If you are looking for exceptional golf hotels, these hotels are just the thing: these spectacular, historic or luxurious locations for golfers around the world should get to know them.
Spectacular shot from the hotel roof in Macau
The Macau Golf & Country Club, organiser of the Macau Open golf tournament, is located on the Coloane part of the island. Numerous international stars have already tried their hand at the course with 18 holes and 71 par, many bunkers and water ditches. The course has it all: the tenth hole is teeed off the roof of the Westin Resort Macau and at the Ocean Driving Range the balls are hit directly towards the South China Sea. (photo download)
The largest golf course in the world: 216 holes not far from Hong Kong
China, the country of superlatives, has the world’s largest golf resort with twelve 18-hole courses with the Mission Hills golf resort in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. Architects from all continents – including well-known golf greats such as Ernie Els, Annika Sorenstam, Vijay Singh and Davis Duval – have given the 20 km² complex its personal touch.
Argentina: Golf at the end of the world
Ushuaia – on this spot of the world, often called the “end of the world”, many highlights are waiting: An excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, a sailing trip through the Beagle Channel or enjoying the breathtaking view of the Andes in the pool of the Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa? All well and good, but passionate golfers are attracted to the Ushuaia Golf Club, the southernmost golf course in the world. Just 1,000 kilometres from Antarctica, the weather can be crazy at times. Snow, rain, storm, sun – the forces of nature give the course a unique atmosphere and make it a real challenge.
It couldn’t be any longer: 1,365 kilometres of golf marathon
Granted, there are nicer golf courses. But there is none in the world as long as Nullarbor Links in Australia. Along the Eyre Highway between Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and Ceduna in the southeast, 18 holes have been laid out to form the course, which opened in autumn 2009. Players can stay overnight at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, which specialises in golfing packages. Those who need a break from the small balls can enjoy the location at the Murat Bay, one of the most beautiful regions on the Eyre Peninsula.
Back to the Roots – traditional golf in Scotland
Who invented it? The Scots! Because it was here that the rules for golfers were developed, and they still apply today. Players still enjoy the “Old Course” in St. Andrews, where it was established that a round of golf is played over 18 holes. The Old Course Golf Resort and Spa is located on the edge of the historic course. The many centuries of golf have left hardly any traces – on the contrary, the furnishings and equipment are first-class, luxurious and Scottishly comfortable. As even the renowned 5-star hotel has no special rights on the Old Course, the resort built its own course in 1995, the Dukes Course, which has long since made a name for itself in the international golf scene.
In the name of the holy golf ball
In Sintra near Lisbon there was an imposing monastery in the 14th century. It later became a royal refuge and today invites guests to spend their holidays in the luxurious Penha Longa Hotel – the magic of the monastery and royal splendour are still in every stone. Golfers get their money’s worth in this historic building: two hotel-owned golf courses (18 and 9 holes) provide variety and offer challenges for beginners and professionals. An impressive course that you won’t want to leave for weeks.
Golf to the power of three in Andalusia
Those who stay at La Cala Golf Resort are in the golfer’s paradise from the very first day. The luxury resort is nestled between three top-maintained golf courses: “Asia” is the most difficult, “America” a little easier, but still tricky, and “Europe” can also be mastered by less experienced golfers. All courses are only a few steps away from the breakfast table! But come on, nobody should miss the hotel’s own CaraCala Spa with Hamam, garden crystal sauna, herbal steam bath and igloo room.
Bavarian golfer’s paradise
Europe’s largest golf resort offers perfect conditions for everyone. Beginners dare their first tee-offs here, experienced players improve their skills, professionals master real challenges: The Ludwig in Bad Griesbach offers its guests ten golf courses, club hire, golf shop, indoor golf and an extensive range of courses at the golf academy. Bavarian cosiness meets 4-star superior comfort: six restaurants, 800 m² children’s paradise, a huge thermal bath landscape with four saunas, beauty centre, disco – that leaves nothing to be desired.
With the seal of the “Golf Course-TÜV”
For two and a half years the testers of the Golf Journal have been searching for Germany’s best golf course. The winner of the “Golf Course TÜV” is the Nick Faldo Course in A-ROSA Scharmützelsee in Bad Saarow, Brandenburg. In addition, 5-star wellness and culinary delicacies make the golfer’s heart beat faster. (photo download)
A sleepy village – the longest Par 5 in Europe
Those who don’t know St. Oswald near Freistadt are more likely to expect good Kaiserschmarrn as the highlight of their holiday. However, every year numerous golfers make the pilgrimage to the north of Austria for a real highlight: the longest par 5 in Europe with 612 metres! Not far from here, you can relax after your golf at the Bründl Spa in Bad Leonfelden. This modern hotel has been awarded the HRS Top Quality Seal, which is only awarded to particularly customer-oriented hotels. Healthy Kneippism, gourmet cuisine and a large wellness area – here body, mind and soul come together again in a stylish ambience.