On the 29th March golf will be resuming in England. Thousands of players of all standards will be chomping at the bit to blast out a few balls on what is sure to be pristine fairways whilst unleashing some traditional English ‘fruity language’ if things don’t quite go as planned.
Golf is adored the world over. In this piece and in preparation for when the overseas golfing trips are allowed, we’re going to whet your appetites by taking a look at some of the most spectacular and beautiful courses on the planet.
Playa Grande, Costa Verde in the Dominican Republic
This is regarded as the most prestigious course in the Dominican Republic. Playa Grande is located on the Northern Atlantic coastline within a private residential hotel. This area should be no stranger to regular Luxurious Magazine readers as it is also home to the highly-regarded Amanera hotel, which we’ve written about extensively over the years.
Playa Grande has been given the nickname the ‘Pebble Beach of the Caribbean, which might be doing it a slight injustice as it has more ocean fronting holes than the iconic American course. It is a beautiful place to play and could cause an increase in the numbers you’ll be marking on your scorecard due to the constant distractions of the swaying palm trees and roar of the ocean.
If you want to give this amazing course a try, Elegant Resorts offers a seven-night stay at the Amanera from £4,289pp. This package includes private transfers and breakfast but unfortunately does not include flights. This package is based upon September 2021 departures.
While you’re in the Dominican Republic, it would be remiss of you not to try some of the country’s other spectacular courses. In total, there are now thirty championship courses at your beck and call. You can read more about the country’s incredible courses at www.godominicanrepublic.com.
Punta Mita – Riviera Nayarit in Mexico
Mexico might not be top of the list when you think of ideal golfing destinations, but it should be. The Punta Mita resort borders the Pacific Ocean and Banderas Bay and features two courses designed by golf-legend Jack Nicklaus and his colleagues. Both of the courses appear on Golf Digest’s list of best courses in Mexico for 2021.
The two courses are called Pacifico and Bahia. If you’re up for a unique challenge, try your hand at beating ‘The Tail of the Whale’, which is the only natural-island hole in the world.
Many of the world’s leading golfers have tried and frequently come up short on this course; perhaps you’ll be one of the few to get the better of it?
If you are a fan of the more technical aspects of golf, then the Bahia course at Riviera Nayarit is the one for you.
This course is designed more for advanced level golfers, and its 17th hole is a sight to behold with some amazing views over the Pacific Coast.
Punta Mita is surrounded by luxurious villas, world-class hotels, first-class restaurants, health spas, and dramatic landscapes. It is one of those places frequenter by the rich and famous who return year after year to unwind, enjoy and challenge themselves.
If this sounds like the ideal golfing destination for you, Expedia is currently offering a seven-night stay at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, with prices starting from £1,670pp. This package does include return flights and is based on a 10th September departure.
La Manga in Spain
The name La Manga should be instantly recognisable to golfers and sports fans worldwide along with regular readers of Luxurious Magazine. It is located in Murcia, which is in the southeastern part of Spain and is surrounded by 21 courses, all located within a 30-mile radius. The most renowned of these courses can be found at La Manga itself.
What makes La Manga, so challenging is its natural landscapes. These played a significant role in the courses’ design and consist of undulating plains, clusters of pine trees, and gorgeous views, which helps to increase the sporting challenge.
La manga offers a diverse range of world-class facilities. It is also a fantastic destination for fans of gastronomy, being the ‘Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2021’.
If you’re like the thought of enjoying some of the 300 days of sunshine this region benefits from every year, Your Golf Travel is offering a three-night stay with bed and breakfast with two rounds at either the South Course, North Course, or West Course for just £275.00 per person.
Son Muntaner in Mallorca, Spain
The final amazingly picturesque golf course we’re featuring is Mallorca’s Son Muntaner.
This course is located on the outskirts of Palma and is cut into the hills. It is part of the Arabella Golf Resort and is located close to the island’s capital. The course offers picturesque views and is said by those who’ve played it to be thoroughly rewarding.
The best bit about the course’s location is there’s plenty of things surrounding it for you to experience. There’s some amazing architecture, including the incredible gothic-style cathedral, a multitude of shops set within tree-lined boulevards and great places offering up the finest cuisine, which you’ll have great fun finding when exploring the cobbled streets.
A visit to Son Muntaner is golf and a little bit more. If you’re thinking of heading over to it, Your Golf Travel offers a three-night stay at Castillo Hotel Son Vidain Mallorca from £659pp. The package is based on an October 2021 departure and includes two rounds at Son Quint golf or Son Vida, Son Muntaner golf courses.
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