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5 Reasons For a European Golf Vacation

September 6, 2018

Are you looking for new golf vacation frontiers?

Don’t overlook continental Europe where countries like Spain, Portugal, France and Italy offer golfers beautiful golf courses, lots of cultural and sightseeing options and sumptuous cuisine and wines. For those who want to incorporate watching as well as playing, the European Tour has an intriguing schedule with events throughout the continent in countries like Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy.

Here are five reasons to tee up in Europe on your next vacation:

Renowned Golf Courses in Amazing Settings

From stunning seaside locales to tree-studded inland courses, the golf options in Europe are impressive. In Spain, Valderrama, San Roque, PGA Catalunya, Finca Cotesin and Real Club de Golf Sotogrande head the list of high-profile layouts. In Portugal, the must play menu includes Vale do Lobo, San Lorenzo, Oitavos Dunes, Monte Rei and Quinto do Lago. In France, the 2018 Ryder Cup course, Le Golf National, is a true gem.

Luxurious Hotels and Resorts

If you love the beach and great golf, there are exceptional properties in Spain such as Finca Cortesin, Marbella Club and Puente Romano and in Portugal on The Algarve with Penina Hotel & Golf Resort and Vale do Lobo Resort.

Superb Wines, Dining and Nightlife

Imagine sipping a crisp, cold Vinho Verde white wine after a round of golf on the Algarve or a nice, bold Tempranillo on the Costa del Sol. Wine and golf go together very nicely and France, Italy and Germany have fabulous wine regions as well.

Spectacular Sights and Beaches

Great sightseeing in cities like Paris, Barcelona and Madrid is one of true joys of European travel. For sand and sea lovers, the world-renowned beaches on the Algarve in Portugal and Costa del Sol in Spain are stunning and easily accessible after a round of golf.

European Tour Events

The European Tour has events around the world from Denmark to Dubai. If you want to catch some Tour action before or after you play golf in Europe, some top events to consider are: The Italian Open (early June), Porsche European Open in Germany (late July), KLM Open in Netherlands (mid-September), Portugal Masters (late September) and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation in Spain (late October). You might even see some budding American superstars playing the European Tour. Three-time major champion Brooks Koepka played the European Tour from 2012 to 2014 as did Peter Uihlein. Brooks’ brother Chase is playing this year.