Recently, with the vaccine roll out accelerating, we have been seeing a distinct increase in the number of calls we have been getting from people looking for that much needed getaway. Many continue to look at Canadian options (and there are many great options there you can see by following this link to past articles) but we have also seen a steady increase in the number of people calling us to look at a fall 2021 getaway oversees for an end of the golf season trip.
2020 saw all overseas trips postponed due to the pandemic and we are very happy to report that all our suppliers were willing to work with us and re-book all our clients which is great news but also led to a VERY busy season in 2021. We have a lot of trips booked all around the UK, Ireland, Portugal and Spain however, we are also finding it increasingly difficult to get times for those of you looking to book something at this late date.
That is not to say all is lost though. If you are really flexible on your dates, you never know what we might be able to pull together at almost any course however, even in the absence of that, there are still many great destinations, and courses, waiting for you if you want to get overseas this year.
Below are a few thought starters for some of the best golf areas where we are still seeing some pretty good availability for this coming fall. These are destinations we frequently recommend, and book, for our clients as they are some of the top “hidden gems” (although, quite frankly, not so hidden – these are world class destinations!) in the golf world. If you’re considering a fall getaway, give us a call and we will be happy to talk with you about these, or any other, great golf destination you want us to look into for you.
North West Ireland:
North-west Ireland trips take golfers to links courses that are remote and off-the-beaten path. They are truly some of the most spectacular course you will ever play with the traditional links styles you expect with some of the most spectacular and dramatic vistas in the golf world.
Great courses include Carne Golf Links, Enniscrone, County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Donegal, Cruit Island (probably the world’s greatest 9-hole links), Rosapenna Resort and Ballyliffin.
World class golf, great accommodation options and traditional dining like this should come at a steep price but the North West part of Ireland is not only one of the great trips you can take but also one of the great values in the golf world.
North Scotland – The Highlands:
This area of Scotland may be the most atmospheric Scotland golf vacation offering word class golf paired with the rugged north Atlantic and warming scotch tours.
Course include Royal Dornoch Golf, Brora, Castle Stuart , Nairn Golf Club, Moray Golf Club and, a bit for the south in Aberdeen, Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Murcar. This is definitely a list of great courses and doesn’t even touch on the local favourites like Tain, Fraserburgh and Fortrose & Rosemarkie.
No golf vacation to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a distillery tour or two and some of the best ones such as Glenmorangie, The Glenlivet, and The Macallan are easily incorporated into your Scottish Highlands golf trip!
Wales is particularly special because it may be golf’s “Undiscovered Country,” where ancient golf links lie waiting to be unearthed golfers much like overseas golfers experienced Scotland for the first time many decades ago.
Great courses include Conwy, Nefyn & District Golf Club, Royal St. David’s Golf Club, Aberdovey, Royal Porthcawl, Pennard Golf Club and Southerndown.
Wales is waiting to be discovered and you an be among those trailblazers who get in and experience golf at it highest level before the word gets out and the golfing throngs make there way to Wales and clog up all the tee times.
Repeatedly considered to be one of the best golfing destinations in the world, the Algarve lives up to this distinction daily by maintaining an unrelenting quality.
The quality of golf is the highest in this wonderful region of Portugal. With an ideal climate that lets you play throughout the year and a wide variety of almost four dozen courses, the region is a golfers’ paradise. Most courses are located in protected areas, with stunning views. They are internationally recognised for the quality of their facilities, and they have been designed by prestigious players and legendary champions such as Sir Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore, Arnold Palmer and Ronald Fream.
Some of the very best include Quinta do Lago - South, Vilamoura Old, Monte Rei, and Vale do Lobo Ocean.
There’s no shortage of high-quality beaches either. Sandy stretches as far as the eye can see, framed by golden cliffs, virtually deserted islands marking the boundary between Ria Formosa and the sea, and small coves sheltered by the rocks. The ocean, in every shade of blue and mostly calm and warm, invites you for long swims and to indulge in water sports.
With the opportunity to enjoy great golf and beautiful weather, plus the opportunity to extend a trip with a touch of culture in Lisbon or a taste of port in Porto, Portugal will never disappoint!
In Spain, you can play golf all year round without having to worry about the cold or rain – the areas in southern Andalusia enjoy around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year... Spain’s weather conditions guarantee a very long golf season.
Marbella is the golf capital of Europe It is located on the Costa del Sol, near Malaga, an area with numerous prestigious courses. In general, the south of Andalusia is highly appreciated by golf enthusiasts and there are many well-known clubs around Malaga and on the Costa de Luz (in Cadiz and Huelva).
Many of the best golf course architects are responsible for the design of the courses you can play on in Spain. The courses at the Club de Golf Valderrama and Real Club Sotogrande (both on the Costa de la Luz) are the work of Robert Trent Jones. Cabell Robinson designed the Finca Cortesín Golf Club (in Costa del Sol) and La Reserva de Sotogrande (Costa de la Luz) and this is but a small sample of the great golf that awaits you in this golf mecca.
Off the course is no less impressive. From Cabopino to Guadalmina, Marbella offers the visitor 26 kilometres of beautiful coastline with a succession of sun-drenched beaches equipped with all kinds of services, which include modern hotels, residential complexes, shops and restaurants. Countless excursions can be made from Marbella all along the Costa del Sol. A few kilometres from town is Mijas, a traditional mountain village whose coastline has much to offer the tourist. Torremolinos, Estepona, Benalmádena and Fuengirola are other locations with a deep-rooted tourist tradition.
Spain is a bucket list trip for many and the opportunity to add world class golf to your trip makes it a destination that should be added to your bucket list!