formula One? There’s nothing quite like the theatre of Formula One; the glamour, the speed and the drama…and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is certainly not short on any of these. Stay at The Westin Hotel, located in the midst of Abu Dhabi National Golf Course, it is the only pure golf resort hotel in Abu Dhabi, within easy walking distance of the clubhouse and the driving range,
TPC Sawgrass, Florida, USA
Experience a perfect blend of sun, sand, and golf. The Marriott Sawgrass is aimed at the golf fanatic and is home to what many people call the 5th Major – the TPC Players Championship on the TPC Stadium Course is one of the US’s hardest challenges. The famous 17th hole with its island green is notoriously difficult even for the world’s very best players.
Stay and Play at Pebble Beach Golf Links, California, USA
Who can forget the dramatic scenes of the 2010 US Open won by the Irishman Graeme McDowell and the dramatic scenes on the 72nd hole? Pebble Beach is still the most awe inspiring place to play golf anywhere in the world and one of those venues that is on most people’s wish list to play and stay. Selected for the 2019 US Open, an epic battle that will go down in golfing history. Stay on site at The Lodge at Pebble Beach for an unforgettable trip.
The Blue Monster, Miami, USA
In June 2012 the iconic Doral Resort was taken over by Trump International to become The Trump National Doral Resort and underwent a stunning renovation programme with the Blue Monster and Red Courses, reopening in January 2014. For nearly half a century, the Doral name has been synonymous with classic style, casual elegance, and superlative golf. This legendary ambiance and on going commitment to quality, ensures that Doral continues to merit its place among the timeless, premier golf and spa resorts in the United States.
La Golf National, France
We recommend a stay at Novotel Saint-Quentin en Yvelines. A perfect base, the hotel offers not only two prestigious onsite courses but an abundance of nearby attractions, including the historical Château de Versailles and the centre of Paris, which are just a few miles away.