Unfamiliar Golf Destinations

Published 24/07/2013 11:21:25

If you watched the Open at Muirfield last week then you might have got the urge to dust off the clubs and hit the fairways yourself, especially with this beautiful weather we are having! If you're a fair weather golfer (we all are deep down) and refuse to play in anything but sunshine, then why not take a trip abroad and play on some of the finest courses you're likely to ever step foot on? Read on to discover some fantastic destinations you wouldn't normally consider for a golf break.

Madeira Island

Madeira Island is a charming and peaceful destination which is also the home to two luxurious golf courses, one of which hosts a European Tour event each year. The Santo De Serra golf course boasts lush green fairways with stunning views of Machico Bay. Each May the Madeira Open is held here, with the course uniquely offering three 9-hole options for the pros to get to grips with. The second course, Palheiro, is set nearly 500m above sea level, allowing a great opportunity to boom your drives down the fairway further than normal, as the air is a lot thinner. Here you can enjoy the fantastic views of Madeira's mountainous skyline as well as the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of hotels on offer, all within a short distance of either course; if you really want to experience Madeira in style, then stay at the five-star Palheiro Estate.


With a flight time of just three hours from London, you can be enjoying the Tunisian sunshine on the golf course in no time. Head to Hammamet, a popular resort amongst golfers where you'll have the choice from three fine courses. A visit to Golf Citrus is a must; it's the first 45-hole complex in Tunisia with two 18-hole courses, as well as a 9-hole to enjoy too. The two full courses are called "Les Oliviers" and "La Foret", both very different, providing a tough test for golfers of all abilities. Hammamet itself is known as the St Tropez of Tunisia, with miles of sandy beaches and stunning hotels.  Find out more information on Tunisia, here.


Greenland is a very different choice for a golfing break, especially if you don't mind the cold. It's home to the World Ice Golf Championship, where golfers from all over the world take part in the tournament for the experience of playing in unusual conditions. You will be able to play a round between huge icebergs and natural ice sculptures and enjoy views you are never likely to have back at your home course! The "fairways" are compact snow and ice, whereas the "rough" is soft, similar to sand, so it's almost like you are playing in a huge bunker. Make sure you pack some colourful golf balls because the traditional white ball is sure to get lost, regardless of whether you're in the fairway or not.


Golf isn't necessarily top of the list for holidaymakers visiting the Balearic Island, but it should be. If you are part of a golfing group, then you can enjoy the stunning Golf de Ibiza course, followed by sinking a few beers and watching the sunset on the famous sunset strip in the nearby San Antonio. The club was founded in 1992 and is located in Santa Eualalia, only seven kilometres from the capital, Ibiza Town. It's the only 27-hole complex in the whole of the Balearic Islands.  The complex also boasts a driving range, pro-shop and, more importantly, a bar. There are some great accommodation options to choose from within a short distance of the course, including luxurious hotels that are ideal for golfing couples, and spacious apartments to suit groups. If you consider yourself a party animal, then it would almost be rude not to try out the world-renowned nightlife after a round. To discover more on the Island of Ibiza, please click here.

If watching the Open in this sunshine has given you the urge to take a mini golf break, then why not try something different and visit one of the destinations above?



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