A Guide to Golfing in Europe

Golf is the ideal leisure sport to play while on vacation, and lucky for you, it has become an international sensation popular on almost every continent. Golf courses in Europe can offer scenic views of the ocean or countryside while you spend time in some of the top vacation spots on the continent. Challenging golf courses that are host to championship tournaments can also be visited and found elsewhere in the world. Some of the best golf courses can be found in England, Singapore, and Portugal.

The UK is host to almost 2,000 golf clubs, some of them ranked quite high on the international scale. One of the top-ranked golf clubs in England, let alone the world, is the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England. It was opened in 1889 and later became “royal” in 1951 when King George VI proclaimed it to be so. The Royal Birkdale started out as a 9-hole course but was soon upgraded to championship standards and became an 18-hole course, consequently making it a favorite on the British Open.

You can find out all you need to know about tee times and standings using Golf Channel, which lays it out for you simply. You can find out how your favorite players are doing, as well as find out about those players who you aren’t as well-acquainted with, while they’re golfing on the European Tour or while you’re on your own European tour. Golf Channel provides you with information on tee times, courses, players, scores, tours, and so much more.

Portugal may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it offers some vast havens for golfers. The Penha Longa Hotel Spa and Golf Resort in Lisbon is perfect for golfers who are looking to do what they love while in one of the top vacation spots in Europe. The Penha Longa has two golf courses that are ranked in the top 30 courses in continental Europe. The Atlantic Course and the Monastery Golf Course are scenic 18 and 9-hole courses, respectively. The Atlantic Course, as the name would suggest, gives players views of the ocean and mountains while playing throughout the course, and it plays host to various championship competitions including the Portuguese Open. Golfers can even sign up for various tournaments throughout the year at the Penha Longa Resort listed online before planning a stay there.

The Sentosa Golf Club, host of the Barclay’s Singapore Open, is located on Singapore’s resort island and home to two well-known, challenging courses: the Serapong Course and the Tanjong Course. The Serapong Course, a par-72 course, boasts being one of the most challenging plays in the world, and has been voted the top golf course in Singapore and more generally in Asia. The Tanjong Course, also a par-72 course, gives golfers views of the South China Sea in the backdrop while they try to avoid hitting balls into numerous lakes and trees around the course.

If you’re an avid golfer and need a break from life at home, remember you can put these two together and take a golfing vacation almost anywhere in the world. Golf resorts are plenty, and some are located in some of the most beautiful vacation spots in the world.